HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY MIMI ! I'm told that when I was a child I would always sit on the counters and watch my mother cook . I would help her mix , stir and roll out pastry dough. We had these little metal pie tin we could create our own pies in. But mostly we would cover the pie dough in sugar and eat it raw, yum. Now a new generation is helping in the Kitchen. Mimi (Madeline) is right there on top of the counters cooking with grandma. Last weekend we made a yummy chocolate mousse, that is so easy a 5 year old can make it. It's quite rich so we layered it with slightly sweetened whipping cream. I think layering it with chocolate cake , or a chocolate cookie would be fabulous. You could even add some sweetened cherries or strawberries. How ever you use this mousse you'll love it.
Bon Appetite, Peggy


3 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
9 oz best quality semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 tsp. vanilla

in a sauce pan combine marshmallows chocolate, butter and water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally. . When all ingredients are melted and combined set aside to cool. Whip cream with vanilla until stiff. Fold cream into cooling chocolate mixture. At this point you can fill pretty glasses with this mousse as we did in the picture. Or chill and create your own temptations.

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