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Can You Imagine: People All Over the World Blogging About Herbs for 69 Weeks!

Well, I can hardly believe it, but this Recap is Weekend Herb Blogging #69, and since we skipped Christmas, it’s more than 69 weeks we’ve been blogging about herbs! WHB is at Kalyn’s Kitchen this week because Ulrike switched with me when I had a frozen water pipe. Turned out she now has her mother in the hospital, so I’m hoping her mom’s recovering as quickly as my water pipes got thawed.

Of course, we’ve also been blogging about plants, veggies, and flowers for these more-than 69 weeks too. This week there are been some interesting new plants, so read on and see what you can learn.

Heart of the Vendee, France
I have to move Katie from Thyme for Cooking to the front of the line, after her entry got lost in my e-mail folder, even more funny because she posted about how sage can help your memory. Don’t miss her wonderful recipe for Braised Pork with White Wine, Olives, and Sage.

Outside Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

First up this week is Pebbles from Mele Cotte, one of our newer herb bloggers, who does a great job telling how nutritious escarole is. She uses it in a dish of Escarole and Sundried Tomatoes in Risotto, which sounds delicious.

Toronto, Canada
Ruth from Once Upon a Feast missed last week because she was busy cuddling her new grandson, but this week she has two posts for us. First, she writes about a dinner with herbs and kitchen tools, and then, even though her cupboards are bare, she improvises a Spicy Baked Penne with Pepper and Chorizo.

North Carolina, U.S.A.

You can always get my attention when you create a dish that uses cilantro, and Asha from Aroma was very creative this week. She calls her creamy pasta dish South of the Border Farfalle.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
The photos just keep getting better and better over at What Did You Eat where Sher has created Penne with Tuna, Pine Nuts, and Mint. I wish I was eating some of it right now!

Melbourne, Australia
Neil from the charmingly re-designed At My Table is next, with a delightful sounding dish called Placki. This crispy Polish potato pancake is a specialty of Neil’s wife, and if I ever got a chance to try it, I can tell I would have to temporarily abandon my diet!

Bay Area, California, U.S.A.
Yich from Sim Cooks has made Beef Rendang this week, which she’s calling Beef Rendang Round One because she plans to keep improving on the recipe. Yich is featuring lemongrass, one of my favorite herbs, and her labeled photo of the ingredients is great!

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Another blog with a great re-design is Kitchen Unplugged, where the talented Gattina is making Kumquat Chiffon Cake. I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted kumquats, so this could be another offering I’d consider cheating on my diet for if I had the chance!

Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Sarah from Avenue Food has two things in common with me: Meyer Lemon envy and a fondness for Penzey’s spices. This week Sarah has lemons that have come home in her suitcase, so she makes Spagetti with Meyer Lemon Zest and Crunch Sea Salt.

Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
Sage is the herby star in the next dish, Sauteed Chicken with Fresh Sage done by Rachel from Rachel’s Bite. I have sage, and I even have the cookbook where Rachel discovered this recipe, so this one’s a keeper for me.

Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.
A delicious looking Vegetable Beef Soup with Rosemary and Bay Leaves is being dished up by Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food. Glenna says it’s second only to Aunt Miranda’s legendary soup, which we’re hoping Auntie M. will give us the recipe for.

Vienna, Austria
Astrid from Paulchen’s Food Blog says she needs something healthy to eat, and Thyme-Rosemary Potatoes sounds like it would taste great. There’s also some interesting information about thyme, something I love to add to soup.

Melbourne, Australia
I love the Vietnamese dishes that Anh from Food Lover’s Journey has been preparing for the Vietnamese New Year, and this week she has My Dad’s Clam Soup with Vietnamese Mint. The soup also has tamarind paste, one of the flavors I love.

Covina, California, U.S.A.
Next up is a new participant, Shirley of Melting Wok, who gives us a great recipe for Asian Spinach Stir-Fry with salted fish as a garnish. The greens she uses are Mong Toi Spinach, not really a spinach at all, but a very interesting type of greens used in Asia.

Sydney, Australia
Anna from Morsels and Musings has discovered that when you can’t find perfectly ripened stone fruits like peaches, plums, or apricots, roasting can bring out the flavor. Her dish this week of Roasted Apricots with Apricot Fool looks great, so I think she knows what she’s talking about.

When Angie from My Kitchen My Laboratory started talking about Pandan Leaves I was proud that I knew what they were, although this is another Asian ingredient I haven’t actually seen or tasted. You must see the beautifully green Pandan Butter Cake that Angie made with this interesting ingredient.

Melbourne, Australia
Another fascinating entry from Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, a woman who always delights me with her artistic photos of whatever she’s cooking. This week it’s Seared Scallops with Creamed Corn, which look just amazing!

San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Toni from Daily Bread Journal is not only new to Weekend Herb Blogging, but this is her very first blog event! She managed to write about a dish that’s one of my favorites, but which I’ve never made, so she has impressed me already. Check out Toni’s recipe for Baba Ganouj, the wonderful middle eastern eggplant dip I love to order at restaurants.


Next is a very interesting and delightful sounding recipe for Garlic Chives and Baked Garlic Salad. The recipe, with great step-by-step photos, comes from Sue at My Korean Kitchen, who is the first person from Korea to participate in Weekend Herb Blogging if I am remembering correctly.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Last week I could not get into the blog of Ramya from Cascading Flavors, so I hoped she did not think I was ignoring her. This week she has an interesting post about Leeks to share, and some good nutrition information about this tasty vegetable.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.

