What is a Balaboosta?
Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife, homemaker, wonderful mother, cook, and gracious hostess. She does it all and does it well.
I make simple food with easy recipes and I like to try new things. My family and friends love my cooking and always ask me to share, with them, what I know about food, flavor, and technique.

I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

What I offer you is a lifetime of experience in the kitchen with my compliments and theirs. I hope they'd be proud. I will bring you my recipes as I make them with photos of the actual food I'm preparing. I'm no professional photographer either but I promise, my food will speak for itself in every picture.

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Standing Prime Rib Roast

Normally, when we think Rib Roast we think fancy or company food. But treating yourself and your family to the juicy and tender prime rib really shows your love any day of the week. There are a variety of herb crusts you can apply, the most basic being simply salt and pepper. You can use your favorite blend or do what I did tonight for a deep and tasty flavor. When you look at the price of a prime rib you might gasp but if you compare it with eating out in a restaurant you can hardly buy a bowl of pasta with shrimp for what this delectable roast will cost you. Eat pasta out or eat prime rib in...you choose.

Ingredients...

  • 1 prime 2-rib roast (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour (I use whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
Here's how you do it...
  1. Take roast out of refrigeration about an hour before you want to begin cooking.
  2. Sprinkle the salt & pepper all over the meat.
  3. Mix the flour and dry mustard and using your hand press into the meat creating a crust.
  4. Place, fat side up, on foil lined pan (you do not need a rack, the bones create the rack lifting the meat off the pan).
  5. Place in preheated 450 degree F oven for 20 min
  6. Reduce temperature to 350 F and continue cooking another 75 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cover with loose tent for 1/2 hour to rest.

Meat thermometer placed in center of roast should read 130 degrees for rare, 160 for medium doneness.

Transfer to cutting board and slice.

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