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Emily Paster

West of the Loop

A lawyer by training, Emily Paster launched a second career in food writing and social media when she started her website West of the Loop, which was named a Top Mommy Blog by Time Out Chicago Kids and a “Family Food Blog to Savor” by Red Tricycle. Emily also writes about food and entertaining for Chicago Parent magazine.

One of Emily’s areas of expertise is home food preservation and she teaches canning classes and demonstrations at farmers’ markets, grocery stores and libraries around the Chicago area. Emily also appears regularly on Chicago-area television and radio, including WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning,” Fox News’s “Good Day Chicago” and local NPR affiliate WBEZ’s “The Morning Shift.”

Emily’s passion for celebrating home cooks led her to co-found the ChicagoFood Swap in 2011. A must-attend event for food lovers, the Chicago Food Swap brings together home cooks and gardeners every month to trade and barter their homemade and homegrown foods. Emily’s first book, a guide on how to join the food swap movement, will be published by Storey Publishing in spring 2016.

Emily lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their two school-aged children.

Contributions

Get Your Fermentation On This Fall with These Easy Fermenting Products

Get Your Fermentation On This Fall with These Easy Fermenting Products

Health benefits galore.
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How to Freeze and Use Summer Berries

How to Freeze and Use Summer Berries

Because we need them all year long!
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Homemade Edible Gifts for Teachers

Homemade Edible Gifts for Teachers

A great way to say thank you.
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Roast Beef, Smoked Salmon, & Blue Cheese Smørrebrød Recipes

Roast Beef, Smoked Salmon, & Blue Cheese Smørrebrød Recipes

​Danish open-faced sandwiches? Yes.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Save room for dessert.
A rich, dense flourless chocolate cake is the perfect dessert to serve during the Jewish festival of Passover or whenever...
An American Hanukkah Meal: Sweet Potato Latkes and Cranberry Applesauce

An American Hanukkah Meal: Sweet Potato Latkes and Cranberry Applesauce

Next week, Jewish families around the world will gather together to celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, by exchanging gifts...
Bake Sourdough Bread at Home

Bake Sourdough Bread at Home

There is nothing like a crusty, chewy, tangy loaf of sourdough bread. Not only does sourdough have a unique flavor...
How to Host a Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Party

How to Host a Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Party

Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, is marked by fasting, prayer and contemplation. At the end...
Braised Beef Brisket & Roasted Carrots with a Pomegranate-Honey Glaze for Rosh Hashanah

Braised Beef Brisket & Roasted Carrots with a Pomegranate-Honey Glaze for Rosh Hashanah

Melt-in-your-mouth brisket smothered in rich gravy. Caramelized roasted carrots drizzled with a pomegranate-honey syrup. Sweet meets savory over a festive...
Intro to Making Jam + a Peach Basil Jam Recipe

Intro to Making Jam + a Peach Basil Jam Recipe

If a few days have passed and that beautiful summer fruit I bought has yet to be consumed, I simply...
How To: Make Your Own Flours

How To: Make Your Own Flours

Baking bread and pastries with whole grain, freshly milled flour is an emerging culinary trend. In this easy to follow...
Intro to Pickling

Intro to Pickling

When faced with an abundance of summer vegetables, be they from your garden, your CSA box or your local farmers...
How to Host a Food Swap

How to Host a Food Swap

Do you love to cook or bake? Do you have a vegetable garden that, come summer, produces more zucchini or...
Matzo Ball Soup for Passover

Matzo Ball Soup for Passover

If you are not Jewish, a Passover Seder may seem mysterious, but it is a big holiday meal like any...
Hamantaschen for Purim

Hamantaschen for Purim

Early spring brings the Jewish festival of Purim, a carnival holiday where people are encouraged to dress in costume and...
Homemade Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Who wouldn’t love opening a box of rich, decadent chocolate truffles on Valentine’s Day? Or any day for that matter...
Homemade Lemon Curd to Brighten Up Winter

Homemade Lemon Curd to Brighten Up Winter

Winter is specialty citrus season. Embrace it! Nothing brightens up a cold, gray day like a sunny burst of vitamin...
Great Food Gifts: Pumpkin Apple Bread & Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Great Food Gifts: Pumpkin Apple Bread & Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Looking for some great new recipes to take advantage of fall's favorite produce?  We have you covered!  Try these Pumpkin Apple...
Hanukkah Beyond the Latke: Sufganiyot

Hanukkah Beyond the Latke: Sufganiyot

This year Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on December 6th. All over the world, Jewish families...
​Homemade Cranberry-Orange Relish

​Homemade Cranberry-Orange Relish

Fall is the season for cranberries and they are available now at your local farmers’ market.
Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on September 13. Rosh Hashanah is a festive occasion, as most...

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