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On the inside: Thanksgiving Survival Guide

November 15, 2000

Thanksgiving comes but once a year, so even the most experienced cooks can use a little brushing up on their turkey day skills. Whether you're an old bird hand or are making your first big-deal dinner, here's everything you need to know.

The Tools

Piece by piece, all the equipment you'll need. From roasting pans to whisks.

The Turkey

Got an oven? Then you can turn out a great roast turkey, even if you've never tried before.

The Cranberries

Not much more to it than putting them in boiling water and watching them pop.

The Mashed Potatoes

Ricer, masher or mixer: There are many paths to perfection. Whether it's lumpy perfection or not is up to you.

The Gravy

The trick is using all of the leftover bits that you might normally throw away.

The Pie

Because there's no sweeter finish than a perfect pumpkin pie.

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