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Weekend Herb Blogging #43 Recap. (How Do You Describe Delicious?)

A few hours ago I walked in from the airport, getting home from Blogher where I had a wonderful time meeting some lovely food bloggers, and some very interesting women who blog about other things too. I’ll be writing more about Blogher later, but now it’s time to recap the herbs, plants, veggies, and flowers that people have been cooking with for Weekend Herb Blogging while I’ve been off learning how to be a better blogger.

While I was gone, I gave a homework assignment and a lot of you have not done it yet! Actually, it’s a little contest asking other bloggers to give me ideas of new ways to say “This tasted really good”. The prize (winner selected by random drawing,) is The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Herbs, a book any cook or gardener would love! I’ll be keeping that going until Tuesday morning, whenever I get up that day, so if you haven’t had a chance to leave a comment with your suggestion, enter now and maybe you’ll be the winner. Now, let’s check out the herb blogging entries. And be sure to read all the way to the end to see who is hosting WHB next weekend.

Astoria, New York, U.S.A.

Stacey of Just Braise has been off traveling, but now that she’s home she’s remembering a time when she was a sixth grade Francofile. Stacey created some Vichyssoise with Parsley for her re-entry into Weekend Herb Blogging, and it sounds good for summer.

Toronto, Canada
Corn on the cob is not a recommended food on the South Beach Diet, but Ruth of Once Upon a Feast has discovered a way you can have it once in a while, since adding the lime juice to the corn lowers the glycemic rating. I think Ruth’s version of Corn on the Cob South Beach Style, with cajun spices and lime juice, really sounds divine. Then later in the week Ruth cooked up a fall dinner in a heat wave with some more foods brimming with herbs, so check out that one too.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
Christine of Christine Cooks has come up with a not-too-sweet jelled dessert that sounds like it would be a great summer treat. It’s the lemon verbena in Christine’s Pear-Ginger Gelee with Lemon Verbena Cream that makes this sound so special.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Right now Ulrike from Kuchenlatein is off on a holiday to Wales, and we hope she’s having a great time. Before she left, she picked the last of her red currants to make a delicious looking summer pudding. (I thought red currants looked like the chokecherries I had picked as a child, but Ulrike did some research and convinced me they are not the same.)

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
On a recent trip to the farmer’s market, Alanna of A Veggie Venture discovered Amaranth greens, a plant that was new to her and which might be new to WHB, I’m not sure. The farmer recommended cooking them like a green, which Alanna did in her version of Amaranth Greens with Garlic and Ginger.

New Jersey, U.S.A.
Since I live far from the ocean, I’ve never tried cooking mussels, but I like them a lot and the version created by Gattina looks wonderful. She also used a delicious looking Salsa Verde to garnish her Mussels with Dill and Italian Parsley, for a double dose of herby goodness in this recipe.

Edinburgh, Scotland
The adorable Pille from Nami Nami has been on holiday back in her native Estonia, and one of the interesting things she did was hunting for cloudberries. Don’t miss her great photo of this rare fruit. Pille also used cloudberry jam to create Rye Bread Canapes with Blue Cheese and Cloudberry Jam and they look fabulous as well.

Missouri, U.S.A.
Rosemary Lavosh with a Southern Twist is the contribution this week from Glenna at A Fridge Full of Food, who may possibly be more organized than I am, we’ve been comparing notes! I love the idea of adding rosemary to this, and the southern twist is cornmeal, which gives it a bit more texture interest.

St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Neil from Food for Thought shares some interesting information about tea in his post this time, as well as an extremely interesting use of tea. Go and visit Neil to see what contribution the tea makes to his recipe for Prunes in Brandy, and I’m guessing you’ll love the sound of these prune preserves over ice cream!

Davis, California, U.S.A.
In Davis, California, where Sher writes What Did You Eat the temperature has been over 100 F for weeks now, so when it went down a little, Sher was inspired to cook something again. Her combination of Herb Rubbed Salmon and Dilled Cucumbers sounds like a great summer meal, and I especially like the combination of things in the rub used on the salmon.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
Another interesting garden dilemma for Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener, who discovers a pepper plant suffering from a strange kind of mold. Genie gets advice from commenters about what the mold might be, then uses the remains of the pepper that aren’t fuzzy to add to a tasty sounding dish she called hamburger helped.

Melbourne, Australia
A very interesting post about mushrooms came from Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, with some very beautiful photographs of different mushroom varieties. Haalo uses several kinds of mushrooms in her Mixed Mushroom Bruschetta with Goat’s Cheese, and it sounds like it would taste amazing.

