off holiday dinner disasters
by Alex Carrier
If you are facing an
imminent culinary catastrophe, here are some turkey 911 websites and
phone numbers you can call for last minute emergencies. I have rated
them for ease and information.
If you want to talk turkey, visit the
National Turkey Federation. Everything (and more) you want to
know about turkey preparation, storage, safety and yes, leftovers. Very
easy to navigate and no pop-ups. Go directly to the how-to-guide for the
holidays if you are in a hurry.
The government is ready to help from
USDA Meat and Poultry.
You can also get help by calling toll-free 1-888-674-6854. Normal hours
of operation are 10:00AM to 4:00PM ET weekdays. Recognizing America’s
need for special help on Thanksgiving, the USDA operates the hotline on
that holiday only from 8:00AM to 2:00PM ET.
Turkey producers have any number of ways for you to get help.
Butterball has their turkey talkline (1-800-Butterball) open from 6:00
AM to 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Normal hours are 8:00AM-8:00PM
weekdays and 8:00AM-6:00PM weekends.
has lots of recipes and tips. Easy to navigate and no pop-ups. Check out
the holiday guide for coloring placemats for the kids and neat ideas for
decorating and napkin folding. Their hotline 1-800-Butterball is
open 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM CST on Thanksgiving Day.
information. It is not as home-consumer oriented as the Butterball site
but is easy to navigate. Interesting ways to serve not just the turkey but a chicken if
you want something different. Their hotline 1-800-4Perdue is open 9:30AM
Tyson had a website with recipes but nothing special for Thanksgiving.
The site is sometimes slow but fairly simple to navigate.
ConAgra Foods has lots of recipes.
Since turkey alone does not make a Thanksgiving meal, here are some
sites for side dishes.
has a special Thanksgiving section. The people who make
have a great site with much more than you would expect from a company
associated with containers and coverings.
Get information from the first lady of cooking Betty Crocker. Find last minute tips,
look around and then visit
where you should take your little kids to look at the D'boys pages.
For baking from scratch tips, try
with ideas for you and activities for your kids.
is another site worth checking for all their recipes, ideas and more..
Nestle gives a choice of easy
or challenging recipes plus videos for extra help.
Don’t forget the red stuff! Spoon out the tart and sweet at
Ocean Spray. Click on the “plan it Thanksgiving
logo” to go to recipes, crafts, and much more. Take your time.
There is plenty to enjoy.