From Katie - San Jose
In your book Make It Ahead, you call for 750 ml of vodka in the Cranberry Martinis recipe- which serves 6. Is that correct? It seems like a lot.
From Wes and Kent Quesenberry-Poteete - Peachtree Corners, GA
Do you have a recipe for a Caesar Salad dressing that doesn't include any anchovies?
My recipe for Caesar Dressing in Barefoot Contessa Parties does have anchovies, but you can omit them and the dressing will still be delicious!
From Nancy Costick - Pacific Palisades CA.
Where can I buy the glass canisters that you have on your counters?
From Kathy - Florida
What's your favorite jarred marinara sauce?
From Gramcrackergran - Santa Rosa, CA
I would like to cook just half a filet of beef instead of the whole thing as there are only two of us in our household. Do I proceed as the recipe says, at 500 degrees F, and cook it for the same amount of time as a whole filet?
From Frank R. - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
How far in advance can I make your deviled eggs?
From Debbie D. - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What brand of chocolate chips do you use?
From Pam J. - Sarasota, Florida
Is there anything Jeffrey won't eat?
From Tony P. - New York City
I always get nervous when making chicken that it's going to be undercooked. How do you know when it's done?
From Simon B. - Brooklyn, New York
Is there a kitchen tool you think is overrated?
From Molly C. - Washington, DC
What are your go-to brunch recipes that you can make ahead of time?
From Diane W. - Pasadena, California
Where did you get the shallow bowls you use for soup?
From Kathy M. - Elba, New York
How long does soup last in the freezer?
From David L. - Evanston, IL
I'm going to Paris in December for the first time and would love some restaurant recommendations.
From Julia G. - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Do you have any ideas for desserts that travel well ?
From Janet H. - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
What sides would you serve with your Penne with Five Cheeses recipe?
From Greg B. - New York City
How do you know how much wine to buy for a dinner party?
From Paul W. - Miami, FL
What do you mean by "good" olive oil?
From Mary T. - Lincoln, NE
Which of your books would you recommend for beginner cooks?
I always recommend that beginner cooks start with The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which is filled with the easy recipes that I used to make at my specialty food store in East Hampton, New York.
From Susan R. - Bethesda, MD
How far in advance can I make your Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes?
From Barbara E. - Simsbury, CT
What is your favorite menu for a quick weeknight dinner?
My favorite quick weeknight dinner is roast chicken with vegetables roasted in the pan, or recently, my Skillet Lemon Chicken in my book Cooking for Jeffrey.
From Margaret M. - Columbus, OH
How do you keep your pans so clean and shiny?
I use good-quality All-Clad and LeCreuset cookware. I never put a dirty pot or pan into the dishwasher; the heat bakes it on permanently. Instead, if a pot has food caked on, I fill it with the hottest tap water and dish soap and allow it to soak in the sink overnight. In the morning, the pots come out clean with either a sponge or a quick steel scrubber. My cookware is expensive but I take good care of it and so far, many of the pans have lasted for almost 40 years!
From Jen T. - East Hampton, NY
Once I pick fresh herbs from my garden, how can I store them to make sure they last as long as possible in my refrigerator?
From Doug H - Cedarville, MI
How do you get the inspiration for all your great recipes?
I find inspiration everywhere - cookbooks, magazines, restaurants, friends, and remembered flavors. For each book, I start with a list of 75 to 100 ideas, then over the next two years, I add recipe ideas and delete the ideas that don't work. I'm always looking for recipes that are things you really want to eat, with ingredients you can find in a grocery store, and that you feel you can make.