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Weekend Herb Blogging #28 Recap and Happy Easter!

It’s Easter Sunday and I’m just getting back from a great trip to Texas, so I wasn’t doing any herb blogging myself this week. I expected that there would be a number of people taking a break for Easter, but there were still a few dedicated herb bloggers. Hope all of you were having a fun time this Easter, whether or not you were blogging.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At Blog From Our Kitchen, even though her own mint is not yet growing, EJM is making mint pesto, which she served with spagetti. The pesto normally has lemon verbena, but lemon zest would be a good substitute. She also gives some tips for growing mint.

Southern California, U.S.A.

Surfindaave from The Serendipitious Chef finds some interesting and unusual things for Weekend Herb Blogging, and this week he brings us the wild purple artichoke. Dave enlightens us as to why artichokes ruin the taste of wine,and serves up a great sounding recipe for A Scampi Stuffed Wild Purple Artichoke.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
At the home of Cate (Aka Sweetnicks), Tuscan Style Steaks with rosemary and sage were on the menu this week, along with Sweetnicks Chinese Chicken Salad.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
It has been a hectic week for Sher from What Did You Eat, and rather than resort to fast food, for times like this Sher makes Desperation Spagetti. With homemade tomato sauce from the freezer, and chopped fresh oregano and basil, this sounds pretty yummy to me.

New Jersey, U.S.A.

Another herb blogger who finds some interesting things to blog about is Ramya from Cooking With in my Grasp, and this week she posts about red sorrel or gongura. Ramya describes this as a type of sour greens with a flavor similar to tamarind, and she uses it in a dish that combines Thai Eggplant and Gongura Gravy.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
A fascinating thing to make from basil is the drink that Ilva from Lucullian Delights is calling Basilcello. This basil-flavored alcoholic concoction is meant to be served icy cold. As usual, don’t miss the wonderful photos that accompany this recipe.

Even though it is Easter, Stephanie from The Feast Crusade is rebelling against the idea of having lamb, and thinking about the pomelo. Stephanie writes about uses of pomelo skin, gives us the name of this interesting fruit in many languages, and shares a wonderful sounding recipe for Squid, Pomelo, and Green Mango Salad. Stephanie is also drying the pomelo ring to see if she can use it as a remedy for sore throats, so stay tuned for that.

Farmgirl’s Farm, Missouri, U.S.A.

From her new blog, In My Kitchen Garden, Susan sends two great entries this week. First, she has a great series of photos that she calls Time Lapse Tulips, showing the stages tulips go through. Second, in a great post where she tells what’s growing in her garden, Farmgirl shares some information about a new organization called Kitchen Garden International, “a new non-profit network whose mission is to celebrate home-grown, home-made foods in their many global forms and to promote their role in building a healthier, tastier, more sustainable and secure food system.”

Melbourne, Australia by way of Hanoi
Ed Charles has been visiting Vietnam, and I’m very jealous since that’s a place I really want to go. While he is there, Ed is exploring the connection Vietnamese people have with their food, including this interesting commentary about pineapples in Vietnam.

Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A.
Strata from My Bay Area Kitchen has been doing more gardening than blogging lately, and you can tell when you see the photos of her garden producing early crops. She has enough produce to make a great salad featuring Batavian Nevada Lettuce, mesclun mix, and Nasturtium flowers and leaves.

That’s all the entries for this week, but it’s not too early to get started on Weekend Herb Blogging for next week. Your post doesn’t have to be about herbs (any herb, veggie, plant, or flower is eligible) and it doesn’t have to be on the weekend (just be sure to send me your link by mid-afternoon on Sunday to participate). For more information about the history of Weekend Herb Blogging and how to participate, check out the Weekend Herb Blogging Archives. If you’d rather read about dogs or cats, check out Weekend Dog Blogging at Sweetnicks or Weekend Cat Blogging at Eat Stuff.

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    6 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #28 Recap and Happy Easter!”

  1. Hey Kalyn, welcome back and glad to hear you had a great trip! Interesting round-up as usual!

  2. Sorry Farmgirl. I’m not totally with it (blame it on jet lag!) and I realized after the fact that I left out the word recap from the post title. Never thought about it changing the permalink. You are sharp to catch it. Thanks. No more changes, I promise.

  3. Hola Kalyn! Great round up and some very interesting recipes too 🙂
    Happy Easter from Panama 🙂

  4. I hope you had a nice vacation 🙂

    Happy Easter!

  5. Ack! You changed the permalink during the last few hours. But not to worry–I figured it out. You can’t hide this great roundup. : )

  6. happy Easter.Nice to see your post again.Thanks