Sunday, October 01, 2006

Favorite Herb Recipes from Great Cooks Around the World

The Favorite Herb Recipes
All this week we asked food bloggers to post recipes featuring their favorite herbs to commemorate the one year anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging. If you've been tracking the herb tallies, you realize that there are a lot of different favorite herbs out there in food blog land, a fact that surprised me as much as it did everyone else.


I'll give you the actual tallies at the end of this post, as well as some news about what's ahead for Weekend Herb Blogging. But, this is a contest with lots of winners and no losers. Look at the amazing collection of herb recipes we've created. Have fun visiting all our fabulous herb bloggers and then, get some herbs and cook!

Shiso

He knows it's unusal, but Brendon from Something in Season adores Shiso and suggests a couple of tasty way to use it.

Basil

Elise of Simply Recipes chooses basil, since it's not the season for growing cilantro where she lives, and creates a yummy looking Stuffed Herbed Chicken with Boursin Cheese.

Christine from Christine Cooks is on vacation this week, but she took time to send her link early to vote for basil and give instructions on how to make and freeze basil pesto.

Ruth from Once Upon a Feast would have a hard time picking number two, but she thinks basil rules and proves it with a great collection of basil recipes.

At What's Cooking in Carolina, Pookah also votes for basil which she uses to make pesto, Basil Butter, and Basil Oil.

Paalo, husband of Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once votes for basil, and the dish that he thinks represents it best is Bruschetta al Pomodoro.

Oregano
Meeta from What's For Lunch Honey prefers oregano above all others and created beautiful Greek Stuffed Tomatoes (especially approriate since she's headed to Greece.)

Dill
Anna of Anna's Cool Finds plans to "vote early and often" for dill, which she uses to make Organic Eggplant, Tomato and Dill Havarti Wrap, as well as some other treats.

Thyme
In a beautifully written peek into Australian history, Neil of Food For Thought savors thyme and shares a recipe for Peppers with Thyme.

Chives

Over at A Veggie Venture, Alanna had a hard time making a choice until she pondered the four seasons versatility of chives, her choice to top a delicious-sounding Salmon Chowder.

Parsley

In Germany, Ulrike from Kuchenlatein is strongly favoring parsley, using it to make Parsley Potatoes and a collection of other parsley dishes.

Although he loves basil, Ed from Tomato has to give his vote to curly parsley, and sends a recipe for Mussels with Parsley, Onion, and Wine to show why it's his favorite.

Also choosing parsley as *Herb of the Year* is The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan, who says it's the one herb she cannot live without and sends a few of her favorite recipes for using parsley.

Mint

At Sugar Delirium, Veuve Clicquot is mad for mint and creates a refreshing looking Tequila Mojito.

Sage

Chrispy of Experimentation of Taste selects sage in a post full of sage information, including a recipe for Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Fried Sage Leaves that sounds scrumptious.

Another sage fan is Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener, who shares a fantastic sounding recipe for Pasta with Sage-Walnut Pesto, as well as other sage recipes and memories of gret dinners featuring sage.

A new herb blogger also voting for sage is Kate from Thyme for Cooking, the Blog who sends a great sounding recipe for Veal Saltimbocca alla Romano for Two.

Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once loves to cook with sage and sends recipes for Quail Saltimbocca and Linguine with Sage Burnt Butter Sauce and Sauteed Sweet Potato to prove it.

Lemon Verbena

If you haven't eaten rabbit, journey to Italy where Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry votes for lemon verbena and will teach you to prepare Verbena Rabbit.

Cilantro (coriander leaf)

Anna from Morsels and Musings loves coriander leaf (cilantro) and shares two recipes, Potatoes Coriander and Coriander and Yoghurt Chutney.

Another vote for cilantro via Karina from Gluten-Free Goddess who shares her New Mexico version of Roasted Corn Chowder with Cilantro.

Sher from What Did You Eat is also crazy for cilantro, and sends a great sounding recipe for Asian Salmon-and-Rice Soup with Cilantro; however the cat prefers a different herb.

Another version of Coriander Chutney, Chutney Sandwiches, and 10 Things to do with Coriander Chutney is the fabulous collection of recipes that comes with the selection of coriander as her favorite by Nandita of Saffron Trail.

Mae from Rice and Noodles is also another food blogger who loves coriander leaf and she sends an impressive collection of past recipes as well as a new recipe for Oriental Chicken Sausage rolls, all featuring yummy coriander leaf.

My own vote is also for cilantro, which I'm using in Black Bean, Rice, and Cilantro Salad, now newly-renamed My Favorite Herb Salad, and I'm also including a collection of great cilantro recipes from the year.

Scallion (green onion)

Gattina from the blog Gattina sighs over scallions, and uses them to make a batch of drool-worthy Scallion Hot Cakes Chinese Style.

Greek Bay Laurel
Cookiecrumb and Beansprout from I'm Mad and I Eat are reminiscing about some great dishes they've made with Greek bay laurel, and also proposing a very inventive way for food bloggers to share herbs when they have an abundance.

