All Things We're Cooking Favorite family recipes and the stories behind them
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Favorite family recipes and the stories behind them

Clockwise from left: Juanita MORE!'s grandmother Petra; tourtière, a French Canadian pork pie; Marissa Dates' brisket; and Jim Hamilton's family assembling cappelletti pasta. Collage by NPR hide caption

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Left: Assembled cappelletti on a table. Right: James Hamilton's niece Julia Griffin (from left), his daughter Anna Hamilton, his son Robert Hamilton, his sister Susan Hamilton Griffin and his brother-in-law, Jim Griffin. James Hamilton/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Clockwise from left: Lily Liu with her father; Alan Mishell with his son; kljukusa on a plate; and Erin Rhode's family preparing specken dicken. Lily Liu, Alan Mishell, Merjem Mededovic and Erin Rhode/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Left: Merjem Mededovic in her hometown of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Right: Kljukusa on a plate. Merjem Mededovic/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Savory Bosnian pancakes called 'cousin' bridged a language gap with Grandma

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Left: Erin Rhode's mother, Kathy Rhode (left); Erin's maternal grandmother, Velma Freisleben Thein; and Erin's uncle, Bob Freisleben. Right: Bob Freisleben prepares specken dicken. Erin Rhode/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Left: A family photo of Alan Mishell's grandparents, Florence and Sam Mishell. Right: Alan and his son, Sander, holding bubaleh they prepared together. Alan Mishell/Collage by NPR hide caption

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A family photo of Diane Richardson and her brother Gary Kirchherr. Later in life, when her brother visited at Christmastime, Richardson would make the lamb curry recipe their mother learned when the family lived in Nigeria. Diane Richardson/Collage by NPR hide caption

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This recipe started in Arizona. Now, sisters Kirsten Ayles (left), in San Clemente, Calif., and Alexis Wold, in New York City, make it on opposite coasts. Right: A family photo of their grandparents' restaurant, Odd's Sombrero in Wickenburg, Ariz. Alexis Wold/Collage by NPR hide caption

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