Holiday Dinner Q&A

Whether you're celebrating an official holiday or your own special occasion, our food preparation guide has all the answers you need to get started.

Your Cooking Questions Answered

Click on the links below to find the answers to some of the most common questions in dinner preparation.

Mastering Main-Dish Meat and Seafood

Q. How do I thaw a frozen turkey?

A. See how to thaw a frozen turkey

Q. How do I use a meat thermometer?

A. See how to use a meat thermometer

Q. How do I make turkey gravy?

A. See how to master turkey gravy

Q. How do I carve a turkey?

See how to carve a turkey

Q. How do I make toasted bread cubes for stuffing?

See how to make toasted bread cubes

Q. Why let a cooked roast or bird stand before cutting it?

See the secret to making moist meat

Q. How do I score a ham -- and why is it done?

See how to score a ham

Sides and Spices Simplified

Q. How do I work with dried herbs?

See the basics of dried herbs

Q. How do I work with fresh herbs?

See how to handle fresh herbs

Q. Can I substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs in an emergency?

See how to substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs

Q. What kinds of potatoes should I use to make mashed potatoes?

See how to pick the perfect mashing potatoes

Q. How can I make plain dinner rolls a little more fancy for a holiday meal?

See how to dress up dinner rolls

Baking Basics

Q. How do I measure ingredients for baking?

See how to measure baking ingredients

Q. What does it mean when a recipe calls for softened butter?

See how to bake with softened butter

Q. How do I grease and flour a pan?

See a quick pan-lining tip

Q. Why should I line a baking pan with foil -- and how do I do it?

See how to prepare a baking pan

Q. How do I peel and cut apples for pie?

See 4 steps to pie-perfect apples

Q. How do I make and roll piecrust?

See how to make picture-perfect piecrusts

Q. How do I toast nuts?

See how to toast nuts

Q. How do I chop nuts?

See how to chop nuts

Q. How do I make sweetened whipped cream?

See how to whip up whipped cream

Q. What's a simple way to decorate baked cookies?

See how to make a chocolate cookie drizzle


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