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Can I have some of your favorite snack ideas to serve at a movie night party?

From Linda Nichols - Waterville, NY

I would serve Baked FontinaRoasted Shrimp Cocktail, Chipotle Parmesan Popcorn (Cooking for Jeffrey), or Rosemary Cashews (Barefoot in Paris).

What is your suggestion for an artist or genre to start an upbeat playlist for a cocktail party?

From Melissa - Pittsburgh, PA

I like to play Costes La Suite (Hotel Costes Vol.2) - it's an eclectic mix of genres but the songs are all fun and upbeat...perfect for cocktail party!

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Hi Ina, I love your lemon chicken and risotto recipes. Can you recommend white wines to use when making them?

From Caroline Eastwood - Montreal, Canada

I would recommend Pinot Grigio- it's versatile and easy to find! 

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What would you recommend baking for homemade Christmas gifts?

From Laura Quinn - Derry, Ireland

I love to make Salted Caramel Nuts, White Chocolate Bark (Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?) and Rum Raisin Truffles (Barefoot Contessa Foolproof)! 

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I'm a big fan of your raspberry cheesecake recipe. It always tastes great but it tends to crack down the middle. Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

From David Coop - Bristol, RI

Cheesecakes can crack if they are the slightest bit overcooked. I've had this problem, too, but thankfully the top of the cheesecake is covered with raspberries so no one will know! 

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I'm looking to purchase a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Do you recommend one in particular?

From Trish - River Edge, NJ

The stand mixer I use is KitchenAids's Artisan Model: No. KSM150PSWH, in white. The bowl is a 4.5 quart size.

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