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Roxie’s Recipes (for the lazy cook)
This week, Roxie presents her decadent chocolate mousse. Miss Sandra will never admit it, but she steals extra servings from the big walk-in fridge up at the Harridge place.
Can a dessert be both light and rich at the same time? I say, “Absolutely!” – and this decadant mousse with Kahlua will defnitely satisfy that craving for “something chocolatety”
WARNING: THIS RECIPE IS BASED ON THE TRADITIONAL FRENCH RECIPE, WHICH INCLUDES RAW EGGS IN THE FINISHED DISH. If you are uncomfortable with this, there are other recipes to be found which fully cook or eliminate the eggs. If you wish to proceed, use the freshest eggs you can find and follow all standard safe food handling procedures. You might also be able to find pasteurized eggs (just not here in Harridge.)
– 1 cup heavy whipping cream
– 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
– 2 tbs butter
– 2 tbs Kahlua liqueur
– 2 tbs strong coffee or espresso
– 3 tbs orange juice
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 2 eggs, separated
– ¼ cup sugar
- Separate the eggs. Set aside the whites for the last step.
- Using a whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream. For best results, I find it works well to start on a low speed and gradually increase mixing speed until you get a nice fluffy texture. Gradually add the sugar, continuing to blend until fully combined. Set aside.
- Utilizing a double-boiler*, melt the chocolate chips, then add the butter, stirring until both are thoroughly melted and mixed. Then add the Kahlua, coffee, orange juice, vanilla and egg yolks. Continue stirring over low heat until you get a nice smooth texture. This process will also slightly cook the egg yolks.
- Fold your chocolate mixture into the whipped cream, stirring gently until the chocolate is evenly distributed.
- In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until they are quite frothy. Add this to your chocolate/whipped cream and mix until well blended.
- Pour into your serving glasses or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. When you serve it, top with a dash of whipped cream and white chocolate curls.
*If you do not have a double-boiler, you can achieve the same results by using a heat-proof bowl sitting on top of a pot of boiling water.
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Next week: Linda’s favorite Peach Pie
Cary minored in theater in college and DJ’d an indie rock show for KXLU in Los Angeles. Her favorite acting role was Lady Catherine de Bourgh in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Cary has worked as a summer camp counselor, a barista, and as a divemaster at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center; she learned how to dive in India and Honduras and has spent over six months volunteering at animal sanctuaries in Southern Africa. However, dogs are still her favorite animal.
Rachel Anderson grew up in Gardnerville, Nevada where she fell in love with the world of theater and dance while also cultivating her passion for the sciences. Her favorite roles include Sara in Stop Kiss and Purity in Anything Goes (Nevada Repertory Company), Honey in Go-Go Beach and Romaine Patterson/ others in The Laramie Project (Brewery Arts Center Performing Arts Collaborative), and a dancer in Lysistrata’s War (Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Lake Tahoe Community College). After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Rachel performed professionally as a showgirl, lead dancer, and magician’s assistant in Kevin and Caruso’s production shows, Magique, Magique Encore, Madame Houdini, and Holiday Jubilee, touring in Atlantic City, Reno, and Niagara Falls. Currently, she lives in Norfolk, Virginia and works as a medical laboratory scientist in an emergency room lab. She is grateful to be a part of this wonderful cast, and she would like to extend her gratitude to all her supporters, including her wife Tina, her parents, and her two dogs.
Asher Honor Hwang is a 9-year-old fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Chicago. He has acted in school productions of “Cinderella” and “Baba Yaga.” This is his first professional acting job, and he is thrilled to be playing a ghost. When he grows up, he hopes to become a singing-acting-comic-drawing voice actor.
Kyle Littlefield has worked on PPI productions of The War Of The Worlds and The Odd Couple. He has also been involved with several CVCT shows since 2016. Kyle enjoys foosball and working on the old Dodge.
ANITA KELLEY (Roxie) has performed in numerous stage productions in Tahoe and Carson Valley, and in the short films 10 Syllables and Three Clicks. Favorite roles include the eccentric Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Hannah and Diana in California Suite, Johnna in August Osage County, The Grand Duchess in You Can’t Take It With You, and The Pedant in The Taming of the Shrew. Her most recent appearance onstage was as Mrs. Phelps in WNMTC’s production of Matilda, the Musical at the Bob Boldrick Theater in Carson City.
HALEY M. HWANG lives in Chicago and spends her days drinking coffee and weaving tall tales. She has a passion for writing Asian historical fiction, often infusing her stories with diverse characters, martial arts fighting and concubines. Her short fiction has been published in Volumes 7 and 8 of 72 Hours of Insanity and The Horror Tree’s Trembling With Terror Anthology. Her creative nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, which was included in the print anthology Tiny Love Stories. She has won screenwriting competitions and is currently writing her first feature screenplay.
FREDERICK HAMPTON grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Now, he is a transplanted Nevadan, working at an accidental career in administrative services. His short fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review. He has written and directed a few short films, and works often with Proscenium Players, Inc. and Brewery Arts Center. A graduate of UC Davis, he studied fiction writing and poetry with Clarence Major, Carolyn Kizer, and Charles Grosel. He lives in Carson City with his son and is at work on a novel and other short stories.
SCOTT YOUNG is a filmmaker that specializes in short competition films. In the last 8-years, many of his films have taken top awards in the competitions they were produced for. He spends his down time between films writing and taking odd jobs as film editor. Currently, besides overseeing the writing team on Secrets of Harridge House, he is also putting the finishing touches on a new television pilot and getting ready to break ground on a new comedy screenplay. A film school grad from Cal State Northridge, Scott resides in southern Arizona, but is planning to relocate back to the Los Angeles area before the end of the year.
JOHN ADAMS (he/him/his) is an author from Kansas City. He writes about teenage detectives, pelican-people, robo-butlers, cursed cowboys, and bear nuns. His plays have been produced by Alphabet Soup (2018, 2020) and the 6×10 Play Festival (2016) and selected for readings at the William Inge Theater Festival (2020) and the Midwest Dramatists Conference (2017-2019). His short stories have been published by Australian Writers’ Centre, Bowery Gothic, Dream of Shadows, Fat Cat Magazine, Intrinsick, SERIAL Magazine, and Weird Christmas. He won the Johnson County Library Imagine Your Story Writing Contest, was Runner-Up in The Story Engine’s Microfiction Contest, and has been shortlisted by Furious Fiction and The Molotov Cocktail’s Flash Monster Contest. He performs with That’s No Movie, a multi-genre Improv team. Find John online at https://johnamusesnoone.com/ and on Twitter @JohnAmusesNoOne