Q: Is it better to buy frozen fish or fresh fish from the meat and seafood counter at grocery stores? I know it's better to buy shrimp frozen since the shrimp sold at the seafood section is just frozen shrimp that has been thawed, at least in most cases.
Q: My husband and I like to eat dried crystallized ginger. In error I purchased uncrystallized, which turned out to be really hot. So I thought it might make great ginger snaps or ginger cakes. Do you have any recipes, or other ideas on how we might use the uncrystallized ginger?
Q: I invited a friend over for dinner next month. We both have similar taste, enjoy cooking, and have adventurous palates. A mutual friend of ours heard about this and invited herself. She's a nice girl and I have an open-door policy, so I don't mind in the least; the more the merrier.
Q: When I order takeout, I always end up with little plastic containers of leftover sauce — sweet dumpling sauce, vinegar-y spring roll sauce, hot Szechuan pepper sauce. I hate tossing these in the garbage. Any ideas for how to cook with them?
Q: My father went through major heart surgery earlier this year, and while he is recovering well, my mom is having a hard time adapting to cooking for his new dietary needs. He needs to maintain a low-sodium diet for his blood pressure, and he has to avoid leafy greens due to blood-thinner medication.
Q: We're just back from Italy and had a wonderful trip. We bought some pizza cutters with beautiful ceramic painted handles, and put them in our carry-on bag, totally forgetting they wouldn't make it through security (I know, so silly on our part). Obviously they took them.
Q: How do you get rid of an odor in a room? We have one room in our house that seems to have an odor, especially if the door is shut for a while. During warmer months it helps to keep the windows open. Even after new carpeting was installed, the smell was still there.