Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Orange Cake for Easter


Believe me, I know that Easter was well over a week ago.  But this is a phenomenal cake for Mother's Day or a bridal or baby shower or any spring or summer event.  Actually it is just a phenomenal cake.  I used the cake and orange filling recipe from Vineyard Seasons by Susan Branch and then opted not to make the orange glaze that she uses in the book and went with a sour cream and cream cheese frosting from Bon Appetit.  I decided to make the cake into a four layer cake instead of a two layer cake because I remembered that there is always a lot of extra orange filling and who wants that to go to waste?  And even though I don't really like frosting a cream cheese and sour cream frosting is a whole different beast.  Might as well use and eat as much of it as possible.  I scraped out the bowl.  And when I was done frosting the cake I licked all of the extra off the spatula.  And then I wished there was more.  Sometimes it happens.  It can't be helped.  The inner six year old just takes over.  Don't tell me you wouldn't do the exact same thing.  I think you'll be glad to know that I did not stick my fingers in the cake to get more frosting.  And I apologize in advance that you won't get to see any pieces cut from the cake and artfully arranged on dessert plates.  Everyone ate it too fast.  Better luck next time!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quotes of Note

Some of my very favorite quotes about life and cooking.  I'm pretty sure they'll make you smile.  They might make you think.  I love old movies and I love food.  But I think you'll figure that out as you read through.  Enjoy your Sunday - new recipes are on the way!

Noodles are not only amusing, but delicious.  Julia Child

If you aren't up to a little magic occasionally, you shouldn't waste time trying to cook.  Colette

This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!  Julia Child

I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.  Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon)

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.  Julia Child

Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.  Lauren Bacall

I think every woman should own a blowtorch.  Julia Child

My formula for life is very simple: in the morning, wake up; at night, go to sleep. In between I try and occupy myself as best I can.  Cary Grant

Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.  Myrna Loy

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter Everyone!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.  And that your Easter and Passover celebrations are filled with family and wonderful food.