Favorite Herb Recipes from Great Cooks Around the World
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!
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.
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.
Cilantro (coriander leaf)
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)
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.
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.
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
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?
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.