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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.)

Kalyn Recommends:
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. This is a tough one, Kalyn! 🙂

    Carrots are my choice.

  2. This was the year of eggplant at our house. I played around with it in quite a few recipes. Love it grilled!

  3. Eggplant! I had so much fun with it this summer! I tried so many tasty recipes…and we even got to try a white eggplant:) I am sad the summer is over and I can’t get them at the farmer’s market anymore…sad!

  4. Fresh Sprouts from the farmer’s market. There is nothing like them! I used them to replace lettuce on my BLTs this summer. YUM!

  5. My favorite would be Moringa or malunggay as we call it in Tagalog. It packs a punch of vitamins and minerals and is great for nursing mothers.

  6. I would say avocado, but that’s a fruit! Zucchini is a close second…I had a ton of them in my garden this year!

  7. I’m going to have to vote for Butternut squash! I love the natural sweetness!

    Hmmmmm…a fall favorite!

  8. If we’re counting legumes, my favorite veggie of all TIME is the chickpea. If not, this year I’m copping out and voting for squash in all it’s many variations 🙂

  9. For me, the tomato has to be the one. Not just any tomato, of course – the off-season tasteless cardboardy ones need not apply …

  10. This is a hard one because I love to cook with vegetables. I feel like you can be way more creative than with meat. But this year you could say I “discovered” butternut squash so that’s what I am going with!

    I have always liked butternut squash soup but this fall I’ve prepared it in salads, mashed, in homemade soups – so many possibilities!

  11. Homegrown lacinato (dinosaur) kale – Prettier, thicker and more delicious than curly-leaf kale. Fewer crevices and curls to wash the dirt out of. A fantastic source of calcium, antioxidants and other nutrients. Versatile as can be. I’m just so glad this is the one plant that’ll keep on keepin’ on after the frosts.

  12. Red Peppers! I eat them all year round.

  13. My all-time favorite vegetable will always be the artichoke! I do, however, get excited about the fall root vegetables!


  14. Asparagus. Love it love it love it.

  15. My favorite this year is butternut squash. I’ve used it soups, risotto, pot pies and more all year. My favorite use for it is in risotto but I’m eager to try it in a bread or muffin.

  16. Asparagus… wait, no… brussles sprouts… no spinach… ack! How do I choose one?????

    love your blog and thank you for the awesome giveaways!

  17. My fave veg is brussel sprouts – carmelized or steamed 🙂

  18. My favorite vegetable right now is asparagus. I love it!

  19. No contest for me (and no pun intended, either): sweet potato! It’s one of the most versatile and always delicious. But I must say your baked falafel do look amazing!