My first turkey is now sitting in a brine of apple cider, orange peel, cloves, star anise, and brown sugar.
The rest of the menu:
appetizers: jicama with lime, crackers & cheese, kumquats
cranberry sauce & relish
turkey with some crazy gourmet stuffing (wild mushrooms!) I bought at Citarella (if it turns out weird, I have some sourdough bread as a backup)
green beans almondine
baby brussels sprouts (cute!)
watercress and spinach salad with grape tomatoes in a light balsamic dressing