I love the power of social media.  One of the things that I find special about it besides relationships that are born is the creativity that is provoked by one small snippet.  The other day as I was enjoying my coffee and catching up, I saw a tweet from Brandi, about an angel food cake recipe.  I have not really thought about angel food cake in years.  I have enjoyed it, but have not really thought about it until Brandi planted that seed.  A seed that continued growing ….

Angel Food Cake

I was suddenly taken back to a time when I was a little girl.  I remember my grandmother and mom baking it.  It came from a box, and there was a special pan, one with little legs that helped with cooling the fresh baked cake.  I remember the floury mixture, and the sweet smell as it mixed and tripled in volume until finally it oozed over the top of the mixing bowl.  I loved the caramelly warm sugar smell of the cake as it baked, and how the top slightly cracked.  I would anxiously peek into the oven waiting for it to be finished while being gently reminded “not to open the oven door”.  And my favorite part was when the cake came out of the pan.  I would take my dirty little fingers and scoop out the crumbs that clung to the sides of the pan.  Eagerly, I would nibble off the sugary sweetness.

Once I saw that tweet from Brandi, and relived that brief moment, I went to find the pan I had inherited.  I hadn’t used it in years as I thought making angel cake would be labor intensive.  I had time today, and we were celebrating so it would be worth it.  Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand that were needed for my recipe;  eggs, cake flour and sugar.  On a whim, I added lemon zest from one of the few lingering Meyer lemons.  Last minute I added vanilla bean paste as I love the little speckles of bean in baked goods.  Angel food cake is like heaven, it is as light as a cloud and as sweet as eternity.

And I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot of angel food cake this summer.

Angel Food Cake

This month we are celebrating by sharing this cake with you.  What are we celebrating you ask?  Chez Us has turned 6!  Six years of getting to know you, and of sharing our lives, memories and recipes.  While there have been ups and downs to blogging, in the end, it is something, we enjoy doing so we keep doing it.  We are blessed from the relationships that have formed near and far.  We enjoy reading your comments about how a recipe changed your life.  We enjoy getting emails telling us your children are now eating cauliflower because of a recipe we made for you.  Or maybe we wrote about a memory that touched us, and through social media you stumbled upon that memory that really belonged to you.  Whatever the reasoning is for you being here, we thank you, and we hope to continue feeding you as long as we can continue cooking.

To thank you for your continued support we have finally updated the site.  We met a wonderful woman during the MIXED event, her name is Kita, and she has many talents besides cooking.  She develops websites!  It was a joy to work with her, and she helped make our virtual kitchen easier for you to navigate around.  A few highlights for us (and we hope you) are the sections we created of What’s In Season and Camping Grub;  we plan to change this area with each season and what is available to us.  As well we are highlighting a few fun areas we enjoy in the kitchen off on the right hand side of the front page.  One of the most exciting areas is our newly designed Recipe Index.  It is all still a work in progress as we tweak areas, and we are getting there.  Soon all recipes will be printable – yeah!  Sign up for our newsletter to be in the know as we will be announcing fun things along the way.  Is there something you’d like to see us do over at Chez Us?  Let us know;  leave a comment or drop us a note.

 

Angel Food Cake

 

More Angel Food Cakes to make you swoon:

Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Cocoa Whipped Cream – Bran Appetit

Strawberry Angel Food Cake – Bobbies Baking Blog

Key Lime Angel Food Cake - Foods of Our Lives

Rainbow Angel Food Cake – El Rincon de Bea

Mini Angel Food Cake with White Russian Glaze - Climbing Grier Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

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