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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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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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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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When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's fruitcake as their wedding cake. Ellie King/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Wayne Wright shares a recipe for lasagna. He learned many Italian recipes from circus performer Edmondo Zacchini. Jennifer Wright/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Left: Miriam Armendariz Piccolo with her mother, Genoveva. Right: the finished picadillo. Miriam Armendariz Piccolo/Collage by NPR hide caption

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She loved Mom's picadillo but never got the recipe. TikTok moved her to get creative

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Stu Haley's Grandma Monnette created a Thanksgiving side dish, dressing balls, to avoid using stuffing from inside the turkey. Stu Haley/Collage by NPR hide caption

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When making Thanksgiving dressing, Grandma Monnette had one simple rule

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