I brined a fresh, free rangin' turkey for Thanksgiving and basted in the last 1/2 hour with maple syrup (I cooked at 400 for two hours-ish), per the recipe from the current (Nov 2007) issue of Gourmet magazine. It was good, I think, and my friends all liked it very much. This was my first turkey, and I think it was a real success. BUT... it just didn't knock my socks off. I've enjoyed farm-raised roasted chickens much, much more. Next year, I might blaspheme and roast two chickens rather than cooking a turkey! What do others think: is turkey overrated?