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Top 5 of 2010

Ya Salam Cooking has had a great year in the blogging world I have to admit. This is my third year blogging and I love it so much more now that I know what to do and expect a bit more. This year has been filled with so much culture and food. What more could a foodie ask for? The top 5 recipes filled the slots with a landslide this year. The following top 5 of 2010 are in order of the over all popularity they gained.

It defiantly shows that my readers come here for my Arabic dishes over all others. Most of my recipes are Arabic dishes but I have never sold myself to just one theme as I love all of the foods from all over the world equally. After all that is why my slogan is “The world is at your fingertips’. Because you can easily browse recipes from all over the world right here at Ya Salam Cooking. I will be adding many more unique Arabic dishes for you all this upcoming here so stay tuned.

1. Chicken Mandy
This recipe has over 3,000 page views in just the last 6 months alone.

2. Lamb Kabsa
Lamb Kabsa was closely following the Mandy by only a few hundred less views.

3. Cheese Kunafa
This Arabic classic held its own this year.

4. Chicken Kabsa
Surprisingly enough this all time favorite got half the views of the lamb kabsa.

5. Cream Kunafa
And last but certainly not least in the ever so delicious creme kunafa.

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn is such an unusual yet delicious recipe. When my family and I were living in Oklahoma I first tried it at the Oklahoma State Fair. The state has a large Mexican community so I was able to try to many succulent foods. When you first try it you will not know what that flavor is and you will not care because it is good. The seasoning and lime really just make this recipe.

My husband and I decided to buy one of those indoor grills. We chose the Black and Decker Health Grill since the grease is not held in the pan. I am really amazed at this product. I made some steaks and corn on it last night and it was so good. You can not get a steak like that in the oven. Back home my mom has one of those massive gas grills and its the only thing I use when I am there. I am sure you will be seeing a lot more grilled recipes from me.

I also want to remind everyone about the “Let Them Eat Cake” monthly cupcake challenge. All entries should be emailed to me by the last day on the month and will be posted on the first. I have already got some in and they look amazing. You can read more about it here. I can not wait to see what you come up with.

4 ears sweet corn, husks removed
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons grill seasoning or a mix of chili powder and garlic salt
limes, quartered

1. Preheat a grill pan. Rub corn with oil and place on the grill pan, turning corn so all sides are charred, about 6 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together mayonnaise, grill seasoning and black pepper. Remove corn from grill and brush with the mayonnaise mixture. Serve with lime quarters to squeeze over corn.

Yields: 4 servings

Coffee Reviews

Kruger’s is a German brand so we know right there they must be good, right. Those Germans sure know their coffee. I found this cappuccino mix and it is by far the best one I have ever tried, and I have tried a lot. This is a staple in my pantry now.

Maxwell House instant coffee is so amazing. I now wonder why I ever bothered grinding and brewing fresh coffee, this taste even better. No one will ever know its instant.

Nescafe Red Mug instant coffee is something I thought I liked when I first tried it. Its not a bad cup of coffee, its pretty good actually. But its just not as strong as I like my coffee. I rather have the Maxwell House.

Nescafe My Cup is a new little packet that is filled with it all (sugar, cream, coffee). All you do is add hot water and you have an amazing cup of coffee right there. Its a very good cup at that, I love it.

Cappuccino at home?

Now that gas is almost $5.00 per gallon it really seems quite silly (GUILTY) to spend that much daily on coffee anymore. As you know I am a coffee enthusiast and love all the varieties that the coffee world has to offer me but one thing that I just can not seem to get away from is a good latte or cappuccino. So it makes perfect sense to me that these drinks I love so much should be made at home.
Every high end store you go to you will find cappuccino makers. Yes, they are all amazing pieces of work but also very pricey. Several months back I got the Senseo one cup coffee maker. This one cup coffee maker is still on the top ten lists but sadly it is towards the bottom ten. I am well aware that the more expensive models do work better but this is great for everyday use, easy clean up, fast coffee and a cheap price.

What I love the most about my Senseo besides all that I previously mentioned is the wide variety of coffee (and tea) that I can make. Just last week I bought the cappuccino and espresso pods. These taste better much better then Starbucks! Now let’s compare the prices.
1 bag of Senseo cappuccino pods (containing 10 pods) cost $ 4.50 which round out to be .45 cents a cup
1 bag of Senseo espresso pods (containing 16 pods) cost $4.50 which rounds out to be around .29 cents a cup
OR you could go to some fancy coffee house and get the same coffee for $5 or more, plus the cost of gas getting there and back and let’s not forget the cups they use that are polluting our planet more and more.

And here is an exquisite cup of my homemade cappuccino.

*Senseo coffee system recieves a B