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Hidden Kitchen Mama

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Hidden Kitchen Mama

Hidden Kitchen Mama

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JOHN YDSTIE, Host:

Our Hidden Kitchen series returns this morning, just in time for Mother's Day, with Hidden Kitchen Mama, produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson.

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ELLEN SEBASTIAN CHANG: So here's what you do. She said, You pull the leaf back and you dip it in the lemon and then you scrape your teeth on it. She shows me how to scoop the hairs out of the heart. I said, Wow! I said, You do all that work! It's just kind of a big mess and you're throwing away more than you eat, and I think if my mama was sitting there she would say, This is how you came into the world. It was just a tough situation and you just have to peel back and peel back all this stuff and it's just a big mess. And yet, at the heart of it, it is really tender.

PEGGY KNICKERBOCKER: I'm Peggy Knickerbocker. I'm a food writer from San Francisco and the daughter of a very good cook.

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KNICKERBOCKER: The kitchen was her refuge and it was really where I felt most comfortable with her, because she was happiest there.

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CHRISTINA SALAS: My mother's name was Josephina Salas-Porras Acevedo(ph), but everyone called her Pepina(ph). My mother's family were French-Mexican and she always used to tell us, you came from kings and queens.

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SALAS: She had an expression that she used with us of kids, which was twixt cup and lip civilization hangs in the balance.

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YDSTIE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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