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I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the WeekNovember 24, 2023 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
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Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States, held on the fourth Thursday of November. The Pilgrims held Thanksgiving in 1621 to celebrate a good harvest after their first full year in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Thanksgiving 400 years later marks a time for Americans to meet with friends and family, eat far too much turkey and stuffing, and be thankful for all that we have. I’m thankful that I get to work with such fantastic people while covering this vibrant industry. I know people in other fields who hate their jobs, but most of the people I’ve met in PCB design, fabrication and assembly wouldn’t want to do anything else. What are you thankful for?
On Thanksgiving Day, we have a family reunion in the Fellowship Hall of my grandmother’s church in Chattahoochee, Florida. We may draw 20 cousins or 75, but we always have enough food for a small army. One year we fed a homeless lady who wandered in, and she was surprisingly picky for a lady with all of her belongings in a Hefty bag. But, hey, you gotta have standards.
I learned to cook late in life, and Allrecipes.com is my go-to recipe source. Their recipes are peer-reviewed, you might say, and they’re always dead-on. So, this week, I present my top five recipes for traditional Thanksgiving dishes; these will also work well for Christmas dinner, or any big family gathering. Enjoy!
Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey
There’s nothing like a turkey that’s cooked to perfection, but many of us wind up with a bird that’s drier than the Sahara Desert. Turkey is not the easiest thing to cook, especially if you only cook one turkey each year. This juicy turkey recipe features champagne broth to keep the bird lubricated, as well as orange wedges and seasonings. You won’t even need gravy, though I still drown everything in gravy anyway.
I love cornbread and I love dressing, so I’m a big fan of this particular recipe. There are only six ingredients and it takes less than an hour of cooking time from start to finish. This will disappear quickly, so make plenty.
Green Bean Casserole
People either love it or hate it, but every time someone brings green bean casserole to a party, it’s gone within an hour. It’s not the healthiest thing in the world, but who cares?
Sweet Potato Casserole
In the South, we love our sweet potato casserole. This is another dish that doesn’t last long; I think the pecan topping is what really seals the deal. Yummo, as Rachael Ray would say.
Let’s face it: Canned cranberry sauce is nasty stuff. You know it and I know it. Making it from scratch takes less than half an hour, and it’s definitely worth it. Check it out.
As we each take a moment to enjoy life and reflect on the goodness in our lives today, everyone here at I-Connect007 wishes you and yours a Thanksgiving full of family, friends, and lots of delicious carb-laden food. Today, we are also thankful our readers, our columnists and contributors, and our team members.
In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is a celebration of gratitude and appreciation for the harvest and for the people close to us. Thankfulness, however, transcends just one day of official observance. The fourth Thursday of November is when the U.S. officially celebrates Thanksgiving Day and as we take time to observe this holiday, the I-Connect007 team wishes to offer our thanks to you, our global readers and contributors: designers, fabricators, engineers, assemblers, quality and process control gurus, chemists, physicists, supervisors, managers, entrepreneurs, business owners, standards writers, industry experts, and more. You breathe life into the vital, thriving, world-changing electronics industry. You are the real story.
As we do every year on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, my family gathers to watch the old classic “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Just like we do every year, we all end up shouting ideas and suggestions at the characters, encouraging better choices. This movie came out in the late ‘80s, and it is stunning to realize today how many things have changed since then. Most notably, there have been changes in terms of technology, services, and travel. Just think if they’d had cellphones. Their lives would have been so much easier.
As we take time to observe this holiday, the I-Connect007 team wishes to offer our thanks to you, our global readers and contributors: designers, fabricators, engineers, assemblers, quality and process control gurus, chemists, physicists, supervisors, managers, entrepreneurs, business owners, standards writers, industry experts, and more. You breathe life into the vital, thriving, world-changing electronics industry. You are the real story.