North Carolina, U.S.A.
JMom from In Our Kitchen has been shopping at my beloved Costco, and she picked up some chicken thighs to make Scarborough Faire Chicken this week. Oh yes, I am old enough to remember the Simon and Garfunkel song about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme that inspired the name of this dish!

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
It is still hot in Italy at the home of my good friend Ilva from Lucullian Delights, but luckily some of her neighbors have been inviting her for dinner so she does not have to cook too often. However, she did manage to whip up a great sounding salad, Insalata di Avodaco, Lenticchie e Granchio con Semi di Senape or Salad with Avocado, Lentils, and Crab Meat and Mustard Seeds. As always, beautiful photos of this dish.

Southern California, U.S.A.
Surfindaave of The Serendipitous Chef is always very thoughtful about the way he uses ingredients, and he thought long and hard about the tense harmony of combining dill and garlic with corn. When Dave took the plunge and created Pasta with Corn, Dill, and Scapes, the end result looked like a complete success to me.

Connecticut, U.S.A.
New veggies that she’s discovered since she started blogging is something Sarah of Cucina Bella has been thinking about recently. This week she decided to experiment a little with Kale, and combined kale, sausage, cream, garlic, and a few other flavors in a superb-sounding Zuppa Toscana. (Already saved to my del.icio.us cookbook, Sarah!)

Sydney, Australia
The lovely Anna from Morsels and Musings purchased some ultra fresh rainbow trout from her fishmonger, and wanted a simple way to prepared it. She lightly fried the trout in butter and served it with a delicious salsa verde with mint, chives, parsley, and capers to make Pan-Fried Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde. (Guess what Anna, the rainbow trout is the state fish of Utah, where I live!)

New York City, New York, U.S.A.
At the farmer’s market, the Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan discovers a new herb which she was told is called Cuban Oregano. If you haven’t heard of this before, check out the photo and information about it. TCL uses it in a delicious sounding combination of Black Lentil Salad with Cuban Oregano.

Salt Lake City, Utah. U.S.A.
My own herb of choice this week was cilantro, and I did a bit of research about whether cilantro, coriander leaf, and chinese parsley are all the same herb. (They are, and the seeds of the plant is always called coriander or coriander seed.) I used some cilantro to make Garbanzo, Tomato, and Cilantro Salad with Lime and Chile dressing, which is one of my favorites out of all the new recipes I’ve created this summer.

That’s all the herb blogging for this week. Next week the host for Weekend Herb Blogging will be Christa from Calendula and Concrete, in Washington D.C. She’ll be posting the recap on Monday, August 6. If you want to participate, send your link (to calendula1 AT gmail DOT com) by 3:00 on Sunday, Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to check the rules for Weekend Herb Blogging if you’re not sure what they are, and include a link to Calendula and Concrete in your post.

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    10 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #43 Recap. (How Do You Describe Delicious?)”

  1. As for me, I will think dictionary, that should be ‘Think Thesaurus.’

  2. Very nice round up. Always interesting and informative. Thanks, Kalyn!


  3. Hey kalyn, thanks for the roundup.

    I’ve been thinking about your assignment, but I already think you have taken the first step in using different descriptors, in that you are now aware that you are using the same words over and over.

    If you look at my recap you have used the word interesting twice in a short passage. When you proofread your entries, whenever you see a word being used twice, try to think of a better word to replace one of them. Think Thesauras.

    In the case of my roundup, where you wrote the second interesting, maybe it would read better if you rephrased it from…’an extremely interesting use for…’ to ‘…a very different use for…’, which feels like it fits better to what you wanted to say.

    So to recap, think about what it is you want to say exactly and the phrases should suggest themselves, and use that Thesauras whenever the words fail.

    Hope that helps.

  4. As usual, an awesome round up. Thanks for collecting all these fabulous recipes for the rest of us.

  5. Hi Kalyn. Great round up. You have a way of making each entry so special, I went to each of them this morning and found new bloggers and wonderful recipes. Thanks!

  6. Mae, thanks so much for letting me know. AARRGH! I’ll fix it right now!!

  7. Great roundup Kalyn!

    Btw, you might want to check the link on JMom of ‘In our Kitchen as it’s linking to ‘Cook Almost Anything Once’ each time i clicked on it.

  8. Kalyn – thanks for the round-up (and for your kind words:) I was especially intrigued to read about the Lemon Verbena and Cuban Oregano – hadn’t heard of these two before!

  9. But, Kalyn…the dog ate my homework!!!!! Actually, i have a summer cold, which is not fair, I think. I’m feeling way to sorry for myself to come up with good descriptions. Thanks for the great recap as usual!

  10. hi kalyn. yet again a great recap. i think we all appreciate the way you capture and make our recipes sound so good. thanks!