Four years ago this fall, I was easing into my new life in Chicago. It had been a rough transition, but I’d finally begun to make some friends and develop a few job leads. My first friend in Chicago was a really cool girl named Stacy McKinley. I met her through a friend of mine in Los Angeles and she will always remain as one of the most welcoming, hospitable and funny women I’ve ever met. Right now she’s a teacher and a writer living in Louisville, but back then she was grad student and co-host of a pretty fantastic Internet cooking show called Per Person.
One day that fall, when I was feeling particularly depressed and sorry for myself, Stacy convinced me to come over and help her with a new episode of Per Person. One of the things I am NOT in this life is an actress and so I agreed begrudgingly. However, that afternoon will always go down as one of my most favorite spent in Chicago, and I tend to think about it every October so I thought I’d share it today.
Here’s the video. In one part I was supposed to be pretending to hold a baby so we wrapped up Stacy’s little dog Belvedere in a blanket and I almost peed myself laughing because he was squirming so much.
p.s. The cookie recipe featured is REALLY good. You should try them!