Sunday, July 01, 2007

Another Amazing Collection of Recipes from the Weekend Herb Bloggers!

Once again I'm feeling proud and amazed at all the fantastic entries people have been sending all week for Weekend Herb Blogging #89. Someone asked this week whether I ever imagined WHB would last this long, and I had to laugh, since it started as a joke, and I never even imagined it would catch on, let alone last the way it has. I know I'm repeating myself, but it's learning about foods from the amazing participants that has kept Weekend Herb Blogging going all these weeks. Read through this week's collection of entries and you'll see just what I mean.

Melbourne, Australia
Winter has arrived in Australia, where Lucy from Nourish Me has spent all day concocting a wonderful collection of roasted root vegetables. The perfect finishing touch for this culinary accomplishment is a Red Wine, Porcini, and Rosemary Sauce, which sounds like it would be delicious no matter what you served it on.

San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A.
You must visit the charming blog called Briciole, written by Simona who writes about a certain food and then provides an audio link telling how to say the word in Italian. This week it's Prezzemolo or Parsley that she's writing about, and you'll have to visit to see what the Italians mean if they say someone is "like parsley."

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Talented Cook Ruth from Once Upon a Feast is going to take a break from grilling salmon, but I'm glad she didn't quite before she shared her recipe for Grilled Herb Crusted Salmon which sounds like a winner to me. What other omega-3 rich fish do you think Ruth should try on the grill next?

Melbourne, Australia
I'm fascinated by Turkish food, and the next post comes from the blog Only Turkish Food where Ceviz posts her recipes in English (she also has a blog in Turkish.) Since it's cold there, she has created a spicy and delicious sounding Tomato Soup with Rice and Mint.

Tullinn, Estonia
Pille from Nami-Nami and her charming boyfriend K have been foraging for food again, and this time they've managed to get some delicious wild strawberries. This post has a lot of interesting information about wild strawberries, and also a recipe for making Wild Strawberry Jam, should you be lucky enough to find some!

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
There's a lovely new blog header at Daily Unadventures in Cooking, where the talented Katerina has made a great pasta dish for Weekend Herb Blogging. I think mint and zucchini are a natural combination, so I love the sound of her recipe for Fussili with Zucchini, Mint, and Cream.

New Paltz, New York, U.S.A.
At Gluten Free By The Bay, it's too hot to cook so the menu is featuring a fabulous sounding Herbed Balsamic Tuna Salad. It can be eaten as is, or made into a sandwich using your favorite bread. While you're visiting blogs, also check out this food blog event which the thoughtful Isaiah has created to help out a beloved fellow blogger who's coping with newly-discovered food allergies.

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
At Nook and Pantry, Amy is always creating interesting dishes, often with an Asian influence. This week she has made Crisp and Crunchy Daikon Cakes, which sound delicious and seem like a fantastic way to use this interesting vegetable.

Victoria, B.C., Canada
A fabulous post next about Fried Zucchini Blossoms from Rebeca of Dinner in the Yellow House. Head over there to check out the step-by-step instructions, plus I learned a lot about zucchini flowers that I didn't know!

Southern California, U.S.A.
The topic is saffron for Susan from Food Blogga, and I'll bet you'll learn something you didn't know about this very expensive ingredient. Susan has had a love-hate thing with saffron, but she's learning to appreciate it more, thanks to dishes like her Pasta Shells in Creamy Saffron Sauce with Shrimp and Fresh Peas.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
Genie The Inadvertent Gardener is excited to discover she has some flowers on her Texas Tarragon. If you click through and read the comments, Genie has sampled this interesting herb and reports it's tasty.

Heart of the Vendee, France
This week will go on a record as the time when Katie of Thyme for Cooking has confessed that she's quite fickle when it comes to herbs, choosing whichever catches her eye when she's making something like an Omelet with Avocado, Chevre, and Herbs. Katie does express her love for avocados though, and shares why they're such a good choice for healthy eating.

Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Sarah of Avenue Food shares a salad recipe that reminds her of her past and some cookbooks that shared Asianish dishes that may or may not be authentically Asian. Whether it's authentic or not, Sarah's recipe for Somen Salad has a lot of tasty ingredients and sounds delicious.

Country Victoria, Australia
I'm impressed by anyone who makes bread, and cilantro always gets my attention, so I was doubly interested in the recipe for Brie, Coriander and Mozarella Pull-Apart Bread from Pam of The Backyard Pizzeria. If you like coriander leaf or cilantro at all, I bet this will sound great to you too.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
I've often joked that Sher from What Did You Eat has the same tastebuds as I do, and somehow she keeps coming up with dishes that I could just eat right off the computer screen. This week it's beautiful Copper River Salmon with Kalamata Olive, Orange, Thyme and Celery Relish. I just may have to show up in Davis, California sometime and see what Sher would feed me!