Tarragon
The pick is tarragon for EJM from Blog From Our Kitchen, and she shares a great sounding recipe for Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce as well as some other information about growing tarragon and a recipe for her own version of Old Bay seasoning.

Also choosing tarragon is Virginie from Absolutely Green, who produces a recipe for
Biscotti with Chocolate and Tarragon which was inspired by a post from another herb blogger. (Click the English translation if you can't read French.)

Tarragon is also the herb of choice for Dave of The Serendipitous Chef (or is it sage), but he also reminds us that the hunt is best best part of trying new foods and his favorite part of the hunt is the herb he hasn't yet discovered.

Rosemary
Ilva from Lucullian Delights always delights us with her photos, and this time she goes with rosemary as her favorite and prepares a yummy looking Quince/Apples with Rosemary and Pine Nut Topping and Rum-Lime Sauce.


Another blogger selecting rosemary is Scott from Real Epicurean, who offers a recipe for Rosemary-Mint Pesto which he says is wonderful to serve with lamb.

Garlic
Farmgirl Susan grows so many fabulous herbs on her farm and writes about them at In My Kitchen Garden, it was hard to choose! She settles on garlic, with a second choice of basil, and she uses both to make her famous Savory Tomato Pesto Pie.

The Favorite Herb Votes

No one was more surprised than I was that basil did not win hands down as the most preferred herb. It may have been an unfair advantage that I picked cilantro, and the cilantro votes in the comments really started coming in after I published my post. I wondered if the basil supporters would mount a big get-out-the-vote campaign, but it didn't happen. From Friday on, Cilantro never lost the lead.


Unless I miscounted, there were exactly 50 votes cast, either by submitting a Favorite Herb post, or by voting in comments. Here's how the votes came down:

Cilantro (the winner!) 13 votes
Basil (second place) 7 votes
Sage (third place) 5 votes
Tarragon (tied for fourth place) 4 votes
Rosemary (tied for fourth place) 4 votes
Parsley 3 votes
Garlic 2 votes
Shiso 1 vote
Oregano 1 vote
Dill 1 vote
Thyme 1 vote
Chives 1 vote
Mint 1 vote
Lemon Verbena 1 vote
Greek Bay Laurel 1 vote
Scallion 1 vote
Salt and Pepper 1 vote
Catnip 1 feline vote

What's Ahead for Weekend Herb Blogging?

That Weekend Herb Blogging has succeeded beyond anything I ever expected goes without saying. When I started blogging about things in my garden, I barely knew what a food blog event was, nevermind trying to create one. The energy and enthusiasm of the participants to learn about new plants is what has kept Weekend Herb Blogging going for 52 weeks.

There have been a few changes along the way, adding some Rules for Weekend Herb Blogging, and then starting with week 33, guest hosts. Now there are so many people signed up to be a host, that to me it feels like it's time to turn Weekend Herb Blogging over to the food blog community.

Starting this month, I've decided I'm only going to host on the first Sunday of the month. To make sure it's not hard to figure out just who the host is each week, I've established a permanent section in the right sidebar of Kalyn's Kitchen (see example below) so all the Weekend Herb Blogging information is easy to find. Participants can check Who's Hosting Weekend Herb Blogging where hosts will be posted a month in advance.
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21 comments:

Virginie said...

Before the votes, I though it would be basil, as lots of people love basil. But I would have never thought about cilantro. I don't know in the states, but in France, cilantro divises eaters : there are those who love it, and those who really dislike it, even the smell. To give an exemple, I never use cilantro when I invite people, in case one of them has got a problem with cilantro. Well, your game gives it a better status, and it deserves it. I do appreciate bloggers have chosen different herbs... even catsnip, so it's a real bouquet of herbs for this birthday.

Kalyn said...

Hi Virginie, I can assure you that cilantro is very controversial here too!!

If any sharp-eyed basil voters notice that the totals changed here's what happened. Farmgirl has been having major computer troubles (dial-up) and sent me an e-mail saying her post was coming. So I put in a mention of her without a link, but I mistakenly thought she was voting for basil. When I got the link, basil was her second choice, but she was actually voting for garlic, so I had to change the totals.

No hanging chads here. This is all on the up and up!

Ruth said...

I must say, I am surprised that basil only got 7 votes. And although I would have thought that cilantro would get lots I thought the race would be closer.

As for some of my other favorites....only 1 each for oregano, thyme, rosemary...I'm shocked.

Great job Kalyn and I can't wait to check out all the entries. I'm also looking forward to next weekend.

Genie said...

Kalyn,

Three cheers for you and this wonderful event! And you know, after all that, I'm not surprised that basil didn't take it. I think most people love it, but might have stronger feelings about another herb.

Looking forward to going through everyone's recipes, as well as to another fabulous year of herb blogging!

Genie
The Inadvertent Gardener

neil said...

