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Chocolate mousse-off

CookiM0nster's picture

I suddenly find myself with a bit of time on my hands, and a tremendous craving for chocolate mousse. Therefore I think it's time, aftera long, very long hiatus, for another, well bake-off doesn't really fit, so I'm calling it a mousse-off.

Post your recipes. I will sift through them and analyze them, and next week I will test them.

MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #1 of 156)

You really want me to gain back every ounce I've lost, don't you???  Seriously, anxiously await your testing.  You are always so thorough and do a great job!



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whatscooking's picture

(post #35963, reply #2 of 156)

How much have you lost, MM?

Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb

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MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #8 of 156)

Depends on what day it is, LOL.  I know you shouldn't weigh every day, but that's my ritual.  Get up, do my morning thing, then weigh in my pj's.  So far it's 12 lbs.  Only about 40 to go, LOL.



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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #35963, reply #9 of 156)

Actually there's a recent study out that says people who weigh every day tend to lose more.

MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #24 of 156)

That's good to know.  I know I shouldn't weigh every day, but it's a habit, even was before I was trying to lose weight.  Maybe I should just relax.  I don't go crazy if I gain some, so long as the general trend is downward.



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whatscooking's picture

(post #35963, reply #11 of 156)

That's great!  That book is really working for you.  Are you exercising too?  If you aren't, you are losing equal amounts of muscle and fat.  You want to build muscle so you increase your proportion of muscle to fat.  That's what makes you lean and mean :)


Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #23 of 156)

I was really doing great with my exercising, but have been having a real devil of a time with my right leg lately.  If I sit for any length of time (that means 5 minutes or more) it really hurts to stand, then to walk.  Usually after three or four steps, the pain goes away, but it can really be bad until it does.  Don't know what on earth is causing it.  That's put a bit of a crimp in the exercising.  Hope I can get back into the swing of it soon.



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AnnL's picture

(post #35963, reply #25 of 156)

Oh, dear, that doesn't sound good.  What kind of pain is it?  It might be some kind of muscle spasming, in which case gentle stretching might help.  Are you done with PT?  It would be good to discuss it with your PT, if you can. 

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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

kathymcmo's picture

(post #35963, reply #26 of 156)

Is the pain below your knee? If so you might consider seeing your doctor about it, just to rule out that it's nothing serious. How many days have you had it?

MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #30 of 156)

Unfortunately, the pain started after I got my second shot for arthritis in my knee.  The first shot was good for almost two years; it was an absolute miracle.  I'm tempted to go back to see the doctor who gave me this second shot and see if maybe something went wrong.  The pain is behind my knee, but seems to go up and down my leg from there.  Really crazy.



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kathymcmo's picture

(post #35963, reply #31 of 156)

Maybe you should just get it checked out. It's probably nothing, but it would be good to be sure, esp since it's a new thing. Don't mean to alarm you, just concerned.

soupereasy's picture

(post #35963, reply #32 of 156)

Ditto! Get it checked out! Don't want to lose you to a DVT or anything.

avak123's picture

(post #35963, reply #38 of 156)

I am so sorry you are having leg trouble. Could it be a Baker's cyst?

Jean's picture

(post #35963, reply #39 of 156)

Chances are very good.





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MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #40 of 156)

Never even heard of one of those.  I'll google and see what I can find.


Edited to say that it sounds like it, but I tried and could not feel anything back there.  Also, interesting that one of the treatments is to remove the fluid during a cortisone injection, when it seems that the problem started with one of those.  Guess I'll have to hope the doctor can figure it out.




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Edited 5/21/2008 8:38 pm ET by MadMom

avak123's picture

(post #35963, reply #41 of 156)

My Mom went through this. She had her "max" of fluid removal and cortisone injections and then ultimately, had knee replacement surgery. Good as new now! Undoubtedly, not what you want to hear. :-(

MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #42 of 156)

No, don't want to hear it at all, LOL.  My poor Mom went through three hip replacement surgeries in a year before they finally decided she would never walk again.  Of course, that was about ten years ago.  DH keeps saying that I need to have either my knee or my hip replaced, because he claims I limp.  What does he know?  Maybe the doctor will have an answer tomorrow.  I hope so.



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avak123's picture

(post #35963, reply #43 of 156)

Good, good luck and keep me posted.

