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From the comments:
Sweet mother of poultry, the turkey isn't thawed all the way! WHYYYYYYYYY MEEEEEEE?!?!? How long does it take to defrost a turkey?
If you're reading this at any point in the week before Thanksgiving, you have no reason to panic. Sez the USDA's website:
All is not lost - just slowed down a tad.
That same, handy USDA site suggests a cold water thaw.
Last ditch? The microwave - if you've got a bitty bird and a bodacious cooking chamber.
But just for a sec, let's imagine that the doomsday scenario should strike. The bird could be used to hammer in tent stakes, your guests were so underfed, they had to make a White Castle run - and they tripped over Uncle Stu where he'd tumbled down pantsless by the hydrangeas. Are these people, your friends and family, really going to love you any less?
They are, ideally, rooting for you and ready to pitch in at a moment's notice - even if you end up as the butt of most of their Thanksgiving jokes for the next decade or two. If they give you any lip, just sweetly, politely let 'em know that they're more than welcome to go right ahead and Tofurky themselves next year.