Q: Do you have any good ideas for room temperature appetizers I can make in advance? I'm having a large party and don't have the time, refrigerator space, or oven space to make too many hot or cold things. Thanks!
Q: I'm hosting a holiday cocktail party and have a menu of both sweet and savory snacks. The spread is already vegetarian friendly, but it's dairy-heavy and I've just found out that one of my guests is a vegan. Any ideas for vegan hors d'oeuvres that aren't just a veggie plate with hummus?
Q: This year some friends and I are celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently by spending it at a cabin in the mountains. We've decided to break tradition and make Thanksgiving dinner over the campfire. Do you have any advice for adapting Thanksgiving favorites to campfire-friendly recipes without resorting to turkey hot dogs?
Q: Help!! Hubby and I are having guests over on Sunday (some of whom are senior citizens). We have no dining room table. Our home is small. We have a wee kitchen counter where we're planning to eat so our guests can sit in the living room, which is next to the kitchen. This is going to be so awkward. Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Q: Thanks to a late work shift, I will be driving 250 miles the night before Thanksgiving to get to my uncle's. I won't be able to cook anything at his place, so I was hoping you might have suggestions for dishes I can make in advance that can withstand the long travel. Or I can just bring a bottle of wine...
Q: I'm thinking about forgoing the meat at Thanksgiving this year, but I'm a little afraid of my family making a big deal out of it. Part of me wants to quietly make my own entree, but my grandmother's dressing is a favorite of mine, and it uses turkey stock. What's the best approach to the meal?
Q: This Thanksgiving I'm in charge of menu-planning and cooking for the first time! It is also the first Thanksgiving my uncle and his family will celebrate in the US after living 10 years abroad, and I really want to make it a memorable one. The problem is that no one in my family likes turkey and my mom is insisting on cooking a leg of lamb instead.
Q: My friends are hosting a large "Friendsgiving" next weekend and asked me to bring a second turkey since they do not have the oven space. I would like to arrive in time for pre-dinner cocktails, but I also want my turkey to remain hot until everyone is ready to eat! What is the best way to transport the turkey to keep it moist and warm?
Q: Do you have any advice on cooking Thanksgiving just for two? My boyfriend and I are not going home, and none of our friends will be in town. I desperately love cooking Thanksgiving, but I don't even know if it is worth hunting down a small turkey and making half or quarter recipes of all the fixings. Any suggestions for scaling down?
Q: A friend just invited me to his home for Thanksgiving dinner — and asked me to pay $50 upfront. I understand that hosting can be expensive and I wouldn't mind being asked to bring a dish, but asking guests for cash seems incredibly rude. Am I crazy to be a bit miffed? Has anyone else experienced this? If so, how do you handle it?