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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork In San Francisco, smoke hangs heavily over our city from the wildfires raging in Northern California. Aside from our air quality, which has at times been as bad or worse than Beijing, we are unaffected. But the smoke is a daily reminder of the tragic events […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork As a child, I never much cared for eggplant. Now I like eggplant, but rarely think to add it to my shopping list. Recently, I’ve seen some very nice Japanese eggplants at our farmers’ market so I decided to cook it the way my mother did, […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork What would we do without ground meat? It’s the hands-down, most versatile choice for that last-minute, what-to-cook dilemma. Whether you use ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey, there are infinite ways to turn this dinnertime staple into quick, delicious meals. Here are some ground beef safe […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork When I was a magazine food editor years ago, one timesaving strategy we promoted was what we called planned overs. Unlike leftovers, which could be an unexpected boon or curse, depending on how you felt about eating something twice, planned overs were exactly that: something you […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork It used to be that kids went back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day—that bittersweet time when summer is officially over, and the excitement of a new school year begins. These days, school is in full swing by Labor Day. Little Miss T. returned to […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork Each summer, Special Fork goes on hiatus in August, returning after Labor Day. So, this is our last post for the summer. We will return on Monday, September 11. Steve and I always take our traveling vacation in the spring or fall. This year, if you’ve […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork Growing up in Hilo, we had a fig tree. It was one of many fruit trees in our backyard. The mango, mountain apple, tangerine, litchi and guava trees thrived in our lush, Hawaiian climate. The fig tree did not. It was puny and didn’t yield much […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork We had a family birthday party for my grandchild, who just turned one. There were just seven of us, including the birthday baby. Given it was a busy time, I was looking for a way to acknowledge this milestone in a festive way that would give […]

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