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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Jeremy Jackson wanted to rethink his grandma Mildred's famous Strawberry Cake recipe, which uses boxed cake mix and Jell-O. His updated cupcake version is shown on the right. Jeremy Jackson for NPR hide caption

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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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