We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After handling your uncooked turkey, wash your hands well. There is no need to get all OCD and paranoid about it, but turkey seems more prone to carrying salmonella than chicken nowadays. Easily cured, but unpleasant to experience.
As I understand it, the first Thanksgiving harvest feast in the Plymouth colony in 1621 featured codfish, wild pigeon, grouse, clams, corn or cornmeal pudding, duck, squash or pumpkin, and some venison provided by some Indians. If there was a turkey, it wasn't reported. There might have been one.
Why no Oysters Rockefeller? Who knows? Those Puritan ancestors of mine were half-crazy, you know.
About 20 years ago, on Thanksging, the Boston Globe published a recipe handed down through many generations for cooking a turkey. The original went back to the Mayflower and was done the way the Indians did it. It included stuffing the bird with oysters.
I had a schoolteacher friend from Williamsburg send this or something like it last year. I remain unconvinced. There are a lot of "ifs" and "maybes" and likelies" in it. All Englishmen were more pious then than we are now, at least visibly, and it would be more like any of them to have days set aside. But that's about as far as it goes.
Not only was the first Thanksgiving in the New World not Plymouth (St. Augustine, Fla. has a good claim) but the Pilgrims were communists which is why they starved to death without the aid of the Indians.