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Jam Filled Cupcakes

Ok thank you! That was exactly what I was worried about!

Aug 11, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

Jam Filled Cupcakes

I'm making chocolate cupcakes with a raspberry jam filling for my brother and his friends. I'm having trouble deciding how to fill the cupcakes with the jam. Should i bake the cupcakes WITH the jam, fill the cooled cupcakes with jam using a pastry bag, or cut a cone out of the cupcake and fill it with jam? If anyone could help me out it would be much appreciated!

Aug 11, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

What is your favorite homemade "healthy" snackl or baked good?

I make baked chipotle sweet potato fries. It takes care of any starchy cravings I may have.

I preheat my oven to 400 degrees F.

I peel a medium sized sweet potato and julienne it.

Then I spray a foil lined cookie sheet with Pam olive oil spray.

I then put all my sweet potato fries in a medium bowl, spray with the olive oil spray, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, chipotle, and cayenne pepper, then toss.

Then transfer them the cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes (but it will depend on the texture you prefer).

I love these for a snack, and they're surprisingly healthy!
(Usually I serve them with chipotle hot sauce drizzled over the top).

Aug 03, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

meat addict goes veg... help!

i bake them at about 350 degrees F until golden brown (just watch them, each batch ive made has had a slight time variation, depending on the ingredients used). grease a foil lined cookie pan (i use crisco olive oil spray). once one side looks slightly golden, flip them and bake until the other side is also slightly golden. just a warning, they do tend to have a more delicate consistency than the fried falafel, but they still taste delicious, and are so much healthier.

Jul 29, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

Cooking from around the world.

I love making Middle Eastern foods, using regional variations. I love making baked falafel and hummus.
I also love making Mexican or Latin American food. We always have "Mexican Saturdays" in my family, where we all make chimichangas, enchiladas, salsa, etc. Homemade Mexican is ten times better than going to any Mexican restaurant.
(I'm a mix of ethnicities, but mostly Italian and German)

Jul 28, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

meat addict goes veg... help!

try making rajma masala. its super hearty and nutritious. also, if you dont feel like making it yourself, it is sold in ready to eat foil pouches. normally i make everything homemade, but sometimes i'm too busy and need something quick to take to work.
if i were you, i would just google rajma masala and find a recipe that appeals to you the most (as there are always variations)
also, you can never go wrong with falafel! it's easy to make (and way less fattening if you bake it instead of fry it). it's also very versatile (you can eat it by itself, dip it in tahini, put it in a pita with lettuce, tomato, and roasted red peppers, or make larger falafel patties and create a healthy "burger".

Jul 27, 2011
calabrese827 in Home Cooking

A decent burger on Cleveland West Side...

Swenson's on Broadview in the Independence/Seven Hills area has great burgers, fries, milkshakes, and the like. Try the Gally Boy, which has a great "secret sauce".
It's best to go in the summer because the service is carside and not many people like sitting out in the cold during Cleveland winters.

Jul 27, 2011
calabrese827 in Great Lakes