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New Piemaker in Town – Pie Local! (Atlanta, GA)

In Awesome People, Chefs on July 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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Peach Blueberry Pie from Pie Local in Atlanta, GA

Like me, this pie is DEFINITELY smiling.

I bought this cutie from the The Grant Park Farmers Market from a new piemaker in town, appropriately named Pie Local – since the man who bakes these lovely pies uses local fresh ingredients. The piemaker is a young man who lives north of Atlanta, so you can definitely catch him at various farmers’ market events like the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, Harry’s Farmers Market in Alpharetta, and a few other places.

You really can’t help but love piemakers. I mean…they deliver such sweet happiness. It’s why you had to love the main character, Ned, a cute-as-a-button piemaker and owner of his diner “The Pie Hole,” from the short-lived show, “Pushing Daisies.” Between that show and the great movie “The Waitress,” I’ve also had moments where I just NEEDED to learn how to bake some pie. Pie is so damn emotional.

Screw cupcakes. They’re so non-committal. Short-lived sweet flings at best with their inviting fluffy icing and just enough airy cakiness that you’re left feeling like you just got your initial hopes (and your blood sugar) too high, without eventual satisfaction.

Pies? Never. Pies have depth. Pies have SUBSTANCE. Pies take time,…like anything starting with love does.

I’m really freaking passionate about pie, if you can’t tell.

In the world of pies and pastries, this is the only instance in the social world where calling something ‘flaky’ is actually a *good* thing.

I digress as usual. I was too late arriving at the Grant Park Farmers Market today, so I didn’t get a chance to try some of his other enticing fruit-stuffed pies like Strawberry Rhubard, Caramel Apple, or his signature “Berry Seinfeld” pie, but I did manage to buy the last lone pie, a Peach Blueberry one, that is glistening with sugar crystals, and as you can see, is totally happy to come home with me.

I will likely be ogling this pie grinning and flirting with me all afternoon before I attack it. I can tell that Pie Local is going to be a new summer love for me.

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Givin’ Your Liver Some Love – Detoxifying With Foods

In Healing Foods on July 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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Thinking of some of my friends who may partake in a lot of drinkypoos sometimes or eat a lot of processed food without much fruits and veggies. And yes, that sugar-rich Starbucks habit does not help.

Show your liver some love! The liver is one of the main body’s filtration systems (other than kidneys) and also breaks down excess chemical compounds like excess hormones and even xenoestrogenic compounds from the environment (pesticides, chemicals, pollutants, toxins, preservatives, healthcare product additives, etc). If your liver gets nice and choked up, it actually backs up and causes problems in your body, including something simple like hormonal problems that lead to weight gain, insulin resistance/blood sugar problems, polycystic ovaries, skin problems, and the list goes on. And once you have the above problems, it can snowball into diabetes, fertility problems, and other things.

Some great foods that clean out your liver are fiber-rich foods and dark leafy greens, and green tea is awesome at detoxing. Vitamin C is also pretty detoxifying. There are others mentioned here:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/foods-that-detox-the-body/

If you’d like to read more, one of my favorite books on my shelf is Maggie Pannell’s “The Detox Health-Plan” cookbook. I haven’t actually done any rigorous detoxes, but the recipes shown in this book are delicious, nutritious, and restorative. I absolutely love it. 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/The-Detox-Health-Plan-Cookbook/dp/B004TMPLHW

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