The cheese thingies were great. We decided to call them cheese coasters.
Everything was good, but the stuffing was a little dry. Next year, more liquid of some sort (this year, I used chicken stock, just not enough).
Oh and it was a record-breaking fast turkey.
Taken from freezer to fridge Monday night.
Taken out of fridge Wednesday morning.
Noon Thursday, oven set to broil (hottest of the hot).
Put together turkey and interior stuff. I heated up the interior stuff in the microwave.
Put turkey onto bed of carrots and celery, rather than a rack.
Stuffed the things in there (garlic cloves, 2 haves of a seeded lemon with the skin zested off, some celery and carrots (this was not the stuffing, this was to put something in the cavity so that it would stay moist).
Brushed melted margarine all over turkey. Sprinkled kosher salt and ground black pepper on skin, a little thrown into cavity.
Turned oven down to 400. Put turkey in at about 12:30.
Turned oven down to 350 at 1 PM. Made biscuits and cheese in oven, so the oven was opened and closed a few times.
Turned turkey around (the oven wasn't heating evenly on both sides), basted with water and closed oven door, at 1:30 PM.
1:30 - 2:30 - made corn, taters, asparagus on stove top, stuffing in microwave.
2:30 PM - turkey was checked with meat thermometer (I thought I was going to baste it). Turns out, the breast was 165 F and the legs were 180. Took out turkey, covered with dish towel that had been soaked in cold water. Was entertained by steam rising off turkey.
Put food into serving vessels (the table had already been set). Washed some small things so that they'd be out of the way.
4:30 PM - ate dinner (could have eaten an hour earlier, we just didn't want to eat quite so early).
7:30 PM - collapsed in turkey coma.
However, the hamster casserole went uneaten. Dang, now what am I gonna do with the slow learners?