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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Choco Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Here's a super simple recipe that is 'semi-homemade' because it uses a cake mix (yes, out of a box) for the dry ingredients. This is a great 'make ahead' cookie. Make the batter tonight, bake them off tomorrow! All you have to do is add cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and a little love, and your crowd will be begging for more of these light and delicious chocolate treats. They are, melt in your mouth, delish! 

Ingredients...
  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese (soft)
  • 1 stick butter (soft)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 18-ounce box chocolate cake mix
  •  Confection 10X sugar
  •  Optional:  3/4 cup chopped nuts and/or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Here's how you do it...
2" apart on parchment
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  3. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Add and blend in the cake mix.
  5. If you are adding chips or nuts this would be the time to stir them in.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  7. Form or scoop 1" balls and roll them in the confection sugar.
  8. Bake 2" apart on un-greased or parchment lined cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. .
  9. Cool and enjoy.

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