A Shiksa on a Mission

Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife
I'm a shiksa on a mission...
It may not be perfection but it's the journey that counts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Funny Lady

Can I just say that I love the library? I freakin' love the library. I do. I could wander for hours. And I love that I have a library just down the street because we use it a lot. The other day as we were checking out our books, I just happened to glance at the new books and see that Samantha Bee from The Daily Show had a book out. I never knew. It's called I Know I Am But What Are You. Since I love her on The Daily Show, I snatched it up and read it in about two days. And I laughed out loud. She is downright hilarious but I warn you, she is also freakishly bizarre. This is not Bossypants by Tina Fey. I laughed out loud at that book too but Bee's book is way darker. Way darker. She's slightly insane. Comically so. And her writing is really good. She goes from her early years as a child of divorce through some tumultuous years where she swings wildly from hoping to be Jesus' girlfriend to her minor criminal offenses to her strange relationships. And she does it all with none of that pesky sentimentality. She is as vicious with her own faults as she is with any other person she describes. She's hysterically irreverent and she knows it. Her book is a peek into her absurd mind and it's well worth the time.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Spent last Sunday making labels for my pickles. Now they are ready for delivery. And I may be ready to start on some more.

There is something about jars filled a variety of colors and shapes that makes me want to dive right back in for a brand new creation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


An unexpected trip to our neighborhood farmer's market afforded me to make one of my favorite treats: Arugula Pesto. Peppery arugula, hazelnuts, garlic and olive oil. It all blended for a perfect spread to serve with some pretzel bread from a local bakery, farmer's fresh made cheese and some of the pickles I just made. Not a bad Labor Day snack.


My day of pickling yielded 30 jars of beautiful vegetables surrounded by herbs and spices. It was definitely one of my favorite days from summer because I really love projects that have a beginning, middle and end that are all in plain sight of each other. I was inspired by the book Tart and Sweet that I saw when I was visiting my mom. And because the book was on loan from the library (for a trial run before I decide on purchasing), I decided to try more than one recipe. I made Spicy Dill Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, Escabeche, Spicy Pickled Cauliflower and Spicy Curry Carrot Pickles. And then I collapsed into a pot of brine.