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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.
Instead, my food is stacked with flavor and full of my passion for cooking. So please come in, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy.

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Disclaimer: While most of my recipes are "Jewish Style", I do sometimes cook with pork. This might have been a great disappointment to some but my grandmothers knew that I live in modern world. I light Shabbos candles religiously but I have to admit...I do not keep a Kosher home.

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Passover Basic Chocolate Cake - Passover Recipe

When you're looking for something sweet and delicious for Passover and you're tired of the store bought honey cakes and macaroons then try this one. I promise it's a crowd pleaser. This cake resembles the real think and takes equally as good. This one is easy and delicious.


  • 3 Cups Splenda Sugar Substitute OR Sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups canola oil
  • 8 eggs (break eggs into a separate bowl before adding to mixer)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cups Potato Starch
  • OPTIONAL: 1 chopped Chopped Nuts (Walnuts work best for me)
Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the oil and Sugar together.
  3. Add the oil
  4. Add the eggs
  5. Add the cocoa
  6. Add the potato starch
  7. Add the chopped nuts.
  8. When thoroughly blended, pour the batter into an UNgreased 11x14 baking pan.
  9. Bake @ 350F 45 minutes to one hour.

Cool and Serve.

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