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Brooke Burke

The Dancing with the Stars co-host gives Rach a twirl around her kid-friendly Malibu kitchen.
Brooke Burke

Rachael Ray: Hi, Brooke! You may hold the record for having the biggest fridge we've ever photographed!

Brooke Burke: It's obnoxious, isn't it? Can you believe I have another freezer in my garage, too? I have eight people living in my house, so I need a lot of food at all times. My family and I just got back from a vacation in Europe, and everyone had these tiny little fridges because they buy fresh ingredients every day. I wish I had that kind of time. My freezer's stacked to the nines because I need to have stuff on hand.

RR: You never know what type of ice pop you'll want at a certain time. I see at least five different boxes.

BB: I'm glad you can't see into the big drawer full of Hot Pockets. I have four children, so there's some kid food in there. But I try to balance out that stuff with fresh fruits and vegetables.

RR: Do you like to cook?

BB: My fiancé, David [Charvet], and I are really passionate about food, and we spend more time in the kitchen than in any other room in the house. On Sundays, we'll barbecue whole branzino fish with parsley and garlic. David loves to peel and chop the garlic, which I hate to do, so it works out great.

RR: Sounds delish! What's a favorite supper of yours?

BB: I like to make eating fun for the family, so I'll do theme nights, like taco Tuesdays, which the kids love. One of the biggest requests is for my homemade chicken-and-vegetable matzo ball soup. My son likes the matzo balls and noodles. One of my daughters likes the carrots, chicken and broth. My other daughter and I scoop out everything. It's one of those big dishes that everyone can customize to their liking.

RR: Matzo ball soup is one of my faves, too. Now, I see a carton of almond milk in your fridge. How do you use it?

BB: I make a green antioxidant shake with almond milk or coconut water every morning. Most people don't know that almond milk has about half the calories of regular milk, and it gives me a great energy boost. I throw in frozen blueberries and strawberries for sweetness. I'm on this big berry kick right now.

RR: You're definitely one busy lady, hosting Dancing with the Stars and TV Land's She's Got the Look, and running your website, modernmom.com. How do you balance it all?

BB: It's hard to fit everything in, but I'm really blessed because DWTS only films on Mondays and Tuesdays. So I drive my kids to school, go into the studio or the website office, and I'm home by dinnertime. It's the perfect job for a working mother.

RR: So let's say you were throwing your dream dancing and dinner party. Whom would you invite?

BB: I've got a long list. I'd ask Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr. Who else? Oh, Seth Rogen, too -- he's the funniest comedian ever. Or I'd scratch everyone and just invite Javier Bardem. He can come alone.

 

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