Tiffani talks love for cooking, being seen as a sex symbol

September 5 2017

Tiffani Thiessen may have broken plenty of hearts as cheerleader Kelly Kapowski in "Saved by the Bell" or bad girl Valerie Malone of "Beverly Hills, 90210" fame, but these days the actress is keeping busy in the kitchen.

Since finding fame in Hollywood, the teen star-turned-TV pinup has discovered newfound success in the culinary world. Not only has the 43-year-old mother of two launched a lifestyle blog for families, but she's also the star of the Cooking Channel show "Dinner at Tiffani's" where she shares her beloved recipes.

Fox News spoke with Thiessen on how "Saved by the Bell" helped spark her love for cooking and what's next on her plate:

Fox News: Is it true you fell in love with cooking while traveling for 'Saved by the Bell?'

Tiffani Thiessen: It was part of it. 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 with my mom, aunt, and grandmother — and they were all in there. And they were looking like they were having a blast cooking together. (Fox News)

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When I got old enough and was able to be a part of that, my love of cooking definitely started there. And it developed a little bit more as I got older… and yes, it was definitely traveling for 'Saved by the Bell,' going across the country… going to France, Belgium, and all these places and learning different cultures and different types of food, which totally expanded my horizons of my love of food.

You seem to be very close with Mark-Paul Gosselaar [Zack Morris].

Look, we've known each other since we were 15. I probably almost consider him a brother. We had a lot of firsts together. You know, first big TV show together, first success that we had, we traveled to places we've never been before. There were a lot of firsts. And he was really like a brother to me. Still is. He and his family and kids, they don't live too far from us and he has a great relationship with my husband... He has a very special place in my heart.

What's your relationship like with your other cast mates from 'Saved by the Bell?'

I talk to Elizabeth [Berkley]. I don't get to see her as often. I actually don't get to see a lot of people as often as I like. But I definitely still have a close relationship with her via the phone or texting anytime she has a mom question just because I started a few years before she did. It's a show that was a huge part of my childhood and holds a special place in me.

What about your other hit series 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' Do you stay in touch with anyone from there?

I do. Not as much. Jason [Priestley] and his wife are probably the only ones I talk to more frequently. But this business is so small, it's not like I don't run into people here and there sometimes.

Kelly Kapowski has become a sex symbol. How do you feel about the character today?

I have very fond memories of the show, so I don't have any weird or bad feelings about it. I do take it as a compliment. I find it silly because I look at it and go, 'Oh gosh, that was so long ago.' But like anything, I just think it's one of those fads. I don't think it's going to live on forever. I know it won't be forever.

Whatever happened to those famous jeans?

I think, but I could be wrong, but I kept a pair of Levi's that were from that time and I had the whole cast of 'Saved by the Bell,' even some of the crew, draw and sign it. I still have those jeans. I don't know if it was those exact jeans, though. But the signed jeans are in storage.

As an actress and a foodie, what do you make of the pressures put on women in Hollywood to look a certain way?

That's hard to say. You know, I have moments. I'm a woman and I think we all have those moments where we're like, 'Oh gosh, I wish this' or 'I wish that.' But I've definitely given myself a little more forgiveness of knowing that as long as I'm healthy, as long as I go to the gym… especially for my daughter, who's getting older and sees a lot and hears a lot, that if I'm living a healthy life, then that brings yourself to be beautiful on the inside and outside.

That to me is the most important thing. And I love food! My whole thing is I try to balance it as much as possible. I love to enjoy food. I've always said that if I eat healthy during the week, then I give myself more leeway to have some fun on the weekends. And I stick to the gym. I try to go five to six days a week.

How do you balance being a hands-on mom all while launching this new chapter in your life?

It's challenging at times… I'm lucky enough that my hours on my new TV show [are] not too, too crazy and I'm able to get home usually before dinner. I'm still able to keep my promises of having at least five dinners at home a week with my family… It's hard. You just try to work with what's being thrown at you... I'm just trying to take a deep breath and balance it all… I lean on people around me for extra help sometimes. We just make it work. You have to.

