The hotlines staff has fielded calls about Thanksgiving meals for a quarter century, and Mary Clingman, the hotlines director, has been with the line for 21 of those years.
But things have changed.
Back when the hotline first started, Clingman says 1-800 numbers were relatively new, and organizers didnt know if it would catch on with callers.
Obviously it did because the hotline receives 100,000 calls every holiday season, compared to 11,000 in the first year.
These days they dont get many calls about how to cook a turkey in a microwave like they did in the 80s, but Clingman says they get more calls from people on their cell phone asking advice while theyre shopping in the supermarket.
Another sign of the times: Clingman says theyve already had a handful of concerned cooks worrying whether avian flu will spoil their dinner.
Not to worry. She says it wont.
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