Sunday, September 10, 2006

Weekend Herb Blogging #49 Recap: What's Your Favorite Herb?


Weekend Herb blogging #49 is here, and people are still coming up with great posts each and every week featuring interesting herbs, plants, veggies, and flowers. In case you don't remember, Weekend Herb Blogging started as a bit of a joke. Now, in a few weeks it will be one year, and I'm planning something a little special for the week of September 25 - October 1, so start thinking now about this: What's your very favorite herb?


Also, next weekend WHB will be traveling to Italy, so read to the end of this recap to see who is next week's host.


Washington D.C., U.S.A.


I want to start this week out by making sure you didn't miss a late addition last week, Christa of Calendula and Concrete created a refreshing looking Basil and Watermelon Drink that may not have been included when you read the recap of WHB #48. It's easy to miss someone, I've done it myself, but you don't want to miss this drink because it sounds amazing.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
The recipe that came next seems just perfect to me, Salmon with Herby Yogourt Sauce from Katerina at Daily Unadventures in Cooking. The sauce has garlic, mint, and dill and sounds like it would taste absolutely wonderful with the salmon.

Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.

A Fridge Full of Food was the next blog to send an entry and Glenna Marie's friend Carrianne created a delicious looking Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Bruschetta. The swipe of parsley on top was a real burst of flavor according to Glenna, who gave this a great review.

Davis, California, U.S.A.

Over at What Did You Eat, Sher is right in the middle of her two-week commitment to eat only vegan food, an admirable effort to be sure. However, she doesn't let that stop her from creating a delicious dish for WHB, and her Succotash of Fresh Corn, Green Beans, Baby Limas, and Basil sounds delicious. There's also some intereting information here about making corn stock, which can be used in a variety of dishes.

Paris, France
The next entry is a two-for-one clear from Paris, with Megan of Chez Megane sending not one, but two fabulous salmon recipes. I saved this immediately to my del.icio.us cookbook and couldn't decide whether to make Roasted Salmon with Macadamia Nut Crust or Grilled Salmon with Herbed Lemon Parmesan Crust first!

Toronto, Canada
Ruth from Once Upon a Feast was wandering around Toronto looking for shoes when she stumbled upon a great-sounding Asian market. It was the baby bok choy she found there that inspired the Spontaneous Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry that is the recipe she sent us this week, but I'm hoping for more reports of interesting things to come.

Weimar, Germany
Another wonderful two-for-one, this time from talented Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey? Her post on Conserving: Pepperonata and Spicy Zucchini features two different types of pickled veggies to preserve that garden produce that so many people have right now. She joked about sending me some, and how I wish she would!

New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Life is busy for Pat of Up a Creek without a PatL. She's remodeling her kitchen, working, cooking, writing a blog, and is active in a local theater company. Pat relies on a book called Vegetables Every Day to help her come up with dishes like Braised Red Radishes, her contribution this week. When I read this post it reminded me that the last time Pat wrote about this book I meant to order it, so now it's on the way to my house!

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
You're going to want to go visit Christine of Christine Cooks when you read her post about all the wild berries that are growing on her property. It sounds like a wonderful place to live. This week Christine talks mostly about blackberries, including How to Freeze Fresh Berries, but we'll be hearing more about these blackberries when she uses them this winter.

Southwestern Virginia, U.S.A.
I was just captivated by the recipe that came next from Coffeepot at Coffee and Cornbread. Everything about Yellow Tomato, Lemon, and Basil Jam sounded good to me, and just to make it even more tempting, Coffeepot eats it on biscuits! No wonder Coffeepot makes a triple batch!

Melbourne, Australia
Next, from Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once comes a post that makes me drool, and Haalo has been a very good herb blogger, finishing up parsley, sage, and thyme this week with rosemary. Check out her absolutely amazing looking Rosemary Olives and you'll be drooling too.

New Jersey, U.S.A.

My dill is not growing too well this summer, but at the home of Gattina from the blog Gattina, she has plenty of dill. Gattina has created a delicious looking Homemade Dill Ravioli with Grilled Eggplant which has fresh dill in the dough, and it sounds fantastic to me.

North Carolina, U.S.A.
Besides finding new blogs all the time, the other reason I love WHB so much is the chance to learn about new ingredients. I'm not sure if this is the first time someone has blogged about bitter melon, but it's definitely something I'm not familiar with. JMom from In Our Kitchen says it really is bitter, and it's an acquired taste, but her dish of Ampalaya or Bitter Melon with Eggs looks yummy.

Melbourne, Australia
Over in Melbourne Ed from Tomato has been busy writing about food that other people have been cooking, but recently he wanted to whip up something yummy himself. I think his Gujerati Carrot Salad looks fabulous, and possibly easy enough that Indian-food-challenged cooks like me could make it. Read this post to see what else Ed confessed that made me love him even more than I already did.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
I am always impressed with people who can make bread from scratch, and Ulrike from Kuchenlatein has certainly earned my respect. This week she is serving up some delicious looking Oatmeal Bread, and she has a great photo of the oats growing to go along with it.

