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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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Barbara's Strawberry Shortcake - Strawberry Pound Cake

Strawberries are sweet, delicious, and very good for you. As we know now, the fruits that have seeds such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.... have high fiber content and therefore fall in low on the glycemic index.

This is a simple and easy recipe... perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic. I use a ready made pound cake because I love the buttery flavor and creamy texture but you can certainly use anything you like as the base for this extremely easy to put together dessert.


  • 3 cups of Strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced.
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar OR Splenda Sugar Substitute.
  • 4-5 slices of Pound Cake (you can use a sugar free variety if you want to save on calories)
  • Whipped Cream or Low Fat Topping alternative
Here's how you do it...
  1. With a potato masher, pulverize half of the sliced berries, mixing in 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar or Splenda, creating a sauce.
  2. Toss with the remaining sliced strawberries and chill in refrigerator. This can be done way ahead of time.
  3. When ready to serve... Put a slice of pound cake on a plate, in a decorative bowl or parfait glass. (Martini glasses work well for this.)
  4. Spoon on the strawberry mixture that has been cooling.
  5. Dollop with whipped cream or your Low Fat Topping alternative.
TIP... The same dessert can be made with raspberries!

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