I had never cooked a turkey before. That is, until yesterday. Jim's office is still stuck in the 1950s sometimes, and every employee gets a turkey for Thanksgiving. Since we were going to be out of town and didn't need a turkey for Thanksgiving, and given that we don't have a chest freezer or anything yet, we decided to invite whoever was around for a bit of a potluck and cook it up so at least we would only have a reasonable amount to freeze and wouldn't have to eat turkey sandwiches all week to boot. It was an 18lb bird, so there was a LOT of turkey. And it turned out perfect. Honestly, it was better than my mom's, and that's saying something.