Two Years and a Lot of Doubly Delicious Recipes with Vegetables and Herbs: The Recap
Pam from The Backyard Pizzeria lives where the asparagus season is just starting, and she’s taking full advantage of it in her very flavorful-sounding dish of Asparagus Custard, Herbed Goat’s Cheese, and a Parmesan Wafer on Top. You must see the photos of this creative dish; to me it looks like something you might get for brunch in a fine restaurant!
Another blogger who managed to create something despite kitchen renovations is Helene from News From the Kitchen. In a very creative use of ingredients, she creates Appetizer Tarts with Avocado, Mozarella, and Dill, and Helene says they’re good hot or cold!
Although there are other tastes going on here like tomatoes, scallions, garlic, and (sigh) cilantro, I decided that it wouldn’t be Susan’s Fiesta Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip with out the red bell peppers, so that’s what landed this great sounding recipe from Farmgirl Fare in the peppers section. Not only is she great fun to compare gardening stories with, but Susan was one of the very first participants; check out her oregano for Weekend Herb Blogging #4.
Another dish I made a judgement call and decided should be immortalized under bell peppers is KayKat’s Best Veggie Fajitas Ever from Cooking From A to Z. This post has so many great recipes, the fajita veggies, a marinade, guacamole, salsa, and even a delightful sounding rice; be sure not to miss it!
From Kalofagas – Pursuit of Delicious Foods, Peter sends us a dish of delightful Piperies Gemistes or Stuffed Peppers for those who don’t speak Greek. With mint, parsley, and dill, as well as garlic and onion, the stuffing mixture sounds delightfully seasoned, and red peppers are one of my favorites.
An interesting soup with a Thai flavor and a delectable collection of aromatics as well as broccoli, baby corn, carrots, mushrooms, tofu, and (hooray!) cilantro is the Veg Tom Kha Gai from Fun and Food. Mansi also includes a link to some info about galangal, an herb we haven’t seem much of on WHB, don’t miss it!
At Thyme for Cooking, Katie always has dishes that sound just great to me, and for the celebration she has used my beloved butternut squash. Check her recipe for Butternut Squash Timbales with Apple Chestnut Sauce and you’ll see why this dish not only sounds delish, but is also the ultimate example of eating local!
Sage and butternut squash are a great pair, and Jerry from Jerry’s Thoughts, Musings, and Rants made Butternut Squash with Tangerine Sage Glaze for the occasion. I pretty much like butternut squash any way you cook it, so this sounds like a winner to me!
I was so excited to get an entry from Lima, Peru, from brand new herb blogger Gretchen of Canela y Comino (and I immediately added her blog to my rss reader so I can learn more about Peruvian food!) I made another judgement call here to include this recipe for Peruvian Cilantro Stew with carrots, because there are also peas, meat, cilantro, onions, cumin and aji amarillo peppers, which I hadn’t heard of before. (See, I’ve learned something already!)
From Intoxicated Zodiac, a very unique blog which combines cocktails and astrology in a charming way, comes a drink called The Carrot Top. Perfect for Virgo, this drink combines carrot juice, and Herb’s Dill Vodka, plus a bit of lime juice and ginger ale. Hooray for a doubly delicious drink entry!
Since she’s know for her vegetable recipes, this party is a natural for Alanna from A Veggie Venture, but this time the recipe is from her food column Kitchen Parade, where she shares tried-and-true recipes that are always wonderful. Alanna’s doubly delicious combo is Cauliflower Risotto, which also features leeks and a touch of oregano, and Alanna says she loves to make this when she’s visiting friends.
Another great-sounding cauliflower dish, this one from the adorable Pille of Nami Nami, who’s adapted a version of a traditional Estonian dish, how great is that! I love recipes that fall in the category of comfort food, and this Cheesy Cauliflower and Mince Gratin with Dill sounds like it would be so delicious.
A first time herb blogger with a great entry is Chris from We [heart] Food who created Seared Tuna Salad with Chayote Slaw. Besides the chayote (a type of summer squash), there’s also chiles, cilantro, and romaine adding extra flavor.
A very unique and interesting entry that features chile peppers comes from Chicajo at 80 Breakfasts who made Raisin Stuffed Chili Pepper Pickles. Joey grew her own sage and thyme to flavor these interesting pickles, and we’re looking forward to hearing how they taste when they’re ready in a few weeks.
This recipe for Peppery Shrimp with Cilantro Coconut Sauce from Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes is a double winner for me. Not only is the shrimp marinated before grilling in a blend that includes cilantro, but there’s more cilantro in the sauce, plus chile peppers, onions, mango, and lime. I filed this under chile peppers because there’s a lot of peppery action here!
The Haddock, and Prawn Stew with Saffron from Joanna at Joanna’s Food has potatoes, but she says it’s the fresh corn and the saffron that really make the difference in this dish. This is one of the healthy dishes Joanna is famous for, and ready in less than 30 minutes as well!
From the blog Lemonpi, Y has made a lovely Cucumber Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Herbs to top Fish Cooked in Filo. She’s using mint, chives, and parsley in this delicious sounding doubly delicious sauce.
