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.

Beyond Beltway 8: Although he shut down his previous food blog, Cory Crow (our Best of Houston® 2009 winner for Best Local Blogger) is now operating another incarnation with a different name. In his latest post, he goes even farther beyond the confines of Beltway 8 than expected, to the fine-looking J&W Grill in Chickasha, Oklahoma for their fried onion burger.

Great Food Houston: Over at her personal food blog, our own Ruthie Johnson reports on taking her students on a field trip to Ocean Palace for dim sum. Did these high schoolers love or hate the Chinese meal?

Bakin 'n' Bacon: Let them eat cake, indeed. Pastry chef Plinio Sandalio discusses his plans for a 10-course, all cake dessert tasting, each one to be ambitiously paired with ice cream. Among the cakes are pumpkin cake with brown butter ice cream and brown butter pound cake with goat cheese ice cream.

Houston Wok: Although Thanksgiving has passed, we loved this photograph and diagram of David's family's Thanksgiving spread complete with spring rolls, creamy beef noodles, banh khot and banh it tran.

And on the national scene...

Serious Eats: The bloggers have found a heretical yet inspired way to make what they claim are the world's best peanut butter cookies. Beware: It involves a tube of sugar cookie dough. (The Shameless Chef would be proud.)

New York Times: Own a piece of restaurant history -- the bankrupt Tavern on the Green is auctioning off statues, topiaries, ten historic chandeliers and even murals to help eat away at the staggering $8 million of debt it's accrued.

Television Without Pity: Read past show recaps and discuss contestants and cooking styles on the forums before tonight's much anticipated Top Chef season finale. Who do you think will win?

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