You've been married for 12 years now. What's the secret behind your lasting marriage?

I have to say, I definitely picked a great guy. I picked a guy whose sweet, kind, and is a hardworking person. He's a great dad, he's a great husband. We have been really good, especially after having my son, at having date night. I know it sounds kind of silly, but it really helps us reconnect because on a daily basis, with our schedules, sometimes our relationship gets put on the backburner a lot.

And it's been great, I love it. I just had date night with him on Saturday at it was amazing. But I mean, it's a lot of things. There's communication, and we have great examples to look up to. Both of our parents are still married. My parents just celebrated the big 53. And I think his parents are at 49. And my grandparents were 63 before that. They definitely showed us how important it is to stick it out and be together and really make it a priority to be a family and work as a team. And we do.

You're part of the Ben's Beginners program from Uncle Ben's, which aims to inspire other families to cook together. What compelled you to raise awareness?

It speaks to me completely. Spending time in the kitchen together with my children, it's huge. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, of course. I love to cook, but it's been really wonderful to have those moments with my kids and really getting them involved with cooking. Now that my daughter is 7, she loves to cook. She has her own set of tools and loves to prep with me… and of course, my son loves to do everything his big sister does.

What's next for you?

Lots! I just delivered my cookbook to my publisher, so that will probably be out early next year. And right now I'm shooting my new Netflix show called 'Alexa & Katie' and that will also be out early next year.

Tiffani Thiessen on the 'Panic' Moment of Playing a Mom on TV

July 6 2017

Tiffani Thiessen is famous for playing teenagers on TV -- and now she's playing the mom of one!

ET's Katie Krause caught up with the Saved by the Bell alum at the Para Los Ninos Charter School in Los Angeles, where she served lunches to underprivileged kids through Feeding America -- and dished all about her new Netflix series.

Tiffani Thiessen is famous for playing teenagers on TV -- and now she's playing the mom of one! ET's Katie Krause caught up with the Saved by the Bell alum at the Para Los Ninos Charter School in Los Angeles, where she served lunches to underprivileged kids through Feeding America -- and dished all about her new Netflix series.

"[It does feel like a full circle moment] a little bit," Thiessen said of her upcoming Netflix series, Alexa & Katie. "It's a little bit of a panic moment for a second, but I'm actually really excited, and the girls are so darn cute!"

"The show, it has a very serious message, but it's a comedy," she revealed. "I play the mother of a teenage girl that's actually going through cancer." (ET Online)

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"It is [a serious role], but at the same time, it's a coming-of-age story about these two young girls embarking on high school, and even though there's cancer to it, they really try to make it light," she explained. "Kind of the hard part of it is just being teenagers: they're worried about what they're going to wear to high school, and, you know, things that we all worried about... on top of her having cancer."

Thiessen, who shares 7-year-old daughter Harper and 1-year-old son Holt with husband Brady Smith, says Harper will definitely be tuning into her new show. The actress also brought Harper along while working with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, on Tuesday.

"She was such an amazing little helper. She was giving out the food and then putting all the fruit and vegetables in the baskets," Thiessen shared. "We're here actually helping these kids get a meal [because during summer, they don't have that automatic lunch that they get when they're at school]."

"We talk a lot about being fortunate, and the fact that not everybody is in the same place, and [helping out] makes your heart feel good... Today, I wanted her to see that these kids are her age," she continued. "We feel very blessed, so it's nice to feel good about giving back a little bit."

"[It does feel like a full circle moment] a little bit," Thiessen said of her upcoming Netflix series, Alexa & Katie. "It's a little bit of a panic moment for a second, but I'm actually really excited, and the girls are so darn cute!" "The show, it has a very serious message, but it's a comedy," she revealed. "I play the mother of a teenage girl that's actually going through cancer."

"It is [a serious role], but at the same time, it's a coming-of-age story about these two young girls embarking on high school, and even though there's cancer to it, they really try to make it light," she explained. "Kind of the hard part of it is just being teenagers: they're worried about what they're going to wear to high school, and, you know, things that we all worried about... on top of her having cancer."

