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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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Greek Avocado & Tomato Salad

Traditionally, avocados are NOT part of a Greek salad. For me, however, I find the smooth and creamy texture of the avocado to be the perfect match for the saltiness of feta and kalamata olives. This is a simple and fresh salad. Great as a side for any entree or on it's own with some shredded, diced, or sliced cooked chicken and it becomes a light yet very satisfying meal.


  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 1 ripe Tomato
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Dodonis feta cheese
  • 8 kalamata olives
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Here's How You Do It...

  1. Cut the avocado and tomato into bite size slices.
  2. Arrange them on your serving plate.
  3. Sprinkle on the crumbled feta.
  4. Toss on the kalamata olives.
  5. Squeeze the lemon onto the salad.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.

Bon Appetit!

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