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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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Herb Encrusted Roast Pork Tenderloin

When I say 'easy' I really mean it. Roasted Pork Tenderloin is fast and can be very impressive. Be careful not to overcook as the pork can become dry. You can turn a pork tenderloin into an Argentinian churrasco with a kitchen mallet and some seasoning. You can cut it in chunks and then hammer it and whip up some of the best schnitzel you'll ever eat. Use it in stews, stir fries and kebabs. It's versatile, fast, delicious, and reasonably priced.
Tonight I'm preparing a quick and easy marvelous and savory meal... I always try to use up what's in the fridge and freezer. So when it comes to stir fries, I pick my veggies from what I have on hand. Sometimes it's only one veggie, and then there are days like today when I happen to have some odds and ends in the vegetable drawer. I always have onion, garlic, and mushrooms in my kitchen which are the base of any good stir fry and so many of my recipes.



  • 2 Pork Tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup herb/pistachio blend
  • extra virgin olive oil

Here's How You Do It...

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Prepare baking pan with foil for easy cleanup.
  3. Wash and dry the tenderloins.
  4. Rub tenderloins with a little olive oil.
  5. Roll tenderloins in herb/pistachio blend until coated.
  6. Roast at 375F for 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160F.

1 comment:

The Balaboosta said...

It has been pointed out to me that I need to add the recipe for my herb/pistachio mix. I will post that recipe this week. Until then, I will say that it is a blend of oregano, thyme, granulated garlic, crushed pistachios and a couple of other things. If you can find Zatar herb blend in a grocery store, you can also just crush pistachios and add it to that to achieve a similar flavor. Sorry for the omission. I truly appreciate and am grateful for the input and it is comments such as these that help me to improve the quality of the information I deliver.