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"My mom, Susan, is definitely the person who inspires me to cook! Growing up, my mom ruled the kitchen, putting our family favorites on the table night after night (even after coming home from a long day of teaching). She also makes the best desserts -- here she is in the middle of putting together a hummingbird cake." -- Katie Macpherson, broadcasting assistant
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"My aunt Elia Alcala took me under her wing. She taught me how to cook, surrounded by the garden she tended and her livestock of chickens, turkeys, and ducks. Her signature dish is carne guisada, a Tex-Mex skillet beef dish, that I still make today. I love and miss her very much, but through cooking, we are in the kitchen together again." -- Mario Bosquez, host of "Living Today"
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"My husband Craig Zabransky inspires me to cook. He always puts love and creativity into every meal he makes -- even in our small kitchen. In this photo, Craig prepares his signature Mexican chicken with key ingredients of tequila, lime, salt, Spanish red onion and chopped fresh cilantro." -- Maggie Mistal, host of "Making a Living"
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"Whether it was her 'Little Meatball' soup, potato croquets, or her now-infamous meatballs, everything my grandma Chansie touched was food 'gold.' Here's the two of us together at a family party. I'm enjoying a delicious slice of homemade pizza!" -- Lisa Mantineo, producer of "Everyday Food"
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"Not only was aunt Ruthie an enthusiastic cook and baker, she was also warm-spirited and fun to be with. From my aunt I learned that cooking for someone was showing them love in a warm, giving way." -- Sandy Gluck, host of "Everyday Food"
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"My abuela Louisa is a fierce 91-year-old woman. She's also aces in the kitchen. In this photo, she's making pasteles, which are Puerto Rican savory cakes wrapped in banana leaves. She inspires me to serve Latino dishes whenever I can. At my parties, I usually serve emapanads." -- Alexis Tirado, web editor