This Week in Deliciousness

Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our enemies are chopped up and fed to their relatives. It's a succulent dish we like to call "Long Pork Andronicus," and so far the most popular cut is "nephew." We know, we were surprised, too.

We started the week off right with a check-in at the new Zimm's Little Deck, then kicked off a new countdown: 10 Pumpkin Dishes to Try In Houston. Pumpkin is totally underrated, man. Pretty tasty, for a gourd.

We proudly admitted to being among the weird kids who really liked oatmeal, but leave it to our faithful commenters to point out that we like the wrong kind. Okay, we'll try the "steel-cut" stuff. Hell, we'll even steel cut our own. There's nothing like sitting in our enormous penthouse with Blondie pumping on the stereo, chopping up rails of oatmeal.

Katharine Shilcutt decided to eat on $20 for a week, and found it surprisingly easy. It also encouraged her to get creative with her pantry ingredients, which any shameless chef could tell you is always a good ol' time.

Something we all need to be doing is singing the praises of soul food wherever we may find it, and it would be nice if we could do so without the comments section exploding into race war. Well, okay, more of a race skirmish. It was certainly nothing compared to the passion and the fervor unleashed in response to our study of the do's and don'ts of Texas cooking. General sentiment ranged from "Nice article, but I respectfully disagree with a few items" all the way to "If you ever say another bad word about sweet tea again I will fucking kill you." Ha ha! Okay then! In unrelated news, we purchased several guns this week!

Yellowfin tuna is replacing bluefin tuna as the tuna of choice, and when we start running out of yellowfin, we'll move onto mauvefin, then lavenderfin, then burnt-umberfin. Crayola jokes! Lame? Maybe, but not as lame as these food-themed Halloween costumes.

We had a couple Top 5 lists this week, including things we'd like to stick in Paula Deen's face, juices that don't get enough love, and of course some dishes with fancy-ass names so that you won't realize they're made from disgusting things until too late. Turns out "This tastes like weasel shit!" may actually be a pretty substantial compliment when it comes to coffee.

We're very excited about the hot burger action we've got going on around town, including the wonderful burger bus and Zelko Bistro's fine addition to the Houston burger pantheon. If burgers are too summery for you, Strata rolled out their autumn menu to help get you into the spirit of the season.

Finally: sometimes you feel like a nut, and... that's pretty much it. Unless you're like TWiD, who thinks the mealy, smooshed coconut insides of both bars is akin to slimy sawdust in texture and flavor. 5th Avenue is where it's at, kids. Believe it or not, they don't pay us to say that.

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