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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. I finally discovered the wonder that is spaghetti squash! I love love love it, and if it means I can have “pasta” more often I am all for it!!!!

  2. My favorite veggie from 08 would have to be asparagus! Love the stuff, even if it makes your pee smell funny. Not funny “ha ha” but stinky funny.

  3. My favorite veggie is cauliflower. I love it grilled, steamed, stir-fried, or boiled and mashed.

  4. This was a difficult choice – I love all my veggies. I think I will have to choose zucchini though. I had a good crop in my garden this year, so much I didn’t know what to do with it all. So I made chocolate chip zucchini bread, sauteed zucchini, put it in lasagna and everything else I could think of! It was all yummy!

  5. My favorite vegetable this year has been eggplant: I have always loved it, but this year I cooked it a lot more than usual.

  6. This is the year I learned to love kale. Each week there was one or two bunches of kale in my CSA box. I experimented with recipes to find some that I liked. Sauteed kale, kale as coleslaw, kale baked as chips…love it!
    lisawill(at)mac(dot)com

  7. Without a doubt, sweet yellow onions are my favorite vegetable. It’s rare that I am ever without a couple of these gems, which I use in almost every savory dish.

    amberlstephens (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Oh what a dilemma you pose! So many candidates for veggie honours but there can only be one winner for 2008 and that’s rhubarb – and, yessir, it is a vegetable, of which my garden produced a bountiful supply from about March to August this year.

    What a joy of a morning to be able to walk out the back, cut a few sticks and, 15 minutes later, have a bowl of steaming stewed rhubarb for breakfast, with a pinch of ground ginger, a dollop of home-made yoghurt and just enough sugar to make it sweet.

    Frankly that pleasure alone would be good enough reason to vote for rhubarb, but this was the year that I discovered Nigella Lawsons recipe for rhubarb polenta cake, which is utterly divine and graced the table on many family occasions. Then there was my sisters recipe for rhubarb almond torte, which got made and devoured almost as often. And, of course, in the midst of all of this, let’s not forget the humble rhubarb crumble, a perennial favourite.

    On the preserves front, rhubarb chutney was a new creation for the store cupboard – a darkly sweet and spicy concoction just waiting to accompany that block of sharp cheddar in the fridge.

    And, finally, there’s the jam.
    I have always held that rhubarb jam with a ginger kick is one of the most sublime jams there is and, to my shame, I almost destroyed a batch in a comedy of errors that you can read about here:
    http://www.thedailyspud.com/2008/10/25/an-apology-to-my-pressure-cooker
    For this offense, I can only hope that the rhubarb which has given so much can forgive me, and maybe, just maybe, if it gets the vote as veggie of the year, it will! 🙂

  9. I’m going with beets! They are so versatile and I like their strong taste. Soups, salads, even hummus!

  10. My favorite veggie in 2008 is brussels sprouts. Roasted. Yummy!

    livviebrooke (at) yahoo (dot) com

  11. My favorite veggie is the LEEK. I never had one til last year, and boy was I missing out! Sauteed in a bit of olive oil, they are SO creamy, buttery, indulgent. I adore the mild flavor and they combined just beautifully with steamed asparagus. YUM!!

  12. Choosing a favorite vegetable feels like choosing a favorite child. Each has its own special place flavor-wise and nutritionally. But I started making Kale for the first time this summer and now i cant stop making bundles and bundles of it. so…Kale.

  13. Pumpkin! I love it in everything–oatmeal, yogurt, cookies, cupcakes, pie, cake… Yum!!

    tinkerbellx2 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  14. Zucchini on the grill! Yum!

    lostinabook4 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Potatoes. In every form and kind and breed. I could live on them, except that I would have some serious nutritional deficiencies…

    amy.elizc (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I’m on the broccoli bandwagon. My new favorite recipe is steamed broccoli with halved grape tomatoes and a homemade mustard vinaigrette.

  17. That is a tough one as I am a big veggie fan and love most!! One of my tops is zucchini closely followed by “all the rest”!!

  18. Oh this is hard, I LOVE my veggies (my parents never had that fight when I was a kid). I guess potatoes or broccoli, or a twice baked potato that has broccoli in it.

    courtney.metz(at)lavafrog(dot)net

  19. Love them all but my fav would be fresh Michigan grown asparagus and tomatoes.

  20. This is a tough one. Hmmm. Today I feel it’s going to be cabbage. I can eat it raw or cooked and in place of lettuce. It’s tasty on wild rice and on tacos. I like a mix of purple and green. violetclovis (at) yahoo (dot) com