WRITTEN ON March 16th, 2011 BY Meredith AND STORED IN asian, Chicken, Dinner, grilling

The news streaming in from Japan is staggering, heartbreaking, and impossible to escape.  I cry every time I look at images.  I had a blurb about our trip to Barbados all ready to go. I can’ t bring myself to post it. It was a wonderful vacation but it seems so trivial in the face of this disaster.

I wish it didn’t take such a catastrophic event to bring the world together.  There are every day atrocities like hunger, disease and violence that we often easily overlook as we get caught up in our own little dramas. I am more guilty of this than most, I fear. But what is taking place in Japan is on such a massive scale that it forces us to sit up and pay attention.

The images and stories are haunting.  Even in the face of greatest terror, and unthinkable need, order and honor have kept looting at bay. People are working to help rebuild together, rather than pushing and shoving their way to the front of the line to get the supplies that only they need. Stories of men forming human chains to make sure that all the elderly and children were carried to high ground before the massive black wave engulfed entire towns make me wonder if we would be so unselfish. These were not firemen and policemen sworn to serve and protect. They were normal every day villagers making sure to take care of their own.

The spirit of the Japanese people is inspiring and could teach us Americans a little something about teamwork and putting the community first. We are such a “me first” society, I think we could all stand to learn from the strength and humanity that the Japanese people are showing.

I urge all my readers to make a donation to one of the many organizations funneling help into Japan. No amount is too small.

As a measure of solidarity, I’m posting a recipe for teriyaki chicken. I know, it is such a cliche, but frankly I don’t make a lot of Japanese style foods at home (and there’s a reason it’s served in every ubiquitous Japanese restaurant in America. It’s quite good).  Try it with this rice tonight while logging on to find out how you can help.

Teriyaki Love

Teriyaki Chicken (serves 2)
For the sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (this works well with steak, shrimp and pork too)

Combine all sauce ingredients.  Place chicken breasts in a glass bowl and pour sauce over top. Cover and chill at least 1 hour, or up to 6 hours.  Heat grill to medium high.  Grill chicken until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side, turning occasionally. Let rest about 10 minutes, then slice thin and serve over rice.

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