Kate Walsh Reveals Her Thanksgiving Hacks!

11/23/2015 at 01:29 PM ET

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When it comes to holiday cooking, Kate Walsh is grateful for a few (delicious) shortcuts.

“I do little cheats,” says the actress, who also hosts Sunday dinners for her friends and family throughout the year. “If I’m doing a big meal and there are tons of people coming, it’s nice to buy a couple of things prepared. It leaves you more time to be with the ones you love.”

Walsh, 48, has teamed up with comfort food staple Boston Market over the holiday season- and says many of her favorite hacks come courtesy of the beloved restaurant chain.

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“I love creamed spinach but I’m never going to make it at home,” says Walsh. “So I buy it from Boston Market and I doctor it up with Parmesan or grated Swiss. And I love it the next day with scrambled eggs and Sriracha!”

Walsh uses the same method for macaroni and cheese, a dish she loves but calls “labor intensive.” Says Walsh: “Buy it and add gouda or blue cheese to spice it up.”

As for setting the mood? “Make your home smell festive by boiling water with cloves and cinnamon,” says Walsh, who sets her Thanksgiving table the night before to save time. “And decorate with mason jars filled with rosemary or another herb. It’s fresh and it smells good!”

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Walsh swears by a couple baking tips (Crisco for pie crust, wine glasses to cut out biscuits from dough), but says there is one part of the meal that she’d never skimp on.

“We always make stuffing and gravy from scratch!”

–Aili Nahas

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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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