Sherry Young: Keep your marriage from going down the drain

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 12, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    I didn't digest this story well, but it did remind me of The Winter of the Parsnips. My husband had a bumper crop of this white root veggie. All four of our children claim that we ate parsnips every night for months. One of those infamous nights, I was sick of transporting parsnip tops, cores and peelings to the compost so I stuffed them into the garbage disposal. It whirred and shredded and struggled with this fibrous mess until it ground to a halt.

    Fortunately my spouse was in a good mood that night and cheerfully went with me to the crawl space beneath the house where we opened a portal to our drain. Out gushed a green chopped mess of parsnip remains along with nasty sludge that was enough to make a sewer rat ill. There we were in a confined space laughing merrily and vowing that we'd have a break from parsnips. We do still eat them. One favorite is potatoes Pasternak, which is potatoes and parsnips mashed together with sour cream, butter and other high calorie enhancements. These days all unusable veggie parts (for us) go to friends' poultry.