Need help for Thanksgiving? 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. Some options:

"The Splendid Table": The radio show presents "Turkey Confidential," its annual live Thanksgiving call-in show, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with host Lynne Rossetto Kasper offering advice on the biggest cooking day of the year. She will field questions with the help of "America's Test Kitchen" co-host Bridget Lancaster, Mario Batali, Francis Lam, Melissa Clark and "A Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile. Listen at an American Public Media station or online at You can submit a question via Twitter (#turkeyconfidential), via Facebook or call the hot line during the live show: 1-800-242-2828.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-288-8372, or visit for videos, tips and recipes. This year, you also can text a specialist starting Nov. 17 at 1-800-Butterball, day or night. For all sorts of recipes and advice, visit and type "Thanksgiving" in the search field.

Sara Lee Pie Hotline: Yes, the maker of ready-made pies is here to help with everyone's homemade efforts. 1-888-914-1247 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Or tweet @SaraLeeDesserts using #PerfectPie during hot line hours.

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: For questions about food safety, call 1-888-674-6854 or visit and click on "Ask Karen."

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

Kim Ode • 612-673-7185