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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. This year I had lots of fun exploring corn.

  2. Man this may sound boring…but I really love broccoli. Salads, tereyaki, cheesy, you name it.

  3. I writing another comment to add my email: phallman (at) charter (dot) net

    My favorite vegetable is spinach.

  4. Carrots, carrots and more carrots! I LOVE carrots! Broccoli runs a close second, but carrots win!

  5. I find myself eating cabbage everyday.
    Either shredded in a sweet/sour salad, sauteed, roasted… in all its sulfuric sweetness!

  6. My favorite veggie of 2008 would be chard. Though I had it many years ago, this was the first year I ate quite a bit of it and learned I really love it.

  7. Avocado. Easy

    So healthy, so yummy! And My son (8mths) and daughter (4yrs) love it too!

    It’s true I love all the veggies. I can’t get enough…so many so little time!

  8. I have to vote for the artichoke. But I love vegetables and will eat almost any of them.

  9. My new favorite vegetable this year is Lucinato Kale, which a couple growers at my Farmer’s Market had consistently this year. It was so outstanding! It’s what they call in Italy “Cavolo Nero” or Black Kale. I was sad this week when my Farmer’s Market ended. I will have to wait until next year to buy it again! I would saute it up in the morning and plop a poached egg on top. Delicious.

  10. I have to go with tomatoes. I’ve had some of the best this year from my mom’s garden, my garden, a little stand at my neighbords and even local produce from the store. Some were so good I didn’t even wait for recipes, I just salted and enjoyed. I was spoiled– it’s going to be a long winter!

  11. My favorite vegetable for 2008 is beets. I usually roast them and serve them with goat cheese and walnuts. Could eat that all day.

  12. I have to admit this has been the year of the squash for me. My new favorite vegetable is Butternut Squash. I had no idea how yummy it is! I didn’t know how easy it is to cook and then how versatile it is! Burritos, sammies, salads, you name it and I can make it better with some butternut squash added to it.

    I use it in place of sweet potato in some recipes, but I think I love it the most just peeled, diced and roasted…so sweet and so delicious!

    Who’d a thunk it?

  13. Oh, this is so difficult. I love celery's crunch. And then there are those wonderful sweet potatoes. Asparagus tends to be queen of my kitchen. But, I have to say I love, love, love onions! Slice & serve raw with a bowl of pintos or black-eye peas, grill a huge slice and it is great with anything. Then there are whole baked onions, in foil, seasoned with nothing but salt & pepper. What is not better with onions added? Ice cream? Ummmm, maybe –

  14. my favorite veggie lately has been peas. i add them to everything – salad, soups, pasta. i just love their sweet flavor:)

  15. I have fallen in love with chickpeas this year too. But I think my heart still belongs to butternut squash. Mmmm…

  16. Pumpkin! I love anything pumpkin.

  17. Favorite veggie? Hard to choose, probably squash if I had to pick; there are so many different varieties and variations despite the season.

  18. I’ll have to go with red peppers – they’re always in the veggie bin.

    Jo Anna

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