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Weekend Herb Blogging #47 Recap: What’s Cooking Where You Are?

Around here, the garden is exploding with tomatoes, basil, squash, and cucumbers, and I haven’t really been cooking anything that doesn’t include at least some of those ingredients, so it’s been exciting to get all the great posts from people for Weekend Herb Blogging and discover there *are* people cooking other things! Again this week, great recipes, so read on, and be sure to read clear to the end to see who will be next week’s host.

Somewhere in the South, U.S.A.

First, my apologies to Coffeepot from Coffee and Cornbread, whose post about toasting pumpkins seeds for a healthful snack somehow got missed last week. But never too late to enjoy some yummy pumpkin seeds, especially if you’re a gardener who has pumpkins (you know who you are) so head on over there and see how to toast ’em.

Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Officially first in this week was the amazing Ilva from Lucullian Delights, who always cooks something that looks tantalizing. This week Ilva is visiting her family in Sweden, but she still manages to cook something for us! Check out her great photos of Salmone con Dill, Timo e Lime or Oven Baked Salmon with Dill, Thyme and Lime.

Kronshagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
In Germany, Ulrike from Kuchenlatein received some shallots from her mother-in-law which inspired this week’s interesting creation for WHB. I was already impressed when I heard that her mother-in-law had grown the shallots in her garden, but Ulrike’s recipe for Pickled Shallots and the finished jars of lovely pickled shallots impressed me even more.

Weimar, Germany
Another post from Germany is from Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey, who has been busy this week celebrating the birthday of her four year old son Soeren, but still managed to send something great looking for WHB. Meeta has prepared Cheese Quesadillas with Two Salsas, and the spicy tomato salsa and fruity pineapple/avocado salsa both look great.

Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
A delicious sounding way to prepare cod comes next from Mandira of Ahaar. She marinates her fish in a combination of lemon juice, garlic, cilantro and mint before baking, then combines it with soy-marinated veggies to create Baked Fish and Vegetables that look very tasty.

New Jersey, U.S.A.

New Jersey is called the Garden State, and Gattina from the blog also named Gattina remembers that you can blog about flowers, as well as herbs, plants, or veggies for Weekend Herb Blogging. She shows us the beautiful marigolds she has in her garden, which may only be around for a little while longer, now that fall is coming.

Davis, California, U.S.A.

I’m not the only one whose garden is bursting with produce! Sher from What Did You Eat has eggplants in her garden, and I love the sound of her Eggplant Stew with Tomatoes, Peppers, and Couscous, featuring lots of paprika, which Sher points out is technically a spice. However, all plants are eligible for WHB, and paprika comes from peppers, which are definitely a plant.

Sydney, Australia
Anna from Morsels and Musings has been lobbying hard for flat-leaf parsley over the curly type, and she gets to use the flat leaf type in her dish for WHB. Calamares Rellenos or Stuffed Calamari sounds just fabulous, and Anna also provides some interesting information about parsley.

The Triangle, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Okra is something many people don’t get much experience eating, but Pookah from What’s Cooking in Carolina shows us a great way to cook Oven-Cooked Okra giving a result similar to fried okra, but with less fat. There’s also some other ideas for things to make with Okra in this post.

Melbourne, Australia
Over at Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, Haalo has decided to take a closer look at carrots. After taking some quite amazing carrot photos, she creates Spiced Carrot Fritters, which I know I’d love, since they contain coriander, one of my favorite herbs!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
EJM from Blog From Our Kitchen has been quite effective at getting rid of dandelions in her lawn by digging them up. However, now that she’s prepared dandelion greens, and is finding herself wanting to buy more, she’s having second thoughts about being so effective at the dandelion-removal game.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
One of the herbs I’ve always wanted to grow but never have is lemongrass, so I was suffering some serious lemongrass envy when I saw the beautiful lemongrass of Ange of Vicious Ange. The inspiration for the Thai Pumpkin and Seafood Curry where Ange used the lemongrass came from Nigella and a couple of food bloggers, and it sounds like a wonderful combination to me.

