The door is al­ways open at Tif­fani Thiessen’s place

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - TV TIMES - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

The best thing about cook­ing from scratch, be­sides the amaz­ing meal that usu­ally comes at the end of it, is that it’s a skill that ig­nores so­cial bar­ri­ers. That may sound a bit frou-frou, but hear me out: Whether rich or poor, up­per class or bot­tom rung, learn­ing how to cook is some­thing that any­one can do and some­thing that any­one can en­joy.

That is, I think, part of the joy of shows like “MasterChef,” watch­ing or­di­nary folks from all walks of life shar­ing the one thing that they all have in com­mon: the love of a hot pan and the sa­vory smells of a home­cooked meal.

Even Hol­ly­wood ac­tors can feel at home in the kitchen. Case in point: “Bev­erly Hills, 90210” star Tif­fani Thiessen. Her Cook­ing Chan­nel show “Din­ner at Tif­fani’s” is in the midst of its third sea­son, and is cel­e­brat­ing a clas­sic New Or­leans carnival.

In this week’s episode, air­ing Sun­day, Feb. 26, Tif­fani throws a Mardi Gras get-to­gether with her for­mer “Fast­lane” co-star Bill Bel­lamy, Bel­lamy’s wife, Kris­ten, and for­mer “Nashville” star Eric Close.

And what would a bayou cel­e­bra­tion be with­out some suc­cu­lent south­ern of­fer­ings? The host­ess whips up a hot crab and kale dip served with a cre­ole cros­tini, her own take on a clas­sic gumbo, some amaz­ing cheesy grits made with black­ened but­ter and fi­nally some pecan pra­lines for a sweet end to the meal.

There’s more fun to be had in next week’s episode, air­ing Sun­day, March 5, when Tif­fani lights up her back­yard grill and in­vites co­me­dian Tim Mead­ows (“Satur­day Night Live”) and ac­tress Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl,” 2014) over for a bite to eat.

First, Tif­fani makes her homemade peach bar­be­cue sauce, which she slathers on the chicken des­tined for the grill. Then, she makes a baked mac and cheese with less-than-tra­di­tional ri­cotta. And, of course, a meal like this one wouldn’t be com­plete with­out corn bread, and Tif­fani has that cov­ered, too: she shares her recipe for freshly baked, oh-so-good spicy jalapeño corn muffins.

With food as good as hers, who wouldn’t want to swing by Tif­fani Thiessen’s place at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity? A new episode of “Din­ner at Tif­fani’s” airs Sun­day, Feb. 26, on Cook­ing Chan­nel.

Tif­fani Thiessen as seen in “Din­ner at Tif­fani’s”

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