Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

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Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Owing to all the food blog activity over the last few weeks, this is an all-local edition. See? The local movement is even making its way into our weekly food blog sampler. So go pay your neighboring food bloggers a visit and check out their offerings.

H Town Chow Down: Albert sends the year out in style with his 2009 ChowDown awards, featuring categories like Opening of the Year, Restauranteur of the Year and the amusing Foodie Accessory of the Year (hint: foodies are tech geeks, too).

Dirty Kitchen Adventures: Jen perks up the blustery winter weather with this simply divine-sounding dish: butternut squash latkes with savory yogurt sauce. Get your cast iron skillets at the ready -- you'll want to make these as soon as you get home.

Bite Me Houston: Mike gives us the inside scoop on yet another brand-new Houston microbrewery, this one in the Katy area and still brewing out of the founder's garage: No Label Brewing Co.. Could it rival Saint Arnold's one day? Brewmaster Brian Royo hopes so.

Great Food Houston: When Ruthie promised the greatest app ever, we immediately looked to our iPhones (see tech geek statement above). But she actually meant the greatest appetizer ever: brie with dulce de leche. Yes, we're all beating ourselves up for not thinking of this first.

Foodie Houston: Jodie tried out the brand-spanking-new Haven and had a very different experience there than we did (more on that later). High points of the meal? The buttery escolar, bacon spaetzle and goat's buttermilk pecan pie.

Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Another new restaurant, another meal of escolar -- this time it was Dr. Ricky trying out Yelapa. But this isn't your typical restaurant review. Ricky brought his own ingredients to dinner and, well, just read on to see the results of this admittedly different restaurant-patron interaction...

Eat Local or Die: Jonathan Jones revives his long-abandoned food blog as a result of being scared shitless by Food Inc. Check out the trailer for yourself and then see Robb Walsh's take on the butchery portion of it in particular (beware: graphic video content).

Houston Foodie: And now for the food porn... Chris has just posted his top 10 food photos of 2009, including the infamous pig snout that appeared here on Eating Our Words. Enjoy!

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