Traditional dishes grace the Thanksgiving table – a turkey takes pride of place at the center, surrounded by mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, pecan pie competes with pumpkin pie. We might not eat these foods much the rest of the year, but they're basically the law on Thanksgiving. For some families, though, Thanksgiving isn't complete without other foods – the recipes that represent their cultural heritage, brought to the U.S. by ancestors who immigrated from all over the world. Families keep cultural traditions alive by continuing to serve those dishes each year at Thanksgiving, often remembering a loved one as they eat – perhaps an aunt who made the best peach cobbler or a grandmother who taught all the grandchildren how to make her pierogi. Here are the stories of a few families who will be remembering those who came before by sharing special foods this Thanksgiving. Click through our gallery for photos, stories, and, of course, recipes.