Well, Sophie Grigson would be happy with your poll, as she recently claimed coriander (cilantro) is the world's most popular herb. I'm not as shocked as Ruth about some of the minor place getters, there was only one vote per person, maybe if there was a second and third vote it might have been a different story....
Thank-you for your kind words and all the hard work you put in Kalyn, it was a great week!

Ed Charles said...

I was surprised too to see basil at number two and cilantro at number one. Then in the real world there are 1 billion people each in india and china who'll be using Cilantro (coriander as we call it here) and have never seen basil so it probably really is the most popular. Great list!

Mae said...

Kalyn, thanks for hosting and what a fantastic roundup! Again, congratulations and Happy 1st Year Anniversary.

It's been a fun year of learning different type of herbs indeed. I nearly voted for rosemary mind you as this is another herb that i use often but since i have plentiful of coriander post, it must be my favourite! :-)

A job well done Kalyn, thank you. Oh, and i like the way you did the round-up; by herbs.

Pille said...

What a wonderful round-up of favourite herbs (how come dill only got 1 vote though?!?!?). WHB has been very educational for me - I love reading about new herbs - and new uses for old favourites. I'm very much looking forward to participating in future rounds.

Anna said...

i was surprised that the votes weren't closer! i can't believe coriander won by so much.

glad to see catsnip get one in there :)

veuveclicquot said...

Kalyn, your roundup is wonderful! Like many, I expected basil to win, probably because I have yet to meet anyone who dislikes it (but then again... not disliking something is different from loving it!)

Thanks for all your hard work. This was fun, educational and entertaining to read! :)

Alanna said...

Yay cilantro! I don't think of it as an 'herb' since I have no luck growing it ... but of all the herbs in the running, after chives, it's likely the one I use most often and even compared to chive, in the greatest quantity. Once again, congratulations on creating and sustaining a forum for fresh, delicious every-day food ...

Gentle said...

Hooray for cilantro!

It turns out my cilantro movie might have legs!

gattina said...

Kalyn,
fantastic round-up! Yup, everyone herb is winner! Kalyn, thank you for creating this wonderful event!

Kalyn said...

Hi everyone. Thanks for the nice comments, and long live cilantro! (OK, I like all the other herbs too.)

PatL said...

I wish I'd had time to vote, I'd have definitely gone for basil. Cilantro is not high on my list, I use it only very sparingly when it's called for; the Huz and I both don't like a lot of it, unlike basil, which we can just overload on any day. But that's what makes the old world go 'round, as they say!

Katie said...

I'm afraid I have the anti-cilantro gene. I can't even begin to describe how horrible it tastes to me and it took me quite awhile to figure out exactly what was causing whole salads to be thrown out. I'll be curious if anyone ever figures this one out....and I'm curious as to what it tastes like to all the people who love it so...

As to the rest of the herbs and recipes - WOW! It's going to a great cooking in our kitchen for another one or 2 - until the herb garden succumbs to winter....sigh!

doodles said...

kaylyn I am so very sorry I missed your special herb blogging. I had a perfect post for it....but I'll save it for the 2nd anniversary.
Congrats on such a great roundup. And being a lover of cilantro I am pleased with the voting results.

http://pbetouffee.blogspot.com/2006/07/infused-oils.html

christine said...

Hello from New Hampshire Kalyn!
I'm sending this on a very s-l-o-w 56K modem which is driving me crazy. This may be the only thing I write this week until I can find a faster Internet cafe.
Thanks so much for your wonderful round-up. I'll enjoy visiting everyone who joined in as soon as I get home. I too am surprised that basil took such a long second place to cilantro. I adore cilantro but don't find it to be nearly as versatile as basil. Want to know my theory? I think basil came in first in everyone's mind but then was dismissed as being too "common". Whatcha think?
We're having a wonderful time in the middle of the New Hampshire woods, taking long walks and enjoying the exquisite fall colors. I wish I could write to everyone, but with such slow speed, hope to wish you and all my blogger friends well with this too short note. I now know what Susan of Farm Girl Fare has been dealing with a commiserate.

lucette said...

Kalyn--great round-up. I was working on a giant project last week and so didn't post--but I couldn't resist a trailing post, because I'm such a big basil fan. I was surprised too that basil didn't win--but maybe it's such a staple herb that other herbs have more of a star quality?
But I love cilantro, too!

ejm said...

What a fantastic roundup, Kalyn. Well done, as usual.

I too was surprised at basil not winning. And especially surprised about coriander taking first place. I adore coriander leaf but know many people who can't stand it (including one of my sisters-in-law).

(Can I try pushing the basil count up by saying that my husband voted for basil over tarragon?)

-Elizabeth

Kalyn said...

Hi everyone,
My condolences to all the basil lovers who wish they had gotten the votes in. No one was more surprised than me that basil didn't win. And I LOVE basil too.

Christine, how sweet of you to check in from your trip. Hope you're having a fabulous time.

With the votes from the comments on this post, it might be a tie with basil and cilantro. We will have to do it again sometime.

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