Thiessen, who shares 7-year-old daughter Harper and 1-year-old son Holt with husband Brady Smith, says Harper will definitely be tuning into her new show. The actress also brought Harper along while working with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, on Tuesday.

"She was such an amazing little helper. She was giving out the food and then putting all the fruit and vegetables in the baskets," Thiessen shared. "We're here actually helping these kids get a meal [because during summer, they don't have that automatic lunch that they get when they're at school]."

"We talk a lot about being fortunate, and the fact that not everybody is in the same place, and [helping out] makes your heart feel good... Today, I wanted her to see that these kids are her age," she continued. "We feel very blessed, so it's nice to feel good about giving back a little bit."

The 43-year-old actress is also working with her husband on a children's book.

"It's [about] a subject that's pretty prominent now. I think this day and age, we're all very much into our phones and computers, and sometimes it's nice to just unplug... It's kind of just a reminder to sometimes put the phone down," she said, adding that she tries to remind her kids of that message every day.

"Absolutely! We have many unplug moments throughout the day, yes!" she confessed. The 43-year-old actress is also working with her husband on a children's book. "It's [about] a subject that's pretty prominent now. I think this day and age, we're all very much into our phones and computers, and sometimes it's nice to just unplug... It's kind of just a reminder to sometimes put the phone down," she said, adding that she tries to remind her kids of that message every day. "Absolutely! We have many unplug moments throughout the day, yes!" she confessed.

Tiffani to Star in Netflix Comedy Alexa & Kate

June 9 2017

Tiffani Thiessen has joined Netflix's new multi-camera comedy Alexa & Kate.

The Saved by the Bell alum will play Lori, the determined and protective mother of Alexa (Paris Berelc), Deadline reports.

Alexa & Kate tells the story of two best friends named — you guessed it — Alexa and Kate (Isabel May) who are about to start high school. However, a crisis leaves them feeling like outsiders when all they want to do is fit in. Heather Wordham and Matthew Carlson will serve as executive producers.

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Tiffani Thiessen Wants You to Put Grapefruit in Your Guacamole

May 17 2017

Tampering with the original contents of guacamole is a dangerous game. (We learned that the hard way when we suggested you add apples to the beloved dip.) But Tiffani Thiessen is rolling the dice in the name of health.

"I grew up in Southern California, where guacamole is a staple, so I made it a little healthier by adding citrus to it," the former Saved By the Bell star says in a new video for Delish.

The citrus she speaks of is a ruby red grapefruit. Thiessen adds both the juice and the segments of the tart fruit into her mixture in place of the typical lime. "[It] really brightens the guacamole," she says.

In addition to salt, lime zest, garlic and cilantro, the Dinner at Tiffani's star throws in another curve ball: sunflower seeds. The protein-filled seeds add the crunch factor you'd likely be missing without diced red onion or jalapeno.

Thiessen's twist on the classic is part of a month-long detox she's embarked on with her husband, Brady Smith. After two weeks of no sugar, processed foods, alcohol, or starches, Thiessen is down 3½ lbs. while Smith is already down 8 lbs. But still, Thiessen is keeping with it, which means she can't enjoy her guacamole with chips. Instead she serves it with carrots, sliced bell peppers and radishes.

"The bell peppers are really perfect for this, though, because they hold up like a tortilla chip," she assures. "You can get a good scoop." (People)

Tiffani on Holiday Entertaining, Being in the Right Place at the Right Time and Coffee

May 17 2017

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen spent most of the '90s portraying a variation of the girl next door on both Saved by the Bell and then Beverly Hills 90210. These days though, she's pretty firmly established as a foodie authority hosting her own show on the Cooking Channel Dinner at Tiffani's and staking her claim as a lifestyle authority on her blog. Just in time for the holidays, the mother of two partnered with Keurig to come up with some fun coffee recipes for your own holiday soirees.

