This Week In Food Blogs: Local Blogger Attacked For Having Deep Thoughts

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We're in the throes of the holiday season. Just hang in there--we're all going to make it through this. Tag Sale Tastes has a thoughtful gift idea: why not make care packages of goodies? Whether for soldiers, the hospitalized, college students or someone else you care about who's far away, these are sure to be welcome gifts.

It's odd when a food blog generates a bunch of social controversy, but Houston-based writer Nishta Mehra, aka "Blue Jean Gourmet," came under attack by a writer named Rod Dreher via right-wing web site "The American Conservative" a few days ago. Mehra often writes about food (and provides some darn good recipes with beautiful photographs to match). Sometimes, though, she blogs about social issues and her latest post recognized that sometimes it's hard to write about food when there are bigger, more disturbing issues in the world.

Dreher attacked Mehra's character on a personal level in a post called "How Privilege Dies," mocking her empathy as much as her graduate school background. Heaven forbid that a food blogger might have thoughts or feelings that go deeper than pot pie.

Who can turn down warm, fresh, fluffy homemade biscuits with butter? At Garden & Gun, Jed Portman reveals his secret to outstanding biscuits. He uses cultured butter and buttermilk and instructs readers on how to make their own. It's not a quick process, but the results almost certainly make it worthwhile.

TMBBQ's Daniel Vaughn highlights a Houston restaurant in his latest post. It's called Triple J's Smokehouse (6715 Homestead) and earned a 3.75 rating. They opened back in 1994. Although the chicken was dry and the brisket was nothing to get excited about, Vaughn finds a whole lot to like about their peppery sausage, smoked boudin, juicy ribs and dirty rice. If you need me, I'll be in the car.

Ready to be merry? Marcy de Luna at Zagat Houston has a roundup of five cocktails with the spirit of the holiday season. (Maybe even several spirits of the holiday season.) Whether you want to indulge in the creamy, rum-based Kringle Cream and Cookies at Brennan's of Houston (3300 Smith) or the White Chocolate Candy Cane Martini at Sullivan's Steakhouse (4608 Westheimer), there's something out there for you.

You know what Houston needs? A coffee blog. In the meantime, I asked David Buehrer of Greenway Coffee and Blacksmith for some recommendations and he suggested Sprudge. One of their most recent posts is like a coffeeholic fantasy come true: a drone that delivers coffee right to your door.

That's it for this week. Keep those Houston food blog suggestions coming and we'll consider including them in a future post. To submit a link, click the author's name at the top of the page and send an email.

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