As you plan your Thanksgiving menus, we'd like to know what you'll do with the leftovers. We're looking for ways to use all that's left after the tables have been cleared. If you have a great recipe that you'd like to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Sharon Thompson, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508. The submission deadline is Nov. 15.
A Diamond destination
Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast in Springfield is the first Kentucky inn to receive BedandBreakfast.com's Diamond Collection designation. The Diamond Collection, launched in 2009, helps travelers streamline their search for the country's best inns.
Maple Hill's owners are Todd Allen and Tyler Horton. It's at 2941 Perryville Road. Call (859) 336-3075 or go to Maplehillmanor.com.
Help with your baking
The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a class to help with holiday baking. Living Well: The Do-It- Yourself Baking Event will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place.
It will include baking demonstrations, recipes and product samples. Presenters from the Home Baking Association, King Arthur Flour, and Hopkinsville Milling Co. will demonstrate the latest baking techniques for novice and experienced cooks. Cost is $5. Call Diana Doggett at (859) 257-5582.
Safe disposal of grease
Bluegrass PRIDE, an environmental non-profit group, is having its second annual Gobble Grease Toss on Nov. 26. It's a fryer grease/cooking oil collection and recycling day co- sponsored by Griffin Industries and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
People who make fried Thanksgiving turkeys or any other deep-fried food may take the used grease to the old landfill location at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The grease will be taken by Griffin Industries and used for biodiesel fuel that powers their trucks and other commercial/ industrial products, Bluegrass PRIDE program manager Darcy Everett said. "It will be completely recycled. We are offering this event to educate people about not pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain and how to properly dispose of them. FOG that is incorrectly poured down the drain can cause back-ups to the sanitary sewer lines, which can cause sewer backups and other problems. Go to Lexingtonky.gov/gobblegreasetoss or Bgpride.org.Shaker Village is the place to celebrate fall and the holidays. Activities include:
■ Kentucky's Finest: A Spirited Bourbon Event, featuring bourbons from Kentucky's distilleries. Bourbon 101, with Dave Scheurich, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. A bourbon- inspired dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 1545.
■ Holidays at Shaker Village will run Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. A daily lunch buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tea will be served from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
■ The Jingle Bell Shuttle, a horse-drawn wagon, will travel down the village road from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.
■ Simple Gifts on Dec. 3 will feature museum programming, concerts from the Pleasant Hill Singers, Christmas caroling and the Craft Store's open house. Go to Shakervillageky.org.
Sample some good foods
You can taste products from local food producers on Nov. 5 at Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive. Sampling Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Green Sprouts Kids Club will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Health fair coordinator Carole Dickie will lead the children in a holiday-themed activity. Call (859) 278-1813.
Leading up to Thanksgiving
Williams-Sonoma is offering cooking classes to help get ready for Thanksgiving. They're at 11 a.m. Sundays and repeated at 7 p.m. Mondays. Here's the lineup:
■ Sunday and Monday: Pie techniques.
■ Nov. 6 and 7: Preparing the perfect turkey.
■ Nov. 13 and 14: Stuffing and sides.
■ Nov. 20 and 21: All-star Thanksgiving.
Classes are free. The store is at Fayette Mall, 3473 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 272-5856.
Feast on this TV special
If you need help planning the Thanksgiving feast, Food Network offers guidance with a two-hour special.
Thanksgiving Live!, hosted by Alton Brown, will air from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Viewers may submit questions live via Facebook, Twitter and Skype.
The experts will address problems such as dry turkey and lumpy gravy, and offer tips and recipes. The network's Web site, Foodnetwork.com, will present a three-hour webcast starting 30 minutes before airtime and will stream a preshow featuring the cast preparing for the live event.
Protect your computer
Grease and flour spatters on a recipe card are no big deal, but stains on a laptop or tablet computer are cause for concern. As more cooks use apps and search engines to look for recipes, precautions are needed to keep the devices clean when they're in the kitchen.
Fuse, the maker of high-tech accessories, offers stands and antibacterial screen guards to keep them safe and clean. The iPad stand ($12.99) lifts your iPad off the table, and allows you to orient the tablet vertically or horizontally. It can open from zero to 180 degrees so you can have the tablet at just the right height while you are cooking. And when you are finished, the stand can be folded up and stored.
The screen guard ($29.99) protects against fingerprints, static and residue, and covers the entire screen surface without interfering with the touch screen capabilities, and the matte finish eliminates glare. Go to Fuseplusyou.com.