Pennsylvania, via Wyoming, U.S.A.
Alysha from The Savory Notebook is on vacation in Montana, but she managed to post something for WHB, and she even passed through Salt Lake on her way to Yellowstone. If you like pesto or hummus, you'll want to see the two recipes using basil that Alysha posted, Basil Pesto Plus Sicilian Chickpea Spread.

Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.
Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food is confessing her affection for Alton Brown from The Food Network, and you have to admit, he's kind of cute and the guy seems like he can cook. You must check out the recipe Glenna tried for Alton Brown's Parlsey Salad and see what you think. I'm mad for parsley, so I give it a big thumb up.

Melbourne, Australia
Another person who's feeling a fondness for rosemary this week is Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe, who shares about the symbolic meanings attached to this fragrant herb and other things about the historical use of rosemary. Johanna uses it as a flavoring in Remembrance Soda Bread, which sounds as if it would have a flavor that would be quite memorable.

Tuscany, Italy
I'm always interested to see what is coming out of the kitchen of my great friend Ilva from Lucullian Delights, especially since she could take a photo that makes the simplest dish look like it came from a famous restaurant. This time Ilva created Carrot Salad with Walnuts, Anise Seed, and Balsamic Vinegar, and it looks amazing.

Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Next up is a yummy looking treat from Cafe Lynnylu, where Lynne has used Lemon Verbena is a recipe for blueberry muffins to create Blueberry Lemon Verbena Muffins. I love the smell of lemon verbena and think this sounds like a great pairing.

Oxford, U.K.
You know how excited I get when someone finds a brand new plant, and I'm pretty sure this entry from Sophie of Mostly Eating is talking about something new to WHB. Sophis has discovered a plant called Okahijiki or Land Seaweed, and not only does it have an interesting look, but she cooked it and likes the taste too.

Covina, Southern California, U.S.A.
Shirley of Melting Wok is getting ready to take a trip home to Malaysia, but before she leaves she's making a famous Asian Dish, Thai Green Curry Chicken. Don't miss her diagram of the ingredients she's using for her curry paste; it sounds like a wonderful recipe.

Mill Valley, California, U.S.A.
Next up is a lovely looking salad from Anna of Anna's Cool Finds who uses an ingredient I've always been curious about. Boconccini is a type of cheese I've never tried, but I think it looks delicious in Anna's Broccoli and Boconccini Salad with Tomatoes.

Osaka, Japan
Lucas from Nihon No Ryori or Cooking in Japan is back this week with an informative post about Daikon, those giant white radishes eaten in Asia. Check his photo if you have no idea how large these root vegetables really are.

Outside Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Next week's host for WHB is Chris from Mele Cotte who has been on an amazing trip to Eastern Europe with her mother, how cool is that? Now she is sharing installments of the places they saw, complete with recipes for a dish from that region. This post has a recipe for Golabki or Cabbage Rolls; head over to Mele Cotte to see all the places Christ has visited.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
If you think there are only one or two types of eggplant, read the next post from Kenny at Veggie Gardening Tips who is talking about Eggplant Varieties, including some very interesting sounding heirloom eggplants. Kenny's hoping for some good eggplant recipes if anyone has one!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Peter from Kolofagas - In Pursuit of Delicious Food has been making homemade hot mustard, and learning a lot about mustard seeds in the process. Anyone know where most of the world's mustard seeds come from? Visit Peter's blog to find out. (It was a surprise to me.)

Westchester, New York, U.S.A.
Rinku writes the blog Cooking in Westchester, the Practical, Spicy, Flavorful Way, and she often has recipes that sound very intersting to me. This week she's outdone herself with something that made me want to crawl right through the computer screen for a taste - Mussels in Coconut Cilantro Gravy.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
A very unusual, colorful, and flavorful sounding dish is next from The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan, who always posts about interesting things. This time she has made Zucchini and Tomatoes with Herbed Hemp Seed Filling; check out the photo and see how delicious it looks.

Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
I'm often dazzled by the food that Burcu presents at her blog Almost Turkish Recipes, but the photo that she posted of this dish is just stunning. The name of the recipe is Artichokes Stuffed with Fresh Fava Beans, and it looks like it would taste fantastic.

Melbourne, Australia
Another fantastic photographer is Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, who can make the most ordinary ingredient look beautiful in her photos. There is nothing at all ordinary though about the recipe for Carmelised Spanish Onions she is sharing today, and be sure to click the link to see what dish she used the onions in, it's just outstanding.

Vienna, Austria
I'm always pleased when someone takes one of my recipes and makes it their own creation, and this week Astrid from Paulchen's Food Blog has adapted my chicken salad recipe into her version of Lime Chicken Salad with Tarragon. There's a surprise ingredient too, which I think sounds just fabulous; go and see what it is.

