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Perfect kitchenware for the Thanksgiving host

Thanksgiving is a day of football games, family time, float parades — and, of course, food. But if you're the host of the big feast, the day can be a hectic one. Here are five functional products to help keep peace in the kitchen.

Best-dressed bird

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The turkey is the star of the show — dress it up with the beautiful, vintage-inspired Silva Turkey Cloche and Silva Oval Platter. The large lacquer-finished plate and dome are designed to hold a 20-pound bird. With embroidered floral motif trims that bring an autumnal touch to the table, the set is the perfect hiding place before the dinner bells ring. $119.95 for cloche, $59.95 for platter, crateandbarrel.com

Time teller

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The Taylor Quad Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard keeps you on top of your game, making sure pies, meat and casseroles come out just the way you like them. The four-event ticker offers space for labeling dishes, and each events has its own unique alert tone. The gadget comes with dry-erase marker and prop stand. $14.48, amazon.com

Practical pumpkin

Spare a pot and some preparation time with the Staub Burnt Orange Pumpkin Cocotte. Cook stews and casseroles in the cast iron dish then bring to the table for serving, plus a festive centerpiece. The cocotte comes with a cute topper to seal heat and flavor so contents are fresh when you're ready for seconds. $149.96, surlatable.com

Piled high

It's the busiest day of the year for your oven, so maximize time and space with a shelving unit like this Real Simple 3-Tier Adjustable Oven Rack. Remove standard shelves, place the multitier compact at base of oven and load in the dishes, increasing your cooking capacity. The 11-inch-wide unit is designed to fit one side of most ovens, leaving the other side open. $16.99, bedbathandbeyond.com

Hot buns

Keep fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls toasty at the table in the Mastrad Bread Warmer. The rattan basket with drawstring closure retains heat from a ceramic warming stone, which, after being microwaved, stays warm for 45 minutes. $39.99, shopmastrad.com

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