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I'm going to meet my boyfriend's parents for the first time at a dinner party for his dad's birthday. What do you think is appropriate to bring?

From Jazmyn - Tampa, FL

I would bring them a beautiful glassine bag of Salted Caramel Nuts, or if you don't have time to cook, a box of Fran's salted caramels is also a lovely gift.

What is the name of the canned Italian tomatoes you recommend?

From Allene - Jackson, MS

I use and recommend San Marzano tomatoes. They're the best! 

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We are always tempted by deep fried recipes! But, we are often put off by how to handle the oil after the cooking: how to preserve it, how to store it, how to know when it has been re-used too much, and how to dispose of it when it is time. Any help will be much appreciated!

From Scott Werner - Oregon

I don't reuse cooking oil, because I find it smells and tastes like what you just cooked in it. I let the oil cool, pour it back into the bottle it came in, and dispose of it. I hope that helps! 

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My family and I are spending Thanksgiving in Siesta Key Florida this year. We are wondering; should we cook the traditional turkey/mashed potato/stuffing meal, or do we take advantage of being next to the Gulf of Mexico and cook a fresh, local seafood Thanksgiving? What would you do?

From Seth Martin - Lebanon, Pennsylvania

I would make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It's the one time of year when you get to cook classic Thanksgiving dishes, and in my experience, guests are always a little bit disappointed when they don't see their favorite dishes on the table! 

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I love making deviled eggs for get togethers, but I was wondering if you have a fancier recipe for them? I would love to do something different other than your basic deviled egg next time.

From Melanie Farley - Ashland, KY

I do! My recipe for Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs is a delicious way to dress up traditional deviled eggs for a party. 

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Which of your recipes would you recommend as a sure-fire pick-me-up for when someone is feeling blue and needs some comfort food?

From Kate - New Jersey

I would make Turkey Meatloaf and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes, or even a simple Perfect Roast Chicken. There's even a dessert that means "pick me up" in Italian - tiramisu !

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