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Monday
May292017

Memorial Day Thoughts

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

This Memorial Day, we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States of America. Among them are my uncle who was killed in action in Italy during World War II, and my brother-in-law who died in Vietnam.

This day of remembrance, originally called Decoration Day, began three years after the end of the Civil War, on May 5, 1868. It was designated as a time to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. After World War I, Memorial Day grew into an observation to honor the dead of all American wars.

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Friday
May262017

When Life Gives you Lemons…

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

A frosty pitcher of homemade lemonade is welcome refreshment on a sweltering day, but sometimes, I just want a glassful.

Here’s the problem: If I make a whole pitcher, I’ll end up drinking all of it, over the course of days. And since so much sugar is needed to turn tart lemon juice into a sweet drink, I end up having more sugar than I think is healthy.

I’ve been toying with how to custom-make my own concentrate that can be reconstituted for individual servings. If you’d like to try your hand, here’s a method to get you started. However, your own formula will depend on the tartness of the lemons you use and how you like your lemonade.

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Monday
May152017

It’s time for English Peas

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

My best memory of English peas is of shelling them on a sunny day in the courtyard of a country house in France. Our friend Carol, owner of the house, lives in a small town outside of Bordeaux.

I don’t remember what she did with the peas, but the simple act of tearing apart the pods and coaxing out the little green jewels inside, while sitting companionably, catching up on family news, was one my most delightful memories of that vacation trip.

For me, the problem with buying fresh peas is that I can’t resist popping them I my mouth while shelling them, reducing the yield before I even begin to cook. So, I make sure to buy more than I need. As I shell them, it’s one for me, and one for the pot!

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Monday
Apr242017

Steamed Asparagus with Miso Dressing

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

I never had fresh asparagus until I moved to the Mainland. Growing up in Hawaii years ago, asparagus only came in cans—and we considered it a treat.

Of course, that’s no longer true today. In fact, in addition to importing fresh asparagus from the Mainland, some of it is grown in the Islands these days.

If we had had fresh asparagus when I was a child, I’m sure mom would have steamed the stalks and served it with sumiso. Sumiso (which translates into vinegar miso) is a classic Japanese sauce that goes well with steamed vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli or cauliflower. You could even serve it with poached prawns or to dress a cucumber salad. Mom used to love that flavor because she was fond of anything tart.

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Monday
Apr172017

Comfort Food for a Rainy Spring Day

By Sandy Hu
The latest from Inside Special Fork

I’m not quite ready to think spring yet. We’ve been having rain and dreary skies between bouts of stunningly beautiful weather.

So, last week, on a dark and wet day, I made spaghetti and meatballs. It was so satisfying, I’m sharing this recipe for the next time you have inclement weather and need some comfort food.

This is really a simple recipe if you take it in easy steps. 1) Shape and bake the meatballs. 2) Make the sauce. 3) Cook the pasta. 4) Toss together.

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