This week, we've got suggestions for wintertime dining-out options, a few healthy recipes to help you with those resolutions and a round-up of 2015's top barbecue picks.
Now that the weather has finally caught up with the season, Robin Sussman of Zagat has put together a list of the best soups in Houston to help you keep cozy and fight off any pesky winter colds you may encounter. Some picks on her list are fairly obvious choices, such as ramen from Kata Robata at 3600 Kirby, while others might not be on your soup radar, like the black bean soup in a sourdough bread bowl from Américas, 2040 West Gray.
Another great choice for soup that didn't make Sussman's list is Bayou City Seafood n' Pasta, 4730 Richmond. Lindy of the Patty and David Said blog enjoyed the chicken and sausage gumbo, and one of her readers also adores the crab bisque. Lindy says skip the crab spinach and artichoke dip; while she ate plenty of it, she didn't see any large chunks of crab in it.
Nancy of Tag Sale Tastes posted a recipe for spinach and oyster dressing, and, while it may be almost another year until you make dressing again, we hope this will stick in your memory until then. The recipe belonged to an acquaintance of Nancy's named Robin who passed away just before Christmas of this year, and Nancy thinks that the greatest way to honor her memory is to pass on her recipes. Robin was an avid foodie who participated in recipe contests and had a farmers' market stand and an Etsy shop for her canned goods, so we're sure that this dressing recipe will be another credit to her reputation.
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If you had a bit too much good food (and maybe some good wine, too) over the holidays and you're looking for something to help your body recharge, check out this recipe for creamy green smoothies from Claire of The Petite Professional. Smoothies that are packed with spinach can sound a bit scary to newbies, but don't be afraid – they taste great, and this one is probably no exception. It's loaded with mango chunks, avocado, ginger and a yogurt of your choice, although Claire highly recommends coconut. Give it a try and see if it helps you feel a bit less like you've eaten an awe-inspiring number of cookies over the past few weeks.
Maybe green smoothies aren't up your alley but you're still looking for some new, healthier recipes to spice things up. Ali Miller, RD, wants you to get excited about sunchokes, a tuber from Central America that resembles ginger and tastes nutty. She shared a recipe for mashed sunchokes and Yukon gold potatoes that will add some kick to this classic side and a skip to your step with the sunchokes' high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes.
Last year was a big one for Houston-area barbecue fans, and Scott Sandlin of the Texas Pit Quest blog put together a list of the 25 best barbecue dishes he sampled in 2015, presented in chronological order. Some of the eateries on the list, such as Killen's Barbecue or Pappa Charlies Barbecue, won't surprise most of those in the know about barbecue. However, be sure to take a look at which specific dishes stood out at each of these places, because a few untraditional dishes made the cut, too.
That's it for this week in Houston's food blog scene! If you know of a blog you want us to talk about here, leave us a comment or send us an email to let us know.