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TMCNet:  'Thanksgiving Live' on Food Network to get help from Pioneer Woman

[November 18, 2012]

'Thanksgiving Live' on Food Network to get help from Pioneer Woman

Nov 18, 2012 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Food Network experts, including Oklahoma's own Ree Drummond, come together Sunday to help viewers avoid holiday meal-making mishaps on "Thanksgiving Live," a two-hour, interactive show.


The show is hosted by Alton Brown and will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Drummond, Sunny Anderson, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Rachael Ray and Aaron Sanchez join Brown in the kitchen to answer viewers' questions and offer real-time remedies for Thanksgiving Day disasters.

The culinary experts will also offer helpful hints, time-saving tips and original recipes.

"Response to last year's first-ever 'Thanksgiving Live' was tremendous, and we are thrilled to bring the Food Network dream team of culinary experts back to offer the best holiday food and entertaining advice, tips and tricks," said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of Food Network.

Brown, with the help of Food Network experts, will take viewers' questions about purchasing the turkey and preparing the dressing, picking wine and selecting decorations.

Viewers can submit questions in advance via Facebook -- facebook.com/foodnetwork -- and Twitter -- twitter.com/foodnetwork; use #ThanksgivingLive -- and also submit questions during the broadcast. The Food Network team will be answering the Top 10 Thanksgiving questions from Skype submissions -- username: FoodNetworkThanksgiving.

Complementing the on-air broadcast, Food Network will serve up a three-hour "Thanksgiving Live!" webcast at FoodNetwork.com.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the site will stream a preshow featuring celebrity chef interviews and footage of Brown and the cast preparing for the big day. During the show, viewers can participate on FoodNetwork.com, Facebook.com/FoodNetwork and Livestream.com/FoodNetwork The online presentation will include a mix of real-time conversation including video, photos, Facebook and Twitter posts, all integrated into the live video stream. It will allow chefs and viewers to share tips, recipes and commentary.

After the on-air broadcast concludes, the online streaming video will continue.

On Thanksgiving Day, cooks can get additional help on a show airing on Public Radio Tulsa KWGS 89.5 FM.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show "The Splendid Table," will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program.

Past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed.

Guests include Rick Bayless, Marcus Samuelsson and Peter Sagal. Phone lines (800-537-5252) will be open nationwide from 10 a.m. to noon, and the program will be simulcast live at splendidtable.org.

Nicole Marshall Middleton 918-581-8459 nicole.marshall@tulsaworld.com ___ (c)2012 Tulsa World (Tulsa, Okla.) Visit Tulsa World (Tulsa, Okla.) at www.tulsaworld.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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