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Anne Kennedy’s Easy Kitchen-to-Dinner Table Special

IMG_1143-1Anne Kennedy’s “Simple Favorite and Healthy 20-Minute Dinner”

Thanks so much Anne for sharing. I love not only how simple and fresh this looks, but so nutritious, too. I think we’ll give it a go tonight!

Anne writes, “This is just homemade chicken stock (or buy if you don’t have any), to which we add Chinese Five Spice, soy sauce and a bit of brown sugar to taste.  Bring to a boil and toss in handfuls of whatever veggies you like.  After a few seconds, add either thinly sliced chicken, pork, shrimp, or fish, turn down the heat,  cover for a minute or so, then eat.  Make as thin or thick as you like.  Endless variations include adding curry, sliced figs, apples and other veggies.  Yum.”

Visit Anne’s fascinating blog Haddock and Dill about mid-20th century American and Japanese domestic life, inspired by a forty-year written correspondence between her mom and grandmother.

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What is your family’s tastiest and most favorite easy dinner, from kitchen to table (it can take a minute or two longer)? Send in your recipe and we will post here on GMG. No photos needed (but gladly accepted), just your family’s endorsement!

20-Minute Kitchen-to-Dinner Table Special

*Chinese Five Spice ~ If, like me, you did not know about Chinese Five Spice powder, wiki says, ” Five-spice powder is a mixture of five spices used primarily in Chinese cuisine  but also used in other Asian and Arabic cookery. While there are many variants, a common mix is: star anise, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, and Sichuan pepper.”

FOB Ann Kennedy Shares About Meatloaf and Turkeys

Good morning, Kim.  I so enjoy your GMG posts and have been meaning to send a quick email.  Your great meatloaf post really gave me a chuckle–in the fondest way!  Recently I read one of my mother’s letters in which she had made a 6 lb. meatloaf for a PTA supper long ago, of course.  My brother and I didn’t like meatloaf and never really learned to either.   One night, she was constructing a very, very large stuffed meatloaf that was to be formed into a long log of sorts.  It didn’t fit in the pan and so she curved it until it fit.  My brother and I wandered into the kitchen to discover this awful looking thing and decided to help it out.  We sliced a pimento stuffed green olive to make 2 eyes, and added toothpicks for antennae, making it look like a giant, mythical caterpillar.  Quite an ugly thing!  Anyway, when Mom discovered it we all had a good chuckle and we were ordered out of the kitchen–the first time in our lives that ever happened:-)

I loved your recent turkey photo.  When I travel across the state via Amtrak (the slow route), the autumn fields are full of flocks of wild turkeys, seeking corn leftover from the harvest.  The train eventually travels along the Missouri River, and sometimes I’ll see a turkey at the river’s edge.

I hope you enjoy this marvelous season, and I look forward to your new and interesting posts.  By the way, I might enjoy your meatloaf since it includes bacon:-)

Kindest regards,

Ann

Anne Kennedy Haddock and DillAnn and Her Brother in a Japanese Tub

Visit Ann’s stellar blog, Haddock and Dill, which was inspired by a 40 year written correspondence between her mother and grandmother. It is a blog of letters that chronicle the life of one American family. The collection of nearly 2000 letters, notes and cards contain photos, clippings, and comments on everyday life, beginning in 1941.

Haddock and Dill from FOB Anne Kennedy

Many from the GMG community may be familiar with FOB Anne Kennedy through the lovely photos she submits and by her always kind and thoughtful comments she contributes. Recently I subscribed to her blog Haddock and Dill, a simply fascinating personal memoir gleaned from diary accounts and a cache of letters and notes between Anne’s mother, Bonnie Belshe, and Bonnie’s parents (Anne’s grandparents).

Rice Drying

Currently Anne is posting about her family’s life in post-war Japan; I believe the time period is roughly 1953-1954. Upon their return from Japan, Bonnie wrote a book about their journey to Japan titled Dragon-fly Land: Japan.

“…Each one has its own special feature which attracts both Japanese and foreign visitors.  Some of these old buildings contain famous paintings or wood carvings enriched with gold. Others are noted for their cherry trees or gardens which are unusual in that they have no flowers in them.  The gardens are made of sand, rocks and moss.”  ~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Harvested Root Vegetable– Ed note: looks like daikon?

I am thoroughly enjoying the wealth of beautiful snapshots of Japanese landscapes and post war culture, and especially the collection of photographs of everyday life; with photos of  rice fields and vegetables, wildflowers and children gathering fruits beneath a gingko trees, woodblock prints, fascinating recipes, and lovely brush and ink illustrations painted by Bonnie.

“We have been taking walks up into the mountains.  We all love the walks and you can see for miles in all directions.  There are several old air raid shelters left in the mountains–dark, damp tunnels.  They make me shudder to look at them.  From the top of the mountains we can see Kobe in one direction, Osaka the other direction & the ocean all in front of us with big ships anchored in the docks.  The goldenrod is beautiful here–taller than B–and each time we walk we find some different flower.” Bonnie Belshe

Ed note: I am struck by how similar this species of Japanese goldenrod looks to our native Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), with thick waxy leaves, large flowers, and in its height.

Gathering Gingko Fruits

“I wish you could have one of these maple trees for your yard.  Some of them are turning red now and they are simply scarlet.  Japan has so much beauty.  No matter how shabby a house or how small the garden there is always a clump of blooming flowers.  Cosmos and dahlias are everywhere.  Even the vegetable gardens are beautiful–rows so straight and never a weed.” Bonnie Belshe

Adorable Photo of Anne and her Brother Bobby

“Bathing is a special event to the Japanese whether it is done at home or at a resort.  The body is washed clean before one gets into the bathtub.  Then the bather gets into the water and soaks for a long time.  It is a way of relaxing the body as well as a way of getting warm since Japanese homes have very little heat even in the winter.”
~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Follow this link to read more from Haddock and Dill.