June Winner – Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling

Food Stories Award Winner
It is such a huge honor to announce our second winner for the NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling!

A huge round of applause for Willow from Will Cook For Friends :-)

The tagline for Willow’s blog is … Love People – Cook Them Tasty Food.

From her blog, she says … I am not a chef, or a cook, or even a line-cook, for that matter… I’m just a normal girl who loves food and bringing people together around it. For a long time I was only really focused on the ‘eating’ aspect of food, but as I began spending more time in the kitchen I learned to really savor. Food is so much more than sustanance, it’s nourishment for every level of our being. It engages all our senses, and can warm us up, wrap us up, and fill us up like nothing else. And best of all, it can be shared! 

If you’ve never visited her blog then you should drop what you’re doing and head over, right now. It’s no wonder that she blogs about great food stories because she also enjoys writing fiction, short stories & poetry. In fact, her site says she created her first ‘book’, with pages stapled into a cut-up cereal box for binding when she was just a wee lass of just 5 or 6 years old … Just check out the blog post from her acceptance of the Food Story nomination … It’s great!

See what the other judges had to say about her blog …

Kim - Treats and Trinkets

Kim – Treats and Trinkets
Will Cook For Friends is intelligent but relatable, well written, and a lot of fun to read. Willow’s pictures are breathtaking, and her recipes are divine. Plus, anyone who can properly use the word “elucidation” has my word nerd vote!


Uru – Go Bake Yourself
Willow has such a warm and friendly personality which comes through her fantastic posts – each one oozes her unique style and captures attention :)  Her recipes are beautifully presented and I love her blogging voice!


Jen – Juanita’s Cocina
Willow is the quintessential food blogger. Her stories, photos, and recipes suck you in and make you feel like you should never leave her page. There’s a beauty in a simple and well-researched recipe that is accompanied by gorgeous photography and a descriptive story. If there’s any food blogger that exhudes kindness and light, Willow is it. Her words make me comfortable. Her recipes make me hungry. And her photography keeps me drooling. Congratulations, Willow. This award is much deserved!


Jennie – The Messy Baker
Willow has a way with words when it comes to describing food. As I’m reading her site, my mouth starts to water and I begin to crave the delicious food she is describing. Her humor is warm and inviting, and I find myself wanting to have tea and biscotti with this lovely foodie. Congratulations, Willow!


Heidi – Young Grasshopper
I think on her recent Vanilla Ice Cream Post Willow summed up why she is my kind of blogger…. “Plain is not my flavor ~Vanilla.”  Everything about Willow’s blog is extra-ordinary from her witty pen to her creative palate and her refined photographic eye. Congrats & Thank you Willow for sharing a corner of your world with us.


So what does Willow get for being the May Winner?

Each Food Story Award Winner will be receiving a fabulous badge for their website that only winners will be able to display, as well as, a special giveaway package shipped directly to them from our Food Stories Judging Panel. It’s just our way of saying Thank You for sharing your Food Stories with us.

Who nominated Willow?

Major thanks go out to Abby of Seaweed and Sassafras for introducing us to Willow’s amazing food stories!

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What do you think?

  1. It’s a pleasure discovering Willow’s blog and thanks for helping to share with everyone – I’m not a happy subscriber! I’m off to visit Willow’s blog…
    Javelin Warrior recently posted … Made with Love Mondays: Week of 7/16/2012My Profile

  2. Congrats Willow it is a pleasure to meet you.

  3. Yay!! Congrats Willow! She is such a wonderful blogger and writer, I’m so excited that she won!
    Abby recently posted … 29My Profile

  4. Congrats to Willow! Haven’t been to her blog yet, but will definitely check it out now =)
    Peggy recently posted … Blanquette de BoeufMy Profile

  5. big congrats to willow! i absolutely love her blog, as well as the girl behind all those lovely photos and words. She’s one of my favorites, and i enjoy her stories (and food) so much; she’s one of the few which, no matter if it’s a sweet treat or something good for you, can make you want it. as in, have-to-make-that-recipe-immediately want it. Willow, you totally deserve this! yay!
    shannon recently posted … earl grey tea + lemon bars.My Profile

  6. Congrats to Willow! And I love the added comments and insight from the judges slash fellow bloggers!

  7. Congrats willow! This is so great! I love people recognizing others for a job well done!
    Lauren recently posted … Homemade BBQ Sauce.My Profile

  8. Great blog willow congatulations. Indeed it is a complete package with the tinge of all essential things required for an attractive blog. Thanks to Food Stories and the pther judges as well for choosing a well deserved candidate.
    Pooja recently posted … Mango Almond CreamMy Profile

  9. Congrats to Willow! Great knowing another wonderful food blogger. CJ, kudos to u for the thrilling & delicious post. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
    Blackswan recently posted … Around The World with July BellaBoxMy Profile

  10. This is a new blog to me. I will be checking it out now.
    Emily recently posted … Blueberry Corn MuffinsMy Profile

  11. Oh my goodness, Willow – your blog is lovely!! I love your writing style. It’s really hard to put a spin on recipes so that they sound like stories, but you manage to do just that – kudos to you! Keep up the fabulous writing and the jaw-droppingly good photography!

  12. Congratulations to Willow! I always look forward to reading her posts.
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman recently posted … Zinfandel Spaghetti with Spicy BroccoliMy Profile

  13. Wow – I’m honored! Thank you all so much, and especially to Abby, for nominating me. You all have me grinning from ear-to-ear!
    Willow recently posted … Browned-Butter Pecan Ice CreamMy Profile

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