Growing up behind the camera, starting with starring in the television series, Saved by the Bell, Tiffani Amber Thiessen is the author of the forthcoming cookbook, Pull Up a Chair, inspired by her love of cooking. We sat down with Tiffani to learn more about her inspiration for cooking, who her favorite guest to host has been, and what her favorite thing to make with her kids is.
1. What’s your favorite recipe from your new cookbook, Pull Up a Chair?
Oh, I could not possibly choose. I love them all! They all have a connection to me which is why they are in this first book. I can say since we have been in full blown summer mode here at our home we have been making a lot of Cherry & Maple Granola, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches, Nectarine Caprese Salad and Watermelon Margaritas.
2. When and how did your love of cooking begin?
I grew up in a family where all the women cooked. I was that little girl who peered around the kitchen and wanted to be in there with my mom, aunt and grandmother having a blast cooking together. When I got old enough I was able to be a part of that and my love of cooking definitely started there.
3. Who was your favorite guest on your Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani’s?
Another hard question that is impossible to answer. How about I answer like this: Any of my friends who love to get in the kitchen with me to cook and drink. (There — that’s pretty much all of them.)
4. What’s your favorite thing to make with your kids?
I truly love making anything with them which allows me to spend quality time with them both. Lately we have been on a cookie kick, ha. Oh and pizza is also something we do a lot together.
5. What’s your favorite cooking hack?
I have a few which you can find in my cookbook, Pull Up A Chair. But some I can tease. Vanilla bean paste ALWAYS over vanilla extract. And, preheating your baking sheets in the oven.