Monday, September 24, 2007

The Doubly Delicious Two Year Celebration Of Weekend Herb Blogging Starts Today!


The two year anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging is rapidly approaching! The food blogging event that started as a joke, has now lasted for two years, and is still going strong. Last year we had lots of fun celebrating the one year anniversary, and this year's celebration is going to be doubly delicious!

Last year as part of the festivities we asked people to vote for their favorite herb. This year since things are happening in two's, we'll be asking you to vote for your favorite herb and your favorite vegetable. When the anniversary week starts on October 8, there will be two different ways you can tell us what your favorites have been this year. (More details about events for that week below.) But let's get this party started, shall we! Between now and October 7 we're having a contest to get you thinking about vegetables and herbs. Leave a comment on this post with your predictions for the favorite herb and favorite vegetable winners this year, and when the celebration ends on Monday, October 15, one lucky cook will win two wonderful cookbooks, one focused on vegetables and one focused on herbs. Click the "continue reading" link to see how to enter, and to get more details about the official WHB celebration events.

Here's the fine print about all the WHB anniversary activities:

Predict the Favorites Contest, September 24 - October 7
To enter for a chance to win Vegetables Every Day and Herbs and Spices, the Cooks Reference, leave a comment on this post saying: I think the favorite herb of this year will be ______ and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be _______. If you're not a blogger with a link, be sure to sign with your name and location so we can identify you. In case of a tie, there will be a drawing to determine the winner. To see if you'll be getting some new cookbooks, follow the voting the week of October 8 - 15, and then check back on Monday, October 15, to see if you're the winner. (Thanks to PatL and Nicole who introduced me to these two books, which are both favorites of mine. If by chance the winner has one of these, they can choose another book.)

(Edit, October 15: There were 13 people who correctly guessed that tomatoes and basil would be the favorite vegetable and favorite herb. I put the names in a hat and the cookbook winner was Dhana from Fresh Kitchen!)

Vote For Your Favorite Vegetable and Favorite Herb of 2007
From Monday, October 8 until Sunday October 14

Starting Monday morning, October 8, participate in the official WHB Vote For Your Favorites poll. We'll be asking you to vote for your favorite vegetable and your favorite herb of 2007, just to keep it interesting for people who already declared their favorites last year. Voting for the favorites is a fun way for regular readers to participate (people who, *gasp* don't have a blog!) But bloggers can also vote, even if you're also submitting an entry, because remember, everything is happening in twos! You may even vote for different herbs and vegetables than you use in your recipe if you'd like. (Edited on 10-7: Rand has created some polls for the voting, so you will only have to leave a comment if you choose an unusual favorite that isn't on the poll.)

Enter a Great Recipe Featuring Vegetables and Herbs
From Monday October 8 until Sunday October 14
For the anniversary edition of WHB, we're asking participants to send a recipe featuring at least one vegetable and one herb, then include some information about at least one of the ingredients you've chosen. Recipes with more than one vegetable and more than one herb are also great. Extra servings to anyone who finds a really unusual combination or unusual herbs or vegetables to write about. (Your recipe does not have to have the same herb and vegetable you vote for as your favorite. What we're looking for here are really great recipes that combine vegetables with herbs!) Bloggers can copy the post header or icon in this announcement if you'd like. (As always, thanks to my talented brother Rand for creating the banner and icons!) Send your entries to kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net by 3:00 on Sunday, October 14, Utah time. Please include a link to Kalyn's Kitchen with the words Weekend Herb Blogging Two Year Anniversary somewhere in the post. The recap will become a fabulous collection of unique vegetable recipes, and I'll do my best to get it posted by Monday, October 15.

Thanks for the Incredible Support!
Before I head off to start reading recipe books to look for interesting recipes with vegetables and herbs, I need to take just a second to say how gratifying it has been that people have enjoyed Weekend Herb Blogging so much! I never imagined it would start something like this when I decided to post a photo of my bucket of basil. I've said it before, and I'm sure I will say it many more times, but it's truly the quality of the entries each week that makes this event so wonderful. It's been a fantastic two years learning more about herbs, plants, veggies, and flowers with other great cooks from all over the world. Thanks to everyone who has participated.
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83 comments:

  1. Just to make sure it's clear, comments here should predict who you think the winners will be when the favorite herb and favorite vegetable voting kicks off on October 8. (Please don't give any hints here about what your own favorites are!) Just predict the winners, by saying, "I think the favorite herb this year will be ________ and I think the favorite vegetable will be ________."
    Good luck everyone!

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  2. I think the favorite herb of this year will be Mint and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be Eggplant (Aubergine).

    I'm looking forward 2nd celebration.

    Greetings!

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  3. I think the favorite herb of this year will be mint and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.

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  4. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil. I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be the potato.

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  5. I think the favorite herb of this year will be BASIL and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ASPARAGUS.

