Chocolate Mousse Mille Feuille

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I love the holidays. I really love Christmas. I also really love to cook. You know you are a cooking addict when you have to go to three different stores just to complete your grocery list. This year, viagra sale sickness is our son’s very first Christmas and we are lucky enough to host both sides of our family. Well, I think we are lucky, but my husband (who does all the clean up) might disagree. Whenever I am hosting, I tend to get carried away with the dishes I make. My family still teases me about 2 years ago when I made so much Beef Wellington that I was able to send each member home with their own personal Wellington. But this year, is so very special to me. It is CJ’s first Christmas and I know he won’t remember it, and I know my culinary exploits are a bit wasted on him, but there it is. The want and the need to do something fun for my son, and also for my other loved ones. So here is my culinary exploit for the day. Chocolate Mousse Mille Feuille. It’s the greatest love child between French and Scandinavian cooking…. well, ever. And apart from the making of the Krumkake, pretty easy to make.

Chocolate Mousse Mille Feuille

For the Mousse:

6 eggs; separated

1 cup granulated sugar

8 oz Chocolate ( I use a bar and break it apart)

1/4 cup butter; room temperature

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

For the Krumkake: (pronounced kroom-caca)

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter; room temperature

3 eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp Cardamom

8 tbsp heavy whipping cream

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Method:

Mousse

In a double boiler over medium/low heat, melt butter. Add broken up chocolate and stir until just melted. Do NOT over heat. Chocolate should be shiny, not grainy. Remove from heat to cool.

Separate eggs. Place egg whites in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Set aside. Add 1/2 cup sugar to egg yolks and beat until they turn pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the egg mixture to the cooled chocolate, constantly stirring to avoid scrambling the eggs. Once the mixture is combined, add 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate and stir in. This helps to lighten the mousse. Take the remaining eggs whites, one scoop at a time and fold into the chocolate mixture. Be careful to fold gently as to maintain as much air in the mixture as possible. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Krumkake

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix together with a handheld mixer. Batter should be the consistency of slightly runny pancake batter. Set aside. Heat your Krumkake iron on medium heat for 3-5 minutes before use. Rub iron liberally with cooking oil, either vegetable or olive oil. Drop a tablespoon sized dollop of batter onto iron. Immediately close lid and squeeze iron until the batter just starts squeezing out the sides. Each side needs between 1-2 minutes. Remove from iron with a fork and place them FLAT on a cooling rack. Remember, just like making crepes, your first 1 or 2 cookies won’t turn out. But you will get the hang of it.  Batter yields around 30-40 cookies. But you only need 12 to make the Mille Feuille.

Mille Feuille

Place one cookie onto a cake platter. Scoop about 1/4 cup of chilled mousse on top. Spread as best you can, taking care to keep cookie intact. Place a second cookie on top pf mousse and repeat process until you have 12 layers. It’s okay if the cookies slightly crack when pressing them into place. Place completed Meille Feuille in the refrigerator for 2 more hours. Before serving dust with powdered sugar and shaved chocolate. I also serve mine with a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Bon Appetite!

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Potato Chip Cookies

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There are two reasons why I started writing Bite + Board and sharing it with the world. Those reasons being that, viagra buy no rx one, I had a friend tell me that I should start writing a blog. Many, many thanks to Kimber over at Ohhera.com for encouraging me to find my own voice and broadcast it to the world. The second reason being, a couple years ago my mom gave me my Great-Grandma Kathe’s (pronounced Kate) church cookbook and I love to cook and explore new recipes. Actually, it was Kimber’s encouragement that started me off, and my great grandma’s cookbook that inspired the theme of my blog.

This cookbook was written, as best I can tell from the advertisements in it, in 1921. The pages are brown with age and the edges are dog eared and crumbling in a few spots. You can see the splashed stain of ingredients spilled and hastily wiped off its pages and on a very few special pages you can see my great grandmother’s small cursive writing in pencil. Crossing off items in a recipe and adding ingredients here and there to suit her taste. This book is living history. It comes to life every time I open it’s pages.

History has always held me fast. I am, quite simply, fascinated by the past. And I am completely wrapped up in discovering more about my past family. My family history and where I came from. Not only places, but the people I came from. And most importantly what they ate and the traditions behind it! And I’m starting with my Great-Grandmother Kate. So naturally, I started with her youngest daughter Adele to find out more about the woman behind the small, neat cursive pencil strokes on the pages of a 93 year old cookbook. As I learn more about my Great Grandma Kate, I will share her story through our shared love of cooking, as I cook my way through her beloved church cookbook. Technically this recipe isn’t in the cookbook, but it was found with the cookbook so I’m counting it!

1st recipe up: Potato Chip Cookies

Yup, sounds disgusting, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. They are possibly the greatest cookie invention known to man. So this one is for you Grandma.

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Potato Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups Sugar

1 1/2 cups butter

1 1/2 cups smashed potato chips

2 egg yolks

3 cups flour

2 tsp Vanilla

1 cup nuts; chopped

Method:

Make into balls and flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake 10-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

I, like my Grandmother before me like to change recipes, so I used Jalepeno Kettle Chips, and I omitted the nuts.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Remedies for a busy Mama

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These past few weeks have been so busy. We recently celebrated the Baptism of our son, viagra sale nurse followed by celebrating almost every single member of both mine and my husband’s immediate family’s, viagra generic diagnosis and now we are on to the Holiday Season. With all that we have had going on, keeping oneself healthy is quite the challenge, especially when you’ve got a sick baby.

It seems like the 1st snow fall always brings on a wave of sickness in the Midwest, but this year, I feel more effected by it, because I have my sweet little son, germ plantation that he is, to contend with. It seems like all my mama friends are suffering the same diagnosis. Sick kids equals sick mamas. I thought I had miraculously escaped my “fate” this time around when everyone else in my family got sick, but not me. I was thanking my lucky stars, and then I woke up in the morning, bleary eyed and exhausted. Headache, check. Stuffy/runny nose, check. Throat on fire, check. So it’s time to bust out my best cold fighting remedies. Hopefully you won’t need them, but just in case you are thanking your luck stars one minute and the next finds you feeling like you swallowed one of those pointed edged stars, here they are. Call them hippy-ish/ holistic if you want, but they do the job just like a spoonful of sugar!

1. Ramen Noodle soup. I like to start out by boiling the water, adding some carrot slices, followed by an egg and scrambling it up in the water. Then I add some green onions and the noodles. Cook it for 5 minutes, turn the heat off and add 1/2 cup of frozen peas. Bonus that the frozen peas cool the broth off enough to start eating it almost immediately.

2. Smog Brew Tea

1 yellow onion roughly chopped, skin on and all

6 cloves garlic; smashed

1 bunch fresh oregano

6 cups boiling water

1/2 lemon

Cook the onion, garlic and oregano for 10 minutes. Allow mixture to cool, squeeze in lemon juice. Chug, do not sip.

3. Thieves Oil and pretty diffuser. This oil is pretty neat. It’s based on research about Thieves in the 18th century that used to rob plague victims. You can read more about it here: www.youngliving.com

4: Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla or Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist. Trust me, it will change your life for the better.

Stay well.