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.

The food on my table isn't stacked in a trendy tower.
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Simple Poached Salmon

Poaching (simmering in liquid) has to be one of the easiest methods of preparing a moist and delicious piece of salmon. With few ingredients and little time you can serve a surprisingly elegant meal. This recipe has a sweet tone but if you prefer, use vegetable broth, or even a little soy sauce mixed with water to create a flavor you and your family will love.

Ingredients...

You will need a saute' pan with a cover.

  • Salmon Fillets (one per person)
  • Water, 1/4" deep in the pan you will use
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
  • Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper
Here's how you do it...
  1. Dissolve a tablespoon of Brown Sugar (or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend) into a cup of water.
  2. Pour the water (poaching liquid) into your pan.
  3. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
  4. Place the salmon fillet in the simmering liquid.
  5. Sprinkle with salt & pepper (you can also sprinkle a little additional brown sugar on top)
  6. Allow liquid to return to a simmer.
  7. Cover and reduce to low heat.
  8. Simmer in liquid for 6 minutes or until salmon flakes.
The secret in making moist fish is DO NOT OVERCOOK.
You'll be writing to tell me how tender and delicious this turned out.

Click to see another simple Salmon recipe: Citrus Poached Salmon

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