Timing is Everything: "I feel like 75% of my success is luck and just being at the right place at the right time," she says. "As an actor, I've been blessed and now am able to segue into a new place for me and it's purely something I love to do. I used to throw dinner parties for my friends and some of them would joke that I should turn it into a TV show—so I did! I love to cook I love to entertain. I was in New York shooting White Collar when I had the idea for the show and went to The Cooking Channel to pitch the show and they loved it." (Parade)

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A Perfect Partnership: "I've been a Keurig fan for about 10 years, maybe longer. I had one in my dressing room and even a smaller one in my bedroom. When they came to me about a partnership, I jumped. You can make amazing coffee in under a minute without any mess. As a parent, that's pretty much the most perfect, perfect thing. I like the idea of having one or two things in your kitchen that really pop, just some color that stands out from everything else. So I love the idea of the K55 brewer in rhubarb, it's such an unexpected color and it gives your kitchen a holiday feel."

A Comfortably Crowded Kitchen: "I entertain a lot and I always believe the kitchen is the place that most people gravitate. I always make sure to have a few things to nibble on or wine for them to enjoy while I cook. It doesn't bother me to have people in the kitchen with me—I think it adds fun to me not to be in there by myself. If somebody comes into my kitchen I'm not afraid to put them to work."

Themed Holiday Entertaining: "When I'm busy in the kitchen cooking for a large party or a small party it's nice to have the party take care of itself and that's what I like to tell people—set up things in advance so people are immediately enjoying themselves. For Christmas at Tiffani's (Airing December 24. Former co-stars Jason Priestly and Mark-Paul Gosselaar will both be part of the festivities.) I set up a bubbly bar which was so much fun, but you don't have to limit yourself. You can have a coffee bar or a hot chocolate bar. Set out many different flavors, toppings and one beautiful, statement piece. Allows your guests to create their own coffee drink. Sometimes I'll give them recipes and write it out on a chalkboard."

What's Next: "Season 3 of my show starts in January. I'm also knee-deep in my very first cookbook. It runs the gamut from some of my staples, from my family or the show. There's also a lot of new stuff. I'm at about 130 recipes right now. I never knew the amount of work… and how long it takes to pull together. It's like having a baby."

Selectively Social: "I share a lot of myself publicly and I don't think we have anything that we would be opposed to people knowing, the decorations we share, the traditional Santa picture with my kids. We're going to stay here in L.A. for the holidays and my husband's family is from Texas, they'll come out. When it comes to figuring out what I want to show publicly it's a case-by-case basis. The other day when we got (daughter) Harper's school pictures, they're great and beautiful. My husband was going to share it on social and I said let it be just for us. I wanted those images to be just for my family."

The Darker Side of Fame: "I know that people can make a lot of nasty comments online and I generally don't look at a lot of that. Everyone is going to have their own opinions and it's fine. My husband gets upset when someone tries to be mean. If I was a teenager right now, I'm not sure how I'd handle it. I know how hard it must be for kids in the business. People have direct contact with you and you with the fan. When I was a teen, the only thing we had to worry about was paparazzi following us and putting us in Tiger Beat. It's a completely different world now."

Tiffani admits to drinking wine at 16 with 'Saved By the Bell' co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar

May 17 2017

Tiffani Thiessen is serving up a serious side of '90s nostalgia on her upcoming Cooking Channel special, "Christmas at Tiffani's," where she gathers around the dinner table with her husband, Brady Smith, and three of her former on-screen loves.

Thiessen's "Saved by the Bell" co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, her "Beverly Hills, 90210" flame Jason Priestley and her "White Collar" love interest Tim DeKay made themselves helpful in the Thiessen kitchen along with their respective wives, Catriona, Naomi and Elisa.

Naturally, discussion eventually turned to their past work together. Thiessen and Gosselaar reminisced about their time on "Saved by the Bell."

"My love of food kind of started a little bit with you, traveling through Europe like we did when we were teenagers," Thiessen told Gosselaar.

"It was a paid trip to Paris, and we'd just go to the finest restaurants," Gosselaar recalled.

"Do you remember when we went to Bordeaux?" Thiessen chimed back in. "We had that amazing meal with like seven glasses with different types of wine."

