The best part about Thanksgiving is that, no matter how busy you may be or how many guests are coming to dinner, everything always turns out perfect. Your table looks like a Norman Rockwell painting and you have nary a hair out of place.
Does this sound like you? If so, please send me your address, because I am coming to your place. Fortunately, there is help available for the rest of us. In fact, there are myriad websites and toll-free phone numbers to which you can turn on turkey day. Here is a roundup of some free Thanksgiving Day cooking help for those last minute food emergencies.
The Splendid Table
American Public Media’s The Splendid Table, offers a Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Triage.” Call in to this radio show from 11am to 1pm ET for free Thanksgiving Day cooking help from food expert Lynne Rossetto Kasper. You can visit their website as well, where they will host a live chat and streaming audio of the call-in show. Call 1.800. 537.5252 or go to Splendid Table online.
If she can’t help you solve your drumstick dilemmas, nobody can. If you have satellite radio, tune into Martha Stewart Living radio on November 22, 23 and 24, 2010 from 7am to 5pm ET for tips. Call in to 866.675.6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org free Thanksgiving Day cooking help.
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
This hotline will be available from 8am to 2pm ET on Thanksgiving Day. Call the Hotline at 1.888.MPHotline or 1.888.674.6854 for food safety information or advice on foodborne illness. You can also send an email to MPHotline.email@example.com.
YouTube Holiday Solutions
Perhaps your issue is not so much an emergency but more of an uncertainty. Whether it is your first time carving the bird or you need one more side dish idea, the Holiday Solutions channel offers free Thanksgiving Day cooking help via step-by-step videos.
Get turkey tips online at the Foster Farms website, or call the holiday assistance hotline at 800.255.7227. Agents are available 24 hours a day between November 18 and November 30 for free Thanksgiving Day cooking help. They are there from 8am to 5pm PST the remainder of the holiday season.
If you are lining your slow cooker, tenting your turkey or using any other Reynolds wrapping products on turkey day, you can find free Thanksgiving Day cooking help on the Reynolds website. Alternatively, call their tip line at 1.800.745.4000.
The folks at Butterball offer not one, not two but five ways to find free Thanksgiving Day cooking help. You can visit the Butterball website. You can send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1.800.288.8372). You can also have questions answered via Facebook (facebook.com/Butterball) and Twitter (twitter.com/Butterball).
Finally, what is Thanksgiving without dessert? If you want to make a flaky crust from scratch just like Mom’s, but just can’t seem to get it right call the Crisco Pie Hotline at 1.877.FOR.PIE.TIPS/1.877.367.7438 free Thanksgiving Day cooking help.
Many other holiday food manufacturers offer online or on-the-phone help for the holidays and all year ’round. To learn whether one of your favorite brands offers help, go to their website and click on the “Contact Us” page. Most list a variety of ways to get in touch and get assistance, no matter the season.