Sometimes, I'll have my kiddos write about how to cook a turkey. It's interesting what they come up with. The last time I made a turkey, it seemed like I followed one of their recipes. I used a thermometer to tell when it was "done" instead of the popup thingie (per Alton Brown's suggestion) and it was raw still. I took out the neck, but forgot the giblets. It wasn't horrible for my first try (after the kitchen ladies cooked it longer for me), but it wasn't the best.
My sisters and I decided we're cooking this year instead of having Mom do it. We'll see how that works out- my mother is a control freak- but I'm going to try. I already have looked up recipes and I think it's going to turn out tastier than my mom's (she just throws it in the oven with a little butter)...as long as it's done.
I thought I'd ask you ladies...any tips? Disaster stories? Awesome recipes you know will make it taste really good and not be dry? My mom's is always dry.