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: 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: My partner and I live far from home and this will be the first Thanksgiving we will not travel to visit family. Here's the problem: I want to make him a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but he will be the only one partaking as I am a devout vegetarian. Is it worth the effort to make a turkey or is there a better option?
Q: I will be hosting a small Thanksgiving this year, but there will be lots of food. Generally, how long will leftovers last in the fridge, and what are the best foods to freeze for a longer period of time? Thanks!