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Hi Ina! I am starting my collection in the kitchen and wanted to see what are some of your favorite brands for pots and pans, knives, and other kitchen equipment. Thank you!

From Brittny Metildi - Folsom, CA

I've actually listed all my favorite kitchen equipment, tools, and products on my website to answer that exact question!! Click here to see all my favorites!

On a recent episode you explained how to cook perfect shrimp. I can't find the technique on your web site?

From Dick Walton - Phoenix, AZ

I love roasting shrimp! The technique can be found in my recipe for Roasted Shrimp Cocktail. I hope you enjoy it! 

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I want to make the Chocolate Chevron Cake. I'm not clear on one issue - how do I get the cake from the rack after I have completely iced it. I'm nervous about getting it to my serving plate in one piece.

From Judy Hayden - St. Louis, MO

Good question! I use a large, flat spatula to transfer the cake to a serving plate. Here is a link to a spatula similar to the one I use. I use it to toss roasted vegetables, remove cookies to a cooling rack, and for so many other things, too!

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I will making your Chocolate Cassis Cake and was wondering how far in advance I can make it before my party.

From Laura Delaporta - Clinton, CT

You can bake the cake up to a few days in advance, wrap it well and refrigerate it, and then add the ganache just before serving. You don’t want to refrigerate the cake once it’s been glazed. 

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I am taking my sister to Paris for her 40th birthday. Is there a restaurant you can suggest that is both delicious and unpretentious?

From Melanie - Hampton Cove, Alabama

One quintessentially Parisian restaurant is called a classic French bistro called Le Paul Bert. The owners have two restaurants on the same street- the one I love is at 18 Rue Paul Bert.

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How long can shortbread cookie dough remain refrigerated? Can the dough be frozen?

From Anna Burgett - Florida

Wrapped well, shortbread cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to a week, and frozen for up to 6 months.

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