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 want to get into holiday baking this year. But this is a new tradition for me so I'm confused about the timing. Should I bake cookies, say, this weekend and send them to friends and family? Or should I wait until we visit my partner's family for Christmas and do some baking then? Please help!
Q: I'm trying to keep my gift giving this year to handmades and edibles, but I have a lot of family and friends in other parts of the world, so that leaves making truffles or perishables that could melt or get ruined en route. What are some great edible gifts that will travel well?
Q: For the holidays, I want to buy my boyfriend a quality kitchen scale. It needs to be sensitive enough for molecular cooking, but also able to handle the larger amounts used in traditional baking. What are some reliable, reasonably priced options? Ideally, I would like a scale that could last for years, but come in at under $100.
Q: I am very very new to baking. I have tried to make pizza so many times and failed every single time. The crust is always very flat, crunchy, and hard. It doesn't form into a bread-like substance. Where I live in India, I don't get all-purpose flour so I used maida flour. Help!
Q: Do your readers have any suggestions for thoughtful and creative (yet rather inexpensive) DIY gifts for the holiday season? I'm thinking of infusing sea salt with lavender and rosemary and giving it away in little jars — and I'm looking for more ideas like this!
Q: I'm giving some delicious chocolate sauce as a gift for Christmas. I have always let it cool and then refrigerated it. Is there a way to seal it in jars without canning or changing the characteristics of the sauce?
Q: My boyfriend's mother loves those little mint nonpareils. You know, the pink green and yellow ones with the tiny white sprinkles. Is it possible to make them yourself? A DIY version would really wow her.
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?