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Weekend Herb Blogging #39 Recap
Holiday Weekend in the U.S.

This week, many Americans will be attending parades or holiday barbecues, celebrating the United States and the freedoms we enjoy here. While that’s happening, a group of people in Washington D.C. are sponsoring Troops Home Fast to make a statement about the war in Iraq. The right of every American to express his or her individual brand of patriotism is what makes America a great nation. Those of us who are in the U.S., let’s celebrate that on July 4, and appreciate how lucky we are to be in a place where diverse points of view can be expressed.

This weekend, Weekend Herb Blogging is back home in Salt Lake City, after traveling clear to France and back. Be sure to read to the end of this post to see who’s hosting next week. Now, let’s go see what herb bloggers have been writing about.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Ulrike, from the great blog Kuchenlatein is busy with lots of blogging events this week. However, she still takes time to show us the three kinds of lovely poppies growing in her garden, and shares a recipe for Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Syrup.

Astoria, New York, U.S.A.

The diverse food opportunities of a big city are outlined beautifully in the post from Stacey of Just Braise. Stacey is celebrating the holiday by making Chorizo Lime Barbecued Ribs, but it’s the cilantro in the barbecue sauce that makes this a herby treat.

Melbourne, Australia
Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once is the blog of Haalo, who has decided to use thyme to make something that takes time this week. Be sure you take enough time to click the link and see the beautiful Slow Roasted Baby Roma Tomatoes with Thyme and Garlic, or you’ll be missing a treat.

Weimar, Germany
You can find a great explanation of how to make risotto if you visit the blog of Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey, as well as a good discussion of types of rice. Meeta prefers using arborio rice to make her dish of Risotto ai Funghi e Prezzemolo, which I think translates to something like Risotto with Wild Mushrooms. (Italian speakers correct me if I’m wrong, please!)

Dusseldorf, Germany
I think this is a first, with two German entries in a row, and it shows that more European bloggers are discovering WHB. You can tell that Vaishali from Happy Burp has a good sense of humor, not only from her blog title, but also from the whimsical photo she has of herself, but she’s obviously serious about food. Her entry this week features the Oxheart tomato, probably an heirloom variety in Mozarella Salad with Oxheart Tomato and Basil.

Florida, U.S.A.
From Ginger and Mango, LG had a great time this week with a post that she called Guess the Herb? There were lots of people who recognized this medicinal herb which has all these names in various places: Coleus Amboinicus, Panikoorkka, Karpoora valli, Bilwa Pathrey, Aparna, Cuban Oregano, Spanish Thyme, and Broad Leaf Thyme. By the way, all you gardening cooks out there, don’t forget about LG’s Green Blog Project.

Davis, California, U.S.A.
Home from vacation, Sher from What Did You Eat has to cope with a broken air-conditioner and a few extra pounds picked up when she was traveling. Both of those are great reasons to try her Golden Gazpacho with Lemongrass, which I’ve already saved to my brand new del.icio.us cookbook.

Sometimes ingredients staring you in the face can become the inspiration for something great. That’s what happened to Anna from Morsels and Musings when she turned plain mandarin oranges into Honey-Vodka Poached Mandarins seasoned with ginger.

Welcome back to WHB to great cook Rokh from Tham Jiak, who prepared a lovely version of Pad Thai with brown rice vermicelli to share with us. To add herby goodness, she uses chinese parsley, also called coriander leaf, cilantro, or dhania, depending on where you live.

Longview, Washington, U.S.A.
A new herb blogger this week is Chrispy from Experimentation of Taste, who has discovered a vegetable in her CSA box that she can call Chinese Chard, Pak Choi, or Bok Choy. Take your choice on the name, but Chrispy uses a very interesting and non traditional way to prepare it in her Pak Choi Gratin, which sounds delicious.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
A meal that would be so perfect for my South Beach Diet eating habits is up next, from the kitchen of Christine Cooks. Although she has fresh herbs in her garden, Christine used a spice mix with dried herbs to make Spicy Peanut Encrusted Catfish, and judging from the comments, no one minds the dried herbs one bit!

Toronto, Canada
At Once Upon a Feast, Ruth has really been trying to focus on healthy eating these days, and her Strawberries and Yoghurt with Mint sound like a healthy and delicious choice for summer. (By the way, congratulations to Ruth and her husband who have lost 16/20 pounds on the South Beach Diet. If you’re another South Beach fan, check out the yummy stuff Ruth’s been cooking.)

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Never one to shirk from a challenge, Gattina, from the blog of the same name, tries her hand this week at making home grown bean sprouts. Her sprouts look quite lovely, and then they look even better when she shows how she cooks them in a stir-fry with seafood.

Southern California, U.S.A.
It was partly serendipity which led the plant-saavy aunt of Surfindaave of the Serendipitious Chef to discover Stepables, a new kind of ground cover which is meant to be walked on. Because of his long-term relationship with thyme, Daave is coveting the thyme variety of Stepables, but he must pass them along to his sister who is re-designing her garden walkway. (Dave, we have these in Utah and I’ve been seriously coveting them for a few years now myself.)

New Jersey, U.S.A.
There are lots of changes, a great new blog design, and very good news going on in the life of Cate from Sweetnicks, it’s a wonder she even can concentrate to do any cooking at all! After you read all her exciting news, be sure to check out the recipe for Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps, with lots of yummy cilantro, which sounds like a recipe I’ll also be trying soon.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Another culinary masterpiece and another recipe for me to add to my “must cook” list from the kitchen of Ilva of Lucullian Delights. Since it’s swelteringly hot in Italy, Ilva doesn’t feel much like cooking, but her Insalata di Riso con Tonno, Erbe, Pinoli e Olive or Salad with Rice, Fresh Herbs, Tuna, Pine Nuts, and Olives sounds fantastic.

