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I love making your Pecan Shortbread but I don't always have the time to roll out the cookies the same day. How long will the dough last in the refrigerator wrapped tightly in plastic wrap?

From Christine - Rio Rancho, NM

Unfortunately, if you chill the dough for too long and then try to bring it to a temperature where you can roll it out, the outside will be too soft and the center will be too hard. What you can do, though, is roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, and then refrigerate or freeze them until you have time to bake.

On your show, I always see that salt is kept in a ramekin or other small bowl. Is the salt left uncovered all the time or do you have a cover or saran wrap to go over it?

From Elizabeth - Connecticut

I keep salt uncovered in a ramekin for easy access while I'm cooking- it doesn't dry out or get bugs the way sugar or flour can. 

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Where can I buy the Goya 16 Bean Soup Mix for your “16 Bean” Pasta e Fagioli recipe in Cooking for Jeffrey?

From Barbara Kerrane - Dallas, TX

Goya's 16 Bean Soup Mix is available at most large supermarkets, but you can purchase it online at Amazon and several other retailers if you can't find it locally. 

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Which kosher salt do you use in your recipes?

From Joan - Merrick, NY

I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt, which is available at most grocery stores. 

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Are there specific times you use glass instead of metal mixing bowls?

From Nicole - Chicago

No, I use them completely interchangeably.

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How do you keep your sheet trays clean? I am always embarrassed to have guests see mine because they get stained and dark.

From Laura Freeman - Riverside, CA

I use Brillo pads to clean my sheet pans thoroughly and then I wash them in the dishwasher. Lining the pan with parchment paper before baking or roasting is also an easy way to keep them spotless!

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