Big News for Willow Bird Baking!

by Julie Ruble on February 22, 2011 · 53 comments


From top, clockwise: Yours Truly photographing Red Velvet Cheesecake, a cooking class at Woodlawn School, and the aforementioned cheesecake. These photos by Todd Sumlin.

Remember that mysterious photographer pictured at the bottom of my Red Velvet Cheesecake post? That was Todd Sumlin, and I finally get to reveal some big news to you about why he came to photograph me photographing my cheesecake (say that three times fast).

It’s because Willow Bird Baking was featured in The Charlotte Observer! Kathleen Purvis, the food editor, contacted me some weeks ago for an interview, and the article made the front page of yesterday’s paper. To say that I’m humbled and so, so grateful is an understatement. Thank you for visiting Willow Bird Baking and reading, baking, and eating with me!

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In other news, congratulations to Jenna, who won the Pestos With Panache giveaway! Jenna will be receiving an email shortly with instructions on how to claim her prize. In the meantime, even if you didn’t win, feel free to skip on over and try some of their fun pesto flavors for yourself.

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Meghan @ nestMeg February 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm

You are awesome. As if there was any doubt. CONGRATULATIONS!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Aw, thank you, Meghan!! :)

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Megan February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations! I really loved the article!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thank you! I saw your sweet reply on charlotteobserver.com! :)

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Marci February 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Congrats Julie, a great story in the Observer!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Marci!!

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Barbara Bakes February 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a fun article! So nice that you are getting some well deserved recognition!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Thanks so much, Barbara!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Congrats friend!!! Thats awesome!!!!!
Now, lets get to work on your dot com :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Thanks so much, Mara!

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Sue February 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

How exciting! What a fantastic article! CONGRATS, Julie!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Thank you, Sue!

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Kamille @ Evangitality February 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Julie–congratulations!!! Such an honor and simply overjoyed for you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Thank you, Kamille!

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Joan Nova February 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Congratulations Julie. I think they did a very good job in capturing the essence of you and the blog. I was pleased to be reminded about your King’s Kitchen post which I thought was memorable.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Thanks so much, Joan!

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Jenna February 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Congrats! That cheesecake is b.e.a.utiful! And thank you so much for the pesto-I’m so excited!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

Thank you, Jenna! I’m excited for you!!

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PJ Mullen February 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Very cool! Congrats.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

Thanks PJ!! Following in great footsteps here ;)

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit February 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Great article- congratulations! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

Thank you, Betty!

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Jennifer-The Adventuresome Kitchen February 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

What a fantastic article! Congratulations!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

Thank you, Jennifer!

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Rachel February 23, 2011 at 2:52 am

Check you out! That’s such great news–congratulations, you deserve every bit of good that comes your way, Julie. :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thank you, Rachel!!

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terry February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

do you ever sell your baked goods?

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

Hi Terry,

I don’t at this time — my kitchen isn’t inspected (and can’t be, officially, since I have an indoor pet — a rule in NC!) You never know in the future, though :)

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Lauren at KeepItSweet February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

Congrats, that is such great news for you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks, Lauren!

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Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hi Julie – good for you! How exciting, well-deserved! YAY!
LL

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Rosemary@Sprigs of Rosemary February 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I found my way to you via Food Journal! Now, I subscribe!) Very impressive. . . congratulations on the piece; you’ll go far. Iwish I would have had a teacher like you when I was in middle school!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Aw, thanks, Rosemary!!

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Janet February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Hi Julie! I found out about your blog through the great article in the paper. (I am in Charlotte too). I am now a subscriber and am looking forward to following you! I can’t wait to work my way through all your great recipes. Today I am going to make your marbled chocolate cheesecake brownies and then this weekend the lemon blueberry crumble bars. Your blog may be very dangerous for me! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Hurray, welcome Janet! I’m so happy to have you. I hope you love those brownies — we sure did! And the lemon crumble bars are one of my favorites! Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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Jeanette February 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Congratulations on your article! I found your blog through a link in the Fine Cooking website (I think). I made the Red Velvet Cheesecake and it was a hit with the co-workers. I look forward to fattening them all up with more of your yummy recipes!

Jeanette
fellow NC baking fiend

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Hurray, so glad they enjoyed it, Jeanette!!! :) Thank you for visiting!

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natalie (the sweets life) February 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

CONGRATS! how exciting! you absolutely deserve it! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thank you, Natalie!

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Cammy February 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Julie, how exciting to have an article in the newspaper! Congratulations!!! I loved reading the article and about all the good stuff you’re up to, but my favorite part was when I read that you’re still calling people “rock stars”. Glad you’re staying true to your sweet self!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Aw :) Thanks, Cammy! I miss you!!

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Judy February 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations on the newspaper article. I followed the link to read it and it was excellent. Really enjoy your blog.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Thank you, Judy!

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Maranda March 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

That is so awesome! You totally deserve it!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thanks, Maranda!! :)

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atouchofrojo March 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Woa! Congrats! That’s so awesome. I’m a fellow Charlottean but I now live in Bogotá, Colombia as a newlywed with my hubby. I love meeting fellow NCinians (sorry for the shortcut). I will be subscribing to this blog and look forward to seeing more from you. By the way, the trifle looks great (I’m not a sprinkles fan but everything else looks tempting).

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thank you! What a move — from Charlotte to Colombia!

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Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) March 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

That’s so awesome Julie! Congratulations!! Certainly well deserved. Have been seeing your blog around a lot, now a follower :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thank you, Avanika!

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sheila @ Elements March 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations, Julie!!! That’s so exciting!! It was interesting to learn more about you, and I so totally wish you had been one of my teachers when I was in school! You’re engaging, energetic, creative, and I know you must totally inspire your students! That’s awesome! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Aw, thank you so much, Sheila! That’s so nice of you to say :)

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Monica H March 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I was waiting to see who that was! That’s awesome Julie. COngrats to you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Thank you!! It was such a great experience :)

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