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

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies by Sprinkle Bakes
Oatmeal Brownie Milky Way Bars by i am baker
Peach Shortcake by Ezra Pound Cake

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!

Also, stacked pies. What?! Apparently people do this?! It’s pure insanity, and y’all know I like some to do some crazy stacking when I get the chance. Cannot wait to stack a pie or two or three!

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?

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11 Comments on Willow Bird Weekly

  1. onceuponarecipe
    June 18, 2011 at 1:14 am (11 years ago)

    Geocaching is SO fun! The thrill of finding a cache is awesome, and totally makes you feel connected to the people in the rest of the world. Start by finding local caches, and then step it up to looking for caches when you travel – so rad! Have fun!

  2. GroundCherry
    June 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm (11 years ago)

    You didn’t know about geocaching!? I’ve only done it a few times, but it’s great fun.

    I’m now feeling the need to combine bakery (GF), ice cream, and melted chocolate…. totally upstages my dessert plans of “truffles” from apricots and unsweetened chocolate! Oh my…

  3. Anita Menon
    June 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm (11 years ago)

    I enjoyed this post immensely. It seemed you were able to pack so many things and they all looked a whole lot of fun.

    Lovely 🙂

  4. muppy
    June 19, 2011 at 12:23 am (11 years ago)

    that brownie ice cream sandwich looks amazing 🙂

  5. Joanne
    June 19, 2011 at 8:49 am (11 years ago)

    I love your weekend round-ups! They give me so much baking inspiration!

  6. Virginia
    June 20, 2011 at 9:59 am (11 years ago)

    I made the Cheesey Puff Pull Apart bread this weekend! But I upped the ante and added minced garlic, which made my roommates fall over with the sheer deliciousness of it all!

  7. Liz
    June 20, 2011 at 10:29 am (11 years ago)

    You’re so lucky to have met Miss Tartlette herself! I’ve recently become an avid follower of her blog. How have you liked her book?

  8. Tom bonger
    June 24, 2011 at 11:16 am (11 years ago)

    I love cakes

  9. Maranda
    July 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm (11 years ago)

    I can’t wait to grab my copy of that book as well! Have I mentioned that I really love this series you are doing. Too fun!


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