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Get Your Kitchen Ready

We all know what happens when Thanksgiving goes bad—and it can go really bad. In fact, one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers isn't Super Bowl Sunday, with its fabled toilet-busting bathroom-break halftime. No, it's actually the day after Turkey Day, with its garbage disposer mishaps, clogged sinks, and dishwasher meltdowns. And there's nary a home chef who hasn't had a holiday horror story.

The good news is, with a little advance planning and our tried-and-true tips, you can avoid most disasters this holiday. Then you can actually enjoy the satisfaction of a meal well prepared surrounded by friends and family.
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