Willow Bird Weekly

by Julie Ruble on June 4, 2011 · 12 comments

Each week I bookmark tons of fascinating recipes, trek to interesting food-related places, find neat kitchen tricks, and make unique little dishes. Willow Bird Weekly is a miscellany of stuff I’ve collected throughout the week that I hope you’ll find entertaining.

Stuff I Can’t Wait to Make:

-Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream on Pinch My Salt
-Bacon Lovers Mac and Cheese by Annie’s Eats
-Frozen Strawberry Squares by She Wears Many Hats


Frozen Strawberry Squares, photo by Amy

-Coffee Pancakes by A Cozy Kitchen
-Apricot Honey Almond Tart by Sass & Veracity
-Brown Butter Banana Strawberry Bread by Joy the Baker


Stuff I Already Made:

This week was the last full week of school. After two full days and a short graduation next week, school’s out for summer! That’s usually bittersweet for me, but I’m looking forward to cleaning my apartment and getting things in order for next year.


Clare and Hannah

I’ll miss scenes like this, though! Yesterday was my last middle school Cookies enrichment class of the year, and the kids loved the Oatmeal White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies they made.

My high school cooking classes also finished up this past week. I’ll be telling you about that in a post coming up soon. For now, I’ll just say that you should go read their awesome food blog, the Woodlawn Kitchen and tell them how fantastic they are!

Some individual students were even inspired to create their very own blogs: Sayre blogs at G.R.I.T.S. Gone Green (a food blog), Isaac at Memoirs of a Gaysha (a food and theatre blog), and Alexa at Swimming In A Raindrop (a food and photography blog).

Places I Went and Stuff I Ate:

On Thursday I returned to the Chow Down Uptown Food Truck Rally, the new weekly gathering of food trucks in Charlotte.

This time around I had to try the grilled cheese sandwich with pulled pork (!) and, from the always-impressive Roots Farm Food truck, pork belly sliders topped with blueberry chipotle sauce and cucumbers. Vanessa of Life Undeveloped accompanied me and shared her fried deviled eggs (which turned out to be a sort of deviled egg salad battered and deep fried).

It was a good week for grilled cheeses! In addition to my homemade grilled sharp cheddar and caramelized onions on beer bread and the grilled cheese with pulled pork above, I went to Firebirds with the parents for Memorial Day and had a grilled cheese with tomato and candied bacon.


I also got to hang out with my sweet little brother, who’s home for college. We went to eat some Serbian food and the best pizza in Charlotte at Intermezzo’s Pizzeria and Cafe.

Stuff That Rocks:

Did you know you can make homemade ice cream cones with your panini press?! I didn’t, but Panini Happy just posted these gorgeous cones and filled me in:


photo by Kathy

This is adds to the already-significant temptation to get an ice cream maker!

What fantastic recipes have you discovered online this week? What fun food experiences have you had?

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Vanessa June 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Love your Willow Bird Weekly and love food truck dates :-) I too, bookmarked Joy the Baker’s bread. Looks amazing!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks, Vanessa! The brown butter, man — that’s what did it for me! Yum!

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kellypea June 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It’s one of life’s little pleasures when somebody includes me in a post like this — especially with all the good, tasty company you’ve got here! Many thanks :). I can’t wait to try some of this goodness myself!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

You’re very welcome, kellypea :) Thank you for sharing the recipe for your apricot tart. Can’t wait to try it — it’s beautiful!

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Maris (In Good Taste) June 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

That ice cream cone looks delicious!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I knowww! Can’t wait to make that thing! :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 5, 2011 at 6:55 am

I’m loving all the summer recipes out there, especially the homemade ice cream cone! Looks like a delicious week of eats for you! I’m so impressed that your students have blogs!

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sayre1311 June 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks for mentioning me in your blog, Ms. Ruble!! I made your blueberry lemon cake last night and we’re going to devour it today for Alex’s birthday.

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Mariah June 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

In case you have one, I have the ice cream maker attachment to the Kitchen Aid, and I love it, its so easy. Just sayin’ :)

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Monica H June 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

ooh, what a fun post! Now I want grilled cheese, a giant pizza pie and ice cream on homemade waffle cones :-)

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Maranda June 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

What a great food week you have had! I am loving all the grilled cheese sammiches! Yum!!!

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natalie (the sweets life) June 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I made the frozen strawberry squares this week–they are SO good!

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