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Katie Holmes: Turned off of turkey by 'Pieces of April'

By Brill Bundy

Katie Holmes is a fan of Thanksgiving, but not of cooking ... and especially not turkey preparation.

The "Jack & Jill" star tells Martha Stewart in an episode of "The Martha Stewart Show" airing Tuesday, Nov. 15 that filming the 2003 indie movie "Pieces of April" led to an unpleasant experience pulling out the bag of innards from the cavity of a dead turkey.

"I had to call my mom and say 'Thank you for all the Thanksgivings' and 'I'm never going to make one,'" Holmes says, explaining that for the holidays she usually pays a visit to the downtown Los Angeles flower market so she can make up for her lack of skills in the kitchen with a nice floral arrangement instead.

"I make sure the fixings are there, I just don't tell how they got there."

One menu item that she is a fan of though is her mother's pumpkin bars, a type of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.

"In my family we travel so much and we're constantly living in hotels so my daughter and I have been in the living room of the hotel with powdered sugar going everywhere making this to keep up the tradition."

How appropriate for "How I Met Your Mother's" slutty pumpkin.

The actress also discusses her latest film, Jack & Jill," in which she co-stars with Adam Sandler, who plays both male and female characters (a brother and sister). "He really did a good job of transforming into a woman," Holmes tells Stewart. "I had a good time talking to him about what a pain it is to shave your legs - things like that that, you know, men don't understand."