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Ugly Food Rescue: Matthias Merges turns banged up corn, tomatoes into great pasta dishes

CHICAGO - Matthias Merges set out for the Green City Market in Lincoln Park wondering what would pair with two tidy mounds of homemade pasta, one a fettuccine made with basil from his garden and the other a hand-torn smoked red chile pappardelle, sitting under a dishtowel in the kitchen of his home in Old Irving Park. What he found were some banged up peaches, blemished tomatoes and ears of corn too stripped of their husks for most shoppers. All for $4.

Merges, of course, had a dazzling array of vegetables

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