Blog is 4! Caviar Cake! Cookbook Giveaway!

caviar cake

Four-Layer Caviar Cake

Taste With The Eyes is 4-years-old and we’re celebrating with cake! A unique cake apropos of a savory anniversary. Black Lumpfish Caviar from Iceland tops a molded sour cream/cream cheese/shallot layer over a molded avocado/parsley/lemon layer. The base is creamy egg salad/mayonnaise/green onion, all decorated with a pretty tomato rosette. We served pieces of Caviar Cake on sliced crusty baguette, with Champagne of course. This fabulous Caviar Cake is the creation of Lisa’s Bon Appetit Catering.

TASTE WITH THE EYES IS 4 YEARS OLD

516 posts published

93 drafts unpublished

8,026 comments published

47,552 spam comments deleted

74,194 photographs archived

814 followers (576 + 73 + 41 + 124)

236 tweets

1808 foodbuzz friends

1501 foodbuzz posts

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rose arrangement, rose bouquet, julia child rose

Caviar Cake Rose Arrangement

I designed the centerpiece with flowers from my garden to whimsically complement the cake. The orange Sunset Celebration Hybrid Tea Rose mirrors the tomato rosette. Yellow Julia Child Floribunda Roses represent the egg salad, while white Fabulous Floribundas represent the sour cream layer. Lemon Verbena and Calla Lily leaves symbolize the green avocado layer, all arranged in a “caviar black” vase.

caviar cake

Taste With The Eyes is a culinary adventure. It’s here where I love to cook and share dishes, exotic flavors, or presentations that I find interesting and hope you do too. It’s here where I share entertaining ideas, from our themed dinner parties to celebrating the holidays in style. We travel, dine, and photograph meals at some of the world’s finest restaurants and equally enjoy writing about the local hole-in-the-walls as well. Our own underground-style restaurant, The Sunken City Supper Club, debuted in 2009. It’s a fresh, local and secret place to seasonally mingle with friends and neighbors, and I always look forward to blogging about our Supper Club events. At Taste, I also share my passion for satisfying heart healthy dishes. Sure I still serve sumptuous foods to company, but I am equally enthusiastic about heart healthy cuisine.

I hope Taste With The Eyes continues to inspire you just as reading your blogs and hearing your comments inspires me. It continues to be an absolute pleasure to share culinary experiences with you. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know you. I’m grateful for the knowledge, creativity, and joy this little hobby has brought into my life. It has turned into quite a passion over the past four years…

Giveaway – My Thank You Gift

I’d love to giveaway a Caviar Cake, but alas, it doesn’t travel that well. So I thought you might enjoy a cookbook as a token of my appreciation. It can be my all-time favorite, the one I gave away last anniversary, or the cookbook of your choice (up to $50 retail). And I will ship it anywhere in the world through amazon.com.

So, simply leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win. The fortunate recipient will be chosen using random.org. The winner will be posted on Taste With The Eyes on June 23rd. Just for fun, if you are so inclined, share with us your favorite cookbook or the one on the top of your wish list.

pink champagne

Thank you for helping me celebrate.
Thank you for your support, friendship, and inspiration.

Toujours Toujours Toujours Bon Appétit,

Lori Lynn

UPDATE:

Congratulations to Peter of the fabulous Kalofagas blog from Toronto, Canada,
winner of the cookbook giveaway!

Thank you to everyone for your generous comments and continued support.
I cherish your friendship.

73 thoughts on “Blog is 4! Caviar Cake! Cookbook Giveaway!”

  1. Four years is quite the milestone. We have been following each other for all of those years and I get inspiration from you always. We have even met in person in my favourite city San Francisco! Congratulations and many more years!!!

    1. Hi Val – how neat that one of my favorite bloggers and oldest blog friends would be the first to comment on the anniversary post. It was a pleasure to meet you at the First Foodbuzz Festival and has been an inspiration to follow your fabulous blog all these years as well. Wishing you continued success and bon appétit my friend!
      LL

  2. Lori Lynn, First of all congratulations on 4 years blogging! You and I started at almost the same time and I’ve been following you since your beginning. Your food, words, tablescaping and photography has always been a great inspiration to me. Taste with the Eyes isn’t getting older, it’s just getting better and better with every post! I’m so glad we got to meet in person, cheers to you my friend! I love how you gave the stats on your spam comments!

