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.

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Pumpkin Chip, Fruit & Nut Drop Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  These tender pumpkin cookies are full of fiber and natural sweetness.  Pumpkin, like Squash, is rich in vitamins and iron.  You can prepare this recipe with or without nuts. This is a great make ahead cookie.  Bring a platter to your hostess and be sure to bring the recipe along.  They'll want it.
These cookies freeze well so you can enjoy them all year. 
Ingredients...
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I use 3/4 cup granulated Splenda with 3/4 cup white sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin (NOT PIE FILLING) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can do half whole wheat with half white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped nuts 

Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or spray
  3. In a medium bowl blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  6. Gradually add the mixed dry ingredients you set aside earlier.
  7. Scrape the bowl and mix another 15 seconds
  8. Using a spatula fold in the chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and dried cranberries.
  9. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto the cookie sheets 1/2" apart.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  11. Remove from oven and cool on rack.

Store in airtight container and freezes well.

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