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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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Old World Paprika Chicken

In our modern society there are all kinds of fast and commercially engineered foods. In contrast, my Paprika Chicken is a step back in time to an authentic old world flavor. With only standard seasonings on hand you can put together this simple and all time champion of chicken recipes.
You can always toss in your own little twist by adding a dash of dried or fresh thyme, or by squeezing in the juice of a lemon.


  • 6 to 9 chicken thighs (or equivalent)
  • 1/3 cup Canola or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoon ground red paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dry granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 large diced portobello mushroom
  • 7 -8 peeled whole garlic cloves
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks

Here's How You Do It...

  1. Wash your chicken in cold water. Dry each piece with paper towel or cloth.
  2. Pour the oil into a large bowl or plastic zip type bag.
  3. Add the paprika, granulated garlic, salt, & ground black pepper and blend.
  4. Add the clean and dry chicken to the marinade, toss to coat, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your baking pan (I line mine with foil for easy cleanup).
  6. Scatter sliced onions in bottom of pan.
  7. Then scatter mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and cloves of garlic over the onions.
  8. Place the chicken parts (skin side up) evenly on the bed of vegetables.
  9. Scrape the bowl and put any remaining marinade on the chicken (it's delicious, you don't want to waste any of that flavor).
  10. Bake for 1 hour 15 min. at 350F.

Serving suggestion: Great with a crisp garden salad and side of steamed broccoli or any dark green veggie, for a nutritious meal. Enjoy.

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