  3. Nice milestone but whats even more impressive is that pile of numbers you figured out ……..this is some caviar thingy – I remember things like this from the 70’s and 80’s – very retro

  4. Congratulations Lori Lynn! Your cake looks amazing, and as always, very tasty to my eyes. I just started chef’s school this week, I would love a new cookbook! I think I want “Nourishing Traditions” (we just learned about it in class and our teacher said it was life changing, plus Weston Price seemed like a cool cat), but I will get back to you on that if I win.

  5. You are an inspiration as I just passed my second year mark at the end of February. Keep trying out recipes and reviewing cookbooks. Obviously I’d have to have a cookbook with a lot of chocolate options and I don’t know if one exists but I think one that used chocolate in non-dessert foods would be very intriguing to try out.

  6. Happy birthday to your blog! that caviar cake looks unbelievable!!! The creamy layer sounds so refreshing. looking forward to more and more of your posts and beautiful photos!

  7. Happy Blogiversary!!! I can’t believe that in 4 short years you have saved me from countless dinner parties and continue to tickle my tastebuds with your phenomenal photography! I live vicariously through your adventures! Congrats!

  8. Congratulations, LL! Your photos are ravishing. Here’s wishing you at least another four years of sharing your fine dining and entertaining with the world.

  9. C0ngratulations on your 4th anniversary. I am indeed a slow poke since I haven’t even broken 100 yet! That caviar pie looks divine… a good southern friend of mine swears by hers and serves it to huge applause every time she puts it out for a party… even gets requests! Yours is just a little different… I can’t wait to tell her about the avocado layer.

  10. Congratulations, Lori Lynn,
    on the accomplishment and thank you for all the food adventures over the years!
    It is always such a visual feast coming here.
    Good luck and best wishes for many more years to come,
    affectionately,
    Merisi

    My favorite cookbook? I’ll have to start with Ada Boni, “Il Talismano della Cucina” – this great Italian cookbook was my life saver after I left Rome and missed Italian food so much, but had not yet learned to cook. Julia Child then taught me the finer points of naviating European ingredients and measurements and the best chocolate torte ever, her “Queen of Sheeba”, among many other sophisticated French meals. Patrick O’Cpnnell’s “Refined American Cuisine. The Inn at Little Washington” – food memories and inspiration, to open and read and cook when I get homesick. Right now I would be ready for a simple pan-fried soft-shell Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay!

    Did you say one cookbook? Oopsie! And I did not even mention Lillian Langseth-Christensen’s “Voyage Gstronomique”! Do you remember her articles in “Gourmet Magazine”?

  11. P.S.: Sorry, I misspelled Patrick O’Connell!
    Btw, my Volume Two of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is a first edition. I found it in a garage sale and bought it for a few Dollars, only because it was in mint condition while my own was well used and splattered with food stains. I found an original typescript among the First Edition’s pages, from a “Demonstration by Julia Child” at the “Smithsonion Institution” on March 7, 1972.

  12. My favourite cookbook that I regularly use is Rebar, a fantastic vegetarian cookbook that has never failed me, and my favourite one to read and look at is the beautiful Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine.

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

  13. BRAVO Lori!!!
    Don’t forget you share all your FAB photos!!
    Yr blog inspires me…to drool 🙂
    I love all yr statistics – that’s why your a terrific cool too.
    Good with numbers.
    Keep up the excellent work!
    xxCarolg

  14. Congratulations, dear Lori Lynn from one of your very early followers 🙂 I am glad I am not the only one with draft posts in my blog. I love the rose composition: your garden must be a thing of pure beauty with all those roses. To many, many more years of tasting with our eyes!
    My favorite cookbook is Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone: every time I have a question or an idea or I need inspiration, I know I can count on it.

  15. Champagne and caviar…the perfect celebration for a classy blog like yours! As I’ve told you many times, I love your work and am always inspired to do better after visiting.

