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.

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. / Collage by NPR

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


A scallion pancake recipe is layered with thoughts of family, China and a tiny secret

A daughter recalls her immigrant parents and her father standing by the stove making scallion pancakes on Sunday mornings. Her siblings now make the pancakes for their children.

Read more about Ye Ye's scallion pancake

Oh, sweetie! Bubaleh is a pancake to celebrate freedom. And it's a term of endearment

A sweet and savory pancake for Passover can also be eaten year-round. And Alan Mishell learned the recipe from his grandmother, whose family escaped Poland ahead of the Nazi German invasion.

Read more about Alan Mishell's bubaleh

Grandma Velma's German pancake recipe is immortalized in a cherished home video

Specken dicken, the not-too-thick, not-too-thin sausage-filled pancakes, are a breakfast favorite that her family makes on New Year's Day.

Read more about Grandma Velma's specken dicken

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

While growing up, Merjem Mededovic cooked with her grandmother and learned names of various things in Bosnian. One recipe she learned is kljukusa, a potato and onion dish similar to a latke.

Read more about Merjem Mededovic's grandmother's kljukusa



All Things We're Cooking is a series highlighting family recipes that have special meaning to you, our readers and listeners. Earlier this year, we asked you to share your most prized recipes and explain why these dishes evoke such fond family memories. Working in collaboration with NPR member stations, we received responses from across the country. We've been interviewing some contributors and will continue to share their stories through the holiday season. All recipes and photos were provided by NPR audience members.


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