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updated 1/25/2013 7:44:40 AM ET 2013-01-25T12:44:40

Recipe: Dean's super simple potato chips

  • 3-5 potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Grapeseed oil

Slice the purple or russet potatoes using a mandolin on the thinnest setting, then rinse in warm water. Place potatoes on a paper towel to soak up some of the moisture. 

Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of oil (vegetable, grape seed, corn or safflower) and heat the oil between 340 and 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the potatoes between 4 and 8 minutes, depending on your chip preference. (For a chewier chip, lower the heat and cook the potatoes longer; higher heat and a faster cooking time will produce a crispier chip.)

Wait until the potatoes are slightly browned around the edges, then remove from the oil, place on a paper towel to soak up excess oil, and, while they’re still hot, toss in a bowl with kosher or sea salt. Remove from the bowl and place on another clean paper towel.

For added flavor, try tossing the chips with a little cayenne or ancho chili powder, parmesan cheese, truffle salt, or olive oil combined with chopped garlic and parsley.

Recipe: Tori's white bean, beet and garlic dip

  • 1 cup cooked white beans
  • 1/2 cup roasted beets
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Purée the white beans, beets, garlic and lemon juice, then add salt and pepper to taste.

Video: Take a peek inside Tori Spelling’s refrigerator

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    >>> you can tell a lot about someone by what's in their refrigerator. this morning, tori spelling and her husband, dean mcdermott open up theirs to us. joy bauer, good morning.

    >> good morning. i'm in front of the house of tori spelling and dean m mcdermott. this family is used to having their lives unfold in front of the cameras but i'm pretty sure nobody has ever taken a peek inside their fridge. that is exactly what we're about to do.

    >> ready to show me your fridge?

    >> there's something intimate about your fridge, it's sort of like looking in my underwear drawer.

    >> let's do it. wow, this is a great fridge. you have a lot of stuff. you guys have to tell me about these eggs.

    >> the green/bluish eggs are actually from our chickens. we have chickens.

    >> gosh, i love this.

    >> you can literally have a chicken anywhere.

    >> new york?

    >> yeah, why not?

    >> all right.

    >> i feel like i really am going into dean's underwear drawer. oh, what is that?

    >> i made chili the other day, beef shoulder, pork shoulder and pork belly . and that was the leftovers so i'm going to use it for something else.

    >> okay.

    >> we are a meat family. we eat meat.

    >> i don't mind meat at all. it was just so marbled so it freaks me out a little bit. light cream cheese but when you buy the whipped because the companies automatically incorporate air, it will drive down the calories and saturated fat.

    >> didn't even know that.

    >> who knew, right? what is that beautiful looking spread?

    >> it was beat hummus. super simple, beats, white beans, garlic and salt.

    >> here is my favorite.

    >> vino.

    >> how important is this for you guys with five children, four under the age of 6?

    >> not important for them but for us.

    >> little eraser on the blackboard of life.

    >> what are you making?

    >> we're making purple potato chips . so just pop them in. i'm doing a shallow fry.

    >> what kind of oil are you using?

    >> vegetable oil . just put them on a paper towel to drain some of the oil. shake. and then into a bowl.

    >> i'm going to try this with my kids. so much better than anything that comes out of a bag.

    >> thank you for liking our fridge and giving us a well rounded --

    >> you have to meet another part of our family. this is cocoa, our chicken.

    >> hi.

    >> this is a glamorous chicken.

    >> she is.

    >> she would like to give you an egg for the road.

    >> thank you. so delicious.

    >> really cool.

    >> thank you, guys. thank you for my egg.

    >> and i guess, joy, dean was nice enough to throw open the doors of the fridge, huh?

    >> such a beautiful family. they're not about diet food . irated them a well rounded fridge because they had a little bit of everything and they were kind enough to give you a big batch of the purple potato chips .

    >> they're very good. i tasted one while i was watching.

    >> and this is the beautiful red beat hummus. both of these recipes are on the website. people, it's friday. i'm thinking we're going to make this over the weekend.

    >> did they tidy up the fridge before you came or was that the real fridge?

    >> it was the real fridge. they organized it. opened up the freezer, too. i found some octopus in there. it was a little messy, but packed with stuff.

    >> little more exotic than mine. joy bauer, good to see you.

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