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I purchased Framboise, Cassis and Limoncello recently and I would like to know if any need refrigeration after opening to preserve shelf-life and how long will they last?

From Chrissie McGiveran - Los Gatos, CA

Liqueurs do not need to be refrigerated after being opened, and they should last indefinitely! 

I made your Coconut Macaroon recipe, but I did something wrong - they puddled at the bottom as they baked. What did I do wrong?

From Jami - Nebraska

The Coconut Macaroons do tend to leak a little bit, but there shouldn't be a "puddle" beneath the cookies when they come out. Most likely, the egg whites were either under or over-whipped. For this recipe, it's important to whip them just until they form medium-firm peaks. 

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Where can I find the plastic freezer containers that you use?

From Ms. Daryl - Starr, SC

I buy the containers online at Cassandra's Kitchen

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I’d like to know what brand panini press you use on the show?

From Julian - Houston, Texas

I use a Krups panini grill on the show and at home! 

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How much in advance can I make your Fresh Corn Salad?

From Sandra McCullough - Oregon

I find that Fresh Corn Salad is best served the day it's made.

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What’s the best way to soften butter?

From Ginny Krol - Buffalo, NY

When I need room-temperature butter, I leave it out on the kitchen counter for several hours, or even overnight, to make sure it is completely soft. 

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