There are two secrets to a succulent roast turkey: The first is not to overcook the turkey, and the second is to buy a fresh, free-range bird that has not been frozen. I remember the first Thanksgiving my mom spent with me that I was allowed to cook the turkey. She couldn't believe what a wonderful flavor it had and how moist it was, not to mention that I didn't get up in the middle of the night to put it in the oven. From that day forward, cooking the turkey has always been my job. Prep: 35 minutes; Bake: 2 hours 30 minutes; Stand: 30 minutes.