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What treasured food do you wish you knew how to make?

I love the holidays, but the past few years have left me feeling a bit blue in part because I no longer have my grandmothers. My paternal grandmother was Norwegian, and a fabulous cook. Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, up until her early 90s, she'd prepare a full spread of food that reflected both her Norwegian heritage and her mastery of traditional American food. My single greatest regret is that I did not take her up on her multiple offers to learn how to prepare some of these foods. While I can make lefse and krum kake, I cannot find her recipes for, nor recreate the flavors of, her doughnuts, yulekake or rhubarb sauce (just to name a few). What favorite food do you wish you could make or recreate, but can't?

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