Turkey tribulations? Experts are standing by ...
Turkey tribulations? Experts are standing by ... (Jeff Goertzen)

The holidays are almost upon us -- and the hotlines are cranking up for another season of turkey tips and pie advice. Here are three helpful spots to get holiday cooking help:

Turkey helpline: Switchboards are lighting up at Butterball's 30-year-old Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL), where experts will be answering some 100,000 fowl inquiries during November and December. For the first time, there will be a male voice manning the phones, too. Butterball will be doing the social media thing, offering advice and recipes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Butterball), Twitter (@Butterball) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/butterball).

Pie hotline: The Crisco Pie Hotline is up and running for the holiday season offering help for whatever baking challenge you're facing -- weeping meringue, tough crusts, cracked tops or whatever the pastry dilemma. Listen to recorded tips and tricks on the hotline (1-877-FOR-PIE-TIPS) 24 hours a day; chat with an expert weekdays during East Coast business hours.

Thanksgivukkah: Find recipes and ideas for celebrating both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year on the Manischewitz website at thanksgivukah.com (with one K, not two), and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Manischewitz.