We suggest you BYOS: Bring your own sardines. Or anchovies. Or canned salmon. Some tinned fish are a healthy treasure -- low in mercury and full of protein -- and they're a cinch to tote to work. Stash a can (or two) in your desk drawer.
Corn is in season from May through September but is at its peak in most places in late summer. Of the many varieties of sweet corn, the most commonly found are yellow, white, and bicolor (yellow and white).
To ensure perfectly cold, crisp lettuce leaves, float the lettuce in a bowl of cold water, drain, and repeat. Spin dry and layer the lettuce on a clean towel, topped with paper towel and layered again. Roll up the paper towel and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).