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
One of the most impressive gardens I've seen belongs to Strata from My Bay Area Garden, and this week she's talking about trimming herbs and harvesting lavender. Visit Strata for ideas of how to use the lavender that needs to get cut off.

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
At Confections of a Foodie Bride, Shawnda is just about to get a new kitchen. She barely had time to whip up a Quick Pasta Toss with Asparagus, Roasted Peppers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes before the walls come tumbling down. (I might be exaggerating a bit, but not much.)

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
In the past, Ulrike of Kuchenlatein and I have had fun teasing each other about the relative merits of parsley versus cilantro, but now we've found an herb we can both agree on: Tarragon! Ulrike has surpassed my creativity though and posted a recipe for Tarragon Ice Cream, as well as a not-to-be-missed photo.

Somewhere Near the Triangle, North Carolian, U.S.A.
Pookah at What's Cooking in Carolina is thinking of Asian flavors these days, and she is trying a recipe that has a lot of them. If you have some fresh green beans, try her recipe for Leslie's Green Beans and I bet you'll be glad you did.

Southern California, U.S.A.
Lots of people seem to be in a Thai frame of mind this week, and here comes Emily from Superspark with Thai Red Curry with Tofu, Mango, and Sugar Snap Peas. Don't you think that sounds just fantastic!

Sicily
As I said, I'm in awe of people who make bread, and that goes for pizza too. Wait until you see the pizza that Nicole from Pinch My Salt made from her Whole Wheat Rosemary Pizza Crust. There is a surprise pizza topping that you might not have had before.

Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.
At Play With Food the husband of Deborah has a very good idea for growing herbs in a yard with limited sun, so check that out first, then check out her recipe. I haven't ever cooked veal, but Veal Chops with White Wine and Fresh Sage Chiffonade sounds just wonderful.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own recipe this week was for grilled lamb chops, something that hasn't ever made an appearnance on Kalyn's Kitchen before. I absolutely loved this recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Rosemary, and Thyme, and it's 100% certain I'll be making this again.

We're done, and unless I've counted wrong that's exactly 40 entries counting my own. Now I remember one reason why I decided to only host once a month! Seriously though, we have hosts lined up until Christmas, and people are still signing up. If you're up for the challenge, send an e-mail to kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net to get on the (ever-growing) list.

Next week's host is world-traveler Christ from Mele Cotte, and I hope she's getting a little down time before she takes on the job. Thanks to everyone for the continued participation. Now I think I'll go cook something!
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13 comments:

Glenna said...

Thanks for the great round up, Kalyn. Man, look at all these herby folks! It's like a cult or something. Well, you know, in a good way. Thank you, fearless leade3r!

Shawnda said...

Great round-up! And you were not exaggerating about my kitchen walls - I have a shiny new sledge hammer just waitin' on the go-ahead from my husband :)

Lucy said...

Such a lot of work goes into this Kalyn, so thank you. What a wonderful collection of recipes.

Ilva said...

You are a master at making personal and nice roundups! Thanks Kalyn!

katiez said...

Whew! What a wonderful job!
Well written and now I'm going back to actually look at all of the recipes. First, more coffee... I wonder if I should pack a lunch....

Peter M said...

Is it just me or are their more participants week by week?

I'm going to go through each & every blog today.

Genie said...

Kalyn, every week it's such an informative and interesting round-up of recipes...I could never cook them all, but I always want to! Thanks for this week's round-up, and for keeping this organized -- it's such a fun event of which to be part.

Kalyn said...

You guys are all so sweet. Peter, I haven't been keeping careful track of it, but I think the record might be 41 entries, so this is quite a few. Anyone know for sure?

sher said...

Thanks for such a fabulous roundup Kalyn! It's amazing that this event started as a joke! Loved looking at that post again. :):) And I see us cooking together someday!

Chris said...

Great round up this week, Kalyn! I am getting ready for all the entries that will come in next week...:) Knee bends, stretches, "finger bends"...hee hee

Susan said...

More new bloggers I've yet to meet--amazing! And these recipes are amazing! Thanks for the thoughtful write-ups and delicious round-up, Kalyn.

Kalyn said...

Sher, can't wait to cook with you.

Chris, hope you're prepared. I won't even tell you how many hours it took me to write this post with 40 entries!

Susan, isn't it fun finding new blogs this way.

Christine said...

What a great collection of recipes. It will take me several days to read through them all, but I'm determined to do so.
I meant to join in but got waylaid by a grant dumped on me at the last minute last week just when I was to start my summer vacation. It's why you're not seeing many posts on my blog at the moment. :(

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