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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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Sweet Potato Oven Baked Fries

Sweet potatoes aren't just for Thanksgiving anymore!
Lately, we're all looking for foods that taste great and are good for you. The sweet potato is a great place to start. This vegetable is rich in good dietary fiber and very low in the bad sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol. They are chock full of Potassium, Manganese, and Vitamins A, C, and B6 . One cup of sweet potato gives you 180 calories and 7 grams of fiber! That's fabulous.

We're used to the traditional orange/yellow variety but there are purple and white sweeties too! Mix it up!

You can use sweet potatoes in stews, stir fries, in braising a roast, or tossed in with roasting chicken. You can also simply bake them with no fuss at all. Did you know that you can turn, what is usually a "sweet" side dish, into something savory just by using a few spices? I'll teach you how in another recipe. How about sweet potato latkes (pancakes)? And finally, as I will show you in this recipe, you can make sweet potato fries in the oven. I ask you...Is there a more versatile food?

You will need...

  • A sheet pan (a cookie sheet with low sides) or the bottom of your broiler pan.
  • A plate or tray lined with paper towel for draining the fries after cooking.
  • Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4" sticks
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
Here's how you do it...
  1. Heat your oven to 425F
  2. Put the sweet potato sticks on the sheet pan.
  3. Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil
  4. Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  5. Toss to coat
  6. Bake in oven 20 minutes
  7. Turn the fries over
  8. Put back in oven and continue baking another 20 minutes.
  9. Remove to paper towels.
Sprinkle with additional salt & pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy.

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