Emily Paster is a freelance writer and mother of two living in River Forest. She writes about food and parenting on her website, West of the Loop. Emily's print work appears frequently in Chicago Parent magazine. A passionate home cook, Emily is the co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, which brings together home cooks and gardeners to trade food and inspiration. Emily is a frequent speaker at food industry and blogging conferences on topics such as ethics, food allergies, and how to connect food producers and consumers.
Need to lighten up your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah menus? Try this refreshing salad with seasonal favorites like Gala apples from nearby Michigan and dried cranberries. Topped with cubed leftover turkey, this salad would also make a great meal for the day after Thanksgiving.
Emily recently judged the American Pie Council's 2013 Pie Town baking contest and came away with lots of helpful tips on what can make or break a good pie. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Emily shares some of her best pie-baking tips, plus links to the recipes for the winning pies.