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Grandma’s Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

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Food and family go together in my world. Memories of happy times come from special meals or dishes cooked by my Mom, Grandmothers, Aunts and Cousins. While many recipes remind me of those days, it is this Orange Sponge Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream that simply “takes the cake”. 

Grandma’s most requested dessert to honor a birthday or occasion. We were wowed by the presentation. Served on a pedestal platter from her china collection. A candle-lit white cloud of sweetness with pieces of coconut trailing her along the floor from the kitchen to the dining room table. The slight citrus smell arrives once the cake is sliced.… Read more

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Mother’s Day Road Trip with Mazda: The Glazed Lemon Cake Edition

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When life is stressful, I literally will make lemonade out of lemons. Or in this case, Glazed Lemon Cake in Mini Bundt Pans. The vibrant scent, tartness of the lemons and sweet glaze makes for a perfect dessert.

It’s also one of my Mom’s favorite treats. Since we were celebrating Mother’s Day, it was the best excuse to pull out the mini bundt pan to make them for her.

Knowing how many ways I use lemons in dishes, I often think of my aunt and uncle’s place on the west coast where having a lemon tree outside your kitchen window is common.… Read more

Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece

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Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece – A colorful vegetarian frittata is served at our birthday celebration brunch.

When family lives from California to Europe, there has to be a very good reason to bring everyone together. Thankfully, we had just that occasion for a special person’s birthday. We planned for a small gathering to let the birthday girl spend time with each guest. The weekend was filled with lots of food, memories and laughter. Photographs that showed images that brought joy and stories to be shared. On the final day, we wanted to do a brunch at home so everyone could relax and reminisce in comfort. … Read more