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Can the Decadent (Gluten-Free) Chocolate Cake be made with regular flour?

From Pete Mapelli - Carmel, NY

Yes! Just substitute 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour for the gluten-free flour. 

I was planning on making your winter minestrone soup for a family friend who's feeling down, but I'm concerned with how the pasta will hold up if the soup is reheated or frozen.

From Jennifer - Boston

The soup may need a little bit of extra liquid (stock or water) when it's reheated, but otherwise it should be totally fine! 

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How do you know which onion to use in a dish if the recipe does not specify? Red, yellow, white, sweet, green? Is there a general rule of thumb for which to use?

From Marcia Potter - Denver, CO

Unless the recipe specifies otherwise, I would always assume it's calling for yellow onions.

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I love to bake, but I am struggling with using a pastry bag. I would love to master this skill - what advice do you have?

From Gene Longo - Annapolis, MD

The only way to learn to use a pastry bag is to practice. I would make a big bowl of whipped cream fill a pastry bag, and pipe the whipped cream onto a cutting board. When you're done, scoop it back into the bag, and try again until you have the hang of it! 

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I am a fan of your blueberry coffee cake muffins. We have a plentiful supply of blueberries in our area and have been freezing them for years. I do understand that fresh is always best, but home-grown is right up there, too. Will frozen blueberries affect this recipe?

From Ross - Upstate New York

I haven't tried using them, but I think frozen blueberries would work just fine for this recipe!

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Can I make the Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken in my cast iron Dutch oven?

From Joan - Boston, MA

You can, but I think the high sides might mean that the chicken will steam more than it will roast, so the chicken won't brown as well as it would in a cast-iron skillet.  

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