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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. Definitely asparagus! I wait all winter for asparagus to come back in season again! (btw–there is a link to my email on my blogger profile page).

  2. Asparagus… Yummers!

  3. I started to run through the list of vegetables I use looking for an all-pupose vegetable that I can’t live without..and it popped instantly into my mind. The ONION. I saute it in butter for all my sauces. It flavors all of my soups. It adds bite to my salsas, tacos, and shredded beef burros. Put them in your scrambled eggs for more flavor. Purple onions add color and taste to a fresh garden salad and also is a key ingredient in my poppyseed dressing. I love yellow, reds, and whites, all for their different properties. And am I allowed to mention the green onion (scallions). A pop of green on top of a creamy yellow soup or rolled up with cream cheese in a piece of ham makes a delicious treat. And did I mention carmelized vidalia onions on top of a thick, juicy steak? The flavor combination makes my mouth water. Did you know that onions contain antioxidants too, along with vitamin C and folic acid? And the Egyptians actually worshipped onions and buried them with their pharaohs…no joke. Whether it’s a fresh, crisp onion ring on top of a smoked turkey sandwich or a battered and fried onion ring dipped in homemade ranch dressing, what’s not to love about the onion? My grandpa used to eat whole onions like apples (now you know where I get my obsession :)Oh, I could go on and on and on. If there’s one vegetable I couldn’t live without, it’s the onion!

  4. I discovered frozen shelled edamame and eat it at least once a week. It’s great as a vegetable, as a substitute for potatoes or rice or as an ingredient in soups or casseroles. I’m finding more and more ways to enjoy edamame. My name is Pauline and I found your blog through “Perfect Pantry” and I’ve been enjoying every word.

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  5. Beets. It’s the truth – roasted with garlic and feta, beets become heavenly.

  6. Asparagus any way, but my favorite is oven-roasted.

  7. Arugula! I love how peppery it is.

  8. Asparagus is my favorite. Closely followed by beets, squash, spinach, and broccoli. Veggies are awesome!

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  9. My ‘discovery’ this year has been the (politically incorrect) potato! Especially a potato salad with avocados and homemade chipotle lime mustard — and I don’t even like mustard. My top love will still be sweet potatoes and winter squash, but appreciating the potato is new.

  10. I admit it…I’m fickle, I love all vegetables in season, so I’m going to focus on that…so the rest of you vegetables reading this, sorry, I love you too, but my pick is mushrooms…cremini, portobello, morels, shitake, oyster…the list is endless.

  11. Eggplant! I try to eat vegetarian and these are the perfect subsitutes for meat. They can really bulk up a dish and I love how they take on the wonderful flavors of whatever you cook them in. Pasta alla Norma is one of my favorite dishes to make.

  12. Tomato!!!

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  13. It may technically be a fruit, but in culinary terms my favorite at the moment is poblano/ancho chilies.

  14. oh, this is a tough one… for 2008 esp with the farmer’s market veggies I sampled so many… I would have to say eggplant. From Baba ganouj to Indian bharta to eggplant parmesan.. we made all. Congratulations again Kalyn, on the anniversary.

  15. Butternut Squash!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH. In anything 😀 This is a great contest by the way.

  16. My favorite veggie of 2008 is the onion. We’ve had an overflow of onions this year and enjoyed making onion dishes left and right.

  17. I just discovered kale and so glad I did!. My SIL steamed it, then sauteed it with red onions and red wine. It was delectable! Dee–sheepish56@aol.com

  18. I love onions. (Broccoli is a very close second.) Onions make almost everything taste better.

  19. My favourite vegetable this year is fennel bulb. I love It and I’ve been using it a lot lately.

  20. i’d probably have to say zucchini for 2008. i’ve just started cooking with it more even though hubby doesn’t like it. I love how quickly it cooks and how tasty it is!