Where to go.  What to do.  What to see.  Everything you need to know while you are on The Monterey Peninsula during the month of November.

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 2-5, 2017
Various times
Big Sur

Flavors of Pacific Grove
November 4, 2017
Asilomer Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove

Monarch Art Studio Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting
November 7, 2017
Monarch Art Studio
Pacific Grove

47th Annual Homecrafters Marketplace
November 8-9, 2017
Sunset Center

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2017
Devendorf Park

Ice Skating by the Bay
November 20-January 7, 2017
11:00am-10:00pm, 12:00pm-8:00pm
Custom House Plaza

Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting
November 24, 2017
Cannery Row

Holiday Parade of Lights
November 26, 2017
Downtown Salinas

Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27, 2017
Jewell Park
Pacific Grove

Christmas at the Inns
November 28-29, 2017
Pacific Grove

16th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
November 30, 3017
Downtown Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
3pm - 7pm, 3pm - 6pm (winter)
Grand Avenue and Central Avenue

Old Monterey Marketplace
4pm - 8pm (summer),
4pm - 7pm (winter)
Alvarado Street and W Franklin Street

Carmel-by-the-Sea Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
6th Street and Mission Street
Soledad Farmers' Market
4pm - 8pm (May - December)
Encinal Street

Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
Monterey Peninsula College
930 Fremont St.
Carmel Valley Community Center

Downtown Salinas Saturday Certified Farmers' Market
9am - 2pm
Gabilan Street between Main and Salinas Streets

Marina Everyone's Harvest Certified Farmers' Market
10am - 2pm
215 Reservation Road

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Friday, November 17
Justice League

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Call Me by Your Name

The classic way to cook turkey is to thaw a frozen bird, stuff it, then roast it. This method, while certainly a nice presentation, can often result in a poor outcome. The breast is often overcooked by the time the dark meat is done, the dark meat can be soggy because of the physics of the turkey shape, and there can be concerns with food safety.

So here are some different ways to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.

Make Ahead of Time

Mary Frances wrote me and said this is how she cooks her turkey. She roasts it a day ahead of time, then makes the gravy with the drippings. She then slices all of the meat, places it in a large pan, covers it with gravy, and refrigerates. The next day all she has to do is finish the other side dishes and heat up the turkey in the gravy. Moist meat, no hassle, and a lot less work for you! Sounds like a plan!

Brine Turkey

Brining the turkey has become almost commonplace. The brining process forces liquid and seasonings into the turkey meat, making each bit flavorful and tender. You have to plan ahead for this method since the turkey has to be kept cold while it's brining. A cooler will keep the bird at the correct temperature, but the refrigerator is the safest bet. You can keep the turkey on ice if you're brining under two hours.

Roast turkey parts

Deconstruct your turkey and roast the parts separately.

With this method, you can alter the proportions of dark to white meat so there's enough for everyone. This method also ensures that the white meat is as tender as the dark. A boneless turkey breast will cook for a shorter time period. And if you cook a bone-in, skin-on turkey breast, it will take about 2 hours to roast, about as long as the bone-in legs because of the different sizes and weights.

The thighs cook for the shortest time period, so add them 30 minutes after the breast and legs have started.

How to Roast a Turkey Breast, Step by Step

Turkey Breast

Turkey Legs

Turkey Thighs

Cook your stuffing in the crockpot for the complete turkey experience if you choose this method.

Crockpot Turkey

The crockpot is a great place to cook turkey breast. You can add stuffing or vegetables to the slow cooker for another course, which makes everything easier on you. I like to cook boneless, skinless turkey breasts in the crockpot, but you can cook any turkey part (except a whole bird) as long as you test the final temperature with a meat thermometer.

Cook the Turkey Frozen

I've been pushing this method for a few years now, and this is the way I cook my turkey. I love the fact that the breast meat is moist when the dark meat is done because of the turkey's physical structure, and that I don't have to fool around with thawing. This is also the safest method because you are scattering raw turkey juices all over as you struggle with the unwieldy bird.

Grill Turkey

Cooking the turkey on the grill is a wonderful way to free up your kitchen and give the bird fabulous flavor. Remember, you can grill in any weather - even in the snow!

Just make sure that your grill keeps a constant temperature throughout the cooking process. Use a grill thermometer and occasionally add coals if you're using charcoal.

Deep Fry Turkey

Deep frying results in a turkey with super crisp skin, moist meat, and a fabulous flavor. I've never attempted this, since I'm happy with my methods, but it's certainly a good way to cook a turkey. However, Underwriter Laboratories won't certify any turkey fryers because of problems with fire, even after the fryer manufacturers have made improvements.

So if you want to deep fry a turkey, be very careful. Only attempt this outside, away from buildings or flammable material, and keep several fire extinguishers on hand.

Roast a Chicken!

For smaller families, roasting a chicken is a wonderful idea for Thanksgiving. You get almost the same aromas and flavors, and you can stuff a chicken.

I, however, prefer to roast it with lemon and garlic, and cook stuffing in the crockpot again.

Happy Thanksgiving!