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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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Goat Cheese Appetizer

Sometimes we're pressed for time or need to simplify when preparing for company. This is a quick and easy solution to a last minute appetizer that will impress your guests. The simple ingredients are always in my fridge and cupboard enabling me to put together this elegant appetizer in a jiffy.


  • Goat Cheese log (large or small)
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Honey
  • Dried Cranberries

Here's how you do it...

  1. Put the slivered almonds on a plate.
  2. Roll and press the goat cheese log into the almonds.
  3. Drizzle with your favorite honey. (I use Greek Thyme Honey)
  4. Sprinkle with dried cranberries.
I serve this with multi grain crackers but any cracker or toast like you would use with bruschetta works great too!

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