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Answering Your Questions

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 6th, 2016

Answering YOUR questions… on camera! Let’s get to know each other better! I decided to do a fun video answering your questions from comments, emails, Snapchat, and Twitter. Talking about blogging, baking, culinary school, and my life 🙂

Tessa here! Taking a total break from recipes for a day to get to know each other better! There’s quite a few questions I get asked all the time so I though it would be fun to do a little Q&A sesh and chat a little. I always enjoy learning more about my favorite bloggers and YouTubers, so hopefully you guys feel the same. I loved filming this and our Malti-poo Alfie made a surprise guest appearance, so keep an eye out!


• How old are you?
• What made you fall in love with cooking? – Jenny on snapchat
• Which culinary school did you go to? What’s your advice to those who want to go to culinary school? – darkcocoabean on Snapchat
• What special treats do you make or buy for your pups? – Jones
• What are the most important kitchen items to get when you move into your first place? – Brianna
• What’s your favorite food / ingredient to bake with? Eat? – Mallory
• What kind of chocolate do you use?
• What do you do with ALL the treats you create? How does your family deal with them? – Richard

Have any extra questions for me? Ask away below!

Also, if you’d be interested in a house tour or a full list of all the products I think every kitchen should have handy, let me know below.

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Mary K — May 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Great video! Would love to see your kitchen and whole house. Cooking and decorating kind of go hand in hand 🙂 I hate to think of you wasting all those yummy treats. Maybe see if there is a food kitchen or church in your area that feeds the hungry? I know they would love to take them off your hands!

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      Tessa — May 6, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thank you!! And I know it’s really a shame. I’ve looked into tons of local food banks and kitchens and all of them don’t accept home prepared food. Not to mention most of the time it’s not exactly nutritious stuff that would benefit someone hungry and needing sustenance 🙁

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    Laura — May 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Well done Tessa! I enjoyed your video. You have a great camera presence. Would you enjoy working on the Food Network and possibly hosting your own show? (Sorry, no, I’m not affiliated with them so this is not an offer of a position. Just a question.)

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      Tessa — May 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thanks, Laura!! I’m not sure… it definitely seems like a lot of work (I’ve heard they do three full takes for each recipe!!) but I wouldn’t say no if the opportunity came my way 😉

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    Juanita — May 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Just a thought – perhaps the leftover treats could once in a while be donated to a firehouse, police station, or national guard post (I believe there is one in Phoenix). You put a great deal of work and thought into your test kitchen recipes and I’m sure that these public services would appreciate the gesture.

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      Tessa — May 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Oh I definitely do, my dad is a police officer 🙂

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    Jane Mengoli — May 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Tessa, what a fun video to see! After watching many of your dessert and bread videos and trying your recipes, I found it delightful to learn more about you! Yes, I’d love to take a video tour of your kitchen and home– that would be fun! Thanks for all you do and share– just makes life sweeter!!

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    Belinda — May 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Enjoyed the video. As a believer in using quality kitchen ware, I would be interested in what you feel a well stocked kitchen needs. Also interested in how you keep your knives sharp.

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    Susan — May 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Yes to a house tour and how to equip a kitchen. It isn’t that I need to equip a kitchen-we are empty nesters and I don’t bake as much anymore (lucky we raised three daughters that do). I am interested in pairing down to the essentials. Most of what I have is good to excellent quality, I just have a lot of it. I can pass down to my children or friends.

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    Kim — May 8, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I like your website but it would be easier if you did videos for some not all please

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    Nurina — May 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Tessa. I have a question for you. I want to make a petit cake using a whole recipe. So there will be a left over of the batter. Can I refrigerated the batter? Thank you.

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      Tessa — May 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      No, cake batter doesn’t refrigerate well unfortunately. You’d be better off freezing the extra baked cake(s) or making cupcakes with the leftover!

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    Lenore — May 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Tessa, The problem I’m having is my bundt pan. What can I do, to assist my pan to release the cake easier and not stick?

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      Tessa — May 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Make sure you’re spraying with nonstick cooking spray! Your bundt pan may also just need to be replaced. I love my nonstick Calphalon bundt pan:

      Make sure to hand wash it with a soft sponge to keep that nonstick surface in good shape.

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    Austin — May 10, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Great job on the video, I’d definitely like to see a house tour video . From the sneak peeks on your snapchat you have the Joanna Gaines touch from Fixer Upper which I love! Also do you have any suggestions for affordable dutch ovens that aren’t Le Creuset? They are beautiful but so expensive.

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      Tessa — May 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much!! Love Fixer Upper 🙂 I like Lodge enameled cast iron dutch ovens as well as Martha Stewart’s brand!

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    Erika — May 12, 2016 at 10:04 am


    I’d love to try making your raspberry buttercream frositng, only I want to add blue food coloring, –Theme, Frozen for my two year old. Have you ever tried adding blue food coloring rather than the red food coloring? Might you know if the red preserves stands out?

    Thank you!


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      Tessa — May 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Awe thank you so much Erika! I’ve never tried what you’ve described before. If it doesn’t work and if you don’t mind using artificial flavor, you could always get raspberry extract and use that instead of the preserves. Extracts like that are often found at grocery stores, speciality or gourmet kitchen stores, or bakery supply stores. Or there’s always Amazon 🙂

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    ashadae — May 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    What if you don’t have milk at the time to make Chinese fried donuts can I use water?

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    Kat — May 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Hey, Tessa! I would love to see what kind of specific products or kitchen items you use and love! I love baking and cooking, too, so I would greatly benefit from your suggestions. 🙂 Also, your puppy is adorable, and I’m so happy that he is now in a great home and getting lots of love and care. I would also love to watch your house tour video if you decide to make one. God bless you and keep up the videos and blog posts– you do an awesome job! Love, Kat

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      Tessa — May 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Kat! I’m adding the product recommendations to my little list. I filmed a house tour last week and it should be up this weekend 🙂 Thank you, we think he’s pretty adorable too!

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    Maria Robinson — June 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    This is my first time making ice cream. Thank you for the recipe. Why do you keep stirring the ice cream?

    Thank you

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    Isa — June 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Tessa,

    I love your photos. Would you consider making a blog post or a video talking about food styling and what camera and equipment you use? I would love to see that! Thank you 🙂

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      Tessa — June 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Isa! That’s a great idea 🙂

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    Loretta Roberts — July 13, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I decorate cakes but the weather has not helped. It’s to hot. Is there something I can do to make buttercream icing not run off the cake outside. Loretta

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    Catherine Venables — March 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

    I want to make gluten free cheese danish or even bread. What can take the place of yeast in the baking process? Pls let me know.

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