Three Milk Cake

WOW!  Time flies when you are cooking, and stuffing your face.  It is hard to believe that it has been 4 years, yes 4 years, and 697 posts since Chez Us was born.  It is fun to look back, and see the baby steps we took, to get where we are now.  We laugh, and smile over some of these silly posts, when we were shy, and not sure how much we should say. It has been a delicious journey.

We get asked all the time, why we do it, and why we keep doing it?  Well, we have to eat, right?  Honestly?  We love it;  it is a sweet labor of love, delicious love.  Two passions rolled into one … food and photography.  An outlet to be creative, to unwind, to think outside the box.  And the relationships.  Food just happens to bring people together.  We have been so fortunate to have met some amazing people through the site;  truly raw talent.  Very lucky, the relationships that have been “baking” mean so much, we cannot ever imagine not meeting each of you.

What did we do to celebrate?  Well, we ate, the same meal we have eaten every year on the blogiversary;  vegetarian enchiladas, washed down with margaritas.  This year we mixed it up a bit, by adding cake.  A sultry, and creamy three milk cake.  I have been dying to make one, ever since I read a recipe many years ago.  I just have never gotten around to it.  I was inspired by a recipe over at Lemon Pi recently, and used it as a guideline.  Instead of regular milk, I used coconut milk, and added a heavy dose of fresh lime zest.  It was amazing.  Really amazing.  Dense, moist, luscious, and flavorful.  Melts on your tongue with every bite;  I am serious here.  This is going to be a new favorite, and I cannot wait to play with flavor combinations.  Dreamy!

We want to say “thank you”.  Not just a little thank you, but a heart-felt thank you to everyone who has ever read our site, glanced at it, recommends it to their dog, or keeps coming back for more.  Without your loving, and sometimes not so loving comments, we would not be here.  As long as you want us to feed you, we will keep doing so.

A celebration would not be a celebration without a couple gifts right?  Instead of giving Chez Us a gift, as we have the gift of your readership, we want to pass along a gift to you;  a couple of our favorite things.  One lucky reader will get each of these sweet little tokens of Chez Us love.

1)  Bill’s Open Kitchen by Bill Granger – LOVE this guy.  He is a favorite Aussie chef of ours.  Not only are his recipes fresh, and easy to make, but they all call for fresh ingredients, and are diet friendly.  Love the simple but exotic flavors of chilies, lime, cilantro … mouth watering.  This particular book has every meal covered from breakfast to afternoon tea.  Wait until you try the passion fruit pancakes;  oh yes!  Or the citrus risotto;  swoon!

2)  Five Spoons Organizing Stickers – are your cookbooks dog-eared to mark recipes you must try?  Or do you take a pen and make a little mark, indicating you like it?   Not any more ….  I discovered Anna’s lovely company Five Spoons, through my friend Tracy.   Anna’s sells these cute little stickers that you can use to mark the recipes that you are dying to try, or you can use the little spoon stickers to rate each recipe in your books. I have so much fun, sitting down with a cup of jo, opening a book, and stickering away.  And my books look so much more organized and “cute”.  You are going to love these stickers!  Anna was nice enough to contribute a set of each for one lucky reader.

What do you have to do?  Easy.  Peasy.  Leave a comment below, telling us what you love most about Chez Us, or what you love least?  What you would like to see us do, in the next year?  More video?  Bring back podcasts?  More easy dinners?  More sweets?  Meal planning to help you save time?  Please let us know …..

For additional entries, do one or all of the following.  You will have to come back here after completing each task, and leave a separate comment indicating you have done so.

You have until midnight, May 22, 2010;  we will use random.org to pick a winner, and will announce it May 23.

Now, let’s get baking;  here is the recipe for this dreamy three milk cake.

 

How do we pick a winner, by using Random.Org.  We could from the bottom up (first comment for the post).  For this post there were 17 comments, we did not count our ping which is the first comment.  DRUM ROLL!!!!  The WINNER is:  # 15 – Danielle.   Danielle, ping us, and we will get you your lovely prize!

Comments

  1. Happy blogiversary! I am especially thankful your blog, because otherwise we would never have met! I love everything you guys do – and love you guys – oh, and this cake looks awesooooome!

  2. HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!! I’m so glad that i’ve gotten to know your blog these past couple of months. You do such fantastic work!

    And it may seem odd… but that’s what I love about your blog. Because you make recipes that I want to make (seriously, all of them look wonderful).

    Can’t wait to see what you make next!

  3. Whoa, your cake looks amazing! I need to try it with coconut milk too. Hip hip hooray for 4 stomach-happy years of blogging :)

  4. Happy Anniversary- This is my first visit and what I like most about your blog is that I found it! Yeah for me. Great pictures, great recipes, great writing. Keep on keepin’ on…

  5. Congrats on 4 + years! When I first started writing a blog, it was also about 4 years ago and I can hardly remember life before the blog. The number 1 thing that I think always keeps me going is the fun of it all. It makes life better. I’m glad you are still rocking it and loving it. Your site is looking awesome! This cake looks awesome. YUM!

  6. Happy Blog Anniversary! I’m so glad I recently came upon your lovely blog. The recipes and stories and images are great. And what a perfect cake to celebrate! It’s the same cake that was made for our wedding day in Mexico!

    Congratulations! It’s quite an achievement!

  7. Congratulations! I’m a fan of your eclectic and diverse recipes…keep it going!

  8. Carolyn says:

    Congrats on four years of blogging! As a mother of a vegetarian and somebody who’s trying to eat less meat, I’m always looking for ideas for vegetarian meals and you have some great ones. Thanks!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Subscribed to Culinary Capers. Looking forward to readng the newsletter.

  10. Carolyn says:

    And liked you on Facebook…

  11. Becki Sue says:

    I liked your page on FB!! I really enjoy the photography. Make me want to try every recipe!

  12. I just found your website today and I love it. I especially love the photography. Your food looks gorgeous. I’m anxious to try your milk cake, and I’m going to try your banana bread with coconut oil right now as I have some very ripe bananas and some coconut oil on hand. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing such great recipes.

  13. Lauren says:

    Love the blog, I’m glad I found it! I would love some more dinners that aren’t too time consuming but still tasty!

  14. Lovely Denise! The food blog world is better with you and Lenny in it! Don’t enter me, just know that one of the best things about starting my own blog is having met and become friends with you two!

  15. Happy 4th Blogerversary – wow, 697 posts is pretty impressive! What I love most about Chez Us is having you two as friends and I’m looking forward to more good times together in the next year. Preferably with some of those Portugese doughnuts you keep telling me about *ahem* ;)

  16. Debbie says:

    I love your recipes with the inticing introduction. The recipes don’t scare me with 100+ ingredients and give me the “Hey I can do this” feel. Oh, oh and the pictures, the pictures make me want to lick my screen!!!

  17. Selfishly I’d love it if you posted more of your posts on the RSS feed so I can decide whether to read it. Without any pictures and very little content, I sometimes accidentally skip past. I like the smitten kitchen approach of a tantalizing photo, a little content, then I find myself clicking through to read more…

  18. I just found your site through Joy the Baker and am so glad I did!
    Happy belated 4 year anniversary – such a milestone!
    I love your post and look forward to making your recipes

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