11 Thanksgiving Dinner FAILS & How to Avoid Them

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I've dusted off my favorite Dinner Fail apron. Why the pessimism? Because something ALWAYS goes wrong. It's inevitable. I can't begin to explain how many times I've cried, or had too much to drink while cooking, or had to hide away a ruined dish ... probably because I've blocked those memories. This is part of my problem: I have trouble learning from my mistakes because I kind of want to just pretend they didn't happen.

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Anyhoo, I'm going to be brave and try to remember those mistakes anyway. Because let's face it, if one isn't going to start a few fires, burn a few turkeys, or make a few crazy concoctions, than how can one really learn to cook? Even professional chefs will say it: If one doesn't want to get burned, stay out of the kitchen. And I take great comfort in knowing there are entire TV series following the worst cooks in America -- I like not being alone in my terribleness. For the sake of our dear readers, I did a little research to put my, and my fellow bad cooks', best foot forward this holiday season. Here are 11 mistakes folks might make for Thanksgiving dinner -- and how we can avoid them.

And tell us, which part of the Thanksgiving meal is the trickiest to get right?

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