Gastronaut: Meatless Mondays don't have to be bland; vegetarian and vegan dishes can easily be filled with flavor and enticing ingredients, like a veggie panini with a side of cauliflower nuggets at Green Seed Vegan. Katharine Shilcutt writes that the cauliflower nuggets "were as good as ever." The veggies were coated in herbs and oven-fried, and a vinegar-based sauce served alongside the cauliflower nuggets not only kicked up the veggies, but also livened up her sandwich.
Zagat Houston: Recently, Zagat Houston polled its readers to find out the ten best restaurants in Houston. Now that the list has been made, Marcy de Luna has suggestions for what to order at these top restaurants. Try the grilled veal porterhouse with porcini mushroom risotto, Trumpet Royal mushroom marmalade and spinach flan at Mark's American Cuisine; obviously don't miss out on the table-side bananas Foster at Brennan's; and make sure to order the seafood curry consisting of your choice of shrimp or scallops in a peanut, sesame seed and coconut sauce at Kiran's.
Urban Swank: Sometimes you dine at a restaurant or cafe and fall absolutely in love with one of the dishes -- so much that you wish you could recreate it every day of your life. How about the Polenta Gorgonzola Salad at 13 Celsius Wine Bar? Erika Kwee, author of The Pancake Princess, shares her copycat recipe for this salad on the Urban Swank blog. The dish features polenta, over-easy eggs, grilled asparagus, halved grapes and crumbled gorgonzola cheese, all tossed in a balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey dressing over a bed of leafy greens. If you can't make it out to 13 Celsius, you can easily make this salad at home.
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Thrillist: There are some things about food trucks you will never understand unless you own and operate one yourself. Thrillist gives us a little insight into what life is like working on a food truck, like when your truck breaks down, you have to be the mechanic; most of the kitchen equipment is after-market so it can be welded to the truck in order to stay in place when driving over bumpy roads; and the largest profits come from catering and private events.
Good Morning America: The secret is out about Dominique Ansel's cronut recipe. The pastry chef has released the method to making his masterful creation in his new cookbook, "Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes," and Good Morning America was able to post it online for all of us to see. But, just because the recipe is available to everyone does not mean you'll be able to easily accomplish it. It's a multi-day recipe and requires lots of time, skills and specialty ingredients, but why not take a whack at it?
Smitten Kitchen: Seriously, who doesn't love chicken pot pie? Especially when it's a crisp, fall day. We are approaching cooler weather, so it's time to stock up on comforting fall recipes, like this chicken pot pie recipe from Smitten Kitchen. While Deb Perelman has made the dish several times, she has always thought it could be so much better. With a few tweaks like braising the chicken instead of roasting it, and cooking the carrots, peas and pearl onions in the pot pie filling so they soak up all the wonderful juices from the browned chicken breasts, she deems this pot pie, the better chicken pot pie.