Christine from Christine Cooks has a recipe that’s not only special because of the memories it carries, but because it just plain sounds delicious. Check out Christine’s version of Eggplant Caponata, and then make some yourself!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Elizabeth and her husband T at Blog From Our Kitchen are always cooking interesting sounding things, and this week it’s Pulinyinji featuring curry leaves. Check out the post to see all the other names for this flavorful condiment, and to hear what dishes they combined it with.

Landau, Germany
A very interesting creation is next from Helene, who writes News From the Kitchen. Although they may look like sushi, there’s no fish whatsoever in her Zucchini and Millet “Sushi Rolls” which do look very tasty.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
A lovely new blog header is gracing Bong Mom’s Cookbook, where Sandeepa has created an interesting Bengali dish called Olkopir Dalna or KohlRabi in Gravy. Kohlrabi may be a new vegetable to you, and this is a very interesting way to prepare it.

The Triangle, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Pookah from What’s Cooking in Carolina has made preserved lemons, one of those things I simply must make myself some day. (So many good recipes, so little time!) She is using her preserved lemons in a classic Moroccan dish of Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Olives, and I do wish I could taste it.

Essex, U.K.
The goal was to make Ricotta and Cucumber Ring, but Freya from Writing at the Kitchen Table says the result should have been named Disaster in Gelatine. Read her post to see how she salvaged this very nicely.

Southern California, U.S.A.
From a charming blog that’s new to me and a new WHB participant comes the reason you should be eating fennel for Valentine’s Day. Check out the post from Susan of Food Blogga and you may be making Tagliatelle with Pan-Seared Shrimp and Fennel for your sweetheart on Wednesday.

Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
Sometimes my words just cannot do justice to the recipe, so you must go visit Almost Turkish Recipes and see the latest wonderful dish Burcu has created. Spinach with Yogurt is something she learned to make from her mom, but she has given it her own creative touch.

Mill Valley, California
It’s nice to see that Anna from Anna’s Cool Finds has recovered from the computer issues she was having. This week she has made Herbed Cheese Log with Parsley, and rolled it into a log with her sushi mat, very creative!

Southern California, U.S.A.
Surfindaave from The Serendipitous Chef has been doing a bit of kitchen renovating, and not cooking much these days, so maybe it was serendipity that led him to Alfalfa Sprouts at the farmers market this week. Always up for the challenge of a new ingredient, he created Alfalfa and Carrot Salad with Avocado and Almond Wasabi Mayonnaise, aren’t you impressed?

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
For my own contribution, this week at Kalyn’s Kitchen I used my very favorite herb and created Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry Peanut Sauce. This recipe came from Fine Cooking Annual, a cookbook I’m falling more in love with every day.

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    19 Comments on “Can You Imagine: People All Over the World Blogging About Herbs for 69 Weeks!”

  1. Great recap Kalyn!

    I am so web read behind it isn’t even funny .

  2. by the way, someone mentioned about surimi ? Its actually immitation crab meat, made of pollock fish, flour, starch and salt.

  3. Kalyn, thanks for all your dedication in rounding up all this fabulous recipes. Being an amateur food blogger, I am so glad I could contribute. Now now, this page is bookmarked !:)

  4. Wow Kalyn. Congrats for the 69th week milestone and a great round up as usual. So many unusual veggies and herbs to know

  5. I really dislike IE on occasion… I’m viewing the page in firefox and all the titles are small and black. There is no green at all.


  6. Oh, I do not like this one bit. I’m at school, kids are at recess so I went into dashboard thinking I would republish, and all the titles are small and black except the word Vienna, which is green and large, which they should be. I changed the green one, but WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

  7. Yep, I’ve got one green one too in IE, all the rest are black.

    You’d be welcome anytime for a plate of placki, thanks for the roundup!

  8. Thanks for being such a gracious host–I appreciate your kind words. And I’m excited about meeting so many new people!

  9. Very strange, I am reading this at work in IE and all the titles of countries (which should be green) are displaying as black, except for one green one. Arghh. I hate Internet Explorer.

    Does it look weird for anyone else?

  10. Great recap. It is hard to believe how quickly time goes by, but I am always glad to know Monday mornings will be filled with wonderful new herby ideas.

    Thanks for all of it!

  11. You found me!
    Many thanks….now, I’m going to read all of these wonderful entries….Yep, I’m ready, full teapot right here…

  12. Kalyn, thanks for the round-up! Always nice to see the regular WHB bloggers, and the new ones! It’s a warming community!!!

  13. Thanks for stopping by everyone.

    Katie, sooo sorry. It was lost in my huge e-mail folder, not in cyberspace. I have moved you to the front of the line!

  14. WOW!! Kalyn, so many entries!!!They are all so delicious.That’s quite a work rounding up!Thank you for that!!I will try some of these dishes.Can’t wait to create the next one.
    My prayers are with Ulrike’s mom!I wish her the best of health.

  15. Excellent round up as always, Kalyn.

    Glad to hear your water pipes thawed – hope there wasn’t too much damage!


  16. Hello Kalyn,
    thanks for the great and fabulous round up. Surimi should be pressed crap meat, but it is cooked. So you are right to classify them as fake sushi. :))

  17. *wo* so many delicious recipes – it’ll take hours to read through all of them … 🙂

    thanks for the great round-up!

  18. Aaaack, My entry must have gotten lost in cyperspace! I was even early for a change!
    Great recap, anyway!
    The variety and creativity seem endless!

  19. This is fabulous! Thanks for putting all the entries together. I must admit – I got a little gitty seeing my lil’ blog mentioned!