Thanksgiving Help For Last-Minute Disasters

Thanksgiving is here, which means you're home from the turkey trot and about to get to work in the kitchen.

With so many dishes to make (including that darn turkey), unless you're Martha Stewart, you're bound to have a few kitchen misses along the way.

Not to worry. There is help. Here's your guide to fixing whatever Thanksgiving disaster strikes.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

So the turkey's still frozen and you're freaking out. Or, maybe you're trying your hand at frying the bird this year, but you've heard horror stories about trips to the ER. Keep calm and pick up the iPhone, because Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line is open and cooks are standing by to help.

The talk-line is a free service provided by Butterball that provides trained cooks on hand to answer any questions you might have and avert any bird-brained crisis you might have gotten into. Just call 1-800-BUTTERBALL today (Thanksgiving) from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. The talk-line is also open for calls November 29 - December 23 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, and Christmas Eve from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Alton Brown on Twitter

The celebrity chef is actually spending this Thanksgiving on his iPad to give you "sage" wisdom on turkey day. Follow him @AltonBrown.

The internet has all sorts of sites for cooking advice, but Food Network site has the best compilation of wisdom for home cooks. We especially like their Disaster? What Disaster? page, which tells you how to fix common mishaps like:

  • Unexpected guests show up (keep a boneless turkey breast handy just in case. It takes less than two hours to cook, and you can freeze it to use later if it's not needed).
  • Your potatoes are lumpy (milk or cream is a quick fix).
  • Your gravy isn't smooth (strain it through a sieve).
  • Your pumpkin pie cracked (whipped cream is your friend).

More fixes for Thanksgiving-day dilemmas can be found on

Winn-Dixie and Walmart

Need more butter? Forgot the pie? While most markets are closed for the holiday, leaving you to try to get parsnips at the 7-Eleven (no bueno), Winn-Dixie stores are open on Thanksgiving day until 4 p.m. and 24-hour WalMarts are open. It's a good idea to call the store before heading down, just in case.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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