New Delhi, India
From the lovely Sury at (Lima) Beans and Delhi Cha(a)t comes a recipe that is a completely new idea to me. You can imagine how happy that makes me if you know how I love new food ideas. Sury has prepared Green Bell Peppers Stuffed with Kidney Beans, a yummy looking dish which has its origins in Mexico.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
The next recipe was one that I knew I wanted to make as soon as I read it! From Shaheen at Malabar Spices, the Spicy Chicken Kebabs she created had scotch bonnet chiles from her garden, and so many other great flavors I knew they would taste wonderful.

Australia
Anna from Morsels and Musings is in love, and if you read this delightfully written and informative post you will see that the object of her desire is the Mangosteen. I know I had heard the word mangosteen before I read this, but I must confess I knew nothing about them. Anna has convinced me that this is something I must try, even if I have to travel to Australia to get some!

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Another beautiful creation from Ilva of Lucillian Delights. It seems her husband had asked for some sweet focaccia and Ilva had recently acquired some gorgeous blueberries, so she created Focaccia con Mirtilli e Pinoli or Blueberry and Pine Nut Focaccia. Looks fantastic!

Lincolnshire, England, U.K
Our next entry is from RealEpicurean, a blog I recently discovered which has some interesting recipes in the archives already even though it's a fairly new blog. Scott has been out mushroom hunting, and today he's making Wild Mushrooms on Toast, which sounds like a great lunch to me.

Farmgirl's Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.
Next from my favorite farmer, Farmgirl Susan, comes a great post about growing garlic. In her kitchen blog, In My Kitchen Garden, Susan explores the difference between hardneck and softneck garlic, how and when to plant garlic, and why good seed garlic is so expensive, but worth the money. I promise you'll learn something here, even if you're more of a garlic-eater than a garlic-grower!

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener, has been visiting her parents and her dad has been feeding her 24-7, but being the dutiful daughter she is, Genie has not complained. I wouldn't complain either if someone was feeding me the wonderful Basil-Scallop Kebabs her dad came up with, with a piece of basil wrapped around each scallop for extra basil flavor.

The Triangle, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Pookah from What's Cooking in Carolina has been busy making Hot Pepper Jelly, a positively addicting treat that is often eaten with cream cheese and crackers. The recipe she sends sounds great, and for you jelly makers out there, this is a keeper.

Southern California, U.S.A.
At the home of Surfindaave from The Serendipitous Chef, Teenboy and Teengirl have the house in a frenzy of activity, as high school students are likely to do, and Dave has had a rough week. Not to worry though, he still manages to pull off an amazing dish for Weekend Herb Blogging. Check out Dave's Pasta with Shrimp in Orange Fennel Sauce. And if you come back later, Dave promises something extra with figs and oranges.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

I may have surprised everyone by actually posting a dessert this week, but this Peach and Berry Cobbler is actually very South Beach Diet friendly. The topping is 100% whole wheat flour, and the cobbler is sweetened with Splenda in my version, but use sugar if you prefer.

Next week, Weekend Herb Blogging will be traveling to Milan, Italy, where Piperita of The Kitchen Pantry is the host. Send your links to peppermintpatt AT gmail DOT com by 3:00 on Sunday, Utah time, if you want her to include you in the recap which will be posted sometime Monday due to the time difference. Be sure to link to The Kitchen Pantry and include the words Weekend Herb Blogging somewhere in your post.

There are still ten people signed up to be WHB hosts in the future, but if you'd like to try your hand at hosting sometime, you can be added to that list. Send me an e-mail at kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net if you're interested.
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10 comments:

  1. Wow Kalyn! Great round-up. I can't wait to visit all the food bloggers who submitted to WHB this week. The recipes sound wonderful, every one of them!

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  2. As usual, great job in compiling this roundup of awesome sounding dishes.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a nice job you did with the roundup, Kalyn. You're setting the standard high!

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  4. Wonderful roundup! So many new-to-me blogs to visit. The frost got most of my basil last night, but there's still plenty in the herb garden. I'm always looking for new recipes.

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  5. Kalyn, I can easily plan out what I;m gonna cook for the week after browsing these lovely recipes!
    You're just wonderful turning the "joke" to this weekly event, we all enjoy it. Kalyn, thank you!

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  7. Great recipes, all of them! Thank you for carrying out this great service, Kalyn. It's truly a delight to learn about new herbs or fresh concoctions with known herbs.

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  8. Kalyn,

    Whatever it was that inspired you to create Weekend Herb Blogging ... I am so grateful! It's a constant source of such incredible ideas!

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  9. Hello Kalyn, I made a brown bread. Very healthy and very easy and tasty! If you want to duplicate it you should know, that European flours differ from American. Perhaps you need more water. I'm now thinking about my favourite herb and searching for an anniversary dish.

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