The table burst into laughter when Thiessen revealed that they were just 16 at the time.

"We did a lot of things back then," Thiessen admitted.

"No social media," Gosselaar explained. "It was awesome!"

"Christmas at Tiffani's" airs Sunday on the Cooking Channel. (Fox News)

Tiffani Thiessen Says She 'Can Never Say No' to This Comfort Food

September 10 2016

Tiffani Thiessen's love of cooking started at an early age.

Tiffani Thiessen September 2016

"When I was around nine my mom was working the evening shift and I was the only girl left at home. So being that my dad didn't cook, I was placed as head chef, fixing my dad and brothers dinner every night," the host of Cooking Channel's Dinner at Tiffani's told Sweet Paul magazine's Fall issue. "It was my first real lesson in cooking for others."

Now, the matriarch of a family-of-four — Theissen shares Harper, 6, and Holt, 13 months, with husband Brady Smith — still enjoys making meals and passing down her passion for food.

"I have a daughter who has finally become my little side-kick in the kitchen and loves to cook along side of me," said the former Saved by the Bell star. "As well, I have a baby boy who I call my gourmet baby. He eats anything and loves it. He has a big appetite and a love of food...and I am not talking baby food. Once that kid got a taste of real food, he never went back. I can't tell you how much it puts a smile on my face to see my son loving all different types of food."

And since Thiessen is raising little foodies, she makes sure her pantry is packed with a variety of ingredients and snacks.

"Being that I have two kids...I have seaweed snacks, freeze-dried fruit, applesauce pouches, granola bars, graham crackers, and quick mac 'n' cheese for those nights. You know what nights I mean," she explained.

In addition to staples like infused oils, pastas, nut butters and dark chocolate, Theissen also keeps her husband's favorites on hand. "[I always have] ketchup and hot sauce because I'm married to a Texan," said the star. "[As well as] spices galore, different varieties of citrus from my citrus tress, fresh herbs from my garden, and cacoa of every type."

So what is Thiessen's all-time favorite dish? It all comes back to childhood nostalgia.

"I can never say no to a good grilled cheese with caramelized onions and homemade roasted tomato soup," said Thiessen. "Of course it has to be accompanied with a big glass of wine. And then there's nothing wrong with ending a great meal with something sweet like my chocolate espresso brownies."

We couldn't agree more. (People.com)

A little update

September 10 2016

As you know, I haven't updated the site in awhile. I'm sorry. My business is finally taking off and really consuming my time. I don't even know how Tiffani does it herself (she's got to have some kind of superpowers ;).

But I wanted to let you know that I'm here and that the site isn't going anywhere, so feel free to continue exploring. I'll chime in from time to time, like I'm doing now, and do some updates, but I have a feeling, they'll be few and far between.

In the meantime, keep visiting the Tiffani Thiessen Connection website. Summer is doing a great job with new photos of Tiffani, you have to see them!

Thank you for your patience. xoxo Jess

Tiffani Thiessen's Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

June 25 2016

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For Tiffani Thiessen, cooking is a family affair. The host of Dinner at Tiffani's found a love for the kitchen through her mom and grandmother before her, and now she's passing on that affection to her kids.

"I grew up in a long line of women who love to cook," Thiessen tells PEOPLE, "I just kind of went right into it with them. As I've gotten older and I started traveling to other countries, my love of cooking just expanded."

She and daughter Harper, 5, work together on their favorite breakfast most mornings.

"Being from California, avocado toast is very popular in our house, we have it almost every morning," Thiessen says. "She loves making that-I think she just likes smashing up the avocados!"

Thiessen kicks off her day with the Instagram-friendly breakfast, all part of her goal to eat healthy post-baby.

"I wish I could eat what I want, but I just had a baby a couple months ago, so I'm trying to eat healthier these days," she says. "I try to use a balance of the 80/20 percent, where 80 percent of the time I'm eating very well, and 20 percent of the time I'm a little more adventurous." People)

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To lose the baby weight she gained while carrying her 11-months-old son Holt, the 5'6" Thiessen is focusing on boosting her protein intake and banning bad carbohydrates from her diet.

