Trained cooking aides, online information, and hotline recordings are available to answer queries and help resolve problems that arise during Thanksgiving meal preparation.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line: 800-288-8372. Experts answer live questions during November and December on www.butterball.com.

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854. Food specialists address questions of food prep and safety, or go to www.foodsafety.gov.

Thanksgiving cooking guide: Online at www.philly.com/food.

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