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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork We had company for dinner last night. And since I’m in the middle of getting my house ready for a reunion of former coworkers on Friday, I didn’t have a lot of time to pull this meal together. When I need a no-fuss main dish, I […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork Is it just me, or are waffles really superior to pancakes? It’s pretty much the same batter, yet the one with the crisp walls and deep crevices to capture puddles of melted butter and maple syrup, seems more special—and more delicious. Steve is the breakfast maker […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork Recently, my go-to cookie has been a simple, chocolate spritz cookie. It’s surprising because my cookie press had been gathering dust in a remote cabinet for years. I rediscovered this helpful baking tool when I wanted to make cookies in a hurry. By using a cookie […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork My mom was a great cook who made excellent soups and stews. But when I was sick, she always heated up a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and brought it to my sickbed on a tray, with buttered toast. I’ve been fighting a cold, and […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork I’ve read that there’s a lot of pressure on Japanese mothers to make kawaii (cute) bento lunches for their kids. I’m sure you’ve seen photos of some of the more elaborate creations. As grandma of a 3 ½-year old preschooler, I’ve started to make my granddaughter […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork The first Chinese dish I learned to make was Hoisin Spare Ribs. I was a newlywed, right out of college, living in New York City. Steve’s friend Richard came to visit us from Yale, where he was a med student. I remember making curried shrimp for […]

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By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork This year, I’m thinking of skipping the time-consuming Bûche de Noël for Christmas Eve dinner and making a simpler dessert, instead. One idea is to go with a recipe that I helped to promote for Ghirardelli 20 years ago. Chocolate Decadence Cake—even the name of the […]

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The Doll Party

By Sandy Hu The latest from Inside Special Fork Anticipating that our three-year-old grandchild would be lonely, with grandpa and grandma off to Japan for 25 days, I promised the little girl, “When grandma gets back, we’ll have a doll party!” Her eyes lit up. Last Thursday, I made good on my pledge, working from […]

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