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With the bounty of fresh vegetables now coming to market, it’s easy to overbuy. When I find my enthusiasm has overtaken my cooking capacity, I turn the extra vegetables into “cream” soups. There’s no actual cream in these soups but the soup turns wonderfully thick and satiny when the veggies and potato are pureed. This […]

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Often when I’m cooking, I get so caught up in the main dish that I run out of time or forget to make a side. There’s no excuse for skipping a side dish with these Parmesan Potato Wedges. The dish is extremely simple so you can work on it in between tasks for the main […]

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Like the allure of meat on meat (think bacon burger), one carbohydrate can only improve with the addition of another. Strangely enough, it was during a starch-starved year in San Francisco, where no excess of sushi or burritos could curb my hankering for a decent slice of pie and a boiled bagel, that I discovered the ultimate carb combo: potato pizza. The tough-crusted wedge may not have scratched my East Coast itch, but it securely rooted the idea of tubers on toast.

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Okay, I admit I have not been doing that much cooking for myself lately…well at least not what most people would consider a proper meal. Lately, it has been kitchen sink dinners (translation: whatever bits and pieces that are kicking around or still kicking in your fridge).

These bits are highly underrated. You will be surprised at how inventive you can be when you have limitations and with only a few good ingredients still standing. In my case, leftover ground bison meat (from the sliders I made last week), 3 baking potatoes, 1 shallot, garlic and pantry stuff….

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When I was a child, I loved to scramble eggs. My family said my eggs were the best they ever had. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a high-pitched, “Chef!” And while I rebelled against that certainty for a short stint in my 20’s, my destiny was set early in life.

So it was no surprise to anyone when my cousin Chipper and I, at the ripe old age of 10, decided to open a restaurant called “Andrewshka’s.” We would only serve potatoes… in all their glorious fried forms. I still remember standing together in the backyard by my dad’s grill shaking hands on our business venture.

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As kids, David and Chris could scarf down their weight in latkes. Fortunately, Aunt Carol would just make more.

Carol is my dear friend and former co-worker. We worked on the same magazine at Scholastic in New York City and now we both live in San Francisco. Every Hanukkah, Carol would invite us to dinner. We’d get off the elevator on her floor and follow our noses – the irresistible aromas of pot roast simmering would beckon us to her door.

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According to NPD’s Crest research as reported in Nation’s Restaurant News , young people between the ages of 18 and 34 are cutting back significantly on restaurant dining. And no wonder. The unemployment rate for adults under 30 is 19.5 percent, compared with 9.5 percent for the total workforce.

So if they’re not dining out, these young people must be in the grocery store. But they’re probably not shopping for potatoes and other food ingredients. They are buying frozen entrees or ready-to-eat meals from the deli or the prepared foods case.

At Special Fork, we believe it’s not hard to cook something simple, tasty and interesting. You save money by doing it yourself, you know your meal is fresh, and you know what you are consuming without having to check an ingredient label.

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