Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

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

Great Food Houston: Ruthie compares and contrasts the "free and reduced lunch" available to students at her school to the School Lunch Revolution currently underway. The stark contrast between the two lunches is intensely thought-provoking.

Chili Bob's Houston Eats: Bruce explores Chapinlandia Bakery, a new Guatemalan restaurant near Gulfton offering chuchitas and a delicious-looking Mayan version of mole made with pumpkin and sesame seeds -- perfect fall-weather food.

The Wynk: Melissa has begun to make her very own blue cheese. Follow the process (with mouth-watering pictures) here, and enjoy reading about her other homemade foods -- jellies, biscuits, etc. -- along the way.

Barley Vine: Ted is fresh off his adventures at the Great American Beer Festival. And while not all of the beers he's blogged about lately are available in Houston, this wonderful-sounding Coffee Porter from Real Ale is.

Blue State Carpetbagger: Looking for a handsome yet affordable red to take with you to dinner? Tom wrote up four just this past Thursday. Choose from a Zinfandel, Grenache, Beaujolais or Pinot Noir.

Coffee Corner: Mike creates a stunning breakfast tower out of little more than eggs and ingenuity (and necessity, but isn't she the mother of all wonderful inventions?).

Dude, You Going To Eat That? Dr. Ricky discovers a rare beast in the wild: a Vietnamese waffle taco.

And on the national scene...

Smitten Kitchen: A gorgeous photo-focused spread on creating some spicy and savory jalapeno-cheese scones.

Matt Bites: With his typical Martha Stewart perfection, Matt shows how to create lusciously lacquered red and black candy apples for Halloween.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks! In another photo-centric post, Pioneer Woman promises easy-to-make and beautiful to behold chocolate truffles with sea salt.

Serious Eats: Three cats, one steak. This just needs to be viewed -- it defies description.

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