Last-Minute Help

Trained cooking aides, hotline recordings, and online information are available, in some cases around the clock, to answer queries and help resolve problems arising during holiday meal preparations.

For detailed instructions or help, check out these toll-free help lines and Web sites:

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, 1-800-288-8372. Home economists answer questions from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Live service continues from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, Friday through Dec. 28, plus Dec. 22 & 23. Phones are staffed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 & 25. Recorded help is available after hours. Or visit www. butterball.com for recipes and tips.

Jennie-O Holiday Helpline, 1-800-887-5397. Limited staff answers questions on turkey preparation, 24/7, through Jan. 1. Or www.jennie-o.com.

Perdue Consumer Information Line, 1-800-473-7383. Call from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, year-round, for help preparing poultry. Extended holiday hours and information: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Or visit www.perdue.com.

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555. Food specialists address questions of preparation and safety 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays (8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day). Recorded information 24/7. Or visit www.foodsafety.gov.

www.eatturkey.com National Turkey Federation on how to buy, cook and carve.

www.foodnetwork.com Video guide and recipes, turkey to meatless meals

www.landolakes.com Holiday baking tips and frequently asked questions. For a free recipe brochure, call 1-800-837-7702)

www.marthastewart.com Do it all

www.turkeyhelp.com America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated, everything about turkey