Category Archives: Food

Buy Local

We take a thoughtful approach to finding special foods to stock the shelves at simplyput. Small batches, artisanal companies, local and organic approaches. We love discovering new treats and the people behind these goods have such a great story to share.

Today’s local foodie find is one of our favorites – Emily G’s Jams – straight out of Dunwoody. With a slogan like “Jams of Love” you instantly know there must be something so special in the jar. Not only do we love her thoughtful flavors  – (jalapeno raspberry, roasted red pepper, fig pomegranate, and tipsy garlic & onion to name a few) we of course are naturally crazy about her story. You know, the accidental stay-at-home mom who stumbles upon too much produce in the fridge and begins to jar jams better than you can buy on the shelves. I immediately think of Diane Keeton in Baby Boom – which is exactly where Miss Emily is headed!

The lovely tall jars make a perfectly-sized hostess gift, stocking stuffer or welcome gift for a local wedding flair. Give the jams a try and send Emily a tweet at @emilygsjams to tell her what you think!

Shout out to … Wheatgrass

I am a long-time believer/user of wheatgrass. The benefits of this grassy, green juice is certainly worth a “shout out.” Kicking back one ounce of wheatgrass juice actually has more nutritional benefits than eating 2 pounds of raw broccoli. And honestly – who has the time or inclination to do that??

Here are just a few good reasons to add wheatgrass juice to your weekly routine (3 or 4 times a week is advised). Fresh pressed wheatgrass juice ….

is an incredibly powerful natural detoxification agent.

helps improve the digestive system (big time).

stimulates and regenerates the liver.

helps to fight disease & infection with chlorophyll.

helps reduce stress and tension.

is helpful in anti-aging, such as reducing grey hairs.

helps in boosting energy levels.

assists in repairing the DNA system.

helps the body to heal wounds and fight illness faster.

promotes overall vitality to the human body.

Here in Atlanta, I get my wheatgrass shots from the nearby Whole Foods. Their “powershot” is the best way to jumpstart a week or even re-fuel after a big Saturday night.  It’s an ounce each of wheatgrass, lemon juice and freshly pressed ginger root. The lemon and ginger keep you from tasting the grass all day.

Convinced to give it a try?  Or are you already a wheatgrass fan, too?

Grilled cheese dreams

In college I had a grand plan to open a gourmet grilled cheese breakfast/lunch spot where I would offer grilled cheeses made of locally made cheeses and produce on house-made breads. Think havarti and grilled portebellos sandwiched between two thick slices of raisin walnut multi-grain bread.  There would also be four homemade soups on the menu, made of the season’s finest crop.

I obviously bagged the idea and went into graphic design – so imagine how excited I was when I came across this food truck on 30A (Seaside, Santa Rosa Beach, FL)! Check out the menu — pure perfection.

I’m inspired to add a grilled cheese night to our family’s menu plan…