Ty Pennington

The <em>Extreme Makeover: Home Edition</em> host has one cheesy fridge.
Ty Pennington

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:

A. Denver

B. Los Angeles

C. Atlanta

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?

A. Tennis

B. Surfing

C. Soccer

Answers: 1. C 2. B 3. C