Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

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.

Barley Vine: Tedo considers the latest news from Scottish brewery Brew Dog -- the introduction of an IPA with an unheard-of 41 percent alcohol-by-volume -- and asks the question we're all asking: When will it all end? Seriously.

Hungry In Houston: Adam shares his loose recipe (and gorgeous photos) for a Southeast Asia-influenced whole red snapper. The ingredients alone are mouthwatering: oyster sauce, garlic, lime, cilantro and fish sauce. We wholeheartedly agree with his idea that a little tamarind would be a good bet next time, too.

Houston Wok: We continue to love David's blog, especially the exotic yet easy recipes with step-by-step photos. (The new header is cracking us up, too.) Today, Houston Wok shows us how to create banh bao with pork filling, quail eggs and shiitake mushrooms. Hungry yet? We are.

Blue Jean Gourmet: Nishta promises vegetables we'll actually enjoy with her latest blog post: kale chips. We already enjoy vegetables (even lima beans and Brussels sprouts) and especially love kale, so we're even more eager to try this new way of enjoying kale.

Cook's Tour: In case you missed it a few days ago (and we honestly don't know how that's possible), here's the recap of Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook getting kicked out of Jonathan's the Rub by Jonathan himself. It's up to a whopping 153 comments, so your two cents probably aren't needed by now -- but it's a great read.

And on the national scene...

A Chicken In Every Granny Cart: If you think the Houston weather is unseasonably, unbearably and miserably cold, check out these photos from one of our favorite NYC blogs. To cope with the weather, Granny Cart made this peppy salad from Vidalia onions, button mushrooms, radicchio, mint, baby spinach and a tangy dressing that would brighten up a Houston winter, too.

Alosha's Kitchen: Melissa provides another fantastic cold weather recipe (and a great use of that Dutch oven) with her recipe and step-by-step photos for making outstanding osso bucco.

Culinography: We missed World Nutella Day?! Alas! To make up for it, here's a recipe from Michelle to make your very own hazelnut spread. You might remember a previous post on Eating Our Words from J.C. Reid comparing homemade hazelnut spread to Nutella and finding the homemade version to be -- of course -- vastly superior.

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