Q: I have been infusing vodka with raspberries — the raspberries have been in the vodka for a year. I have strained the vodka and it looks okay. The raspberries were brown and I discarded them. Is the vodka safe to drink?
Q: Help! I am planning on making bottles of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce for Christmas gifts this year, but my local grocer didn't carry red jalapeños or serrano peppers, so I bought a ton of Chile de Arbol chiles thinking the dark red color would work great. As it turns out, these things are able to set everything they touch on fire.
Q: For our office holiday potluck, we have been scolded in past years for bringing too many desserts and chips and dip, so I am looking for some ideas for savory options. The challenge is finding something that does not need to be refrigerated the day of (low on space) or reheated (no ovens and limited microwave use).
Q: Our annual family party is coming up, and I want to make chicken-andouille gumbo. How do I keep the rice warm? The gumbo will be fine in the slow cooker, but I don't want the rice to dry out and become hard.