Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Fresh Start on Garbage Day

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Fresh Start on Garbage Day

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On Tuesdays, garbage day here, it's as though the whole town has showered and put on clean clothes. Well, at least put clean bags in the trash cans.

Observance of garbage day starts several days before Monday evening, when the cans and bags go to the curb. My focus tilts toward evaluations of my home's contents, especially in the kitchen.

Oh, look, this used to be a head of iceberg lettuce. Remember the meal plan that was inspired by a turn through the produce department last week? A big salad with a bed of iceberg, romaine, and Belgian endive cradling jumbo shrimp, hard-boiled egg wedges, beet slices, chickpeas, chopped hearts of palm, and anchovy olives. Maybe chunks of cheese, say Swiss or Colby. Or both. Yeah, well, this used to be the head of iceberg lettuce that was going in it.

Oh, and here are the radishes. How quickly they went from potential garnish for the big salad to former radishes.

The many possibilities lurking in the vegetable drawers and on the fridge shelves continually thrill my garbage-gathering senses. …

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