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:
-Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread on How Sweet It Is
-Cranberry Pistachio Butter Cups by Mommie Cooks (and just think of the possibilities: cashew butter! almond butter!)
-Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sophistimom (via Good Life Eats)
Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, photo by Jaime
Peach Shortcake, photo by Rebecca
Places I Went and Stuff I Ate:
Today I grabbed my already-beloved copy of Hélène Dujardin's Plate to Pixel (I know you've been hearing about it everywhere, and for good reason -- what an amazing, all-encompassing resource for food photographers!) and headed down to the local French bakery for a book signing. Sweet Tartelette herself was there and is definitely even sweeter in person! It was wonderful to meet Hélène.
Thanks to Taylor Mathis for organizing the book signing, and to the lovely folks who showed up.
Speaking of people I love, I love this girl!
I've mentioned Ashley on the blog before -- she teaches Spanish at the school where I teach language arts and cooking. Ashley left Monday to spend her summer in her beloved España completing the first half of a masters program. Before she left, though, she and her parents threw a lovely fiesta with a delicious roasted pork tenderloin with rosemary, couscous, lots of fun appetizers and desserts, and my favorite part: what I like to call the flaming pineapple! I hear Ashley's mom was responsible for the fantastic presentation of the grilled pineapple bites. Too fun, and what a good idea for folks who love to entertain:
Stuff That Rocks:
You may have heard about the total lunar eclipse that occurred recently, but I for one am more impressed by BraveTart's Total Eclipse of the Tart. You have to go see it. You just have to. I hear in North America we have to wait until December to see the real total eclipse, anyhow!
Stacked Pies, photo by Karen
And finally, something that totally rocks and is news to me: geocaching! Has a worldwide scavenger hunt really been going on without my knowledge for ten years? Speaking as someone who never grew out of the thrill of an Easter egg hunt, I can tell I'm going to adore this. I love the idea of being able to leave messages and ideas for someone across time and space, to lead someone to important places and important conclusions, to weave webs between strangers.
What fantastic recipes have you discovered online this week? What fun food experiences have you had? Anyone out there participate in geocaching?