This Week in Food Blogs: Thanksgiving Recaps, a Look at Foodgasm and Christmas Recipes Galore

Urban Swank: The ladies at Urban Swank attended the Southern Star Beer Dinner at Fusion Taco with Southern Star Brewing Company and feasted on five courses with beer-taco pairings. They loved the wonton shell taco with tuna tartare and avocado paired with the Grisette, as well as the barbecue pork tacos with the Valkyrie Double IPA. But of all the beers they sampled, the Buried Hatchet Stout was their favorite -- it was served with toffee pudding and pistachio ice cream.

The Pioneer Woman: Thanksgiving was a week later this year than it normally is, so that means Christmas will be here before we know it. Ree Drummond will be sharing Christmas recipes between now and the holiday, and her first post includes her favorite Christmas treats, among them cinnamon rolls, spicy molasses cookies, chocolate truffles with sea salt, Brandy snaps and marshmallow pops. Get to baking!

Houston Food Truck Reviews: Foodgasm is a new addition to the Houston food truck scene. David Sarkozi visited the food truck at Karbach Brewing Company on Black Friday. He mentions seeing lots of tasty-looking double burgers and onion rings being served to customers. He took a different route, however, and ordered the catfish and shrimp for $11, as well as the wings and waffles for $10. The huge catfish and shrimp were both coated in a spicy cornmeal breading, leaving them crispy. The cinnamon- and sugar-dusted waffle with syrup and four spicy wings (basically chicken and waffles), served with a side of syrup for dipping, was also a delightful treat.

The Pancake Princess: While you have probably already made all the turkey sandwiches you possibly could with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey, you might not have used all the cranberry sauce. Erika has a recipe for a vegan cranberry chocolate breakfast cake using leftover cranberry sauce. Don't worry, it's not a super-sweet cake; she describes it as being more of a muffin than a cake because there's no added sugar. Instead, the sweetness comes from the dates, cranberry sauce, chocolate chips and bananas.

Patty and David Said...: Every year, Patty and David visit a different restaurant for Thanksgiving. This year, Patty and David dined at Haven. They enjoyed an amuse bouche with deviled eggs and celery stalks stuffed with pimento cheese. For the next course, they enjoyed a seafood salad with crab and shrimp sitting atop a fried green tomato. They then split the pork loin with fried pork belly and sweet potatoes, as well as a classic Thanksgiving plate of turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and vegetables. They finished the meal with the coconut tres leches bread pudding topped with a toasted marshmallow fluff.

The House Always Wins: After taking a small break during November, Rachel Wilkerson is back for regular blog posts throughout December. And it's fitting for her first post of the month to recap her Thanksgiving in Wichita, Kansas. After listening to The Stiff audiobook and watching Catching Fire at a small theater, she enjoyed cranberry Jell-O shots (recipe provided) and indulged in unique doughnuts at The Donut Whole, including s'more, maple bacon, Girl Scout cookie and one topped with Fruity Pebbles.

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