Trinidad, California, U.S.A.
Peppercorns are the intesting topic this week for Christine from Christine Cooks, and perfectly appropriate for WHB since they come from a plant. Christine favors Tellicherry peppercorns, and has recently been initiated into the joy of pepper on cantelope, something she learned from her husband.

Connecticut, U.S.A.
Sarah from Cucina Bella is simply mad about gaaaahhhhlic, and gives a lot of interesting information about it in her post. She shares a recipe for one of her favorite garlicy dishes, Aglio e Olio, but warns that it’s not suitable for dinner when you’re having guests.

Toronto, Canada
A great post with links to many interesting recipes and bits of information comes next from Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. Ruth is raving about the beautiful Celery Root or Celeriac she had a chance to photograph recently at a farmer’s market, and I must say it looks interesting.

Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Another gardener with a good supply of tomatoes is Christa from Calendula and Concrete, who still has plenty of Brandywines and Beefsteak tomatoes. She used some of them to create a Fresh Tomato Tart with Bacon and Ricotta which used puff pastry for the crust, and it sounds heavenly to me.

Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.
Genie, The Inadvertent Gardener, has been known to moan and groan over perfect french fries, and readily admits to being a bit of a potato freak. She’s been doing a little online research to find the best ways to make potato salad, and she’s come up with a recipe for Potato Eater’s Salad that sounds like a winner.

Southern California, U.S.A.
If Surfindaave of The Serendipitous Chef was a student in my classroom, I’d give him an A+ for creativity for the interesting things he manages to find to write about for Weekend Herb Blogging. This week Dave has purchased a plant recommended by the local herb seller, which tastes a bit like cilantro. After much research (and intense wishing that he had written down the name) Dave solves the herbal mystery to discover this plant is a Mexican Herb called Pepicha or Pipicha. Teengirl uses the plant in the vinaigrette for a tasty looking tomato salad, but Dave says the verdict is still out on this one.

Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
My own post this week for WHB was about how to freeze fresh rosemary and thyme, something I discovered by accident but have had good success with. I love having the herbs from my garden last me through the winter as much as possible, and this tip can help with that.

Now I promised that I’d tell more about who’s hosting Weekend Herb Blogging next weekend, and this time it’s Genie from The Inadvertent Gardener who is doing the honors. It’s Labor Day weekend in the United States, so we’ve decided to give her until Monday to post the recap, since she’s doing a bit of Labor Day traveling. Send your entries to genie AT theinadvertentgardener DOT com by 3:00 Sunday afternoon, Utah time, and she’ll include you. Don’t forget to link to The Inadvertent Gardener with the words Weekend Herb Blogging somewhere in the post. Here are the rules for Weekend Herb Blogging for more information.

Do you realize that in five weeks, we will have done an entire year of Weekend Herb Blogging! It seems like something special is in order, and I’ve been mulling it over in my mind as to what would be a proper way to celebrate. Let me know in a comment or e-mail if you have a fun idea. Also, I still have a short list of people who have signed on to host Weekend Herb Blogging every other week when it goes on the road, but if you’re interested in getting on that list. send me an e-mail at kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net.

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    6 Comments on “Weekend Herb Blogging #47 Recap: What’s Cooking Where You Are?”

  1. Thanks for the great round-up Kalyn. Wow, almost one year old. That is cause for celebration. Can’t wait to see the suggestions.

  2. One year ! Now it’s up to me to be impressed ;-). Thank you so much for this lovely event!

  3. Kalyn, as always it was a special pleasure for such a lovely hostess. As a matter of fact I am enjoying doing that extra piece of research for WHB on the ingredient that I used.

    Thank you for your effort!

  4. Huh!
    I am officially stunned.

  5. Wonderful roundup, as usual.

    Thanks for all your effort. It is remarkable how quickly the year has gone by. And how strong the following WHB has.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Great line up Kalyn.

    Thanks for including my missed post from last week.

    Now I have to go read all the wonderful posts.