The secret to the sweet potato pies Matthew Raiford's Nana makes is their size. "When you eat sweet potato pie, you're supposed to have just enough," Raiford recalls his Nana saying. Christopher Connelly/NPR hide caption

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The key to Dr. Klaw's lobster roll is to keep it simple. Gabriella Herman hide caption

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Found Recipes: Dr. Klaw's Authentic New England Lobster Roll

A dozen years ago in Brooklyn, N.Y., a Cape Cod surfer dude created a secret identity to sell simple and delicious lobster rolls.

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If someone asked for onions and green peppers fried into his hash browns, the crunchy grated spuds became "glorified." Amy Thielen shared a recipe for All Things Considered's Found Recipe series. Amy Thielen for NPR hide caption

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Sunny Anderson came up with the recipe when trying to find new flavor combinations for chicken wings. John Lee hide caption

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This Football Season, Grab Some PB&J And Spread Your Wings

It's a flavor combination that blends the familiar with the caveman and is a favorite of the patrons at Sunny Anderson's local bar in Brooklyn.

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Julia della Croce says pistachio pesto is an economical — and delicious — alternative when Italian pine nuts can cost up to $120 per pound. Nathan Hoyt/Courtesy of Julia della Croce hide caption

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Zwetschgendatschi is the Bavarian word for plum cake. The dessert uses Damson plums, which are only in season for a few weeks each year. Courtesy of Gesine Bullock-Prado hide caption

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Jennifer Sander bonded with her sons by learning how to fish for crabs together. Courtesy of Jennifer Sander hide caption

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Jim Ledvinka fell in love with his grandmother's homemade ketchup too late. Decades later, he wanted to re-create her unique recipe. my_amii/via Flickr hide caption

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Hard crabs, like these blue crabs, are used in Bill Smith's Crab Stew recipe. iStockphoto hide caption

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