10/10/2017 10:36 EDT | Updated 10/16/2017 14:12 EDT

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips And Tricks

From cooking the turkey to peeling a butternut squash and making a pie crust, we're here to help

If the United States Potato Board says so, you listen.
It matters which canned pumpkin you buy.
Thanks to your microwave.
The secret to getting through this gourd's tough exterior.
AKA how to win the family over with your baking skills.
It's officially pie season.
Let's compare.
Here's how to know for sure.
Don't let them happen to you this year.
You can do this, even if you have no idea what you're doing.
Spare yourself the shame of serving a frozen bird.
Stop wondering and get the answers.
Truss or bust.
The basic rule of thumb? One pound of turkey per person, unless you want lots of leftovers.
The early bird gets the... bird!
Boiling then mashing is one of the most common ways to prepare spuds; yet, too often, they turn out bland or gummy. Turns out making mashed potatoes well isn't difficult, though.
From bird to pie, we've got you covered.