Rachael Ray: First of all, we could totally hang out because we both have about 50 kinds of cheese. Are you adventurous when it comes to cheese?
Ty Pennington: Oh, yeah. my brother likes some really heinous cheeses. I'm like, "Dude, get your shoes out of the kitchen." But I dig cheese.
RR: So you'll go as far as, say, blue cheese, but you're not into the soupy, raw-milk cheeses, or the ones that look like they got kicked around the lawn a little?
TP: No. I stay away from anything with twigs and grass in it.
RR: Those are rough. You have frozen grapes in the freezer -- I love those.
TP: Me too. I can't believe I haven't choked to death on one.
RR: I hear you make a special egg salad. Do you have a secret recipe? My mom loves egg salad.
TP: No, not really -- the trick to a good egg salad is the bread you put it on. It's got to be really soft bread, with a really good slice of tomato.
RR: There's a lot of sausage in your fridge, too. Are you a bratwurst and knackwurst fan?
TP: : I am. I lived in Germany.
RR: Oh, man. And you have a lot of mustards. Do you like spicy food?
TP: Oh, yeah. My favorite food is Thai -- I'll make my own neua nam tok, which is basically beef salad.
RR: So Ty likes Thai. Is that your specialty in the kitchen?
TP: Well, I make some mussels that are pretty insane -- I add the extra heavy cream, just to make them really fattening and good. And potatoes. I add a ton of sour cream and garlic and burn the bottom of the pan so you get that crispy part.
RR: I'm impressed. if you were going to make some of your special mussels and potatoes, who would be your dream dinner-party guest?
TP: Well, my mom, just for the entertainment. And funny people like Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell.
RR: You always want a few laughs at the dinner table, right? So, last question: What is something people would never find in your refrigerator?
TP: Rice cakes. That's all we had growing up. And cottage cheese -- how do you know when it's bad? I mean, it's already curdled.
1. Ty's hometown is:
B. Los Angeles
2. If Ty could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?
A. Arnold Schwarzenegger
B. Sacha Baron Cohen
C. Bob Vila
3. What's Ty's favorite sport?
Answers: 1. C 2. B 3. C