Help: Hotlines for the holidays

  • November 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM

Do. Not. Panic. There's lots of advice out there for everyone hosting their first Thanksgiving, or even old hands wondering how to rev up their traditional feast. Here's a roundup of options:

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-288-8372, or visit for videos, tips and recipes.

Crisco Pie Hotline: 1-877-367-7438, with tips available 24 hours a day, or talk to live pie experts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Twin Cities time Monday-Friday all year. Visit for tips and recipes.

For all sorts of recipes and advice, visit and type "Thanksgiving" in the search field.

For questions about food safety, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854, or visit

Martha Stewart comes through, of course, with info at

Lynne Rossetto Kasper will host her annual "Turkey Confidential" from 10 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day on MPR, 91.1 FM; call 1-800-537-5252 with questions. Or check the Web page at

Star Tribune Taste: See our videos on how to carve a turkey, how to make a pie crust, and how to make a pumpkin roulade or biscuits at For baking ideas, go to


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