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Loved your Frozen Key Lime Pie recipe, but my crust stuck badly in the glass pie pan. What am I doing wrong?

From Janet Kahoe - Maryland

That's happened to me, too. I've found it's important not to press too hard when you’re packing the crust. I also let the pie defrost for 15-20 minutes before serving, and that seems to do the trick!

I’m watching your show where you made the Roasted Vegetable Frittata. I’m wondering if I can cook it in a cast iron skillet, and would it have the same results?

From Robin Ferrell - Tulsa, OK

I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to make the Roasted Vegetable Frittata in cast-iron skillet, however, I would hesitate to recommend doing so without having tried it myself. 

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I notice that you almost always use chicken breasts with the skin on. What is your reasoning? Does it keep the meat juicier? I tend to not eat the skin. Will the chicken taste as delicious without it?

From Dawn - Colorado Springs, CO

For the most part, I always cook chicken with the skin on. I find it makes the meat much more tender and moist. Even if you're going to remove the skin after cooking, I would recommend you roast the chicken skin-on and then remove the skin. 

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I made your Perfect Roast Chicken. The chicken was a bit dry and all of the vegetables were completely charred! What did I do wrong???

From Susan Templeton - Canyon Lake, CA

First, I would use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven temperature is accurate. (You can buy them at any hardware store!) Second, you don’t want to roast the chicken in a pan that's too big. The pan should be just big enough to hold the chicken and vegetables snugly, or it’s true, the vegetables will burn. I hope that helps!

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I want to make your Morning Glory Muffins. In your recipe you say to use a box grater to shred the carrots and apple. I don't have a box grater anymore- may I use my electric shredder instead?

From Becky - Grand Rapids, MI

I use a box grater because it makes the carrots a lot less wet than grating them in the food processor does. If you use a food processor or other electric appliance instead, I would lay the carrots out on a towel dry them afterwards so you don't end up adding extra moisture to the batter. 

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What size cast iron skillets do you use for your individual brownie skillet dessert? Thank you.

From Barbara Kemppainen - Michigan

The skillets I use measure 5 inches across on the top, 3½ inches across the bottom, and 1 inch deep. 

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