I'm so discouraged about the election, need to think happier thoughts. What could be more pleasant than good food, especially tasty Thanksgiving food?

How about a thread posting some of your favorite tried and true Thanksgiving recipes?

I watched Rachel Ray's show today. She suggested adding some parsnips to the taters boiling in the water for those smashed potatoes. She suggested putting in one of those soft cheeses, garlic flavor, 1 8oz package per 4 servings (about 2 1/2 lbs combined potatoes and parsnips) or adding sharp white cheddar cheese with a dash of nutmeg. She said the parsnips would give it a more interesting flavor. Oh, yeah, add a bit of butter and milk with the potatoes when mashing.

Has anyone tried this? Do you think the parsnips would ruin the recipe?