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  6. I think the favorite herb of this year will be MINT and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ZUCCHINI

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  7. Great idea Kalyn!

    I think the favorite herb will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be asparagus.

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  8. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.

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  9. I think the favorite herb of this year will be corriander and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomatoe.

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  10. Kalyn, first of all congratulations on the second anniversary. I think the favorite herb will be basil and the favorite vegetable will be eggplant.

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  11. Hi Kalyn,

    I'm just going to vote for my own favorites since I have no idea what the winners might be ;-)

    coriander/cilantro is my favorite herb of the year and zucchini is my favorite vegetable.

    I'm so glad that the lucky herb winner will be getting the Herbs and Spices book, it's definitely one of my favorites! And if I happen to end up in the drawing for that book, please just remove my name and give someone else a chance since I already have it!

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  12. I think the favorite herb of this year will be rosemary and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be broccoli.

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  13. I think the favourite herb would be KASURI METHI and the favourite vegetable would be POTATO

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  14. I think the favorite herb of this year will be cilantro and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be zucchini.

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  15. I think the favorite herb this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be pumpkin

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  16. Awww, Susan and Simona got my obvious picks. I should have weighed in earlier.

    Therefore, I'll go with the herb as BASIL and the vegetable as CUCUMBER.

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  17. Congrats and I must say I've had fun and learned much in my short time blogging. Your post gives me..."food for thought"!

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  18. Very interesting seeing what people are predicting. There is more than one person who has already picked the two that I think will win, but I'm not going to say who! Besides, I don't know any more than the rest of you who people will vote for in two weeks when the voting opens.

    BTW, it doesn't matter if you put the same two choices someone else has already picked. People who guess the same will have an equal chance to win. If multiple people name the two favorites that get the most votes we'll have a drawing.

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  19. I think the favorite herb of this year will be cilantro and the favorite venegatble of the year will be zucchini

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  20. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.
    Good luck everyone!
    Kalyn, it is a great idea!

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  21. I think the favorite herb this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be winter squash.

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  22. In my haste to make my prediction, I neglected to offer congratulations on the wonderful success of this event. And I must say that I love your way of having a party, Kalyn!

    I have a question about our posts for WHB 2nd anniversary. Do we have to feature our favourite vegetable and favourite herb in our recipe? What if the favourites we each choose don't necessarily go together or we have what we consider to be a really great recipe featuring just one of our favourite vegetable/herb and a different-from-favourite vegetable/herb. (Whoa!! Is that sentence convoluted enough for you? :-D)

    -Elizabeth

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  23. EJM, you don't have to feature your favorite herb and favorite vegetable in the recipe; that's why I decided to have the voting be separate because I imagined just what you're describing. I'll edit the post right now to make that more clear! Thanks.

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  24. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil, and I think thefavorite vegetable will be zucchini.--Clare

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  25. I think the favorite herb this year will be basil, and I think the favorite vegetable will be eggplant.

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  26. I think the favorite herb this year will be mint and I think the favorite vegetable will be tomato.

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  27. I think the favorite herb of this year will be thyme and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be cherry tomato.

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  28. I think the favorite herb of this year will be MINT and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ZUCCHINI

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  29. There's so much going on. I'm thinking the favorite herb is BASIL and favorite vegetable is ASPARAGUS.

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  30. I think the favorite herb of this year will be __sage____ and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ___pumpkin____.

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  31. I think the favorite herb this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be asparagus.

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  32. I´m looking forward to your party next month.
    Here my voting favourites:
    Tomatoe and
    basil :))

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  33. I think the favorite herb will be basil and I think the favorite veggy will be tomato!

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  34. I think the favorite herb of this year will be mint and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be asparagus.

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  35. I think the favorite herb of this year will be CILANTRO and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be FIGS.

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  36. I think the favorite herb this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be tomato. The combination of the two is the very best in my culinary dreams!

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  37. So fun seeing what people are predicting. There are now more than a few people who are predicting the same ones I am.

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  38. Hi Kaylyn!

    I think the favorite herb of this year will be CORIANDER (aka cilantro) and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ZUCCHINI.

    Happy 2nd Birthday!

    Cheers,
    Heather

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  39. I think the favorite herb this year will be rosemary, and the favorite vegetable will be zucchini.

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  40. I think the favorite herb will be basil and the favorite vegetable will be tomato.

    This is so exciting!!!!!! Imagine how big the third anniversary will be!

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  41. i'm predicting basil and asparagus!
    looking forward to the 2nd year celebrations. congratulations.

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  42. Not many deviations from the norm with this one - I'm going corriandar and asparagus.

    Here's to another great year of herb blogging!

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  43. Still interesting! The predictions go on until October 7. Then October 8 actual voting will start to see what the true favorites will be.

