Chef Isabella created a healthier and more savory alternative to sweet potato casserole. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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At Thanksgiving, If You Take Sides, Make Sure They're As Tasty As These

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During the hot and humid summers in the Philippines, salvation is found in the manna called halo-halo (HAH-loh HAH-loh), an iconic refresher. Chris Danielle Tabangay/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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"Lechon," or roasted pig, is often served at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Megan Walhood loves the unique toasty potato flavor of lefse. "There's something so comforting about soft, starchy things," she says. Deena Prichep for NPR hide caption

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For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

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Mark Karney found the recipe for his mother's Hungarian nut roll in a dusty recipe box after she passed away. After lots of experimentation, he figured out how to make it and has revived it as a Christmas tradition. Courtesy of Mark Karney hide caption

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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

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