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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. My favorite vegetable is a POTATO!

    The regular, ole, plain potato can be dressed up in a million ways. He is always getting picked on for all those french fries, carbs, and stuff but he is still my hero!

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  2. That’s a hard one, so many to choose from. But… I definitely fell in love with kale this year, and I now try to eat it as often as possible. Yummy, and healthy!

  3. I read earlier this year that Kale is one of the best vegetables for you and you should eat Kale everyday. At the time I wasn’t sure what Kale even looked like. Then I needed to figure out a way to fix it so my husband would eat it. Challenging but I must say, I LOVE KALE. It is delish! There are many ways to use it.
    Green is good!

  4. Gotta be asparagus roasted in the oven. Candy! There is nary a vegetable that I don’t like but asparagus must be the favorite.

  5. Parsnips are my fave veg! Nothing like a roasted parsnip!

  6. (sweet) potato we love them. I like to cook them in every possible way.

  7. Oh gosh, my favorite vegetable of 2008 has to be an old tried and true one, the heritage tomato. And my favorite variety that I grew would have to be a tie between Striped Cavern and Black Prince. They both have amazing flavors, Striped Cavern having a lemony tang. Salads, sandwiches, toppings…wonderful!

  8. Despite me eating spinach every single night and cherry tomatoes like they are candy… I am going to have to say my ALL TIME FAVORITE vegetable is, dun-ta-dun-da: Eggplant! I love Grilled Eggplant or Broiled Eggplant with sprinkled herbs & spices on top! Nothing could be better!

  9. Lebanese Cucumbers…they surprised me this summer with how sweet and crunchy they are!

  10. I have several favs, but my newly discovered favorite during 2008 is the brussel sprout! I never thought I’d love those stinky little green balls so much! 🙂

  11. It may not be my favorite vegetable overall but something I tried new this year for 2008 was okra. Whatever my neighbor could keep away from the dear he shared with us. My husband and I just rubbed whole okra in olive oil and salt and put them in the oven to bake for a bit, until slightly blackened. What a great fresh taste as an appetizer. So okra is my favorite veggie for 2008!

  12. Oh those chickpea pictures are really swaying me…

    I think I'll go for the commonplace zucchini because I succeeded in making my boyfriend enjoy it, it can be used in both savory & sweet dishes, & I just discovered I can shred & freeze it so I can use zucchini all winter long!!!! I've been frantically buying zucchini at the farmers market every week knowing that soon there will be no more farmers markets to visit. 🙁

  13. Looks like I need to revisit chickpeas (have never found a recipe I liked them in, but these look yummy). Only one favorite vegetable … I would have to say cauliflower (roasted) has been my favorite veggie for 2008.

  14. Favorite vegetable is asparagus!! I just discovered how versatile it is! My family loves it.


  15. The jalapeno makes everything good!


  16. There aren’t many vegetables that I DON’T love, but if I have to pick one for 2008 it would have to be kale, specifically dino kale. This summer was the first time growing it in our garden. It was so tender and delicious as well as versatile. It went into soups, lasagnas, main dishes with legumes, and more. . .many of which are in my freezer to enjoy all winter.


  17. My favorite veggie of 2008 has to been the squash blossom (does that count?). We ate them for the first time early this summer and we just couldn't get enough of them after that. We just ate the last of them stuffed with cheese, battered & fried.

  18. Asparagus, definitely.

  19. Zucchini! It’s so versatile – sweet and savory dishes! I like it simply grilled and in sweet breads.

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  20. Eggplants. I love them but unfortunately not everyone does. I dont think there is anything tastier than some grilled eggplant with salt.

    The good thing about eggplants is that there are many way to cook them. You can grill them either in the grill outside or in the oven. Also you can make eggplant parmesan or Persian eggplant stew or so much more….They are the best