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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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Stuffed Zucchini Comment and Photo from Taja, Tha Dancin' Chef

Yesterday I was honored to receive a lovely comment from Taja, The Dancin Chef. She was looking for a special recipe and a way to use zucchini and she found it here on Be A Thank you Taja and I hope others will take some inspiration from you and try new things.

The following is the letter she sent and the photo is the stuffed zucchini she made.
Dear Balaboosta,
I just wanted to commend you on your stuffed zucchini recipe. I've never cooked w/zucchini before and I've only eaten it a few times. I tried this recipe and LOVED it: and my housemates loved it too!! I looked at so many recipes 4 stuffed zucchini but wanted something simple but elegant looking too, and your recipe is a perfect balance between the two. This is one of the few all vegetarian dishes that I didn't feel like I had to have some type of meat with, it's so good on its own! It tasted so wonderful, who would have known that breadcrumbs, egg, zucchini pulp and onion would be so good!! lol
I didn't have parsley so I didn't use that, and I used red onion (I just went with what I had in my kitchen already). I also put a little cheddar cheese on top, and a little bit of grated zucchini as well (I made zucchini bread as well and had a little grated zucchini left over, and it made for a nice presentation.). I would like to send you a picture of it, if that's possible. I WILL be making this again, and recommending it to anyone I know who wants a stuffed zucchini recipe!
Thanks so much for not keeping your great tips and dishes to yourself, and sharing them with other cooks around the world!!
Sincerely, Tha Dancin Chef

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