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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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No Guilt Macaroons

If you love coconut then this recipe is going to become one of your staples at Passover and probably year round. I have modified it to be a low calorie/low carb snack that won't leave you feeling guilty for having more than one.

There is a lot of room for creativity here. For example, you can replace the chocolate chips with a variety of other items such as: butterscotch chips, dried cranberries, dried apricots, chopped nuts,
or mini marshmallows. Use your imagination and create a different macaroon every time.

The words simple and easy apply here.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar ( I use 3/4 Cup Splenda Sugar Substitute and 1/4 cup white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup or so of semi sweet chocolate chips

Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line 2 cookies sheets with parchment and cut parchment enough for 2 more sheets.
  3. Beat 3 egg whites until very frothy.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and keep beating.
  5. Add the Splenda/Sugar slowly.
  6. Beat until you have formed stiff peaks.
  7. By hand with a spatula, fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.
  8. Place by teaspoonful on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2" apart. (prepare the next batch on parchment while the first batch are in the oven)
  9. Bake in 325F oven for 19 minutes.
  10. Remove parchment with macaroons to cool flat surface.
  11. Allow them to cool for a minute before you take them off the parchment.
  12. Cool on a rack completely, and then store in an airtight container.

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