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DINING: Holiday hot lines to the rescue

 Getting nervous about cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Well, the fast-food places are probably open — just in case you need a fallback position — but a number of hot lines are waiting to answer any Thanksgiving-related entertaining questions you might have.
  First, of course, is the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which first rang out in 1981 and is the most famous of the lot. The company’s turkey experts are standing by at 1-800-BUTTERBALL from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific time on Thanksgiving Day and will continue from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until Christmas Eve and from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24-26. Information also is available at the company’s Web site, www.Butterball.com, as are a flock (ahem) of recipes.
  But wait! There’s more. The Crisco Pie Hotline at 877-FOR-PIE will answer questions about weeping meringues and keeping crusts from getting soggy. And of course you can turn to www.Crisco.com for recipes and tips, easy as pie.
  Land O’Lakes isn’t offering a hot line but not to be outdone, the company will send a holiday brochure to anyone who calls the automated line at (800) 837-7702 by Dec. 30 and leaves their name and address. Thousands of free recipes, baking tips and more are at      www.LandOLakes.com.
  Loews Hotels and Resorts offers answers to questions about wines for dining or for gifts. E-mail wineline@loewshotels.com or post a query at www.facebook.com/LoewsHotels. The service is available through Jan. 1.
  And to combat the effects of all of the above, The Clorox Company’s Dr. Laundry offers stain-fighting tips 24/7 at 877-STAIN-411, or you can visit www.drlaundryblog.com for online instructional videos or to submit your own stain problem.    


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