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Book Bites tries a simple mousse



For the Monitor
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

There is no time like the middle of February to taste the sweet and bitter taste of chocolate. This month’s Book Bites Cookbook Club at the Gilford Public Library is themed “Chocolate to Make Your Heart Melt.”

The club meets to talk about cookbooks, see a cooking demonstration with Tracey Petrozzi, and, most importantly, to sample new dishes. Petrozzi is quick to share her cooking experience and loves to talk about cooking trials and successes. Book Bites is a great place to meet other cooking enthusiasts and foodies.

Each month, Petrozzi selects a theme that relates to the current season, seasonal ingredients, or anything she’s in the
mood for cooking and builds a tasting menu around the theme that typically consists of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. On Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. the Book Bites Club will try a variety of chocolate themed foods to make this February delicious.

The cost for this program is $5 per person and space is limited so participants are encouraged to sign up at the library’s circulation desk. For more information, you can contact the Gilford Public Library at 524-6042 or by email at library@gilfordlibrary.com. The Gilford Library is located at 31 Potter Hill Road in Gilford.

Pettrozzi has offered this simple chocolate mousse recipe from Southern Cooking & Lifestyles to get things started.

Sinfully Simple Chocolate Mousse

1 cup chocolate chips

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup heavy cream

Whipped cream

Put chocolate, egg and vanilla in blender and mix together.

Heat cream in a small saucepan until small bubbles appear on the edges – do not boil.

Slowly add hot cream to blender mixture a little at a time, and blend until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. If you would prefer, you may keep blender running and add the hot cream to the chocolate mixture.

Pour into dessert cups and chill.

Serve with dollops of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.

(Recipe adapted from “Southern Cooking & Lifestyles.”)