I will not be needing any of these scary roasting pans this Thanksgiving as we'll be guests for dinner (at D's cousin's house). I will, however, use a round-faced relative of the above to make a pumpkin pie to bring. I do miss the whole ritual of preparing the feast, the homey smells and the leftovers. I never had to cook for an army, though, as it was usually just me and my parents and possibly a guest or two. We did have large gatherings in my childhood among the cousins, but that was before I was old enough to take over the cooking. I made up for it in cooking the Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners for many years with my parents. Once they moved away in 2005, my feast hosting pretty much ended, save one Thanksgiving pre-D in which I had a couple of friends over for a roast turkey breast and fixings.
Anyway, we are lucky not to have to travel far and just show up at D's cousin's for the occasion. For all of you hosting this year: may your turkey be tasty and your guests gracious. For all of you going to others' homes this year: safe and smooth travels to and from.