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This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Retro Dining and DIY Compound Butter

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We've got reviews of a Houston classic deli and a newer Sichuan Chinese bistro, some dishes to order and create, and an interview with the owner of a popular barbecue trailer on this edition of our food blog review.

This week, Marcy de Luna at Zagat presented a list of the seven best new foods she's had in Houston this year. Some examples include the sous vide chicken at Revival Market, which has just expanded its dining hours and space, the sausage and peppers at Triniti and the carrot pizza at Weights + Measures. The latter has become a standout in the minds of pizza connoisseurs with its Slow Dough Bread Co. dough and wood-fire oven, so don't miss it!

Nielsen's Delicatessen at 4500 Richmond enjoyed a fond review from Nancy of Tag Sale Tastes, who liked the retro dining experience, but not as much as she enjoyed its famous, house-made mayonnaise. The recipe is a closely-guarded secret, but you can take home a container of it with you, if you just can't get enough. The turkey sandwiches are also a hit, with fresh-roasted turkey breast and, of course, tons of mayo.

Compound butter always seems so impressive at restaurants, so why not try to impress your friends with a homemade version? Bev Weidner of Bev Cooks shared these three simple compound butter recipes: roasted shallot and dill butter, sun-dried tomato butter and cilantro, jalapeño and lime butter. Don't worry if you don't have a food processor, because you only need one for the tomato version. 

Bryan of the Texas BBQ Treasure Hunt blog interviewed Wes Jurena, owner of Pappa Charlies Barbecue, and the post is complete with extensive background on the trailer and plenty of mouthwatering pictures. You can usually find Jurena in front of Jackson's Watering Hole at 1205 Richmond. He's come a long way since his days of trying to barbecue for his platoon in the Army, through a telecommunications career, competitive cooking and finally a full-fledged barbecue business.

The folks at HonestlyYUM keep tempting dessert-lovers with recipes like this peach clafoutis with vanilla creme fraiche, which like a deflated soufflé pancake filled with peaches or other fruit. It's baked in a cast-iron skillet and lightly browned, which gives it a peach cobbler look but a much doughier consistency. Looks like it's time to re-season the cast iron and hunt down the "one large vanilla bean" that this dish calls for!

Finally, there's a CocoDijon review of Mala Sichuan at 1201 Westheimer, which scored a 4/5 for both ambience and service. It seems that the food was lacking in some slight respects, such as an underseasoned fried rice and garlic bacon that had more cucumber than garlic flavor, but the dishes were overall well-enjoyed. 

That's all for our tour of Houston food blogs! Leave us a comment or send us an email if there's a blog that you'd like to see featured next time.

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