Monthly Archives: October 2008

Seared Pumpkin

This is a really nice recipe for this time of year. Pumpkins are in season so you will find pumpkins at their best right now. This recipe is a very old fashioned recipe that dates back to the early settlers here in America and has been in my family for years.

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1 pound pumpkin, cubed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Melt butter in large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add pumpkin and water, cook 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

2. Cook until water has evaporated and pumpkin is golden. Stir in maple syrup and walnuts cooking for 1 more minute.

Yields: 6 servings

Do not forget to season your cast iron skillet every now again, you can find the directions that I listed here for you.

My post in Washington Herald-Telegraph

How have you all been? Are you enjoying the chilly weather of Fall? The summer is defiantly gone here in Virginia, its freezing. But the beauty of Fall sure makes you forget that. I just love watching the wind swirl the colorful leaves all over the ground and what about that crisp smell of cold in the air. You have to like that!

As you all know I love food and everything to do with it. I have started to get into so many things that I can hardly keep up with myself, wooo. But I sure am enjoying every minute of it especially since things all food seem to be my knack in life.

I am really excited to tell you that I have started writing for The Washington Herald-Telegraph. I am of course contributing recipes every month. Go ahead and check out my first post for October.

European Coffee

1 cup coffee
1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons half and half

1. Beat egg white until forms soft peaks, gently add vanilla, and continue to beat to stiff peaks are formed.

2. Place into 2 coffee mugs, Pour coffee over egg white. Top with half and half.

Yields: 2 servings

Ya Salam Cookings 1st Anniversary

Wow I can hardly believe that I have been blogging for a year now, time really does fly by so fast. I have really enjoyed every moment of this experience so far and can not wait to have many more years with all of you. Having this cooking blog has really helped me in so many ways. And most importantly not only have I been able to share my passion of cooking but I have made so many friends along the way. Thanks to all of you for always supporting Ya Salam Cooking and reading what I have to say. It’s been a fantastic year. “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YA SALAM COOKING”!

I sure wish I had a mesmerizing recipe that I just whipped up to show you but as many of you know my family and I will be moving out of the country here in two weeks so I am not in the kitchen nor do I have my camera cord with me. But, I do have one of the most delicious cakes that I ever tasted and I made this on my husband’s birthday this past year. So I hope that you all enjoy this recipe for “Elegant Chocolate Torte” (again). But hey this recipe is worth repeating!