Thiessen kicks off her day with the Instagram-friendly breakfast, all part of her goal to eat healthy post-baby.

"I wish I could eat what I want, but I just had a baby a couple months ago, so I'm trying to eat healthier these days," she says. "I try to use a balance of the 80/20 percent, where 80 percent of the time I'm eating very well, and 20 percent of the time I'm a little more adventurous."

To lose the baby weight she gained while carrying her 11-months-old son Holt, the 5'6" Thiessen is focusing on boosting her protein intake and banning bad carbohydrates from her diet.

"For me, it's high protein, and really coming down on the carbs, or the bad carbs, as much as possible," she says. "I'm nursing, so I can't be too crazy and really be minimal, so I try to eat a whole grain everyday because I think it's important, and because I want to give my baby everything he needs too. He's not on a diet!"

Check out her daily food log below, and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now, to read more about her diet.

Hydration

3 liters of water throughout the day

Breakfast

Avocado toast, made with ½ and avocado and one slice of whole-grain toast

1 cup of Signature SELECT Kona Blend coffee with Stevia

Post-Gym Snack

8 oz. protein shake, made with protein powder and unsweetened almond milk

Lunch

3 oz. halibut with oven roasted tomatoes and ½ cup quinoa

1 all-natural zero-calorie ginger root beer

Snack

2 sliced Persian cucumbers sprinked with fresh lemon juice

Dinner

Roasted veggie chopped salad, with asparagus, carrots, red onions, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, salami, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garbanzo beans, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper

Total Calories:

1,083

The Verdict

Thiessen's meals are impressively well-rounded, says dietician Keri Glassman of nutritiouslife.com. "That is an excellent, portion-controlled dinner," Glassman says. "It's veggie-heavy, with adequate protein and a little fat." Her post-gym protein shake is "great," because she's "getting protein, which is satisfying, and calcium." But she could easily add in almond butter or ground flaxseeds to increase her low calorie count for the day. Overall though, her meals are "excellent."

NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.

Beverly Hills, 90210 Costars Tori Spelling and Tiffani Thiessen End Their 10-Year Feud

June 25 2016

If only it happened at the Peach Pit! After nearly 10 years of silence, Beverly Hills, 90210 costars Tori Spelling and Tiffani Thiessen recently reconnected at their kids' L.A. school, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

Tori Spelling and Tiffani Thiessen

Spelling — who has Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 4, and Finn, 3, with Dean McDermott — and the mom of Harper, 6, and Holt, 11 months (with Brady Smith), "hugged at a picnic," says an onlooker. "They're getting back on the path of being really close again."

The rift began in 2006 when Spelling, 43, cheated on then-husband Charlie Shanian with McDermott, 49. The True Tori star broke the news of the split to Shanian through their therapist. Thiessen, 42, who was close with Shanian, "took it personally," adds the source. "She took Charlie's side over Tori's."

But now, continues the source, "she and Tori have mutual friends and it's easier to get along."

Spelling, who played Donna Martin, opened up to Ryan Seacrest in 2010 about feuding with her 90210 pals. "All of a sudden I marry Dean, and I don't know what happened," she said. "I lost all my cast members."

When asked about Thiessen, who played Valerie Malone, Spelling admitted, "She doesn't talk to me anymore."

Zack and Kelly, Together Again! Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar Reunite

June 25 2016

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The Saved By the Bell nostalgia continues to flow like milkshakes at the Max.

Fresh off the news that a diner themed around the show will open in Chicago this summer, fans now have a new reason to get excited: Zack and Kelly are back on! Well, sort of.

Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar have returned to television together, this time for an episode of her Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani's. (People)

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Thiessen had previously hinted to PEOPLE that there "might possibly" be a reunion with her former on-screen beau this season, and now we have photo evidence. Staying true to their roots, the pair is clad in head-to-toe denim to satisfy all of your '90s fashion trend needs.

The Saved By the Bell nostalgia continues to flow like milkshakes at the Max.

