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Favorite Herb Recipes from Great Cooks Around the World

The Favorite Herb Recipes
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!


He knows it’s unusal, but Brendon from Something in Season adores Shiso and suggests a couple of tasty way to use it.


Elise of Simply Recipes chooses basil, since it’s not the season for growing cilantro where she lives, and creates a yummy looking Stuffed Herbed Chicken with Boursin Cheese.

Christine from Christine Cooks is on vacation this week, but she took time to send her link early to vote for basil and give instructions on how to make and freeze basil pesto.

Ruth from Once Upon a Feast would have a hard time picking number two, but she thinks basil rules and proves it with a great collection of basil recipes.

At What’s Cooking in Carolina, Pookah also votes for basil which she uses to make pesto, Basil Butter, and Basil Oil.

Paalo, husband of Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once votes for basil, and the dish that he thinks represents it best is Bruschetta al Pomodoro.

Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey prefers oregano above all others and created beautiful Greek Stuffed Tomatoes (especially approriate since she’s headed to Greece.)

Anna of Anna’s Cool Finds plans to “vote early and often” for dill, which she uses to make Organic Eggplant, Tomato and Dill Havarti Wrap, as well as some other treats.

In a beautifully written peek into Australian history, Neil of Food For Thought savors thyme and shares a recipe for Peppers with Thyme.


Over at A Veggie Venture, Alanna had a hard time making a choice until she pondered the four seasons versatility of chives, her choice to top a delicious-sounding Salmon Chowder.


In Germany, Ulrike from Kuchenlatein is strongly favoring parsley, using it to make Parsley Potatoes and a collection of other parsley dishes.

Although he loves basil, Ed from Tomato has to give his vote to curly parsley, and sends a recipe for Mussels with Parsley, Onion, and Wine to show why it’s his favorite.

Also choosing parsley as *Herb of the Year* is The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan, who says it’s the one herb she cannot live without and sends a few of her favorite recipes for using parsley.


At Sugar Delirium, Veuve Clicquot is mad for mint and creates a refreshing looking Tequila Mojito.


Chrispy of Experimentation of Taste selects sage in a post full of sage information, including a recipe for Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Fried Sage Leaves that sounds scrumptious.

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.

A new herb blogger also voting for sage is Kate from Thyme for Cooking, the Blog who sends a great sounding recipe for Veal Saltimbocca alla Romano for Two.

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.

Lemon Verbena

If you haven’t eaten rabbit, journey to Italy where Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry votes for lemon verbena and will teach you to prepare Verbena Rabbit.

Cilantro (coriander leaf)

Anna from Morsels and Musings loves coriander leaf (cilantro) and shares two recipes, Potatoes Coriander and Coriander and Yoghurt Chutney.

Another vote for cilantro via Karina from Gluten-Free Goddess who shares her New Mexico version of Roasted Corn Chowder with Cilantro.

Sher from What Did You Eat is also crazy for cilantro, and sends a great sounding recipe for Asian Salmon-and-Rice Soup with Cilantro; however the cat prefers a different herb.

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)

Gattina from the blog Gattina sighs over scallions, and uses them to make a batch of drool-worthy Scallion Hot Cakes Chinese Style.

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.


Ilva from Lucullian Delights always delights us with her photos, and this time she goes with rosemary as her favorite and prepares a yummy looking Quince/Apples with Rosemary and Pine Nut Topping and Rum-Lime Sauce.
Another blogger selecting rosemary is Scott from Real Epicurean, who offers a recipe for Rosemary-Mint Pesto which he says is wonderful to serve with lamb.

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

No one was more surprised than I was that basil did not win hands down as the most preferred herb. It may have been an unfair advantage that I picked cilantro, and the cilantro votes in the comments really started coming in after I published my post. I wondered if the basil supporters would mount a big get-out-the-vote campaign, but it didn’t happen. From Friday on, Cilantro never lost the lead.
Unless I miscounted, there were exactly 50 votes cast, either by submitting a Favorite Herb post, or by voting in comments. Here’s how the votes came down:

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?

That Weekend Herb Blogging has succeeded beyond anything I ever expected goes without saying. When I started blogging about things in my garden, I barely knew what a food blog event was, nevermind trying to create one. The energy and enthusiasm of the participants to learn about new plants is what has kept Weekend Herb Blogging going for 52 weeks.

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.

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  2. Hi everyone,
    My condolences to all the basil lovers who wish they had gotten the votes in. No one was more surprised than me that basil didn’t win. And I LOVE basil too.

    Christine, how sweet of you to check in from your trip. Hope you’re having a fabulous time.

    With the votes from the comments on this post, it might be a tie with basil and cilantro. We will have to do it again sometime.