Smoke Gets in Blogs' Eyes, and Sister Cookies Are Doin' It for Themselves

This week, Dallas food blogs are tittering about what's new and exciting. We have equal rights for cookies, a new gadget for barbecue, more angles on the possibility of food trucks and (predictably) a new list of places of restaurants willing to work on Christmas Day. And that's just the beginning.

Read on for how the blogosphere is preparing for the future in food.

Dallas Morning News Leslie Brenner has an exceptionally good time at Tei-An restaurant.

Eats Blog Christopher Wynn reports that Rise restaurant's owner Hedda Dowd and chef Cherif Brahmi have a new cookbook packed with anecdotes, photos, illustrations and of course, recipes for their celebrated French fare.

Kim Pierce reports the winner of The Dallas Morning News-Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest is a conspicuously feminine angel cookie. This is apparently a big step for feminist cookies who have spent their lives struggling for equality against their equally genital-less gingerbread men counterparts.

This might be enough to nudge "gingerbread person" up there with police officer, mail carrier and server. It's only fair.

Sidedish Blogs took a quick break from writing lists of restaurants willing to cook so you don't have to, but Christmas is looming and it's time to redouble efforts. Sarah Reisse has a list of restaurants open on Christmas Day.

Last week a spat erupted between Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner and Full Custom Gospel BBQ blogger Daniel Vaughn. Pretty much, Vaughn said that Brenner's Best Barbecue in Dallas story over-borrowed from his Best Barbecue cover story. Innocuous details were collected as evidence and condescending jabs were thrown. If you missed it or if that description is too vague, Nancy Nichols sums up "Barbecue Gate" here. You can read Vaughn's original complaint here and Brenner's rebuttal over here.

Pegasus News Teresa Gubbins reports that Cedar Hill's Smokehouse Barbecue has an "interesting" way of preparing its brisket: They smoke it for 12 house in something called a Traeger Pellet Smoker, which uses wood pellets for fuel. Something smells like the future.

London-based Yo!Sushi is checking out Dallas for a place to set up camp. It's something to get psyched about: Yo!Sushi one of those neat little places with the sushi on a conveyor belt.

Chowhound Dallas foodies do some detective work to track down the best corned beef hash in Dallas.

Now that the temperature is dropping and the words "light and crisp" are being replaced with "filling and hearty," it's time to start thinking about chili. Chowhoud is two steps ahead of you.

Critic's Guide Now that plenty of people have thrown their weight into the fight for food trucks, not too many have slowed down to ask what chefs think of the phenomenon coming to Dallas. Jennifer Chininis catches up with a few chefs to learn their opinions.

City of Ate Tomato, to-mah-to and all that business, but is there really a difference when you're paying for it? We get that ingredients should be high-quality, but who decided that "plain" and "simple" are marketing terms?

Hanna Raskin reports that a Manhattan 7-Eleven is testing a new market by rolling out five new vegan items, but the company says the new additions might not be sprouting up nation-wide.

Should you find yourself in a pickle shopping for the foodies on your list, Hanna knows a few things you can get them...a few things you should avoid.

Jenny Block shares her semi-homemade recipe for Chanukah doughnuts.

In a new feature, Sake Balm Sushi Longue is Kristy Yang's first stop on her trek through Dallas's best Happy Hour spots.

Andrew Marton says that Rachael Ray is back with a new show. Here's hoping she's serving up fewer "sammies" and way more useful advice.

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