About Tinky

Tinky “Dakota” Weisblat holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke, a master’s in journalism from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Texas.

She is a professional writer, specializing mostly in food, and the author of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook.  Her food blog is called In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens.

Tinky loves to sing–particularly the American popular standards with which her mother Jan grew up.

She is still waiting to become famous as a writer or a singer or both. But she’s hopeful.

Published on 31 December 2010 at 2:49 pm  Comments (18)  

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  1. I’m wishing you the best, Tinky. Our family has walked this walk with our Dad, and I’m so thankful we were able to be there for him and with him. I’d love to know your Mom!

    • Thank you, Pam! Please do share some of your experiences.

  2. don’t wait – you move on – just as you always have!

    • I’m trying, Cynthia. Thank you!

  3. I personally think you are already famous! Or well on the way…

    • LOVE your attitude!

  4. I will miss your recipes on a regular basis but will continue to read about you and Jan. My brother in law in Northern VA has been in stabilized for a few years and like Jan he loves to be helpful. He still sets the table even for company and is king of the dishwasher. It has limited my sister’s life but they still have fun together. He turns 80 this month.

    • Hi, Nancy–Thanks for staying with us. It sounds as though your sister and brother in law are doing the best they can. Fun is a good start.

  5. Hi Tinky, – Your ability to capture thought and events in your writing are marvelous. I look forward to future installments of the journey both of you are taking. Hang tight you know I will be here.


    • Thanks so much, Bucky! I really appreciate your support.

  6. Hi Tinky,
    Talking about your Mom reminds that my Mom has the later stage of Alzheimer’s. She never craved sweets when I was growing up. But the last time we gave her a boxed gift of chocolate she ate almost a lb before we realized it. I don’t know if she even realized she had already had one before putting another in her mouth. I miss her every day so often i find myself picking up the phone to tell her something when reality hits and i put the phone down.
    My heart hurts i wipe away my tear and am sad.

    • The chocolate box sounds familiar–and I’m so sorry to hear that your mother is at that stage, Mary. What an awful disease it can be. I’ll be thinking of you……

  7. Hi Tinky,
    Just found this blog. Good for you – good for us! A level head (yours) and Alzheimer’s are a helpful duo for the rest of us. As Merri’s aunt (98) and my Mom (95) are now across the hall from each other in a nursing home, we deal with one question on each visit, “Who will make sense this time?” The answer ranges from none of the above to maybe one. Keeping one’s own perpective when all around are losing theirs is not an easy task. Keeping at it together should help. Thanks, Toby

    • Thanks, Toby, and welcome! Of course, sometimes NOBODY makes sense–but we keep trying, don’t we?

  8. My husband suffered from Parkinson’s and Lewy Bodies. Know what a difficult time it is for you now. Hoping you can find some joy and a moment’s peace in each day.
    I saw the picture of the yellow house that you posted several months ago. I love it. Wish I lived in your area and could buy it.
    Glad the wallpaper is bringing a lift to your spirits.
    Hang in there.

    • Oh, Margie, how much harder for you to have to watch a spouse go through those diseases! Thank you so much for the empathy; I’m trying to savor as much as I can.

  9. Thanks for doing this blog, Tinky –

    My mother started showing signs of Alzheimers/dementia in 2005; at least she still recognizes her family members. One of the many difficult scenarios is preparing a good meal and then, five minutes later, being asked why you never brought food.

    —– Paul

    • Ah, Paul, I do know that food dilemma! I hope your mom is on some of the Alzheimer’s drugs; they do seem to help. Thanks for readng….

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