05/27/2009 AT 3:40 PM ET
Tori Spelling may have grown up in a famed 123-room mansion with servants at the ready, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty in the kitchen. The 36-year-old actress and author delights in preparing homemade baby food for daughter Stella Doreen, 11 months.
“People are probably like, ‘Tori Spelling doesn’t do that. She probably has someone that cooks for her,’” she says in a recent video posted to MySpace. “No, actually I don’t. … And I actually make my own baby food!”
When son Liam Aaron, 2, was first introduced to solids, Spelling fed him only jarred organic baby food. She charted a similar course with Stella before turning to the food processor, and says that the difference was immediately apparent.
“She’s an eater. Like, she loves her bottle. She would take the [jarred] food and she was fine with it,” Spelling explains. “But once I made my own baby food … I literally gave it to her that first day, it was a spoonful, and her face lit up. She had this huge smile.”
Stella’s reaction was so positive, in fact, it left Spelling longing for the camera crew that normally follows her family for Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is an infomercial of why you should make your own baby food,’” she recalls. “It’s happening right here in my backyard and no one is here to see it.”
Noting that jarred food contains preservatives and is often bland, Spelling says that Stella is now hooked on her fresh fruits and veggies, and there will be no going back – for mother or daughter.
“It was so amazing. Ever since then, I’m like, I’m telling you: Make your own baby food. Because it’s such a huge difference for them.”
Stella and Liam are Tori’s children with husband Dean McDermott, who also has son Jack Montgomery, 10, from a previous marriage.