Martina McBride

Rach takes a peek inside the country singer's fridge.
Martina McBride

Rachael Ray: You have a ton of dairy in your fridge, and you grew up on a farm--have you ever milked a cow?

Martina McBride: Not only do I know how to milk a cow, but I know how to herd a bunch of cows, too, which is a life skill that I think may come in handy someday.

RR: So, who drinks all that milk?

MM: Well, my girls [ages 2, 9 and 13] drink milk, and I use the heavy cream and cheese for cooking--I'm not a big baker, though.

RR: Me neither! I'm baking challenged. What kinds of things do you cook, say, on a weeknight?

MM: At the beginning of every week, I like to sit down and figure out what I'm going to make. I probably try at least two new recipes a week. But I have my standbys--jambalaya, meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

RR: Do you have any picky eaters in your brood?

MM: No, actually. They'll try at least a bite of everything I make, so they like some pretty sophisticated foods.

RR: Oh yeah? Like what?

MM: Well, I'll make dishes like sun-dried-tomato and zucchini tart, and they'll say, "Mom, this is kind of a grown-up food, but it's pretty good."

RR: Too cute. I notice you have baking soda in there--do you think that works?

MM: I really do. I pour it down my garbage disposal, too.

RR: And it absorbs odors in the sink? What a great tip!

MM: Yeah, it's pretty amazing stuff.

RR: I see a few chocolate sauces--whose are those?

MM: Those are my husband's. He's a chocoholic. The thing about my fridge is, it's a family fridge, so there's a little of something everybody likes in there.

RR: With three kids, I can't imagine you have time for dinner parties, but if you could have anyone, living or dead, to dinner, who would you invite?

MM: So many people ... but the one who always comes to mind is Patsy Cline. I would love to have been around when she was alive. You hear stories about how outspoken and feisty she was. I bet she was lots of fun at a dinner party.

RR: One last question: You have a new holiday album out--do you like eggnog?

MM: It's not a traditional thing that we have at the house, but I have been known to sip a nog now and then!


1. Martina grew up on a farm in:
A. Tennessee
B. Oklahoma
C. Kansas

2. If she could invite anyone, living or dead, to dinner, who would it be?
A. Patsy Cline
B. Jimmy Carter
C. June Carter

3. Martina's new album is called:
A. Blue Christmas
B. White Christmas
C. Red, White and Blue Christmas

Answers: 1. C 2. A 3. B