For NPR producer Melissa Gray, nothing says summer more than a cold glass of limeade. booleansplit/via Flickr hide caption

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A few years ago, Pati Jinich had never heard of Piggy Cookies. But after numerous recipe requests and a chance encounter with the treats in her home country, they've become a family favorite. Courtesy of Penny De Los Santos hide caption

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Jay Bentley's technique for Cast Iron Roasted Half Chicken involves cooking a whole chicken between two very hot and heavy pans. Courtesy of Lynn Donaldson hide caption

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"Jung is a portable meal, wrapped in bamboo leaves," says Jidan Koon. She and her now-husband, Bryant Terry, created their own multicultural version of the traditional dish when they got engaged. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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For chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, watching football on television as a boy also meant snacking on his mother's homemade empanadas. Jason Varney/ hide caption

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A still-trim Elvis Presley enjoys a sandwich in 1958. His love of fatty foods hadn't caught up to him yet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Cookbook author Marilynn Brass says eating Virginia Lima's traditional Portuguese Sweet Bread is like biting into a cloud. Andy Ryan hide caption

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Poppy seed cookies bring back memories of watching Dallas with Aunt Ida, the Brass Sisters say. Maren Caruso/Getty Images hide caption

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