This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Combination Platters and DIY Chocolate Easter Eggs

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If you know local fried chicken expert Jay Francis, then you've probably also been breathlessly awaiting his list of church-sponsored fried chicken picnics across Texas. (Well, maybe you haven't, but we certainly have.) Air up the tires, check the oil and get ready to go on some delicious road trips.

A Southern Fairy Tale has a weekly recipe round-up called Mouthwatering Mondays. There are several good-looking recipes this week, including chicken and dumplings, but the one that really caught our attention was the "Make Your Own Cadbury Creme Eggs." Imagine the possibilities! You could flavor them with something else, like citrus, or change the coating from milk to dark chocolate. The recipe comes from Wheel 'N Deal Mama, a blogger in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Pancake Princess has a recipe of her own to share. Her photo-intensive blog posts goes through step-by-step instructions on how to make vegan potstickers and says these are easier than you might think. She also has a recommendation for a great sauté pan. Even meat eaters will get something useful out of the post.

Houston Fed does another excellent end-of-month round-up post. Besides traveling to several barbecue joints both local and across the state, he visited several Houston restaurants, too. He cites Kitchen 713's shrimp and grits as one of the best bites of the month. (Kitchen 713 is located at 4515 Canal.) Other shout-outs go to Roegels Barbecue Co.'s brisket (2223 South Voss), Cafe Piquet's picadillo empanadas and Mala Sichuan's red oil dumplings.

The ladies of Urban Swank compliment Los Tios' consistency while revealing what they're looking for in a Tex-Mex place. Both of them love the Combination Plate No. 6, which is made up of puffy queso, a cheese enchilada and a beef taco. They also love the Anniversary Nachos and the Acapulco dinner, which has a little of everything-- beef taco, puffy queso, guacamole salad, cheese enchilada and a tamale. Is it lunchtime yet?

Last but not least: lovely toasted bun, lots of blue cheese, a round burger patty--must be a fancy, gourmet restaurant burger, right? Russell of Eat More Burgers had some fun with his social media followers last week when he posted a photo of a great-looking blue cheese burger and asked them to guess where it was from. The answer: a fast food chain. It's a $7 value that you just have to see.

That's it for this week! If you know of a Houston food blog that you'd like us to check out, please send us email or leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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