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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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Passover Cookies - Pesach Cookies - Sugar Free or Not Cookies - Passover Recipe

Please your family with this wonderful Passover recipe. The word "simple" doesn't quite do this recipe justice. With only 3 ingredients nothing could be quicker or easier. If you don't care about calories or carbs you can use white sugar but either way they taste great.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup Sugar (or Splenda Sugar Substitute)
  • 2 cups finely ground hazelnuts (filberts)
Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F with rack in center of oven.
  2. Prepare a cookie sheet (pan) with canola non-stick cooking spray, or wipe the pan with canola oil on a paper towel.
  3. With an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the Splenda (or sugar) until stiff peaks form.
  4. By hand with a spatula, fold in the finely ground nuts.
  5. Drop by teaspoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 325F.
Remove promptly.
Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

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