Photos by MJ Klein Caution: Food Photos!
As most of you know by now, Hui-chen and I went back to the USA for about 3 weeks. The reason for this trip will become apparent in future parts of this series. In Part One, I want to introduce you to a few people and places.
We love taking photos from the air! We took these photos just after our takeoff from Detroit, on our way to the Greensboro airport in North Carolina. Here are 2 more shots of what I believe is one of the Great Lakes.
Once we got there, we stayed at my Mother’s new home, built on my sister’s family’s property.
Here is my Mother, looking very good at 80 years old.
And here is her very relaxing front porch – a place where I spent quite a few pleasant hours passing the time.
We went to my sister’s husband’s parent’s home (wow, that’s a mouthful!). That’s my sister Janet just behind Hui-chen. That’s her husband Mike Hunnicutt, and their youngest son Elliot to Mike’s right. Elliot loves to joke around and he’s messing around with his Uncle Don (Mike’s brother). Mike’s parents are in the forgeground to Hui-chen’s right. My mother is at the far left, and the other women are Mike’s sisters (and brother in law at the far right). The Hunnicutts are a really great family and I am blessed to be related to them all.
Hui-chen and I wasted no time before we began cooking. Mike’s side of the family came over and wanted to try some Taiwanese food. No problem! Here we see some of the famous marinade that we do back in Taiwan.
Mike and Hui-chen discuss grilling techniques. HC usually handles the grill, so this was something she was not used to!
Everyone is waiting to eat. Here’s what we served them:
Left to right: Hui-chen’s grilled pork and chicken, salad, Hui-chen’s special meatballs, fruit salad.
Hui-chen’s fried noodles. In the US, this dish is called “lo mein” and it’s a misnomer because in Chinese that means “meat noodles.” In Taiwan we would call this “chao mein” but that’s also a mis-named dish in the US. It took about 5 minutes to explain that to everyone!
The next day we went to see my father, who is now 86 years old. Here is is posing with his medals he received for his service during World War II. He never put in for his medals until someone in the family convinced him to do it recently. I’m glad that he did. My father served with the 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy). He served in the 373rd Squadron as a B-24 navigator/bombardier. I intend to write more about my father’s military service in a later article. My father is not doing well and I want to publish some details of his distinguished service, most of which I have only recently been made aware of.
One thing that Hui-chen was happy about going to the US for, is ice cream! This is 2 “scoops” at the local creamery. Wow! The portions we encountered were huge! I asked for the insulin sprinkles on my ice cream but they guy just stared at me, lol.
Stay tuned for more installments about our US trip!