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This Week in Food Blogs: Gearing Up for the Cold Season

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Winter is coming. Well, at least what counts as "winter" here in Houston, which usually consists of blustering winds, rain and perhaps five days of freezing temperatures. Count your blessings. At least we don't have to shovel snow.

Just in time for the cold season is Zagat Houston's list of nine warm and cozy restaurants to take the chill off. The list includes some of Houston's favorite French, Italian and and Southern places.

The Pancake Princess has posted a guest recipe on "A Clean Bake" and her always-stunning photography accompanies it. It's a copycat recipe for Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies. It looks worthy of adding to the holiday baking list and more guilt-free than the norm.

Speaking of sweets, over at Science Based Cuisine, Dr. Ricky is spurred by a recent Last Night Tonight With John Oliver comedy skit to write on the importance of being able to distinguish "sugars" (simple carbohydrates, many of which are naturally-occurring in foods) from "sugar," i.e. sucrose. One of these does not belong in the argument against adding sugar to foods.

Here's a dining idea for sports fans: pick up food from Istanbul Grill in Rice Village, then walk next door to Little Woodrow's to eat, grab some beers and watch the game. That's exactly what Kim at Adventures In a New(ish) City did. She loves the Turkish vegetarian selections, which include patlican salatasi, a smoky eggplant salad with lemon and garlic and stuffed mushrooms and mantar, or mozzarella- and parsley-stuffed mushrooms cooked in tomato sauce.

It's always frustrating when a barbeque place runs out of your favorite smoked meat hours before they close. Why does this happen? H-Town Chow Down discusses supply and demand issues in the smoked meat business. In other words, get to your favorite place early.

Hank On Food has a father-son brunch at The Union Kitchen's Bellaire location. Dad loves the thin crust breakfast pizza, with eggs, breakfast sausage, bacon, ham, basil and mozzarella cheese while the youngster finds favor with some good old mini cheeseburgers. It's an A+ rating all the way around and bonus points if you spot the Dr. Who T-shirt.

That's it for this week. If you have a Houston-centric post to submit for a future "This Week In Food Blogs," click the author's name at the top of this page and the "Email the Author" button on the one that follows. Blog articles must have been posted roughly a week ahead of the next "This Week In Food Blogs" date in order to be considered.

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