I gotta say, making a turkey is pretty darn gratifying.
And it gets you respect.
When I tell people that I woke up at 6am to make a 20lb turkey for an indefinite number of people - friends, collegues, and family alike look at me in awe
...or maybe it's just that wide eyed smile with the hanging jaw you give someone that is totally nuts.
I'm taking it as awe.
For some reason, when you're able to endure the process of cooking a bird though, people are really willing to talk with you about it. And ask you all the questions you're totally willing to answer because you're just as giddy.
It's like I matured into this special cooks club.
I hope it comes with a pass to cut the express line at Whole Foods.