Q: We're making carnitas for a big family party (about 40 people), and I'm considering homemade corn tortillas. I don't want to be making them the day of, so I was thinking making and freezing them ahead. Do homemade tortillas freeze well? What's the best way to freeze and reheat them?
Q: We're going to the beach in a couple of weeks and one night my family has to cook for 17 people, including 3 vegans. I don't know what we'll have in the way of pots, pans, and utensils but I'm sure they'll be limited and not in great shape. Can you recommend some meals that will satisfy meat eaters and vegans?
Q: I have a friend who'd like me to cater a dinner party for ten. This will be my first 'real' event—a little nerve-wracking! Can you suggest an easy entree? This will be a casual group, but dinner is still seated and served. Give me your advice for my first gig!
Q: One of my best friends is getting married in December! She is allergic to gluten, and her fiance is more a fan of savory than sweet. Do you have any suggestions for a dessert that can be used in the traditional "cutting the cake", fits the season (winter), and is made without wheat gluten?
Q: A big group (currently 14!) of good friends are headed north for a cabin weekend. I signed up to make a meal — a homemade taco bar. But another friend has already declared he plans on making tacos. So I'm looking for something cabin-friendly to make. I'd like to make something a step above just burgers on the grill!
Q: My husband and I are almost settled into our new condo and we finally have room to entertain. We are having a Sunday brunch housewarming party. I'm pretty good in the kitchen, but I'm at a loss on balanced and seasonally appropriate offerings, especially ones that I can make or organize the day before.
Q: I'm hosting a party for the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Each attendee has to bring a food and drink inspired by a country, and as the host, I'm in charge of England. I'm definitely going to pick up an ale or two, but any ideas for food? Thanks!
Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child, and we've decided to throw a gender-reveal BBQ I've dubbed, "Baby Q." We don't want to spend a lot of time grilling or cooking during the party. What BBQ foods would be easy to prepare ahead of time or cook slowly?
Q: I'm attending a dinner party this weekend and was asked to bring a gluten- and dairy-free appetizer. The hostess plays a bit with the Paleo diet, so sugar is probably best avoided as well. A bonus would be incorporating some veggies since I know dinner will be meat-heavy. Any ideas?
Q: I am throwing a surprise bridal shower for my future sister-in-law. Her wedding colors are brown, pink, and ivory and I would like to use that color scheme in both the food, decorations, and party favors.