Cooking for Christmas: how to feed crowds without elves.

Thanksgiving is barely behind us but it’s never too early to chart your next culinary triumph or strategize to prevent another Boot-the-Bird-to-the-Curb debacle.   (And the Play-Doh mashed potatoes?  Don’t go there, Go Go’ers.) Whether you’re a kitchen whiz looking for extra merry-merry or a wimp looking for a Christmas  miracle, the following pros offer cooking…