So I did it. About 8 hours of prep on Wednesday, countless recipe look ups, two extra guests (roommate and his girlfriend), a 9 lb turkey, two stuffings and 12 mini pies. Everything was great. Looking forward to taking it up a notch for next year. Got to try to track down Jose Garces and see if he will give me some lessons.
Successful golden brown free-range turkey with hamburger stuffing
12 mini pies in 8 0z canning jars - pumpkin, apple cream and cherry.