Christine Taylor Spends ‘Days’ Prepping for Thanksgiving: ‘I’m the Worst Cook’

10/29/2015 at 11:25 AM ET

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Christine Taylor admits she needs to take her time in the kitchen, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving.

“I spend days doing it,” Taylor, 44, told PEOPLE of her Thanksgiving prep at the Project A.L.S. Annual Gala in New York City on Wednesday. “Because I am the worst cook in real life, but if I have three days to do it, I’m good.”

Taylor and husband Ben Stiller have a busy time ahead with the holidays and Stiller’s 50th birthday on Nov. 30, and the actress and mom of two revealed Thanksgiving is a major focus for the family.

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“There are plans in the works!” she says. “I will say that Thanksgiving is always our biggest November event. It’s the one thing I host once a year and I cook, and we have a whole bunch of family and friends come.”

And what’s the trick to serving up a great spread? Says Taylor, “It’s all about butter and sugar and casseroles and pies” — but she also has a specialty that she swears by.

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“Oh gosh, there’s a crazy recipe in my family, this pineapple casserole,” Taylor said. “It sounds very weird, but it’s like bread and sugar and pineapple and butter and it could be almost dessert-ish, but when you put it with turkey, and as a side, it’s delicious!”

Taylor and Stiller have two children: daughter Ella, 13, and son Quinlin, 10, and the two parents do what they can to teach their kids about things they’re passionate about — in particular, Project A.L.S., which Taylor sits on the board of directors for.

“You know, they’re getting to that age and they understand. They understand what it is, and now people in our lives have been affected by it, and they get it,” Taylor said. “I feel like it’s going to be soon that they’re going to come to this [event] and they’re going to really get a grasp of what it is. And I just keep thinking that there are such great things on the horizon.”

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“It’s tough with kids cause you don’t want to say, ‘Hey, you know, here’s the reality of the world,’ you want them to enjoy their innocence and youth,” Stiller said. “But [the founder] Jenifer [Estess]’s nieces and nephews and all of her relatives, they have come together over the years and I think it’s a very positive, positive thing, so I’m happy. My kids are very supportive of it.”

That being said, Stiller maintains his kids don’t label him a “cool dad.”

“God no. I’m a dad!” he said. “I don’t know if ‘cool’ and ‘dad’ ever really go together out of your child’s mouth. Like other people say ‘cool dad’ but with kids, they never say ‘Hey, here’s my cool dad!’ But that’s what being a dad is. I’m a happy dad.”

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—Aurelie Corinthios

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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nolanite on

I want the recipe for her pineapple casserole.

jenniferandrews37 on

I’m definitely with Christine, I need 3 days to prepare for Thanksgiving. I am curious on what this pineapple casserole is, it sounds tasty! The cooking takes a while but so does the decor and table setup. We have a huge family so I usually end of taking advantage of chair rentals for the big day.

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