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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.

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Passover Date Bars - Sugar Free or Not - Passover Recipe

If you love sweet dates you're going to love this recipe and so will your family and guests. Dates, by themselves, come in high on the glycemic index, however, it is a natural sugar. If you're trying to cut back on processed "white" foods then replace the sugar in the recipe with Splenda Sugar Substitute. It takes just like sugar (it's made from sugar) and measures spoon for spoon in volume identically. You won't be able to tell the difference when it comes to flavor regardless of which you choose. Passover Date Squares are so good they're almost like candy. This recipe is super simple and mouthwatering delicious!

Ingredients...

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar (OR Splenda Sugar Substitute)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Cake Meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon Potato Starch
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans work great or choose your favorite)
Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Prepare a 13x9" cake pan with margarine or cooking spray.
  3. In a mixer blend together the canola oil, sugar (OR Splenda), and the 3 eggs.
  4. In a small separate bowl mix the Cake Meal, Potato Starch, chopped dates, and chopped nuts.
  5. Add that to the oil, sugar, and egg mixture. Blend thoroughly.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake pan
  7. Bake at 350F 20-25 minutes until brown.
  8. Cool and cut into squares or bars.

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