I was delighted to get an entry from Lydia at The Perfect Pantry, since she says she never enters events because she doesn’t do food photography. You’ll wonder why not when you see her great photo of the Tzatziki Sauce with parsley in the starring role. There are also some great photos her of Lydia’s lovely herb garden; don’t miss it.
Tanna from My Kitchen in Half Cups has been traveling for weeks, so I didn’t expect to hear from her since I knew she was just getting home on Sunday. Imagine my surprise when she not only managed to join the fun, but also used one of my recipes for Spicy Cucumber Salad with Basil and Sesame Seeds. Tanna says that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and believe me I’m truly flattered if a good cook like her would use my recipe!
Dried Beans and Lentils
I love wonderfully complex soups with lots of flavors, and the Pasta e Fagioli from The Houndstooth Gourmet sounds just fantastic. Besides the Canneloni beans, there is onion, shallots, spinach, basil, oregano, and thyme, to name just a few of the things adding to the flavor quotient here.
From A Fridge Full of Food comes Glenna’s Beans and Rice with Zucchini and Anatto, a delightful sounding creation Glenna came up with after she had quite the shopping spree in the spice department. Don’t miss seeing all the fun new ingredients Glenna will be playing with, plus get the recipe for this interesting dish.
I’ve been a bit infatuated with eggplant this summer so it’s no surprise that I’d really get excited over the Spicy Eggplant Relish from Desie at Maybahay. There are so many interesting flavors going on here like peppers, ginger, garlic, mint, and cilantro, that I have no doubt that this would taste amazing.
In a post with the type of stunning photos she has become known for, Ilva from Lucullian Delights shows off Mushroom, Thyme, and Barley Filled Eggplants, a combination that sounds inspired to me. We may well not have had a two year celebration without Ilva, who not only was one of the earliest participants, but also the first guest host when I realized I just couldn’t keep doing it every single weekend!
More delicious eggplant from Burcu at Almost Turkish Recipes, who makes such unusual and delicious sounding dishes every week. This time Burcu has created Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant, with the eggplant cut in fourths lengthwise, the onion/pepper/tomato/parsley filling placed inside, and then the eggplant is cooked in olive oil. Don’t miss Burcu’s description of how this dish got it’s Turkish name when you go check out the recipe!
This dish also has tomatoes and peppers, but it was the roasted eggplant that got my attention in the Roasted Veggie Pasta Pie from Passionate About Baking. Penne pasta, roasted vegetables, two sauces, and a tasty looking bread crumb topping make this dish a hit with kids and adults alike.
Sometimes the simplest of dishes can be the most delicious, and as soon as I saw the photo of White Eggplant and Potatoes with Garlic and Cilantro at Evolving Tastes, I knew it would taste incredible. I was sold even before I read the directions that said add as much cilantro as you can!
Anna from Anna’s Cool Finds creates a very interesting dish when she’s faced with a group of dinner guests with various dietary needs. Not only does the chicken in Anna’s Poached Ginger Chicken Make Your Own Salad sound just delicious to me, but Anna has some of my favorites as salad options like arugula, red leaf lettuce, edamame, and mint.
My own entry for the special event was for Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette and Three Salad Variations. This salad dressing is a complete keeper for me, and it was good on every combination of greens I tried it on.
A delicious sounding dish from Mike at Mike’s Table reminds me of something I used to love eating at a French restaurant where I worked in college. Mike’s version of Chicken Francaise has lemon, capers, garlic, parsley, basil, and oregano, and I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.
Wendy from A Wee Bit of Cooking has made a fantastic Tom Yum(ish) Soup to devour before she goes off on holiday. With all the aromatics that make this type of Thai soup so delicious, plus mangetout (snow peas), spinach, spring onions, and coriander leaf, this sounds like a complete winner.
You must see the photos of the gorgeous Pistachio and Almond Cakes with Date Syrup made by Truffle of What’s on My Plate for the celebration. There is some intereting information here about date syrup or jaggery, an ingredient I’ve never tried.
Personally I believe that you can’t make salsa without onion, so that’s why I’m putting the Gingered Pineapple and Grapefruit Salsa from Tami at Running with Tweezers into this category, although there are so many good flavors going on here. Did I mention the crystallized ginger, and of course cilantro is one of the things that makes this recipe a winner for me.
Another of my favorite herb bloggers using potatoes is Sher from What Did You Eat. I guess it’s more than a year now that I’ve been joking that we have the same tastebuds, and once again she has created something that looks fantastic to me. Of course, there is cilantro (go Sher!) but Potato Fritters with Sweet Pepper Relish also have red and yellow bell pepper, scallions, onions,and jalapenos, and they look amazing in Sher’s great photos.
If you’re in need of comfort, the Potato Gratin with Sage from Sue at Coffee and Cornbread sounds like the ultimate comfort food to me. Sue says there’s nothing better when it gets cold than good smells coming from the oven, and I’ll bet this smells divine.
