Top Secret Chocolate Mousse
National Public Radio’s show, All Things Considered, has a special series called ‘Found Recipes.’ It features dishes that have surprised or delighted cooks, bakers, and food writers. Even better, it offers the recipes for these dishes online! This recipe for Chocolate Mousse is simple and delicious and serves four.
3½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1½ teaspoons sugar
Whipped cream or crème fraiche (optional)
Gently melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave oven on medium power. If necessary, transfer the chocolate to a bowl that can hold all the ingredients. Using a whisk, stir the egg yolks into the chocolate one at a time.
In the bowl of a stand mixer that is fitted with a whisk attachment (or in a bowl with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the salt until they start to form peaks. While still beating the mixture, gradually add the sugar. Continue to beat until the whites are shiny and hold medium-firm peaks.
Spoon about one-quarter of the whites over the melted chocolate and stir with the whisk until the mixture is almost smooth. (Stirring in a bit of the whites lightens the chocolate and makes the next step easier.) Spoon the rest of the whites over the chocolate. Using the whisk or a large rubber spatula, very carefully fold in the whites. Be as thorough as you can without overworking the mixture – it's better to have a few white streaks than to beat the bubbles out of the mousse by mixing too much.
Spoon the mousse into a serving bowl or individual bowls and serve it now, or cover and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready for dessert. (Covered well, the mousse will keep overnight in the refrigerator, although it will get denser as it stands.)
What Do You Know About French Cooking?
France has a long and well-respected culinary tradition. Perhaps the thought of French food brings to mind Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, a favorite French restaurant, or a fabulous patisserie. See what you know about French cuisine by taking this quiz.
- In America, we call them zucchini. What do the French call them?
- La courgettes
- Le fromage
- Le carrotte
- Le céleri
- At what stage of the meal would you eat a charlotte?
- Main course
- What is Coquille St. Jacques a fancy name for?
- Beef medallions
- Pork chops
- What name is given to a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in beaten egg and deep-fried?
- Croque Monsieur
- Jambon et fromage
- Des amuse-bouche
College: It’s a Game Changer
America is known as the land of opportunity; a place where anyone can pursue the American dream. That dream often includes achieving social equality and accumulating material wealth. So, what is the secret behind the American dream? According to the Pew Research Center, higher education is a game changer. Its February 2014 report found:
- A college education is worth more today than it was in the past. Millennials (Americans born between 1980 and 1991) who graduated from college earned $15,500 to $17,500 more than their less educated peers during 2012. That’s a wider earnings gap than previous generations have experienced.
- College-educated Millennials experience a myriad of benefits. They have lower unemployment, lower poverty rates, and are less likely to live in their parents’ homes than their less-educated peers.
- College graduates tend to be more satisfied with their jobs. They are more likely to see themselves as being on a career path.
A separate Pew study found higher education also offers some protection from economic displacement. The number of adults with high school diplomas who described themselves as being in the lower class increased by 9 percentage points from 2008 to 2012. The share of those with some college who said they were lower class rose by 12 percentage points, and the change for those with college degrees was just 2 points.
- A – La courgettes
- D – Dessert
- B – Scallops
- A – Croque Monsieur
 BCE stands for Before Common/Current/Christian Era, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Era
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