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WHB Giveaway #2: Tell Us Your Favorite Vegetable of 2008 and You Might Win a Fantastic Prize!

VegetablesWe started our three days of giveaways yesterday by asking about your favorite herb of 2008. Now you have a second chance to win one of three amazing prizes by leaving a comment naming your favorite vegetable of 2008. This is all part of our Week-Long Celebration for the three year anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging. Thanks to New West KnifeWorks and Fissler USA who have donated two amazing prizes. I’m also is giving away a set of my three favorite cookbooks of 2008, so keep reading to see how to enter.

How to Enter

It’s easy to enter! First, read more about the prizes at the post announcing the anniversary celebrations. Then come back to this post and leave a comment naming your favorite vegetable of 2008. Feel free to use any interpretation of the word “vegetable” that works for choosing your favorite. If you’re a blogger, you must sign in using Open ID or name/url so we can contact you if you’re the winner. Readers who are not bloggers must leave an e-mail address typed into the body of the comment. Use the format kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net to protect your e-mail from spammers. Comments left without a way to verify or contact the person leaving the comment will be deleted! (Remember comments are moderated, so you won’t see your comment until I approve it. If you’re in Europe or Asia and I’m asleep in my part of the world, that might take a while!)

More Chances to Win!
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to vote for your favorite herb too. There will be voting for favorite fruit (on Thursday) so come back for that too. Comments on all prize posts will close at 10:00 P.M. (MST – Salt Lake Time) on Friday, October 31, and the winners will be announced in the Anniversary Edition of Weekend Herb Blogging on Sunday evening. (Duplicate entries on the same post will result in all comments from that person being deleted, so please be careful to enter only once on each post.)

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Of course I can’t enter to win the prizes, but nothing can stop me from doing a little campaigning, can it? I might be going out on a limb here by endorsing chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) as my favorite vegetable of 2008, because I know chickpeas are really legumes, and I’m not actually sure if legumes are considered vegetables. But I was so overcome with the love of chickpeas in 2008 that I don’t really care what they’re categorized. Here are three reasons I think you should vote for chickpeas.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Moroccan Spices were a completely new way to cook chickpeas for me, and I loved them (as did a lot of other people who tried them!)

Another chickpea recipe that really was a hit around here was this Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt Tahini Sauce. The recipe was sent to me by a reader (Thanks Jamie!) and when I tried it, I found out a few other food bloggers had also liked the recipe.

Finally, sneaking in another pitch for my favorite herb, another dish that really rocked was this Spicy Sauteed Chickpeas with Beef and Cilantro which came from Mark Bittman. This is simple and delicious, and completely my kind of food.

Are You Blogging About Vegetables?
Of course, Weekend Herb Blogging is really about the posts that are submitted each week, by great bloggers from all over the world, so here is information about how to submit a post if you’d like to join in for the anniversary edition. You can write about your favorite herb, favorite vegetable, or favorite fruit for this special edition.

(P.S. I can’t publish off-topic comments or respond to questions in comments on these give-away posts because it will foul up the numbering system for the random number selection.)

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    199 Comments on “WHB Giveaway #2: Tell Us Your Favorite Vegetable of 2008 and You Might Win a Fantastic Prize!”

  1. Winter squash. The entire category. Now I am craving spiced squash and shrimp soup, darn you!

  2. I love lots of vegetables but the one I’m really passionate about? The one I adore? The one I think I could eat every day for the rest of my life and still love? Artichoke. Hands down, no contest, no question: ARTICHOKE!

  3. Really hard to decide between the potato or cabbage because both are so versatile as well as delicious, but if I was on a desert island, I expect I would select the POTATO. Bake it, boil it, fry it, mash it, what other vegetable can be prepared in so many ways.
    carolepip (at) verizon (dot) net

  4. Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Eggplants and Potatoes are my favourite veggies. I am still cooking lots of legumes that comforts me to feel warm and healthy for the winter. I know they are not veggies but they’re my favourites. In summer, Zuchini, winter melon, eggplants and potatoes. Very interesting to tell our favourite vegetable for 2008.
    Wish me Good Luck!

  5. I would have to pick the humble corn. It’s great in the summer, fresh on the cob. And in the winter, frozen is still yummy!

  6. I think I’m going to go with sweet potatoes, too, though it’s surprisingly difficult to pick just one. I really like the versatility of sweet potatoes, and often I just bake two sweet potatoes in foil for supper and that’s all we need–super easy. A close second would be sweet bell peppers. Mmmmm…

  7. Since I chose tomatoes for my favorite fruit I guess I would have to pick summer squash and Zucchini. I eat them year round and can never seem to get enough.

  8. Carrots.

    I know not the most exciting pic, but it’s my favorite type of soup, and I eat them raw and cooked all the time.

    My favorite herb is Cilantro.

    I just discovered this herb recently and wish I known about it earlier.

    snarlykins (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. My favorite veg of 2008 would have to be the tomato. Just this year I’ve started using them in everything. Yum.

  10. Another tomato girl here. I am missing my fresh ones from the garden since we’ve had a really hard frost and snow flurries…. sigh…

  11. My favorite pick for vegetable would have to be…

    I just discovered fresh beets this year and absolutley love them!

  12. thi is a very hard question…… I had to say tomato, it saves me in a lot of situations “oh my God, I’m starving and it’s late, what I’m going to have for dinner!” 🙂

  13. I know mushrooms are not categorized as vegetables, but in my books they are! I love fresh mushrooms – button, hon shimeiji, shitake … they are so versatile & fun to cook with! ^^

  14. Hi Kalyn….
    Favorite vegetable – Cauliflower – raw ! When I start eating it, I can’t stop. I love the crunchy cold cauliflower.

  15. Picking just one is HARD! I love them all! Most recently I had lots of fun playing with eggplants, so on the theory that recency equals primacy, I’ll pick eggplant.

  16. What a tough question! With summer over I’m thinking fondly of corn, but for sheer versatility I’ll have to go with tomatoes.

  17. This is another incredibly difficult question. And again, Kalyn, you’re almost swaying me with chickpeas. But when I think of chickpeas, it automatically reminds me of grated beet salad to go with falafel. And from there, the association jumps to beet tops.

    Beet tops, it is then.

    Mmmmm, beet tops sauteed in olive oil with onions, fennel seed, chili flakes and cider vinegar – can’t be beat! (no pun intended)


  18. I’m going with asparagus. The 2008 crop was as good as I can ever remember. And I’m already anticipating 2009!

  19. Squash.

    Did you hear screams and gnashing of teeth? That is my mom recovering from years of coping with my anti-squash campaigns.

    Seriously though, this is the year that I discovered I loved squash . . . soup, lasagne, roasted, baked with cranberries and apple, in a pie, in a quiche, on pizza, grilled or in ice cream this has been the year of squash.