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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. BEETS!!! i hated them as a kid… made mom keep them at the other end of the table. i just tried them again and LOVE them 🙂 even made a beet cake!

  2. I’ve started cooking a lot more with vegetables this year. I would say my favorite one is butternut squash. I love it roasted or in soups. Asparagus and beets are close runner-ups!

  3. Brussels sprouts are a big favorite of mine. Funny how I spent much of my life detesting them- now I make them at least once a week-oven roasted, sauteed with pancetta and a little chicken stock, shredded and stir fried. My daughter and husband are on board with my addiction, my son won’t touch them.
    I’m pretty sure next year will be the year of Kale, as I have recently found a local organic farmer that sells a variety that has little flat leaves, but for 08 it’s the Brussels sprouts for sure!

  4. I have to begin by saying I have never been a big fan of veggies. Although, this year I have fallen in love with zucchini. I love it on the grill!

  5. My favorite veggie has got to be green onions! They are so flavorful and I add them to almost every dinner!

  6. Brussels sprouts. Ooooh, it makes my mouth water to think of them. All roasted and toasty. Mmmm!

  7. I vote for BROCCOLI!!! What’s not to love about Broccoli? It has a beautiful shade of green that shouts healthy vegetable. It is very nutritious and ranked as the top anti-oxidant and anti-cancer fighting food. It is a very versatile food to prepare and cook as well. Can be stir-fried, baked, steamed, added to salad, soups etc. 🙂

  8. I immeidately thought about tomato, which I think is really a fruit. But that was so 2007. In 2008, I discovered zucchini. I enjoyed it broiled or sauteed and sprinkled with zataar or shaved thin in a salad with feta, mint, olive oil and lemon.

  9. well, i guess my favorite vegetable is the aubergine (eggplant). i like its taste with loads of olive oil and a good slosh of fresh tomato puree. it bodes well with greek dishes, too

  10. So I love a lot of veggies, and pumpkin, sweet potato, and spinach, along with legumes, all crossed my mind. But as of recently, I’ve fallen in love with a vegetable I used to not be a fan of… the eggplant! Boy do I love a good Japanese eggplant, sliced, stir-fried and curried. Or any eggplant, with the right dish. I used to dislike the mushiness of eggplant, but as I’ve matured, it’s grown on me, and now I can’t get enough!

  11. It was the zucchini…merely because I enjoyed in new ways.

  12. Rutabaga, I know its wierd but it satisfys my all cansuming potato passion without being a carb! Wait thats 2 vegies, oh well!
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  13. Let’s start a new day, let’s start a new giveaway!
    I’ve to choose between two I love so much: pumpkin or peppers…mumble…mumble…mumble…
    I got it!
    PEPPERS, in all colours!

  14. I go with Eggplants. Found in all sizes and shapes and very versatile.

  15. If we’re allowing legumes, then I am going to have to vote for lentils!!! I never tried them before this year, and now I eat them nearly weekly.


  16. If I had to choose a favorite vegetable of 2008 it would be very hard. Should it be something that I really started using, fell in love with again, or has always been a favorite. Oh well…

    My favorite pick for 2008 would really have to go to Asparagus. I have found many more uses for it. Already miss that it is out of season. Plus each year it is one of the first vegetables to pop out of the ground to let me know that spring is here.

  17. after i discovered samphire in sweden, i just crave it.

    it was amazing. i don’t want to be plugging my own blog, but if people are wondering what the heck samphire is, here’s my gushing post: http://morselsandmusings.blogspot.com/2008/08/glasrt-smr.html

  18. OK, it is the middle of the night and I couldn’t think. So I took my flashlight out and looked at the remnants of this year’s garden and really wanted to choose the Jimmy Nardello peppers but I got hung up on the old vegetable versus fruit thing. Same problem with the tomatoes. So, I am going to say arugula. Or mustard. No, arugula. Or maybe the peppers really are a vegetable. Oh heck, I think I’ll go to bed. I’ll probably change my mind in the morning. OK, ARUGULA. Or is that really an herb? I see nightmares in my future. 🙂

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  19. WOW! Buttternut Squash. And let me say this…the squash recipes that you have published here have been fantastic. I love to take butternut squash, peel, slice into smalll bite size pieces. Mis this with a chunked up onion, sprinkle with salt, perpper, and rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil and bake. WOW and YUM!

  20. Sweet potato.

    Oh how I adore the sweet potato.

    Unfortunately my son is absolutely TERRIFIED of them. To the extent that if I don’t want him to go into a cupboard I just place a sweet potato in there. Is going to be AWESOME for hiding Christmas presents!

    Oh sweet potato, doing double duty, I KNEW you were wonderful!