What's the Most Intimidating Part of Thanksgiving Dinner?

Heyyyyyy there Thanksgiving. Hi. Hi big turkey. Hi gravy. Hi pie crust! That's the refrain going through many a cook's head this week! Does anything in this lineup freak you out? Or are you a Thanksgiving dinner pro? Does the idea of cooking a whole turkey (not to mention brining the beast) give you cold sweats? Is gravy a mystery shrouded in the murky future? What's your biggest challenge and intimidation factor in cooking this sometimes high-pressure meal?

Me, I confess that I have never ever cooked a whole turkey. I get around it by hacking it up and braising it (which honestly gives such superior results I'm not sure why I would go the roasting route). Maybe I'm just, um, chicken though. I've conquered my fear of gravy — why not the turkey?

What about you? What scares you on Thanksgiving? Maybe it's none of the above — maybe it's just the prospect of having so many family members in one place? What's your Thanksgiving fear — and, just for fun, what's the worst thing (funny or truly bad) that happened to you and yours in the process of the Thanksgiving meal?

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