Kellie Pickler Is Teaching Kyle Jacobs to Love Deep-Fried Southern Food

updated 04/06/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 04/06/2011 AT 2:15 PM ET

Paula Deen she’s not.

“I’m just lucky if I don’t burn the house down,” newlywed Kellie Pickler tells PEOPLE about her budding domestic skills. “I’m trying to work on the cooking thing, so it’s a big deal if I get into the kitchen.”

Pickler, who wed songwriter Kyle Jacobs on Jan. 1, also shared her biggest culinary struggle when it comes to dining with her hubby. “I haven’t gotten him hooked on fried okra,” Pickler, 24, said at Tuesday’s 9th Annual Dressed to Kilt event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. “He hates that, but that’s my favorite food. We gotta figure out how to get him to like it.”

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