    Congratulations…and thanks! Now get those draft posts published! 🙂

  16. Four years !?! Wow !! It means that we virtually know for 4 years. I love your blog, your recipes and love your writes Is funny how we know the person behind their blogs.Don’t you think ? Love your fancy cake, sounds fabulous and creative.
    xo

  17. Congrats on 4 years!!!!! The cake looks amazing and as always the pictures are perfect. My favorite cookbook right now is Ad Hoc At Home by Thomas Keller. My husband got it for me for me as a gift. I love the food, it’s clear and informative which makes it user friendly for me.

  18. Congrats on your remarkable talent in the unique recipes you have created in those four years and thank you for sharing with us… I look forward to the next four years of your many incredible posts and the many more amazing shares to come!~

  19. Oh my where was I for the last 4 years! This is my first visit to your blog, and thank you so much for finding me first…now I’m here! You have a beautiful website (with of course gorgeous pictures!) and soooo many recipes. I will surely enjoy coming here. Do you have an email subscription? Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. Wow. That’s a long time. My next post is my 100th…hehee. I can learn a lot from you. So nice to meet you Lori Lynn!

  20. You do know how to celebrate! The cake is exquisite as is your blog. I happily stumbled on it two years ago and never looked back. You continue to inspire me and will continue. Hearty congrats for four years of inspiration. I look at my stained and dog-eared cookbooks and can not choose between them! So now favorites – but many loves. Onward and upward to year number 5!

  21. Wow, 4 years…amazing 🙂 Congratulations to both you and your beautiful site, wishing you many many more!
    This is a stunning cake and I wish I were there to enjoy a slice, just beautiful 🙂
    And lovely giveaway as well…

  22. hello dear friend,
    congratulations! your blog is gorgeous Lori Lynn, everything! that cake is fantastic and the roses, and your photos, oh my. and what a lovely generous giveaway. my favorite cookbook is Romney Steeles ‘My Nepenthe’. It’s a cookbook, but also a celebration of food and friends and family. Plus it doesn’t hurt that I love Nepenthe the restaurant and Big Sur so much.

    Belated happy birthday wishes!

  23. What a celebration to honor such a milestone! Congratulations for hanging in there and giving us so many gorgeous recipes, pictures and allowing us to share in your events. Here’s to many more!

  24. LL, what an astounding accomplishment! Not only for such wonderful features and culinary expertise but for your fabul0us photography which really lets us TASTE with our EYES.
    If you happen to draw my name, I’ll trade the cookbook for a taste of one of your creations…any one, any time, I’ll be at your doorstep.
    LOL on spam comments deleted … did you ever do a Spam dish … lots of blog possibilities there 🙂

  25. Congratulations on your blog. I am a new follower – but I just love your blog. Your pictures are incredible. It’s amazing – I have a foodie friend, we meet for coffee 3x a week and we always say that you eat with your eyes first! Have a great weekend!

  26. Wow. Four years. Congratulations! Time flies. I know we’ve been following you for about 3 out of 4 of those years. You’ve come a long way (not that your blog wasn’t already good to start with). I don’t know which cookbook I would choose, but we’re trying to add more vegetarian recipes to our repertoire, so maybe something like a Moosewood cookbook or another well-known cookbook of vegetarian cuisine.

  27. The cake looks awesome. Congratulations on four years! I’ve just started my blogging adventure and I hope I make it at least four years.

  28. I just found your blog and I love it…found it via foodbuzz and your recipe for meyer lemon confit. I will most certainly be giving that a try. The caviar cake sounds (and looks) scrumptious also. Congrats on your fourth anniversary for Taste With the Eyes. I have many cookbooks and I love them all…I would love to win another. What a nice contest.

  29. Congrats Lori Lynn, on four years of inspiring us with new and exciting recipies , ingredients and food adventure. Currently I’m looking at ”Mangoes & Curry Leaves ” but I love exploring all cook books.

  30. Congrats on your 4 years!!! I would have such a hard time picking my favorite cookbook, that’s like picking my favorite child. Though the middle daughter is currently the least stressful 🙂

  31. With just minutes to go before June 23rd, I am so VERY happy that I found this post about the amazing cavier cake. I can’t wait to prepare this and surprise my “Pedro” friends.

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