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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Some NPR staff members taste recipes from the contest finalists. Matt Martinez/NPR 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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Ensenada Slaw Patricia Mulvey for NPR 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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Blueberry Dumplings, a simple summer dessert that doesn't require turning on the oven. iStockphoto.com 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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The "Beet Me in St. Louis" cocktail uses two infusions: €” beet-infused gin and tarragon-infused honey. Courtesy of Adam Larkey Photography 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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