Usually the person hosting is in charge of the turkey. They should also assign side dishes — that way you won't end up with seven sweet potato casseroles and no cranberry sauce — and coordinate a cooking schedule.
If you're a guest at a potluck on Thanksgiving, be sure to ask the hostess what you should bring.
Select a side dish that can be made almost entirely in advance and put it together the morning of the big day. Communicate with the hostess and explain that your dish needs a certain amount of time in the oven or microwave. To see my recipe suggestions — like herb-roasted turkey, fennel and potato puree, sausage and apple stuffing, and cranberry ginger relish — for hosting and attending a potluck Thanksgiving, read more