CSI: CSA - multiplying greens and the mystery of amaranth
July 11th, 2012
07:30 PM ET
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Stacy Cowley is CNNMoney's tech editor. She's in a complicated relationship with her CSA and explores the odd vegetables that show up in her haul in CSI: CSA. This is the first installment

It’s CSA season. That means that like thousands of other community supported agriculture subscribers, I’m locked in a five-month death battle with my fridge’s veggie drawer.

It’s week three of my CSA, and right now, the fridge is winning. I’ve got the inevitable kohlrabi lurking in the crisper, plotting a coup with the half-dozen turnips I’ve had lingering in there since April. The leafy greens are forming factions. I’ve been adding “spring salad mix” to every meal I possibly can, since it turns to sludge after a week, but that means neglecting the kale, arugula and mizuna. I’m pretty sure they’re spawning. Every time I open the drawer, the mizuna supply has tripled.

It’s not all grim, of course. I actually love CSA season and look forward to our first mid-June delivery the way six-year-old me anticipated Christmas morning: Finally, after months and months of waiting, the goodies arrive!
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Food freebies for the next few days
July 11th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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It's sweaty, hot and gross as heck all across the country this week. Summer should be good for something, right? To heck with bathing suit season; you deserve some free cold beverages, ice cream (sorta), and chicken.

July 11: 7-Eleven – Free Slurpees
You have until 7 p.m. to haul yourself over to the nearest participating 7-Eleven for a free 7.11-ounce Slurpee drink in honor of the chain's 85th birthday. Can't make it there in time? Whip up a batch of bourbon slush at home (with or without the bourbon).
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July 11th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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For a safer grill cleaning method:

Remove the grates - and any other removable elements - from the grill and use a lightly dampened sponge to remove grease, rust and baked-on food. For tougher spots, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and work that in with a ball of crumpled heavy-duty foil until they've worn away. Rinse away any residue with water and a soft, non-wire brush and dry all parts thoroughly.
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Filed under: Food Safety • Grilling • Grilling • Health News • Techniques & Tips


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