Sue Conley (left) and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery, prepare their chilled leek and asparagus soup with creme fraiche and fresh ricotta at Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, Calif. Tim Hussin for NPR hide caption

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A cheese-and-cracker snack is sustenance during the hard work of packing up the kitchen. And after you've moved, a meaningful meal can help make your new place feel like home. Amy Morgan/NPR hide caption

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When leaving the oven, these "money buns" look like they're made of gold. Alexandra Grablewski/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman. Donna Turner Ruhlman hide caption

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Even one fluffy forkful of souffle is a worthy reward for making the effort. Kelly Gorham/Courtesy of Kelly Gorham Photography hide caption

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