This Week in Food Blogs: Homemade Green Bean Casserole and Pecan Pie Rugelach

Categories: Leftovers

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Fresh green beans make for an excellent casserole.
Smitten Kitchen: Everyone has their opinion about casseroles, and the green bean varietyis one that evokes strong opinions -- you either love it or hate it. But, for those who don't enjoy the casserole made from canned ingredients and fake fried onions, try this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which uses all fresh ingredients (and the crispy onions are made from actual onions). You'll definitely impress everyone at Thanksgiving with this homemade rendition of a classic side dish. It's also made in a cast-iron skillet, which makes it that much better.

Hank On Food: Here's another place to grab an excellent gourmet burger and shake. Hank checked out Grub Burger Bar in CityCentre and indulged in the Lockhart Legend Burger, complete with an Angus beef patty, applewood-smoked bacon, Cheddar cheese, Dr Pepper BBQ sauce, two Shiner Bock-battered onion rings and dill pickles. He paired it with fries, onion rings and the November milkshake, the Twisted Butterscotch Shake, made with butterscotch and crushed pretzel twists. While the burger and onion rings both received an A on his report card, the milkshake came out victorious with an A+.

Adventures in a New(ish) City: Kim Ogonosky checked out RDG + Bar Annie this week during Happy Hour and fell in love with just about everything during her visit, including the free self-parking behind the restaurant. The BBQ Brisket Taquitos and Lime & Black Pepper Potato Chips with Smoked Cheddar Bacon Dip stole her heart, as did the Fried Chicken Mignottes with a blue cheese dipping sauce.

Location Info

Texas Beer Garden

7214 FM 1488 Rd, Magnolia, TX

Category: Restaurant

Grub Burger Bar

799 Town and Country Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

RDG + Bar Annie

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Rey Taqueria

910 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Linda Rogers Weiss
Linda Rogers Weiss

I can't wait to see the pecan pie rugelach. Might have to make that.

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