Babushka Delight

As a child, Liz’s father did the bulk of the cooking in their home. Norm Robinson was a creative and resourceful culinary artist, never cooking from a recipe and always applying the creativity required when feeding a family on a meager budget. As a hungry child, when Liz began smelling tasty aromas waft from the kitchen she would consistently ask, “Dad, what’s for dinner?” And much to her chagrin he would he would respond, “Babushka Delight…and then insert a random number.” A variation of Baked Ziti would be called Babushka Delight #14 and Pork Chops and Rice entitled Babushka Delight #982…no rhyme or reason for the numbering system and never a dish or number repeated. Night after night, meal after meal, our table and stomachs were warmed with a series of meals made by a loving father each entitled Babushka Delight. As a child, anxious for dinner, Liz found his predictable answer a bit silly. Now, as an adult, when contemplating the daily questions, what shall we have for dinner?” she hears the trusted words of her father ringing clearly in her mind…”Well, tonight we are having Babushka Delight.”

Burke grew up working inside the delicious walls of a professional kitchen at his families business, Jacob Lake Inn nestled near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. While standing on milk crates Burke joined his parents to help peel potatoes, crack eggs, flip burgers, and sling hash. Through this process Burke developed the confidence of a chef, the speed of a line cook, and the creativity of a working mans Iron Chef.

Growing up in a foodie family has real benefits for a newly married couple. For Burke nothing brings a bigger smile than the potential of a handful of chopped onion, celery, carrot, and garlic sautéing in a few hearty splashes of a fine olive oil…and Liz is more than happy to sample the tasty outcomes.

Together Burke and Liz enjoy nothing more than a fine meal shared with family and friends. In keeping with tradition of both families, Babushka Delight is a collection of their favorite recipes and culinary creations.


The Texas Rich’s

Sunday, January 16, 2011

CAKE: Chocolate Raspberry Pound Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Pound Cake

1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup coco

1 1/2 tea spoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter

1 container of sour cream

2 eggs

1 tea vanilla

Chocolate shavings or syrup


1. Place 3/4 cup jam in microwave for 45 seconds or until melted.

2. Stir together flour, sugar, coco, soda, and salt in large bowl set aside.

3. Cream butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs and vanilla together. Add in melted jam.

4. Slowly add flour mixture.

5. Beat until smooth.

6. Pour into a creased bunt pan.

7. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 min

8. Drizzle frosting & Raspberries

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