I do hope I’m putting this entry in the right category, but I believe that most vodka is made from potatoes, and Neil from At Our Table is buying drinks for everyone, along with a wish for Zapraszamy Do Zabawy, or Welcome to the Party in Polish. The spirit Neil is offering is the most unusual Zubrowka or Bison Grass Vodka, seasoned with bison grass of course, which makes it herbaceously delicious, and perfect for our celebration.
The Pumpkin and Red Lentil Curry from Jennifer at Like to Cook really sounded delicious to me, even before I saw the addition of cilantro. Many parts of the world use the word pumpkin to describe all types of winter squash, and I’m not actually sure what the U.S. name would be for the type of squash pictured here, so pumpkin it is!
I know that Chris from Mele Cotte has had a really busy schedule this year with her new responsibilities, so I’m honored that she managed to squeeze in the Weekend Herb Blogging celebration. Chris shares several variations of spagetti squash, but the Veggie Spagetti with baby bella mushrooms, spinach, parsley, and parmesan was the one I’ll be making first!
Amy from Nook and Pantry is also featuring Spagetti Squash in her entry, but it’s prepared in a very unusual way. Amy learned to make Spagetti Squash with Green Onions from her father, who learned it from his grandmother, so it’s now a tradition. The spagetti squash is lightly steamed, then chilled so it’s crisp, then combined with sauteed green onions and sesame oil. I must try this dish!
A recipe with a Greek feeling to it is the Three Cheese Spinach Bake in Filo from Val at More Than Burnt Toast. This recipe goes beyond Spanakopita, with a few surprise ingredients including sun-dried tomatoes and dill, to bump up the flavor quotient.
A very creative use of spinach comes from a blog I just adore, Indian Food Rocks. Manisha’s entry of Spinach Toasts is an appetizer with spinach, garlic, onions, chiles, mint, and walnuts, mixed with yogurt and served on toast.
You can count on Anh from Food Lover’s Journey to have a unique and beautifully photographed entry for the WHB anniversary, and her Fish Noodle Soup with Taro Stems, Tamarind,and Purple Perilla sounds delicious and wonderfully unusual to me. Also bonus points to Anh for coming up with a recipe using two ingredients I haven’t heard of, not easy at all after two years of vegetable and herb recipes being featured!
Toni from Daily Bread Journal decided fall was the perfect time to try a recipe for Pork and Tomatillo Stew. Besides the distinctive flavor of tomatillos, there is also onion, chile, garlic, cumin, oregano, and cilantro here, making this a very flavorful dish.
If I ever make it to London, one blogger I must meet is Jeanne of Cook Sister, whose blog was one of the first food blogs I remember seeing! For the WHB celebration Jeanne has made Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Mozarella Chicken Breasts; don’t you think that sounds divine! (And do check out her whimsical book titles too, quite charming.)
Inspired by cold weather and the desire to save her garden produce, Pam from Sidewalk Shoes has used a couple of ingredients that proved to be very popular in her Pizza Margherita with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, and Fontina Cheese. Pam says this is the first time she’s used Fontina on pizza before, and reports it was wonderful; the pizza looks great!
A very unique tomato creation is the Rosemary Shrimps on Tomato Sorbet from Gattina at Kitchen Unplugged. Talented cook Gattina describes the sorbet as being like “frozen Gazpacho”, so appropriate since she’s now living in Spain. She used half roasted and half fresh tomatoes in the sorbet, and her photos are delightful.
A delicious combination of classic ingredients can be found in the Sundried Tomato Oregano Pasta which comes from Sarah at Cucina Bella. Sarah reports that tomatoes are nearly out of season in the Northeast where she lives, but with sundried tomatoes, you can make this all winter long.
This entry personifies why I love Weekend Herb Blogging so much, because I’d never heard of the Asian greens called Yu Choi featured in the entry from The Kittalog. When I did some research on Yu Choi, I found it’s related to Bok Choy, but the photos reminded me a lot of broccoli rabe. I loved the sound of Kitt’s recipe for Garlic Yu Choi with Pasta, such a great combination.
Simona of Briciole is traveling in Italy, so I’m very touched that she still managed to send an entry for the celebration. She is sharing how she makes Zucchine a Modo Mio or Zucchini My Way, starring fresh marjoram, but don’t miss seeing the interesting zucchini variety Simona found at the market in Palermo which is also pictured in this entry.
From her new kitchen in Chicago, Rachel of Rachel’s Bite whips up some Zucchini, Potato, and Ham Soup. Golden from the Yukon Gold potatoes, and seasoned with fresh dill, the soup is lovely and sounds delicious.
Sophie at Mostly Eating has made an entire dinner for our party, and she’s got vegetables, herbs, and fruit in her menu of Pork with Poached Quince and a Courgette Pilaf. I confessed to her that I’ve never seen or eaten quince, but I’d love to try it, along with everything else she’s cooking for this dinner.
Now for the Voting Results and Contest Winner!
Total votes cast by deadline: 124
Total votes cast by deadline: 118
More About Running a Blogging Event at Blogher
I posted about the two year anniversary of WHB at Blogher, including my thoughts on running a blogging event.