Exclusive Clip: Inside Tori Spelling’s (Delicious) Thanksgiving Traditions

11/06/2015 at 03:36 PM ET


She’s known as the Queen of Crafting, but Tori Spelling has more than a few culinary tricks up her sleeve, especially when it comes to one of her favorite holidays.

“My green bean bundles wrapped in bacon are a Thanksgiving staple,” says Spelling, whose special, Tori & Dean’s Family Thanksgiving, premieres Sunday on Cooking Channel.

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“My family and friends have come to expect them. And Dean [McDermott] and I both grew up with Jell-o molds that our mothers made. Hopefully they will become our kids’ tradition.”

And with five kids in the house (Liam, 8, Stella, 7, Hattie, 4, Finn, 3, and Dean’s son Jack, 17), Spelling has plenty of sous-chefs. “Stella has great skills in the kitchen. She usually bakes all the desserts. Liam, our picky eater, will try anything as long as he’s had a hand in preparing the dish, which is great. Hattie and Finn try to help but usually end up snacking the whole time. And Jack is my best taster.”

And McDermott, who wrote The Gourmet Dad cookbook, has his own signatures in the kitchen. “He’s Canadian, so he introduced poutine in a fun kid-approved presentation, potato bug poutine,” says Spelling. “And he has a famous stuffing that he makes with bagels instead of bread. It’s delicious!”

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It’s not all domestic bliss however, jokes Spelling of her tendency to go overboard when it comes to party flair. “I’m an intricate DIY’er,” she says with a laugh. “I look forward to every holiday so I can decorate. Dean always thinks I go too far, but it’s my passion so he deals with it.”

Tori & Dean’s Family Thanksgiving premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 on Cooking Channel.

—Aili Nahas

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Zeze on

So…they’re no longer on the brink of divorce?

L on

Is it healthy to do another show together after what they ‘ve been thro ? Good luck to them

Lucy on

So nice to see two people work thorough their problems and not just throw in the towel. Good for them

Laura M on

Are the kids being paid for their appearances on this show? Trust funds to cover future therapy needs should be established.

Tesslyn on

I do not believe Candy Spelling ever made a jello mold. I do believe Tori will do and say anything for a dollar. As she proves over and over and over again and again.

autumn on

Tori “going to far” is why they are broke is it not?

autumn on

Sorry “going TOO far” is the reason they are broke .

Juli on

I just watched this show and Tori was so mean to Dean. She’s so insecure that she questions him on everything he does in the kitchen. Geez, what a pain in the ass to have to live with!

shoegirl on

Why are people so mean? Making nasty comments about the children is just plain mean and unnecessary.

Les on

I keep trying to be open minded on your receipts and looking for some new ideas to cook. It is still the combinations that you use that I do not feel very appealing and wanting to try. You have odd combination together, they do not sound like they compliment each other in the receipt. I would not put hot dogs with maccroni and cheese together, which I feel hot dogs are not a nutritious food for kids.

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