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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 Zucchini Latkes - A Healthier Chanukah (Hanukkah) Favorite

I'm a latke lover from way back.  There's nothing like that delicious crispy edge and the texture of a hot latke.  But because of our healthier lifestyles, we are making more intelligent choices when it comes to what we put into our bodies. The sweet potato (yam) is a smart alternative lately.  They are fiber rich, full of vitamins, and taste amazing.  Serve them with traditional apple sauce and sour cream and I guarantee that once your family tries these, they will have a new holiday favorite. Your crowd will be asking for seconds on this one.

  • 3 cups grated sweet potato/yam
  • 1 medium zucchini grated
  • 1 medium onion grated and drained
  • 1 scallion, finely sliced (green onion=scallion=spring onion)
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon grated black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil for frying
Here's how you do it...
  1. In a large bowl mix the grated sweet potato/yam, grated zucchini, grated onion, and finely sliced scallion.
  2. Blend in the beaten eggs, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix in the whole wheat flour (add more or less to get desired consistency).
  4. Heat your skillet to medium.
  5. Add the oil to the heated pan.
  6. Drop the latke batter by large spoonfuls onto the heated oil and pat down to a pancake shape.
  7. Turn when golden brown and until second side is golden brown.
  8. Transfer to paper towel lined plate or baking pan.
  9. Cover with foil to keep warm.
Serving suggestions...
Serve with side of apple sauce and/or sour cream.

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