This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Helen's Lamb Ribs Stack Up

This week, we've got a few savory recipes, restaurant reviews and the skinny on a newly released beer from one of Houston's favorite breweries.

Now that the weather is almost committed to the calendar year, we'd like to share this seasonally appropriate recipe for Santa Fe soup from Nishta of Blue Jean Gourmet. On her recent honeymoon, she had a zesty creamed corn soup that she simply had to re-create when she got back to her kitchen, and she's pretty pleased with the results. It's got onions, garlic, chipotles and cream, so this rich soup packs a bigger punch than your average corn chowder.

Kim of Adventures in a New(ish) City paid a visit to Beer Market Co., 920 Studemont, to catch the last Astros game, but she was the most enthused about the mac 'n' cheese balls (okay, that's an exaggeration – Kim loves those 'Stros!). The fried mac appetizer did hit a home run, though, and the pretzels with beer cheese slid in second. She wasn't as impressed with the veggie burger, but the thinly cut french fries were also a hit.

Caracol, at 2200 Post Oak, successfully served Lindy of the Patty and David Said blog a strong blackberry mojito and oysters that would convert a true oysterphobe. The bone-in short ribs shone, especially because of a rich cocoa nib sauce, and the charred Brussels sprouts, served on a skewer, were also a standout. The final verdict? Absolutely don't forget to order the garlic mushrooms!

Honestly YUM's Karen posted this white cheddar mac 'n' cheese-stuffed squash, and we're all right with pretending that the squash makes it a completely healthy meal. Right? Try extra-sharp cheddar and a sweeter squash for a zinger of a flavor combination, and be sure to use the panko topping to add a little crunch.

The lovely ladies of Urban Swank were seriously impressed with the newly opened Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice. They found the ambience just right to enjoy the stuffed squash blossoms with ricotta cheese, greens and cheese pie, which is wrapped in filo dough and topped with capers, and a Jenga-style pile of lamb ribs on orzo and collard greens. And, of course, the extensive Greek wine list is a rarity, even in Houston.

Saint Arnold just released its new Art Car IPA in cans, and Bryan of Great Beer Now has the scoop on this new brew, including the artist who created the label design. You can also find details about the malts and hops that went into Art Car, plus its specifications. The beer is available only on tap or in cans, so don't wait for a bottle release to try it.

That's it for This Week in Houston Food Blogs! If you know of a blog that you'd like to see featured, leave us a comment or send us an email.

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