Thursday, October 23, 2014

I love Lucy's persimmon cake

Lucy’s persimmon cake is a recipe that I tasted many years ago, and have often thought about making, especially when autumn rolls around.  It’s a sweet and rich cake, and I was so happy to come across the recipe recently in my vintage Celebrity Cookbook by Dinah Shore.  Luckily, here in southern California, persimmons are just coming into season, and my neighbor has a very fertile tree and always is generous in sharing with us.  This recipe originally comes from Lucy’s mother, Desiree and her Aunt Helen and was always a part of their Christmas tradition.  They usually made this cake for gift giving.  Read the article here about Lucy and her family’s Christmas traditions.  I will be trying this recipe this weekend.  I hope it’s as good as I remember!       

Lucy’s Persimmon Cake

Ingredients

·       2 c. sugar
·       3 T. butter
·       2 c. persimmon pulp
·       1 c. raisins
·       4 c. sifted cake flour
·       grated rind of 1 orange
·       1/2 t. each cloves, allspice, nutmeg
·       4 t. baking soda
·       2 t. vanilla
·       2 c. chopped walnut
·       1 c. dates, finely chopped
·       1 c. milk
·       2 t. cinnamon
·       3 t. baking powder

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter.  Add persimmon pulp, nuts, raisin, dates and orange peel;  mix well.  Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and spices.  Add flour mixture alternately with milk beginning and ending with flour.  Stir in vanilla.  Turn batter into 2 well-greased loaf pans and bake approx. 1 ½ hours at 300 degrees F.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.  Garnish, if you’d like, with glazed fruits and nuts.  
Persimmons  - photo courtesy of Two Peas and their Pod.
Persimmon Cake - photo courtesy of Jessie Monds


ciao! Fabiana

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

corona del mar home tour

Yesterday was the Corona del Mar Home Tour, and here is an inside look at one my favorite homes featured.  Designed by Kelly Nutt, it’s a luxe ranch house in the Big Canyon area of Newport Beach.  The soft color palette really enhances all the beautiful rustic qualities in the home.  The openness of the floor plan is also amazing and keeps this California home easy and breezy!









ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

a touch of fall in the home

Some of my favorite festive looks for the  September home…





photo credits 1 2 3 4 5

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

does leopard print ever go out of style?

Audrey Hepburn
Luscious leopard has been a sophisticated fashion statement in every decade of the 20th century, and it’s still going strong this century.  How do you feel about leopard?  Do you like a little or a lot? 
Catherine Deneuve  
 
Marilyn Monroe
Gene Tierney
Barbara Stanwick
Jack Lemmon in "Some like it Hot"
Jane Russell  
Lucy's Ethel
Elizabeth Taylor
Brigitte Bardot
Sophia Loren
Grace Kelly
Jacqueline Kennedy
Joan Collins
Ursula Andress
Natalie Wood
Carolyn Bessette
Kate Moss
Elle Macpherson
Olivia Palermo


ciao! Fabiana

Sunday, September 21, 2014

five easy pieces

The start of Fall is the perfect reason to update your mix 'n match choices for your wrist!  These Five Easy Pieces look great together and can be combined with other pieces, such as vintage, to change it up a bit, from time to time. Get this look from stella & dot.


ciao! Fabiana