What traditional family recipe would you never mess with?

I have a large pot of chili sauce simmering on the stove and realized, as I read the recipe this morning, that this is one of the few times that I make something almost exactly as the recipe reads. Truly the only change I have made to this sauce (which was made by my great grandmother O'Connell, dubbed "Mother Connie" by my mother when she was first learning to talk) is to add a few jalapenos. I also use a food processor to chop the peppers and onions since I don't have a kitchen staff like Mother Connie did.

So, as the holidays approach and we trot out all the family stuff, what is untouchable in your family? Stuffing/dressing? Sweet potatoes? Pie?

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