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Weekend Herb Blogging #35 Recap and
The Green Blog Project

It’s time to recap all the great things people have posted this week for Weekend Herb Blogging, but before I do that I want to let you know about something fun that I’m positive some of you herb bloggers out there will want to participate in. Called The Green Blog Project, this blogging event hosted by LG from Ginger and Mango urges everyone who blogs to grow at least one plant, then post the recipe using that plant and a photo of whatever plant you grew. Twice a year LG will do a roundup of all the things that people are growing and cooking. The first deadline is September 1, and there’s also going to be a roundup March 1 for those in the other parts of the world. I think this will be great fun to see what other bloggers are doing in their gardens and kitchens.

Thanks again to Ilva from Lucullian Delights for being such a great host last week, and check out her new blog design! Next weekend our guest host will be Cate from Sweetnicks. Send your links to Sweetnicksplace AT aol DOT com by midafternoon on Sunday.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
The curry plant is the herb that Ulrike from Kuchenlatein is writing about this week, something that is used as a flavoring during cooking and then removed before eating. She shows photos of this attractive plant in her lovely garden, and shares a recipe for Fruity Fragrant Rice, using dried fruit and the curry plant for special flavor.

Toronto, Canada
At Once Upon a Feast Ruth has been reviewing a book about the Sonoma Diet and shares some information about what this diet calls Power Foods. But Ruth is not abandoning the South Beach Diet and shares her South Beach friendly recipe for Roasted Salmon with Asian Herb Marinade.

Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
AT Cucina Bella Sarah is writing about her favorite herb again, basil, and she has a healthy looking plant. Sarah features this herb in a Stuffed Basil Omelet that sounds just delicious.

Melbourne, Australia

Italian Parsley is the herb of choice this week for Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, something she grew up with. She shares a recipe for her family’s version of Parsley Potato Salad that sounds wonderful.

New Jersey, U.S.A.

Next up is Cate from Sweetnicks, who has to be one of the busiest bloggers I know! Cate shares a recipe for Pasta with Bacon, Cheese and Tomatoes that features fresh chives and fresh basil for extra flavor.

Southern California, U.S.A.

Our next blogger has a new ingredient for Weekend Herb Blogging, something that always makes me excited. Surfindaave from The Serendipitious Chef introduced me to Cherimoyas, which he calls “the white truffle of fruit”. You must read this post for the great description of the smell and taste of this interesting fruit.

Davis, California, U.S.A.

Sher from What Did You Eat? claims she has not had much luck growing fresh dill, but you wouldn’t know it by the great photo of her salad in this post. Check out the recipe for Salmon, Red Potato, and Asparagus Salad, which I predict will make you drool.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
At Blog From Our Kitchen, EJM and her husband are making pesto, using cubes of a puree of basil, garlic and olive oil that they have in the freezer. Apparently it was the husband who came up with the idea of leaving the pine nuts whole to create Basil Pesto with Whole Pine Nuts, a twist that I think would make this pesto a cut above the regular version.

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
The interesting ingredient used by Christa from Calendula and Concrete is Chive Flowers, another new plant ingredient for a WHB submission if I’m not mistaken. Christa uses her chive flowers to make Chive Blossom Vinegar, which not only sounds delicious, but is also a lovely color.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
The next post from Gattina, who writes a blog by the same name, features a recipe for a very interesting sounding Chrysanthemum, Mint, and Tea Ice Bowl. The photos that accompany this post are really quite outstanding, especially the lovely photo of the fresh mint that Gattina uses.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
The mother of Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener, used to serve hummus to her family when they lived in Spain. Genie recently asked and received her mother’s handwritten recipe, but being a woman after my own heart she modified it a bit when she made Hummus with Fresh Mint. In another post of interest to herb bloggers, Genie writes about growing basil, parsley and lavender in containers, and shows a photo of her lovely lavender.

Milan, Italy
Mint is also on the mind of Piperita from The Kitchen Pantry, a blog where I love trying to recapture the tiny bit of Italian that I once knew. Piperita shows us how to make Baba Ghanoush with Mint, and it looks delicious with the pine nuts as a garnish.

Melbourne, Australia
In Australia they are heading into winter and Ed from Tomato is lamenting the demise of his herb garden and the slim pickings at the farmer’s market. However, Ed manages to score some delicious rhubarb and shares how he prepared it.

The Beach, California, U.S.A.
Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife always cooks something that looks good, and this week she has Rosemary Garlic Shrimp to tempt your taste buds. Gabriella is also going to be showcasing her darling twins in her new blog event, Weekend Baby Blogging, the modern equivalent of carrying those baby photos around in your wallet!

Mumbai, India
Another new plant and a great post from Tony of Anthony’s Kitchen who writes about Sougri or Bimlipatam Jute. Who knew that the plant which has stems used to make rope also has edible leaves which are considered a delicacy in India? Tony shares a recipe for Fried Fish and Sougri to show us how the leaves are prepared.

Nantes, France
Fabulously inventive vegan cook Virginie from Absolute Green has another fascinating post, featuring sage flowers, which I think is also new for WHB! Virginie shares her recipe for Pancakes with Sage Flowers and Calendula in French, but click on the translation link to read it in English.

From Morsels and Musings comes Anna, who is coming back to blog about cabbage this week. She shares two cabbage recipes that both sound fabulous, Garlic Cabbage (why didn’t I think of that?) and a delicious sounding cabbage soup called Seupa Vapellenentse which Anna says was unphotogenic but delicious.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
This week The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan grabs Mr. Chocolate Lady and heads out into the fields to pick some very fresh asparagus, good enough to nibble on raw, and amazingly delicious cooked. TCL uses every bit of the asparagus, making Dill and Asparagus Soup from the ends and scraps.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

I received two great entries from Fiber from 28 Cooks, who seems like she has great ideas of how to use ingredients. First she shares a warm-weather-friendly version of Parmesan Tomatoes with Basil Oil that sounds wonderful. While you’re making the tomatoes, you can cool down with her Ginger Mint Lemon Cooler, a kicked-up version of lemonade with ginger and mint.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

I’m very excited to be able to use fresh herbs from my garden again, and this week my herb of choice was oregano, something that seems to grow almost as well as a weed. I used the oregano as a seasoning for Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, which was delicious. Even if you never make this salad, try the idea of marinating the garbanzo beans to go in salad; it was definitely a keeper.

That’s all the herb bloggers for this weekend, but don’t forget to head over to Eat Stuff, where Clare is celebrating the one year birthday of Weekend Cat Blogging. Since Weekend Cat Blogging gave birth to Weekend Dog Blogging, which gave birth to Weekend Herb Blogging, it seems like we should join the celebration!
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    6 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #35 Recap and
    The Green Blog Project”

  1. Hi Kalyn

    thank you so much for announcing GBP in your blog!Thanks a lot.

  2. Great round up! lots of basil.

    and thanks a mill for mentioning WBB!

  3. Thanks Ruth. It’s not just me who’s keeping it going.

    TCL, if you’re not eating it right away I’d use feta for the salad. The goat cheese kind of “melted” into the dressing overnight. I’m going to make it again with feta.

    Gattina, thanks for visiting. Can’t wait to see what you make, you do such a good job with everything you cook.

  4. Kaylyn,
    great roundup! And I like to read all your comments. Now I don’t know which delicious recipes I should try first…

  5. Wonderful roundup, Kalyn–I am definitely going to try your salad, and I am especially looking forward to trying the recipes posted this week from Australia. I notice that a disproportionate number of the blogs I read are in Alaska and Australia. Wonder if that means anything.

  6. Fabulous roundup as usual.

    Thanks so much for keeping this thing alive.