There comes a point when you just have to be real with yourself, and the Monday before Thanksgiving is prime time to do that when it comes to turkey. You've read everything there is to know about cooking a turkey and know there are no more secrets to be learned. You've looked at the million turkey recipes there are, knowing that you only have to pick one—but the job is just too difficult.
And you know, deep down, you do not want to make this turkey. And that's acceptable: Instead, make something that's equally showy and main-dishy and grand. It's not quitting, it's called pivoting.