It's Thanksgiving, and even experienced cooks can have a cooking emergency while preparing the holiday feast. Help is still available by phone or online. Here's a list of resources:
■ Butterball Turkey-Talk Line: 1-800-0288-8372, Butterball.com.
■ Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: 1-800-255-7227, Fosterfarms.com.
■ Reynolds Wrap turkey tips line: 1-800-745-4000, Reynoldskitchens.com.
■ U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry hotline: 1-888-674-6854 or 1-800-535-4555.
■ Betty Crocker hotline: 1-888-275-2388, Bettycrocker.com.
■ Crisco pie hotline: 1-877-367-7438, Crisco.com.
■ Fleischmann's Yeast baker hotline: 1-800-777-4959, Breadworld.com.
■ Nestlé Toll House baking information line: 1-800-637-8537, Nestleusa.com.
■ Ocean Spray Consumer Hotline: 1-800-662-3263, Oceanspray.com.
Pillsbury Bake-Off 'was truly awesome'
While Debbie Rowe of Lexington was one of 100 contestants at the Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas this month, she wasn't sure she would ever enter another contest.
"The Bake-Off was everything I imagined and more. The entire experience was truly awesome," Rowe said. "Even though it was a competition, you didn't feel like you were competing with the other contestants. Everyone was exchanging ideas and information, nothing like they were competing against one another. I became good friends with Kim Hookman from Knoxville, Tenn.
"After the awards dinner, she leaned over to me and asked if I would do this again, and I told her no. She told me the same, but the next day we were on the same flight to Atlanta and we exchanged emails. I am going to email my recipes for her to try and she will do the same, and we will each give our input on the recipe to the other. So yes, I will probably give it another try."
Rowe's apple pie breakfast bake was not the $1 million winner, but you can find her recipe and the three top winners at Pillsbury.com/our-makers/bake-off-contest.
Vintners come out of retirement
Pam and Logan Leet sold their winery, Lovers Leap in Lawrenceburg, a couple of years ago. They weren't retired long before they received a call from the owners of River Bend Winery in downtown Louisville.
"They wanted to improve the wines, increase marketing and rebrand," Pam Leet said. "In the past year and a half, the winery has a new name, Old 502, a great event space and a new wine list that has gone from six retail outlets to over 130. It's been a tremendous whirlwind and so exciting to be a part of the only urban winery in the state as it makes it mark."
Old 502 Winery has been chosen as the official wine of the Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Jefferson, and the exclusive wine during the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, a six-day celebration next October, Leet said.
Wine tasting cruises will be available throughout the festival on several of the vessels taking part in the celebration. Go to Festivalofriverboats.com. Old 502 is at 120 South 10th Street. Call (502) 540-5650 or go to Old502.com.
40 restaurants sign up to help AVOL
Forty restaurants have signed up to participate in Dining Out for Life on Wednesday. The restaurants will donate a minimum of 25 percent of sales that day to AIDS Volunteers of Lexington.
"The event has been a community celebration and awareness-raising event for AVOL for four years," AVOL executive Mark Royse said. Participating restaurants are listed at Avolky.org/dofl.
West Sixth makes Christmas ale
West Sixth Brewery is releasing its first seasonal beer in a can on Monday.
West Sixth Christmas ale is a dark spiced ale with the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. The release party will be at 3 p.m. at the brewery taproom, 501 West Sixth Street. It will be available in limited quantities at retailers throughout Kentucky. Call (859) 951-6006 or go to Westsixth.com.