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  Categories: Cakes
       Yield: 1 10 cake
   1 1/2 c  Sugar
       1 c  Cake flour
      12    Egg whites
       2 ts Cream of tartar
       1 ts Vanilla extract
     1/8 ts Salt
       6    Lemon rose geranium leaves
            Lemon rose geranium leaves
            -- and blossoms
   Preheat the oven to 350 F.
   Sift 3/4 c. of the sugar and flour together; set aside.
   In a large mixing bowl, combine egg whites with the cream of tartar,
   vanilla and salt.  Beat until soft peaks begin to form. Do not overbeat;
   mixture should be stiff but not dry. Gently fold in the flour mixture, a
   small bit at a time.
   Line the bottom of an ungreased 10 tube pan with the leaves. Pour the
   batter into the pan and bake until the cake is golden and springs back when
   gently touched, about 50 minutes. Invert the cake pan over the neck of a
   bottle and let the cake cool in the pan for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Gently run a
   sharp knife around the sides of the pan to release the cake. Garnish with
   geranium leaves and flowers and fresh berries, if desired.
   Note: If you have time to plan ahead, the geranium flavor of this cake can
   be intensified by placing the sugar in a container with a tight-fitting lid
   and burying two or three geranium leaves in it for a week or so. This
   flavored sugar is also a wonderful treat with fruit, in other cakes, or
   served with tea.
   The authors write: “Chick Cove Manor was an abandoned chicken farm before
   Renee and Lee Chewning transformed it into a restaurant. Although not
   formally trained, Renee had learned the basics of cooking as a child. 'And
   I always enjoyed eating,' she says.  'I spent ten years in New York, most
   of it in restaurants.  I entertained and read a lot, too. When you're
   exposed to ideas,' she says, 'they spark ideas of your own.'
   ”Those ideas went far beyond the familiar fish fries and crab cakes served
   by other area restaurants.  The Chewnings learned to smoke their own meats
   and fish, made rich pates, and baked breads and pastries in the
   restaurant’s kitchen.  Veal, poultry, or fresh Chesapeake Bay shellfish
   were served with generous helpings of fresh vegetables from the garden.
   Chewnings planted a garden filled with herbs and salad greens behind the
   restaurant. And every dish, from crab meat strudel to luscious angel cake,
   became even more special when Renee’s sure hand seasoned it with a few
   fresh herbs. This small garden was just the beginning - Lee now runs an
   herb farm that produces nearly 30,000 herb plants each year. With no
   professional gardening experience to fall back on, he read prodigiously and
   made many calls to Sal Gilbertie, seeking the advice of this well-known
   Connecticut herb grower.  'I learned through trial and error and through my
   mistakes,' he recalls.“
   ”Today, winters at Chick Cove are devoted to growing cuttings for the
   planting season.  In the spring the farm sells herb plants, while during
   the summer, when the restaurant is at its busiest, cut herbs are sold.
   Falls were quiet until the Chewnings decided to take advantage of the
   harvest with a line of herbal vinegars, salad dressings, and jellies. The
   tantalizing flavors of their lavender and ginger vinegars or fragrant rose
   geranium marmalades reflect Renee’s special talent for using herbs.“
   From Renee and Lee Chewning/Chick Cove Manor, VA in ”Cooking with Herbs" by
   Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1989. Pg.
   100. Posted by Cathy Harned.