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Weekend Herb Blogging #27 Recap

Next week is spring break for my school, which means I get nine straight days off. I’m mentioning it here because I’ll be going away to Texas to visit a man who is very special to me, and I’m taking a few days off from blogging. I’ll be home to do the WHB Recap on Sunday. That’s Easter, so I’m thinking there may be others also taking time off. If you send me a link sometime during the week, you won’t hear back from me until I post the recap.

Once again, there are some amazing posts that people have sent me for Weekend Herb Blogging. I love reading this stuff week after week. When I started doing Weekend Herb Blogging as a joke, I never imagined it would turn into this. I’m also excited to let you know about another food blog event that is going to be a sibling to WHB. The new monthly event called The Spice is Right is sponsored by Barbara of Tigers and Strawberries, who was even classy enough to inquire as to whether I felt she was intruding into my territory before she announced it. If you’re not sure about the difference between spices and herbs, there is information about that also with the event details at the link above.

Texas, U.S.A.
At Heather’s Space, African violets are going to be the next thing that Heather tries her hand at growing, and she has already picked out a few favorites.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Smoked Salmon Pizza and Tomato and Onion Salad with Dill and Parsley are on the menu at the home of Cate from Sweetnicks, who reports that even her four year old will eat these gourmet treats.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The weather has been cold in New York, and The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan has been making purple sage tea, which sounds wonderful whether or not you include the optional fruits.

Farmgirl’s Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.

On the farm, Susan has Reddish Purple Beet Greens growing in her greenhouse, and she writes about them on her new blog, In My Kitchen Garden. Susan also gives some great information about different varieties of beets and how to prepare fresh beets.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Ramya from Cooking Within My Grasp sends another informative post, this time about how to make sugarcane juice. She reports on the many medicinal properties of the juice and also says it is “an effective remedy for thinness.”

Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
In sunny Florida, Tony from Tony’s Food Chronicles is having fun planting some herb seeds. In a double entry for WHB, Tony also shows off his herbs that are coming up, which look like they are doing well.

Milan, Italy
Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry is a new participant for Weekend Herb Blogging, and she shares a recipe for wonderful sounding Herbes de Provence Salted Hearts, a type of savory cookie that sounds just amazing. (This recipe is also posted in Italian, for those who might enjoy practicing their Italian.)

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
At Lucullian Delights, Ilva has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of fresh fava beans. Now that she has some, she has used them to create a mouthwatering dish of Fave con Pomodori Secchi, Vino Bianco e Timo or Fava Beans with Sundried Tomatoes, White Wine, and Thyme.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
Spicy Stir-Fried Shrimp with Hot and Sour Salad is this weeks temptation from Sher of What Did You Eat. With fresh mint and cilantro, and a spicy fish-sauce flavored dressing, this shrimp and salad combo sounds wonderful.

South of France Near the Spanish Border
Riana from Garlic Breath is contemplating
Thai Bird Chilis this week, which she adores even though her French husband has not quite gotten accustomed to things that are this hot.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
Another new herb blogger this week is Christine from Christine Cooks who made an intriguing sounding Butternut Squash And Shitake Mushroom, Ginger Soup. The use of fresh basil as a garnish for this soup really appealed to me.

Southern California, U.S.A.
A delightful post about fresh epazote came from Surfindaave of the Serendipitious Chef, who got it from his herb man at the farmer’s market. The epazote was an ingredient in the fabulous sounding Mole Verde de Oaxaca or Oaxacan Green Mole with Chicken and White Beans.


Another amazing post from Stephanie at The Feast Crusade who tells us about duan pandan or Pandan Leaves, something she says people either love or hate. Stephanie gives step-by-step instructions for making black glutinous rice pudding flavored with pandan leaves.

Toronto, Canada
Another multiple entry came next from multi-talented, soon to be cookbook author Ruth. First, from her blog Once Upon a Feast, Ruth sends a great recipe for Shrimp, Asparagus and Mushrooms over Multi-Grain Pasta. From her other blog, Ask Ruth, comes a not-to-be-missed post about How to Keep Herbs Fresh.

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Singing the praises of parsley, an essential ingredient in French cooking, is the message this week from Collin of See, Sip, Taste, Hear.

Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Sarah from Cucina Bella is ending her pasta kick and branching out into making a wonderful looking mango salsa this week. She uses it for Turkey Chili and Cheddar Omelet with Mango Salsa, which looks fantastic.

New Forest, England
Another new herb blogger from the fairly new, but impressive, blog The Intrepid Sentimentalist with the interesting subtitle: Where Culinary Curiosity Meets Nostalgia. She sends a recipe for a truly delicious sounding Rosemary and Garlic Chicken.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
If you want to know how impressed I was with the recipe for Marinated Olives sent by Fiber of 28 Cooks, let me tell you that I bookmarked the recipe before I had even read the entire post. This is something you won’t want to miss if you like olives.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
A little good-natured teasing between herb blogging friends caused Paz from The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz to do a little research on the Pansy flower to go with her great photo. Paz reports that pansies are edible, but she’s not sure she would eat one.

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
Another entry from a new herb blogger, Strata of My Bay Area Kitchen, who is lucky enough to have a herb garden by her porch. She sends a recipe for One Pot Polenta with Herbs which really sounds tasty.

Astoria, New York
Stacey of Just Braise made a delicious looking Roast Lamb with Mango/Mint Sauce. Stacey served it with Moroccan Millet with Almonds, which also looked very delish.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own herb blogging post this week was about spinach, continuing with my quest to try all the different greens. I used the spinach in a recipe I created to use up some leftover dressing, Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Almonds.

That’s all the entries for this week, with 22 participants setting a new record (again). Hope you have fun checking out the new blogs and trying at least a few of these great sounding recipes. Don’t forget to check out Weekend Cat Blogging at Eat Stuff and Weekend Dog Blogging at Sweetnicks too.

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    3 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #27 Recap”

  1. Wow, a new record set! Kewl.

    I love reading the others’ posts – am learning quite a lot this week. Love it. And sent you an email but would like to say here that I am so happy for you and wish you a very faboo time in Texas!

  2. Have a fabulous & fun week in Texas!

  3. Kalyn, thanks for doing all this hard work. I love WHB!!! It gives me the opportunity to check out so many new and wonderful things to do with herbs.

    Have a great trip!