Q: I am trying to come up with vegan snacks that are also nut-free to accommodate guests that have allergies. I have been searching for a while and have yet to come up with something that sounds appetizing. These need to be good enough to feed to my non-vegan guests as well. Can you help?
Q: I'm having my daughter's birthday party soon. I often spend a ton of time decorating the cakes and cupcakes, so I want to do some of the work beforehand. Is it better to freeze the cake batter and bake them closer to the party? Or freeze the already-baked cupcakes and cake, and thaw them later on? Does one taste better?
Q: I've saved up quite a bit of bacon grease that I use sparingly in different recipes. I'm beginning to prep for my first big scale family Thanksgiving (15 people as opposed to my typical 6 or so). I was thinking of using bacon grease in place of butter or oil as a way of making the turkey a bit smokier. And who doesn't like bacon?!
Q: It's my mom's birthday in a couple of weeks and she's planning on hosting an all-ladies brunch. I will be doing most of the cooking, so I'm looking for some inspiration and recipes that are feminine and light, but also easy to make for a crowd (we're going to be 10 to 20 women) and preferably inexpensive.
Q: Next month, my fiancé and I are hosting both of our parents for the weekend. This will be the first time both sets of parents meet and I would like to cook dinner the first evening everyone is together.
Q: We will be hosting a graduation party for my two daughters: one from high school, the other from college. We hope to have people in the backyard by the pool. What appetizers (along with recipes) do you recommend for outdoors in the heat and humidity of Maryland in July?