How Can I Make Thanksgiving Special When My Family Hates Turkey?

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Q: This Thanksgiving I’m in charge of menu-planning and cooking for the first time! It is also the first Thanksgiving my uncle and his family will celebrate in the US after living 10 years abroad, and I really want to make it a memorable one. The problem is that no one in my family likes turkey and my mom is insisting on cooking a leg of lamb instead.

There will be 6 adults and 2 kids under six at the dinner and I would really like to have a bird be the centerpiece of the meal. Would you know of any good compromises, perhaps making a duck or a goose instead?

Sent by Maria

Editor: I love the idea of having an “honorary turkey” in the form of a duck or a goose! Even a chicken or a tiny quail would make excellent stand-ins.

Readers, what do you think?