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Food & dining

The family coveted Nana’s dinner rolls, but she kept the recipe a secret

The family recipe is not to be taken lightly. Receiving highly coveted instructions for Mama’s famous meatballs, from Mama herself, is a rite of passage. These recipes are written on index cards in old-fashioned, beautiful script, and after years of use the cards are stained with drips of butter and chocolate streaks, the paper browning with age.

This is not one of those recipes.

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