The results are in. The pies were a hit! Here's what I had left to take home.
The pecan may have been the best pecan pie I've ever had. The golden cane syrup used instead of the usual corn syrup made it just the right amount of sweetness, instead of tooth-achingly sweet, with a nice caramel flavor. Using plain pecans instead of spiced pecans didn't seem to diminish it at all. The bourbon and ground pecan crust was also wonderful, and would probably work in other pies besides pecan.
The rest of the meal was great too, with both turkey AND ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, creamed corn, salad... the works! I have heard some people saying they get sick of the traditional Thanksgiving meal and opt for something non-traditional instead, but I don't know if I could ever get sick of turkey and cranberry sauce. It's only once a year, after all, and it's such a great celebration of America's bounty. You'll notice that all the main characters in the Thanksgiving meal are foods native to the New World. I'm sure that's not a coincidence.