Favorite family recipes and the stories that make them memorable

All Things We’re Cooking is a series featuring cooking gems from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We will continue to share more of your recipes throughout the holidays.

When making Thanksgiving dressing, Grandma Monnette had a simple rule

Rather than stuffing the turkey, Rebecca Monnette made dressing balls with a few simple ingredients that cook safely outside of the bird. His grandson carries on the tradition.

Learn more about Grandma Monnette’s dress-up balls

She loved mom’s picadillo but never got the recipe. TikTok pushed her to get creative

After the death of her mother, thanks to the advice of her aunts, Miriam Piccolo recreated a dish that resembles her. Coming home from school to this meal meant that her mother had thought of her.

Learn more about Miriam Piccolo’s picadillo

Friends and family flip these krumkake cookies

Lisa Hovis learned to make these traditional Norwegian cookies by baking alongside her grandmother. The recipe and the good memories remain.

Read more about Norwegian krumkake cookies from Lisa Hovis

The ‘human cannonball’ is gone, but his lasagna recipe lives on

A circus performer known for being shot from a cannon enjoyed cooking dinner for the people he worked with. One of them still makes his inspired lasagna today, and it contains some surprising ingredients.

Learn more about Edmondo “Papa” Zacchini’s lasagna

It took clever thinking to write a recipe for this family favorite Irish soda bread

Maureen O’Reilly wanted to make the treat for her husband, but first she had to watch her grandmother make it – and measure each ingredient rather than just watch it.

Learn more about Irish soda bread from Maureen O’Reilly

Husband’s love for crispy prosciutto turned a casserole of green beans

Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs complete this dish. Don’t expect cream of mushroom soup or fried onions in this twist on a traditional recipe.

Learn more about Becky Ellis’ Green Bean Stew


All Things We’re Cooking is a series highlighting family recipes that hold special meaning to you, our readers and listeners. Earlier this year, we asked you to share your favorite recipes and explain why these dishes evoke such fond family memories. Working with NPR member stations, we received responses from across the country. We’ve interviewed some backers and will continue to share their stories throughout the holiday season. All recipes and photos were provided by NPR audience members.

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