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15 October 2011

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Kelly

But I distinctly remember you telling me that I was not a garbage can and I should throw out the scraps rather than eat them!

bearing

Yes, m'dear, but then you learn from your mistakes and you cook less the next time...

Jennifer

You make an interesting point about eating locally. 20 years ago, when visiting Northern Italy in the winter time, my friends and I were flabbergasted that we could find virtually no produce in the grocery shop. Where are the bananas? How come we can't get a decent grapefruit or orange here? I think a lot of the "eat locally" folks are in for a rude awakening when faced with the reality of the "local market".

Christy P.

I keep thinking about the 'walking home with three bags of groceries and throwing away one' and am still staggered several days later.

It really suggests that home economics is a lost discipline.

I tend to take out the kitchen garbage once a week, whether it needs it or not, but there are some days, particularly in the fall, when it is necessary to make more than one trip to the compost pile with veggie scraps.

bearing

"I think a lot of the "eat locally" folks are in for a rude awakening when faced with the reality of the "local market"."

Yeah, I'm highly suspicious as I think the people who gush about local eating are often the same people who gush about real proscuitto from Parma and wild-caught Coho salmon and the health benefits of a daily dose of pomegranate juice or açai berries...

I'm in Minnesota. What's local food for me in the winter? Cellared apples? Pickled walleye? Everything I can catch through a hole in the ice?

bearing

@Christy: Totally hear you on the home economics.

I even think it's lost in the sense of my previous comment -- "economics" as the science of human tradeoffs, taking costs and benefits into account. Sometimes local or grow-yer-own makes sense, sometimes not. Sometimes boutique organic veggies make sense, sometimes frugal shopping for conventional produce makes sense. Sometimes you clip coupons, sometimes you do the dollars-saved-per-hour calculation and realize that you're *losing* money.

Christy P.

I frequently do the semi-math to decide if I should get the flour that I need at the regular grocery or plan a special trip to the bulk natural foods store on the weekend - when they are open. Sometimes waiting wins and sometimes not, but I feel ok about the decision regardless because I *thought* about it.

Yesterday at lunch I was telling a friend about how we had a yummy lentil and tomato curry for dinner last week which I always follow with sticky rice and coconut milk for dessert. She asked why follow Indian curry with Thai rice, but when you consider the logistics it is obvious. The curry calls for 1/4 cup of coconut milk which then leaves you with enough coconut milk to make sticky rice (presuming that you use canned coconut milk). I choose that path over stashing the leftover coconut milk in the fridge to be perhaps forgotten. Meal planning should always consider not only the taste, but also the economics of the situation!

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