[I wrote this post last Tuesday, December 23rd, and apparently never hit “Publish.” D’oh! A week plus later, here you go.]
Hello from North Carolina! It’s good to be home – especially because I haven’t visited since last Christmas. I flew out of JFK at 8:15 this morning, but my departure started well before that, with a rainy slog to the subway at 6am. Actually, it started the night before, when I came home from work and went through my fridge in anticipation of being away for nearly two weeks. Post-clearing, it’s looking pretty empty:
- half-empty carton of eggs
- seltzer water
- ginger root
- shredded cheese
- goat cheese fudge
- condiments (ketchup, mustard, butter, maple syrup, etc.)
I had a fried egg sandwich, a glass of orange juice, and leftover salad (from lunch) for dinner last night, and afterwards the empty salad container and oj carton went into the recycling, and the now-empty plastic bag holding the sandwich bread went into my bag recycling collection (almost time to drop off at Whole Foods again).
Two items from the fridge had to be tossed: the last couple glugs of a chicken stock carton, as well as the remnants of a can of pumpkin puree (I won’t tell you how long ago I had opened it up to use in a recipe…).
I wasn’t sure about the shelf life of a few other things, so I decided to bring them on the plane via my carry on. I guess I significantly lengthened the greenhouse gas footprint of those farmers market carrots I recently purchased in Manhattan, but they’re just hitchhikers after all. A bag of cranberries and a container of dates were also along for the ride, so now I just have to make sure they get incorporated into family meals while I’m in town.
Update! My mom used the dates to make her famous date bars — YUM.