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:
-Red, White, and Blue Macaroni and Cheese on Taylor Takes a Taste
-Sour Cream Custard Brioche (Gâteau à la Crème Fraîche) on Not Quite Nigella
-Fourth of July Fruit Pops by Bakers Royale
Fourth of July Fruit Pops, photo by Naomi
Bloomin' Onion Bread, photo by Karly
Places I Went and Stuff I Ate:
The Charlotte Food Bloggers had their first weeknight meeting this week at one of the 987,945,2532 local frozen yogurt (a.k.a. froyo) joints that now exist in Charlotte. We went to TCBY, which is pretty old school, but they've revitalized their restaurants to be hip and self-serve (with lotsa toppings) to match the new trend.
I was going to forgo the froyo because I usually try not to eat much sugar during the week, but I checked out the nutrition stats on the TCBY website and they were surprisingly reasonable. A half cup of their froyo generally has about 100-120 calories and 15-20 grams soluble carbohydrates. I got about 1/2 cup of no sugar added strawberry froyo topped with strawberries, raspberries, and mochi. It was tasty, and only $3.50.
The Food Blogsters and I had lots of fun talking about how awesome Tom Colicchio is, how not-awesome some other unnamed TV personalities are, and how one might go about getting a date with Cam Newton. Fun times!
Stuff That Rocks:
Barbara over at Barbara Bakes was craving hot dogs, so she did what any rational human being would do and made bacon-wrapped cheese hot dogs.
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs, photo by Barbara
I just have two words for you, Barbara, from me and everyone else heading into this summer holiday weekend: thank you.
You know what else rocks? MY TURTLE. My friend Erin pointed out that Byrd has shown up on WBB a few times now, but Squirt hasn't made an appearance yet. Well, here's Byrd's handsome older brother, Squirt. He's a 6-7 year old Red Eared Slider and he lives in a 140-gallon tank in my dining room. Love this little guy!
"I AM smiling."
But also, Byrd is cute. And she loves flowers.
Another thing that rocks is that my lovely friend Jordan from Kitchen Karate just opened a new online shop, I'm With Cupcake! It has lots of adorable items, and from July 2 to 3, you can use the promo code willowbirdbaking to get 10% off a purchase of $30 or more before taxes and shipping. You can only use the promo code once per purchase and it can't be combined with any other offer.
Congratulations on the grand opening, Jordan!
And Then There's This:
What fantastic recipes have you discovered online this week? What fun food experiences have you had? What ridiculous ways do you procrastinate?