Fresh off the news that a diner themed around the show will open in Chicago this summer, fans now have a new reason to get excited: Zack and Kelly are back on! Well, sort of.

Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar have returned to television together, this time for an episode of her Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani's.

Tiffani Thiessen with Mark-Paul Selfie

Thiessen had previously hinted to PEOPLE that there "might possibly" be a reunion with her former on-screen beau this season, and now we have photo evidence. Staying true to their roots, the pair is clad in head-to-toe denim to satisfy all of your '90s fashion trend needs.

And while we all know that their SBTB characters ended up in wedded bliss with each other, each of them is now happily married to other people — Thiessen to actor Brady Smith, and Gosselaar to Catriona McGinn. Both spouses appear in the episode as well, and the four of them even stopped to snap a selfie together.

Thiessen has had other members of the cast on her show in previous seasons, including Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez.

For a taste of the episode (which airs Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET), you can whip up Thiessen's grilled artichokes which she'll serve alongside lobster and blueberry mojitos. Get her full recipe below!

Tiffani Thiessen Shares 3 Easy Treats to Surprise Mom With on Mother's Day

June 25 2016

Tiffani Thiessen is busy these days with her Cooking Channel show, "Dinner at Tiffani's," but it's her role as mom to daughter Harper, 5, and 10-month-old son Holt that means the most to her. The 42-year-old actress stopped by "The Insider With Yahoo" to chat about how motherhood has changed her. "Oh, I'm definitely more tired for sure," she teased. "I think it's definitely the hardest job, but it's the most rewarding job." Thiessen, who's teamed up with Albertsons Companies to help launch its new Signature. (Yahoo!)

Tiffani Reveals the Super-Healthy Meal She Eats 'Four to Five Times a Week'

June 25 2016

Tiffani Thiessen super healty meal cooking

Tiffani Thiessen is a creature of habit when it comes to her meal of choice.

"One thing I make four to five times a week is really beautiful fresh sauteed kale, which we grow, and a lovely fried egg on top on a really nice piece of whole grain toast with a little black pepper," the host of Dinner at Tiffani's, 41, tells PEOPLE. "It's perfect." (People)

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Another of her go-to meals is flatbread pizza — especially if she's short on prep time.

The actress also shared what she considers her signature sandwich.

"If I go more nostalgic, it would be a really good classic grilled cheese sandwich with some caramelized onions," she says. "If I'm going a little crazy, it would be a panini with very thinly sliced green apples, a little arugula, a little walnut oil, some turkey and some nice Brie. You've got a little sour, you've got a little sweet, a little savory. You've got it all!"

Though her Mother's Day plans aren't finalized — "Sleeping in maybe! Putting my feet up..." — the mom to Harper, 5, and Holt, 9 months, says she wouldn't mind doing the cooking for the day.

"Here's the thing — I enjoy cooking," she says. "It's so funny, my husband always says, 'Let's not cook, I want you to relax.' And I'm like, 'But you don't understand, I love to cook!' As long as he does the dishes — which he always does!"

Tiffani Thiessen Dishes on Her Favorite Foods

June 25 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — You might remember her has Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell or Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills 90210. CT Style Reporter Meghan Yost recently had the chance to chat with Tiffani Thiessen about her newest role, which happens to be in the kitchen.

We all know that a meal is more than just food on the table; it's a chance to create memories, no matter how busy we are. And with so many special occasions coming up — from Mother's Day and Father's Day to graduations — now is the perfect time to look at ways to make meals special that don't necessarily require a ton of time or money.

As a working mom herself, actress and "Cooking Channel" host Thiessen knows that finding time to whip up a four-course meal can be tough. But she says that doesn't mean delicious food — or special moments — have to be sacrificed. Watch the video to find out Thiessen's favorite tips and ingredients that turn the simplest of moments into special memories. (WTNH.com)

Tiffani: I'd Rather Nurse in a Bathroom Stall Than in Public

June 25 2016

Tiffani Thiessen is a proud breast-feeding mother, but she won't be joining the #brelfie movement.

