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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Cottage Cheese Spread - Low Fat

As with all low fat recipes, if you opt for the full fat (and that usually means full flavor) use the regular variety. I've been converting all my recipes to the lower calorie and lower fat versions in an attempt at living a healthier lifestyle. Everyday we're faced with food choices. If we make the healthier choice more often...well...I think we'd feel better, look better, and be happier.

Ingredients...

  • 1 small low fat cottage cheese ( I like small curd)
  • 1 thinly sliced (or chopped) scallions (green onions)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced carrot
  • and 2 finely minced tablespoons of any other veggie you like such as red or yellow pepper, jalapeño, cucumber, or radishes.
Here's how you do it...
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and chill overnight or at least several hours before serving. This can be done a day ahead of a party.
Serve with multi-grain crackers, whole wheat pita, with 1/4 inch slices of cucumber, or stuffed into celery.

If you use the stuffed celery method, garnish with thinly sliced scallion rings or a little of any of the veggies you included for a beautiful presentation.

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