Melbourne, Australia

Next up is something you will definitely want to bookmark if you don’t have that much experience cooking with rosemary, one of my favorite herbs! Ed from Tomato has compiled a fantastic list of 14 Things to do with Rosemary, and all of them sound like wonderful ideas. Of course, there’s lamb with rosemary on the list, but check out monkfish roasted with rosemary and pancetta, rosemary butter on grilled fish, rosemary pesto . . .

The Beach, California, U.S.A.
Another great cook brave enough to admit to using dried herbs (which is 100% acceptable in case anyone is wondering!). Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife made her own dried herb mix, and then used it in this recipe for Sauteed Cod with Dried Herb Mix for Fish, which looks yummy.

Nantes, France
Our fabulous guest host last week, Virginie from Absolutely Green, is back this week with a warm weather treat that sounds wonderful. Rose and Cherry Ice Cream has black cherries, soy yogurt, rosewater, and cashews, and if she had some Virginie would love to add a few rose petals next time. (Click on the English translation if your French is not as good as Virginie’s English!)

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan shares a recipe with us that is the perfect thing to eat in the summer, and she says it may be the first thing she ever cooked, or didn’t cook in this case. Cucumber salad with Dill has only cucumbers, cider vinegar, salt, onion, dill, and a tiny bit of sugar but from the description of how this is made, I can tell it will taste wonderful.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
It has not been a great week in the garden of Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener. Unknowingly she planted her garden under some black walnut trees which dripped toxic yuck on the plants. A few plants died, and Genie and Steve spent a lot of time transplanting the others. We’re hoping for the best, so keep your fingers crossed for them. Even in the midst of a garden emergency, you’ve got to eat, so Genie prepared Herbaceous Baked fish with rosemary, basil and parsley. This sounded delicious and easy enough that Genie will be making it again.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own herb of choice this week is Italian parsley, also called flat-leaf parsley, which looks quite a bit like cilantro but tastes like a slightly spicier version of curly parsley. I used my parsley and lots of fresh mint in my recipe for Middle Eastern Tomato Salad, one of my absolute favorite things to eat in the summer with grilled meats or just as a light lunch.

Now, next weekend I’ll be in San Francisco having lots of fun with my gorgeous friends Mary and Jacque, but don’t worry, I’m leaving WHB in great hands. Next weekend’s host will be the talented Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife, and even if she has to post while juggling those adorable twin boys, she’ll manage to get it posted by Monday. So by midafternoon next Sunday send her your link (MSGABRIELLATRUE AT aol.com) and be sure to include a link to My Life as a Reluctant Housewife with the words Weekend Herb Blogging somewhere in the post.

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    13 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #39 Recap
    Holiday Weekend in the U.S.”

  1. Pingback: Cucumber salad with soured cream & dill - kuechenlatein.com

  2. Achu, you might want to ask at the blog who wrote about it, since this is just the recap.

  3. Does anyone know where I can get panikoorkka in the “US” ?

  4. Ah yes, there is life and friends outside of food blogging, isn’t there? Enjoy yourself in SF. When you do come out again, just let me know when and where a food blogger luncheon will take place and I’ll do my darndest to be there.

  5. Hi Christine,
    I’ll be in SF three days. I thought about trying to organize a meet-up with some food bloggers. But I’ll be with two friends who are not bloggers and not really even foodies, and one of them is hosting us at her condo, so I decided it wouldn’t really be fair for me to say “I need to leave now and go see my food blogger friends.” There will be another time though. I have a stepsister who lives in El Cerrito who is a huge foodie and would probably love to go to a food blogger lunch.

  6. Great round-up, as always, Kalyn. I marvel at the time I know it must take to read everyone’s post and then come up with an always warm and welcoming synopsis of each one. You do it so well!
    Wish I could get away to meet you in SF next weekend. How long will you be out here?

  7. Genie, we’re crossing our fingers. And yes, do go to the Farmer’s Market to get stuff to make the Middle Eastern Tomato Salad. I’ve made it with tomatoes from Costco many times.

    Ruth, keep up the good work on South Beach. Happy to mention you as a resource.

    Chocolate lady, thanks. I agree!

    Meeta, I’m going to a party on the 4th so it should be fun.

    Gabriella, thanks for hosting.

    Gattina, I may have to try bean sprouts again. They would be great for my diet.

    Virginie, Happy holidays to you too.

  8. Thank you for this round up and your nice words, Kalyn. Lots of good recipes gathered in a post. Sounds like Christmas… in summer. On the 4th of July, holidays start in France ; we’ll share this date as a happy one.
    Have a good week-end in San Francisco !

  9. Kalyn,
    thanks for the roundup! And your kind words to my entry, so I got to know another WHB member also been grown bean sprout at home… yeah!!!
    Love your simple and versatile tomato and parsley salad recipe. And great tip on planting parsley from seeds. Great job Kalyn!

  10. Have a great July 4th Kalyn! Oh I miss that soooo much out here.
    Thanks for the round-up all these lovely recipes! YUMM!

  11. Wonderful Work, Kalyn. Ya gotta watch out for that Toxic Yuck, man.

  12. What a wonderful roundup. I can’t wait to check them all out.

    Thanks for putting it all together and thanks, too, for mentioning my site as South Beach Friendly and for all yours words of encouragement.

  13. Kalyn, thanks so much for calling in the Weekend Herb Blogging troops on the fingers-crossing front! Much appreciated. As always, a great round-up, and I can’t wait to try some of the others’ recipes! I’m especially dying to try your Middle Eastern Tomato Salad recipe, which I’ve been waiting and waiting to try, hoping I could round up the ingredients from my garden. Life’s too short…I’m just going to the farmer’s market!

    The Inadvertent Gardener