Watch and learn how to make the most delicious of treats from my friend, Jessie! I was so excited when she wanted to teach me how to make Puppy Chow but I must warn you. This is a very dangerous skill because there is definitely a tipping point when the Puppy Chow takes over and you lose complete control.
Jessie and I met a couple of years when we both worked for Livingsocial. I was living in NYC and she was in DC at the time. I didn’t really get to know her until I moved back to SF and I’m so happy that I did. Jessie is so great. She keeps it real and hilarious. She has a zest for life that is like no other.
Thank you so much, Jessie, for being an amazing teacher and cooking show host. Also, a big thank you to Michael Seiler for being an amazing videographer and co-director. It was truly a team effort.
Over my spring break, I ambushed my friend Tolu’s morning of getting ready for work so she could enlighten me on her morning ritual of making a green smoothie. They are delicious and this is just one of the many enlightening things Tolu has shed on me.
I met Tolu through Ashley years ago (they studied abroad in London) when Ashley moved to SF as I left for San Diego. We would hang out here and there when I would visit. It wasn’t until I moved back to San Francisco last year that Tolu and I became close and I got to learn for myself how amazing she is. Tolu gave me the courage to say yes to Burning Man and fully commit without looking back. She is always the one uplifting her friends and inspiring us to have the confidence of Beyonce. I can always count on her to be down for the fun as well as someone to trust, look to for advice as well as look up to in the way she lives her life. Thanks Tolu for being part of my life on my second round in SF! It’s been such a blast!
My friend Ashley is a woman with many talents so when it came to deciding what to teach me there were many options to choose from. She’s an amazing cook and sInce we are now fully into fall (which is bananas), she decided to go with an autumn theme of teaching a variety ways to use pumpkins and squash besides just carving them for decoration. I loved these simple recipes and definitely will be incorporating them in my future Halloween and Thanksgiving parties. Thanks Ashley for sharing your skills in the kitchen!
This was one of the ultimate impromtu FWB episodes. I brought my mic along to my friend, Patty’s going away party in Dolores Park because I made a plan to make a video with my friend, Kyle. Lo and behold, Polly was in town from NYC and attending Patty’s party (they went to college together). While waiting for Kyle, we were catching up and she started explaining what her lesson would be. I quickly stopped her and got out my IPhone to make it happen. Polly and I met through friends (Patty and co) during my first run in SF and it was so great to see her and have her participate in FWB in one of our favorite places in the city. I love and totally appreciate her enthusiasm for FWB which was so encouraging and awesome to hear. She’s definitely a natural in front of the camera;) Thanks Polly for being so fun and proving that SF is such a special place that we’ll always have no matter where we live in the world.
Liz is on of my oldest and dearest friends. She is basically the reason why I have lived in Brooklyn for the last two and a half years. In this FWB, Liz teaches me how she makes her beloved BoardSnacks. She has always been a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put together such a good spread that I convinced her to start a blog to share her goodness with the world. Check her out at BoardSnacks.com. Thanks Lizzy for showing me your awesome skills and saying yes to being on FWB. I really appreciate it and heart you big time! xo
My best friend from college, Hilary, teaches me how to make delicious and simple recipes for easy summer hosting. We had such an amazing and relaxing weekend in Fire Island and I’m happy I get to always remember it through this Friendships With Benefits lesson. You can check out Hilary’s awesome blog at ientertainmyself.com. Thanks Hil for always believing in me and teaching me these awesome recipes! Much love, NSLP!