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Favorite Saturday Mornings, Twisted Sister Bakery

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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I have a vision of a perfect Saturday morning, if such a thing even exists. While Sunday mornings are for cozy at-home breakfasts, in bed or around the kitchen table, Saturday mornings are on-the-go.

My perfect Saturday morning is rooted in reality despite the fact that this sequence of events has never actually happened, but I suppose that's what makes it unattainably ideal. On my perfect Saturday morning I would wake up, feeling refreshed from a good night's sleep after a long week. I'd don running tights (which I don't own) that make my toned legs look great (toned legs?) and go for a long run. Not just any run though; the kind of run for which you can carb-load the night before and ice your muscles afterward (that I've never done).

After my long run, I'd pop by a local coffee shop, such as Twisted Sister Bakery, feeling energized and flushed from my workout, to refuel with a great cup of coffee and a healthy, yet delicious breakfast. Now, we're talking a bit more realistically. 

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A Love Letter: Ciao Bella Single Serving Gelato

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Dear Ciao Bella,

I want to start by telling you that It isn't easy to sweep me off my feet. You see, I'm somewhat of a tough critic. I'm jaded beyond my years and though I'm not necessarily quick to pass judgment, once I do, I can be pretty set in my ways.

Anyone who reads my first blog probably knows that I love chocolate. I prefer a chocolate dessert to any of the citrus, spice or fruit variety. I am not a huge fan of marrying chocolate with anything else: chocolate + strawberry, chocolate + citrus and chocolate + well, anything (especially peanut butter. My personal road to hell will likely be paved with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups).

Anyway, I digress.
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Beer & Cheese Pairings for St. Patrick's Day

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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 I might have missed the Chicago St. Patrick's Day celebration this year, but even without having been there, I know that festivities aren't just for the Irish anymore.  It seems that most people will take any excuse to celebrate - even celebrate means funny green hats and green beer.

If you're tired of corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread just won't cut it this year, beer and cheese is a party pairing that is quickly gaining popularity in pubs and fromageries alike.

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For The Love of Cheese

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Photo: Cypress Grove Chevre

Did you know that the love of cheese is called "turophilia?"

Now, I'm really not one to brag (or exaggerate) but this weekend I had some of the best cheese I've ever eaten in my life: Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper (an aged sheep milk cheese) and Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog (a creamy, sharp goat milk cheese).* I'm not claiming to be some sort of cheese expert or anything, because I did grow up on processed American cheese slices.

And you know what? I liked them. And when I went to the NASFT Fancy Food Show with Molly last year and we tasted raw, unpasteurized cheese from London and Ireland because the guys behind the booth had cute accents, I liked some of that too.

Even though I'm not a cheese expert, recently I had the pleasure of speaking with someone who is. I talked to Lynne Devereaux of the California Milk Advisory Board who gave me some pro tips on how to pair cheese with other foods, beverages and how to create an excellent cheese plate.
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Spicy Cashews

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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It's a rare occasion that I will invite friends into my apartment and not offer them something to eat or drink. I actually stockpile guest-worthy meals and baked goods in the freezer sometimes so that there's always something for unexpected drop-ins or get togethers.

In my freezer right now I have a Tupperware container full of Jambalaya, a bag of Meyer lemon scones and a batch of Dorie Greenspan's World Peace cookies.

Before I go on, let's take a moment to applaud the fact that there are uneaten World Peace Cookies in my apartment.
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What I Eat When I Don't Cook

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

Since I spend a lot of time cooking (and writing about cooking) it really only makes sense that, well, I must cook a lot. Right?

Yes. But not every night. I mean, let's get real. I post about a worknight dinner once a week. There are five worknights a week. I'm not a mathematician, but you get it.  

The truth is, I don't cook every night. Sometimes I eat out, sometimes I order in and sometimes I microwave. 
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Spread the love at Southport Grocery Store: Cupcake Truffles

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Photo: TruffleTruffle.com

In some of my previous posts on this blog and my personal recipe blog I've talked a lot lately about healthy eating and exercise. What I haven't mentioned as explicitly is that part of the reason I like to eat  healthy and exercise is so that I can afford myself the occasional indulgence.

When I eat dessert, I want to really eat dessert. I'm not interested in low-fat cookies or sugar-free ice cream. When I indugle, I like to go for one-of-a-kind sweets..  

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Healthy Snacking Recipe Roundup

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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Photo: Danatreat.com

It's been about six weeks since a lot of us set our New Year's resolutions, many of which included spending more time at the gym and less time rummaging around the kitchen cabinets looking for a snack.

Come the middle of February, however, workout classes are not quite as crowded and long, cold gray days lend to afternoon sluggishness. Some people snack out of boredom and others out of genuine hunger. Then there's me: I snack because I like to eat.
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Introducing In Good Taste to Chicago Now (Recipe: Chocolate Chip Scones)

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

When I relocated to Chicago from Hoboken, NJ this past November, I knew that I would adapt to a lot of changes. A new job, new friends - even a new time zone. What I didn't know was that the most difficult challenge of all would be in adjusting to my new kitchen.

I lived in my last apartment for two years - just long enough to remember where I stored all of my pots and pans but not long enough that I was above, say, temporarily storing the microwave on top of the refrigerator to generate more counter space. I shared my adventures in and out of the kitchen at In Good Taste, my personal food and recipe blog.

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For Superbowl Sunday: Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

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Maris Callahan

Food and healthy living blogger; work in social media; moved from NYC to Chicago in November '09.

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The dish you're looking at began as a Weight Watchers recipe. Cheese, cream cheese and...well...more cheese are the players in a recipe that someone handed my mother and said "Look! 2 points per serving!"

Now, I doubt this dip is 2 points per serving when you eat it heaping spoon after heaping spoon. And you will. People don't just eat a taste of this. Because why would you merely sample piping hot, creamy spinach dip (spinach! vegetables! healthy!).

Bring this to your next Superbowl party and you'll be the day's MVP.

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