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    Nasty Nachos

    Nacho casserole, a.k.a. nasty nachos, is a delicious mess of a dish that is the perfect excuse to serve nachos for dinner. It’s easy to double and is popular with both adults and kids. In fact, when I made it this week in order to photograph it, my daughter squealed with delight when I served her the leftovers the next day.

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    Wild Salad Swag

    If you love to eat fresh, delicious and free, the time is now! Spring is when all things beautiful and verdant come to life and you’d be surprised how many of the plants in your backyard and community are edible and often downright tasty. This post features three of my favorite wild finds: purple violets, chickweed and red bud. Together with some conventional lettuce and my favorite vinaigrette, these edibles make a salad that is as tasty to eat as it is beautiful to look at. I picked two of the three wild edibles in this salad right from my lawn.  We happen to have a whole field of violets…

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    Maga’s Beef Vegetable Soup

    This recipe is a favorite from my childhood, when my mom would always keep some on hand for when I got sick. It’s a hearty, old-fashioned, slow-cooked bone soup, full of nutrition and well-developed flavors. The cabbage melts into the soup by the end of cooking time, adding a silkiness to the broth, while the tomatoes lend an acidic sweetness. Depending on appetites, this soup can produce up to 25 servings and is excellent for freezing. It takes about 5 hours to make, but most of that is hands off and the results are well worth it. And not only does it feed a crowd, it’s also easy on the…