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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53 Comments on Big News for Willow Bird Baking!

  1. Meghan @ nestMeg
    February 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm (7 years ago)

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

  2. Megan
    February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! I really loved the article!

  3. Marci
    February 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm (7 years ago)

    Congrats Julie, a great story in the Observer!

  4. Barbara Bakes
    February 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm (7 years ago)

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

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm (7 years ago)

    Congrats friend!!! Thats awesome!!!!!
    Now, lets get to work on your dot com ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sue
    February 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm (7 years ago)

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

  7. Kamille @ Evangitality
    February 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm (7 years ago)

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

  8. Joan Nova
    February 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm (7 years ago)

    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.

  9. Jenna
    February 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

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

  10. PJ Mullen
    February 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm (7 years ago)

    Very cool! Congrats.

  11. Rachel
    February 23, 2011 at 2:52 am (7 years ago)

    Check you out! That’s such great news–congratulations, you deserve every bit of good that comes your way, Julie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. terry
    February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am (7 years ago)

    do you ever sell your baked goods?

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am (7 years ago)

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Rosemary@Sprigs of Rosemary
    February 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm (7 years ago)

    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!

  14. Janet
    February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm (7 years ago)

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      February 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm (7 years ago)

      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!

  15. Jeanette
    February 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm (7 years ago)

    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!

    fellow NC baking fiend

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
      February 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Hurray, so glad they enjoyed it, Jeanette!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting!

  16. Cammy
    February 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm (7 years ago)

    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!

  17. Judy
    February 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm (7 years ago)

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

  18. Maranda
    March 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm (7 years ago)

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

  19. atouchofrojo
    March 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Woa! Congrats! That’s so awesome. I’m a fellow Charlottean but I now live in Bogotรก, 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).

  20. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)
    March 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm (7 years ago)

    That’s so awesome Julie! Congratulations!! Certainly well deserved. Have been seeing your blog around a lot, now a follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. sheila @ Elements
    March 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm (7 years ago)

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Monica H
    March 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm (7 years ago)

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


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