Kyle Richards says cooking on camera for 'Real Housewives' means she never fails to 'burn something'

Kyle Richards (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)
Kyle Richards (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

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Kyle Richards may be well known for surviving Michael Myers in Halloween, but for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, the scariest thing is often cooking on camera while filming her long-running Bravo series.

"It's very overwhelming," the star, who reprised her role of Lindsey in the Halloween franchise for the third time in Halloween Ends this year, tells Yahoo Life. "You're trying to have conversations on camera, and everyone is watching every little thing you do — it's very chaotic. I get all over the place, and have this frantic energy, and I never fail to burn something. It'll be like, 'Somebody wants to talk to you,' and so I'll ask someone else to watch the oven, but then they don't, and I end up setting things on fire. And they love to make fun of me for that. I'm like, 'Could someone have told me that my salmon is on fire?'"

For The Housewives of The North Pole star, the easiest way to avoid a cooking disaster is to grab her favorite fast food. The Final Girl is currently partnering with her favorite fast food restaurant Jack and the Box, to celebrate the final days of the Monster Taco, which is going back in the grave on Nov. 20.

"It's a known thing with all of my friends," she explains. "Jack in the Box tacos have been my favorite thing for years now. We'd be going out late at night, coming in from the clubs or going on a road trip — everyone knows I have to go to Jack in the Box. It's my cheat day. It's my favorite thing."

When it comes to what she eats regularly, Richards says she tries hard to "eat right the majority of the time" — but knows that life is about "balance."

"I really eat healthy and I'm really structured with my eating," she says. "So when I do decide to [have a treat], I try to still be smart. I'm not going to go crazy. I pick something that I love that is not out of control. But I've probably tried [every diet] in the past. There's been so many trends over the years and I've tried them all and I think I finally have my body figured out after all of these years."

In addition to the limited-time Jack and the Box Monster Taco, Richards is looking forward to one other Halloween treat: the often controversial candy corn.

"I mean, I know people make fun of it lately — I see that on Instagram," the actress shares, "but I do love some candy corn."

When it comes to entertaining at home, Richards says she and husband Mauricio Umansky enjoy barbecuing for friends, with her go-to cocktail of choice being a margarita on the rocks — hold the salt.

While Umansky mans the grill, the kitchen during the holidays is Richards' domain — even though she admits it wasn't an easy start. When she first started cooking for her family, her father enlisted her to make the turkey — only for Richards to forget the plastic bag with the innards inside the bird. Since that unfortunate ordeal, however, she's become the ultimate holiday hostess.

"My holiday meals have become known amongst family and friends," she says. "Now I have to do a number of different dinners to accommodate so many people. So I make unbelievable Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner — I do Friendsgiving, I have my husband's side of the family over."

Of course, even the ultimate hostess has her limits: "By the time we're done, I can't look at a turkey for a while," she jokes.

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