Marcia's picture

(post #35963, reply #44 of 156)

Well, I hope you don't need knee replacement surgery, but I was just reading how many advances have been made in the last few years, and that it's a very different and more refined procedure than it was even a few years ago. How's that for run-on? lol

I'd figure that if so many advances had been made lately, a few more years would bring more miracles, but that's not the way to go in some cases. May this be completely irrelevant to your situation.

KarenP's picture

(post #35963, reply #47 of 156)

Well, I hope you don't need knee replacement surgery, but I was just reading how many advances have been made in the last few years, and that it's a very different and more refined procedure than it was even a few years ago. How's that for run-on? lol


  I work with 5 orthopaedic surgeons.  It gets more amazing every month in terms of hardware, navigational devices, and pre and post operative physical therapy.  One of my brothers had a knee replacement and literally woke up on a bike.  Many people opt for bilateral hip and knee replacements performed in the same surgical session.  It is the new norm and age is less an issue because people are so much healthier longer.  The other spectrum of the new norm are child athletes.  Their play has become early careeers.  They have repeated injuries and are manifesting problems that were seen in people far more advanced in years.  Do your start joint replacement at 16?   
  This is osteoporosis month, you may know.  Our main hospital did a community program with complimentary services last weekend which I was able to particpate in.  We had an array of speakers including physicians, physical therapists, and dieticians.   To compliment their talks some wellness models including interactive demonstrations of martial arts, pilates, and fall prevention. 

Gretchen's picture

(post #35963, reply #48 of 156)

I think you have a Baker's cyst. Is you knee swollen?  It can be fixed by draining it with a needle. I have had several recurring, and man oh man.

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plantlust's picture

(post #35963, reply #49 of 156)

CM, I think Alice Medrich has a non-dairy mousse recipe in Bittersweet. I think it was called something like Albert's Chocolate Mousse. Don't have my Bittersweet handy but I will find it & post the recipe, if you like?

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Jean's picture

(post #35963, reply #50 of 156)

That one is on-line Here.





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
plantlust's picture

(post #35963, reply #51 of 156)

The Doyenne of Detectives strikes again! Thanks much, Jean. Now I get to try & get it thru the city's skull that what they razed in my front yard was a GARDEN & not "grasses &/or weeds in excess of 8 inches in height". They probably don't have a botanist or even horticulturalist in the Inspection department. Hmpf.

New bird in the yard! New bird in the yard! Male Wilson's Warbler is a cutey.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

AnnL's picture

(post #35963, reply #52 of 156)

Oh, NO!!  They razed your garden?!  How could they do that?  What did they cut down?  I hope you're able to get somewhere with those idiots!

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

sashadog's picture

(post #35963, reply #35 of 156)

If it's in the back of your leg and shots down from the hip it might be the sciatic nerve...that's usually aggravated by sitting.

O.k. so as usual I did not read all of the posts and have now seen that the above is not the case...Sorry madmom...


Edited 5/21/2008 7:11 pm ET by sashadog

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MadMom's picture

(post #35963, reply #36 of 156)

No need to apologize as that was my first thought, but it seems to be concentrated around my knee, although it goes up and down for maybe 6" or so.  I'm definitely calling the orthopedic guy tomorrow to see if he can fit me in.  I was lucky when I needed my shot, he was able to see me the next day.  Maybe this time, too?  I'll keep my fingers crossed. 



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sashadog's picture

(post #35963, reply #45 of 156)

Hopefully he can help out as much as he did last time. I'm sorry that you are having pain - I hope you can find a non painful and non invasive way to address the problem!

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Geoffchef's picture

(post #35963, reply #5 of 156)

Be strong. Stonger than a mousse!

 


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ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
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wonka's picture

(post #35963, reply #3 of 156)

Chocolate Mousse


1/2 - 1 lb of good quality dark chocolate


2 whole eggs


4 egg yolks


4 egg whites (RT)


2 cups whipping cream


6 Tbsp icing sugar


Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Cool chocolate to 95 F. Add whole eggs, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the egg yolks well. Whip the whipping cream with 3 T of the icing sugar until soft peaks form. Whip the egg whites with the remaining 3 Tbsp of icing sugar until stiff.


Add some cream/whites to the chocolate mix and mix well. Fold in the remaining cream and whites until incorporated completely.


Cover with plastic and chill for 6 hours or overnight.