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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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Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Lemon Shallot Dressing

A crisp fresh salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, and hearts of palm tossed with a lemony shallot simple dressing.


  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber.
  • 1 medium tomato, cut in bite sized chunks or a handful of ripe grape tomatoes.
  • 2 sticks canned Hearts of Palm, sliced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper

Here's how you do it...

  1. Put the chopped shallot in the bowl you will serve in.
  2. Add the canola oil.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon (removing pits of course)
  4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix well with a fork.
  6. Taste it. Adjust the salt/pepper.
  7. Add the cut cucumbers, tomatoes, and hearts of palm..
Toss, serve, and enjoy.

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