For a taste of sunshine on a wintry day, make Orange Mousse and top it with Strawberry Sauce. The combination should remind you that there is warmer weather somewhere . ORANGE MOUSSE (4 servings)

2 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons Grand Marnier

2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup whipping cream, whipped (2 cups whipped cream)

3 egg whites, beaten stiff

Strawberry sauce (recipe follows)

Orange sections or fresh strawberries for garnish

Dissolve gelatin in hot water, add sugar and dissolve. Add orange rind, cloves, vanilla, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Place in small bowl and then set in larger bowl filled with crushed ice. Stir occasionally until gelatin begins to set and mixture is very viscous. Fold in whipped cream, mixing well. Wait until mixture is almost set in bowl, about 10 minutes, before folding in beaten egg whites. Can be refrigerated overnight.

Serve Strawberry Sauce coated on bottom of plate, a generous dollop of orange mousse in center on top of sauce, garnished with orange sections or strawberries. STRAWBERRY SAUCE (Makes 2 cups)

1 pint fresh strawberries (or thawed frozen strawberries)

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar or to taste

Heat fresh strawberries with a little water and sugar just until they begin to give up their juice. Pure'e in a blender or processor and strain through a fine sieve. -- M.C. CARROT CAKE (Makes three 7-inch cakes)

2 cups sugar

1 cup wheat flour

2 cups white all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup oil

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups shredded carrots

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup raisins

1 cup mashed banana

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Butter for pans


12 ounces cream cheese

1 cup confectioners' sugar

Combine sugar, flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat in oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into buttered cake pans and fill about 2/3 full. Bake approximately one hour at 325 degrees, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool on racks a few minutes. Remove cakes from pans and continue cooling on rack. When cool, make a topping by combining the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost. J.S. Recipe Request

Several years ago I was served an unusual spiced shrimp with pineapple, scallion and hot peppers in the mixture. I've tried duplicating it but just can't get the right mix. Can anyone help?