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  44. Hi Kalyn! What a great way to celebrate 2 years :)
    Not necessarily my favourites, but I think the winning herb will be Basil, and the winning vegetable, Zucchini.

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  45. I think the favourite herb of the year will be cilantro and the favourite veggie potato.

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  46. I think the favourite herb will be basil and the favourite vegetable will be asparagus.

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  47. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be zucchini.

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  48. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable will be tomato.

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  49. Kalyn, I've already mentioned my pair of veg and herb. I've a question, quite by coincidence, I've posted something that involves both. Can I link it to WHB of Oct 8? Or should I send it off to WHB this week? I will do either depending on what you say.

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  50. SRA, the entries for the two year celebration can only be posted between October 8 -14, so if it is already posted it needs to be sent to the host for this week (Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once.) Otherwise it's not fair to the host for this week. So hopefully you can think of something else that has vegetables and herbs. Thanks!

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  51. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.

    looking forward to the celebrations!

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  52. "I think the favorite herb this year will be Coriander/Cilantro and I think the favorite vegetable will be sweet potato"

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  53. "I think the favorite herb this year will be ____MINT____ and I think the favorite vegetable will be ____POTATO____."

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  54. My tarot cards are saying coriander (cilantro) and tomatoes. Is using cards cheating? Hehehe!

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  55. I think the favorite herb will be BASIL and I think the favorite vegetable will be TOMATO.

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  56. I think the favorite herb will be Mint and I think the favorite vegetable will be TOMATO.

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  57. I see the votes are still coming in, and there are even more votes now for my own picks. But what do I know. Neil, tarot cards are a good idea. If you win everyone will be asking you for advice.

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  58. I think the favorite herb of this year will be _parsley_____ and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be __asparagus_____.

    I am having computer problems so I hope I can participate.

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  59. I think favourite herb for this year will be FENUGREEK(Methi leaves) and I think the favourite vegetable will be EGGPLANT(Aubergine)

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  60. I think the favorite herb this year will be thyme and I think the favorite vegetable will be the onion.

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  61. I think the favorite herb will be sage and the favorite vegetable will be butternut squash.

    For no reason other than that's what I'm cooking today!

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  62. Congratulations to Kalyn and to all my cherished fellows in herb-blogging.
    Ah, a contest! Oooooh, should I try to win, or just predict my own favorites? Here we go:

    I think the favorite herb will be cilantro and the favorite vegetable will be zucchini.

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  63. Kalyn, have I mentioned lately how much you rock? Great event, great celebration, great blogger, great chef. Looking forward to seeing all the results...and the anniversary recipes...

    I think the favorite herb this year will be rosemary and I think the favorite vegetable will be zucchini.

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  64. I'm weighing in with cilantro for the favorite herb and peppers for the favorite vegetable (more like *my* favorite).

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  65. Okay I am weighing in without reading the other posts.

    I think the favorite herb this year will be cilantro, again. I think the favorite vegetable will be tomatoes.

    Of course they are a fruit.. but I still think they could take it unless we deem them ineligible.

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  66. I think the favorite herb of this year will be thyme and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.

    I cannot cook without thyme in the house...it just isn't possible.

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  67. I'm glad a lot of people are getting their votes in before the contest ends today!

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  68. I'm probably late but here is my vote:

    cilantro/eggplant

    Paz ;-)

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  69. I think the favorite herb this year will be garlic and I think the favorite vegetable will broccoli.

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  70. I think the favorite herb of this year will be b b b...basil :) and the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato!!

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  71. I think the favorite herb of this year will be ___Basil___ and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be ___Eggplant____.

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  72. favorite herb: basil
    favorite veggie: tomato

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  73. Arghh, I just screwed up. Gretchen Noelle just left a comment voting for basil and tomatoes and I accidentally deleted the e-mail before the comment got published. So I'm leaving this comment here for her.

    Kalyn

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  74. I think the favorite herb of this year will be Rosemary and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be Asparagus.

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  75. I think the favorite herb of this year will be rosemary and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be asparagus.

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  76. I think the favorite herb of this year will be parsley and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be eggplant.

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  77. Squeaking in under the wire with basil and tomatoes!

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  78. Hi Kalyn! Kudos to you for this wonderful weekly and for its 2nd year running! :)

    I think the favorite herb of this year will be cilantro and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be eggplant.

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  79. am i too late?

    i say:
    herb - BASIL
    vegetable - ZUCCHINI

    jonas says:
    herb - CORIANDER
    vegetable - EGGPLANT

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  80. I think the favorite herb of this year will be basil and I think the favorite vegetable of this year will be tomato.

    Your blog is awesome!

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  81. Thanks to everyone who entered! The contest is now closed, and voting for the favorite herb and favorite vegetable has begun. You can vote here for your favorites, and then check back October 15 when winners will be announced and we'll find out who won the cookbooks.

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