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We all have that one dish that excites our palates and makes us pine for those special memories with Mom, Dad, Grandma or maybe a favorite aunt who created these delicious, comforting dishes. Every family has that favorite dish — and there's a story behind each recipe. NPR wants to hear yours!

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We're starting a cross-country journey to discover these family kitchen gems and hear about the stories that spark memories and the cooks who created the dishes. We want to follow these recipes as they've been shared throughout your family and explore traditions that are central to today's exciting cooking culture. We hope this collection of recipes will shine a light into kitchens across the country and connect and create communities through our shared love for food, family and kitchen experiences — successful and disastrous!

Whether your favorite family recipe is memorized, digitized or scribbled on a tattered, butter-stained page passed through generations, we want to hear from you. Please tell us your story of why your recipe means so much and who is/was the family member who created it, cooked it better than anyone or made it even better!

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Tips on photographing food

Lighting is key

  • Photographing by a window often yields good results
  • Soft, diffused, natural daylight is best
  • Make sure your food is well lit

Less is more

  • Try and have a clean background with no distractions
  • Keep it simple - but details are important
  • Have a neat space
  • Neutral background


  • Don't use iPhone/Instagram filters (it's OK to make minor adjustments such as brightness or saturation)
  • Don't zoom with your phone
  • Don't have a cluttered frame
  • Make sure the food is the focus
  • Photos from above usually work well
  • Don't use flash
  • Don't photograph too wide
To the left a slice of yellow layered cake with white frosting and raspberries, at right a bowl of noodles with edamame and chopsticks.
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