By Susan Pocharski and Tara Bench
The Blogger: Julie Ruble
The Blog: Willow Bird Baking
Home Base: Charlotte, North Carolina
Profile: Ruble named her blog after her poodle, Byrd, since "she represents home and family to me, just like cooking does." By day, Ruble is a middle school teacher.
The Cookie: "Rosemary is the ideal supporting actor in these buttery shortbread cookies. The herb perfectly complements the slight sweetness of the shortbread and the bright, bold flavor of clementines."