If you are not lucky enough to have your own parsley patch, you have no choice but to purchase parsley from your local greengrocer. Parsley is so beautiful when you first buy it, but very quickly deteriorates into a limp mound of greenness, and then a mushy mess (that is, if it's left in the plastic bag where you place it when you buy it). Menzmama (Marash Boy's mother) used to wash parsley, dry it on towels, and leave the clean parsley wrapped in a damp towel in the vegetable drawer until she needed it, which was daily, as parsley, and lots of it, went into EVERYTHING she made. Armenian style. But there is another solution to keeping parsley fresh, a prettier one, one that takes very little space, very little time, and beautifies your kitchen. That is, a bouquet of parsley on your kitchen table. Wash your parsley, trim the stems, and put the parsley in a glass jar filled with water. Your parsley will stay fresh, and your kitchen more beautiful. Don't make the mistake of putting that glass full of water with parsley onto a refrigerator shelf. The refrigerator will dry the parsley, leaving it limp, and you will have defeated your purpose. Oh . . . and don't forget to change the parsley's water daily!