"I think a woman should be able to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere," the Dinner at Tiffani's star, who is still nursing her son, Holt, 9 months, tells Us Weekly. (US Magazine)

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"I do what I need to do, but usually in a restroom and sadly sit on a toilet and nurse my child," revealed Thiessen, who says she feels a bit conservative when feeding her child. "At the same time, I don't judge women who sit at a dinner table and do it. It's just not me."

While celebrities such as Beyonce have touted the weight loss benefits of breast-feeding, Thiessen says it has never made her "skinny."

"That's a myth for me," says the actress, who recently partnered with Albertsons and Safeway to launch its new Signature brand. "I'm still not there. What are you going to do? I can't starve myself because that's not good for my child."

Instead of stressing over the scale, Thiessen is focusing on her family. The Saved by the Bell alum, 42, and her actor husband, Brady Smith, are also parents of Harper, 5, — and six rescue chickens named Scarlett, Mable, Clementine, Molly, Dolly and Ruby.

"I swear, I think my husband has his picture and number at all the rescue places and they just know to call him," Thiessen cracks to Us. "He's obsessed with our chickens right now." And so is Harper. "She feeds them. We give them leftovers all the time, little scraps."

The Los Angeles-based brood also grow their own food in the backyard. "We have tons of veggie gardens and huge citrus trees," she raves. "We kind of have our own little thing going — our own little signature line, per se, in the Smith household."

How actress Tiffani Thiessen hopes to save her young daughter from body image issues

June 25 2016

You know Tiffani Thiessen from "Saved by the Bell," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "White Collar." These days, she is hanging out in a new locale: the set for her Cooking Channel show. Now in its second season, "Dinner at Tiffani's" finds Thiessen, 42, wearing an apron and preparing food with family, friends and former cast mates. Her husband of nearly 11 years, actor Brady Smith, and their kids, 5-year-old daughter Harper and infant son Holt, often pop in. The family lives in suburban Los Angeles, where they sometimes are spotted at farmers markets and along hiking trails.

What life lessons have you learned in the kitchen?

The lessons were from my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. Those were the women I would be next to in the kitchen as a little girl, learning tricks and tools and how to cook. And I learned to have fun. Having fun is always the No. 1 thing. ... Food to me is connecting. The people who I enjoy cooking for the most are my family. I love being in the kitchen with my daughter right next to me on her step stool. It's sweet; we're connecting. And I love that's what food does. (LA Times)

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What advice do you have to help busy parents avoid the drive-thru?

Sundays are my day that I always try to prep meals for the week. If I need ingredients that I'm not growing in our yard, I go to the farmers market. I really try to plan out my dinners in advance. That helps me a ton, so that I'm prepared. And if I can't do the whole entire week on Sunday, I try to do it in the morning. But mornings are definitely a lot harder than it is to do it on Sunday.

You're a busy, working mom — how do you achieve balance in your life?

Well, I don't know if I can actually say I've achieved it but I'm trying! I would not be able to do it without my husband. We've never had a nanny, but we have a lot of family help. My mom traveled with us and lived with us in New York when I was shooting "White Collar." She helped us with Harper and would go to set with me every day because I was nursing. The same when I had Holt; my mom or mother-in-law helped me with the baby and came to set every day. It was all family. As of right now, we're making it work.

How have you gotten back in shape after having a baby last year?

I'm trying. It's hard with no sleep! I like variety. I'm not a person who does the same thing every day. It's kind of how I feel about food — I can't eat the same thing every day. I do circuit training twice a week. I spin twice a week. I do Pilates once a week. And we love to do a lot of hiking on the weekends with the kids.

You started out as a child doing beauty pageants. It's no secret that Hollywood puts enormous pressure on actresses to look a certain way. How do you deal with that?

When I feel good, my daughter sees that. I would never want her to hear me say something that is putting myself down. I give so much credit to my husband because he's so sweet and supportive. There's not a day that goes by that he doesn't tell me I'm beautiful. If I have a positive attitude about myself, I'm going to teach my daughter the same thing. I want to teach her that eating right and exercising and being healthy is what's important, not what size jeans you wear.

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