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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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Fat & Sugar Free No Guilt Fruit Smoothie

These days Smoothie stores are as common as coffee shops. You can just as easily make them at home and not only save some money but save on calories as well. In the last 3 years I've successfully lost 65 pounds. I attribute part of my achievement to eating yogurt everyday. In fact, it stems from my desire for a sweet snack in the afternoons. I figured out a way to make a smoothie in my own kitchen that is packed with flavor and comfort without fat & sugar.
Obviously you can play with the fruits, in combinations, to give this smoothie the flavor you're after. I keep frozen fruits such as strawberries, mango, & peaches on hand so a smoothie is never more than a minute away.


  • 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup non-fat (skim) milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, peaches, mango - whichever you like in any combination)
  • Optional: 1/2 fresh banana (for a little Potassium kick)
  • 1/4 cup Splenda sugar substitute
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of sugar free strawberry preserves

Here's how you do it...

  1. Measure all the ingredients into a blender, cover it, and turn it on!
  2. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking as plain yogurt is quite tart.

If you want to add a touch of pure honey you can, but be aware that honey adds extra calories to this otherwise lo-cal snack.

This smoothie is very filling and will carry you right through to your next meal. Enjoy!

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