Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lee's Simple Chocolate Mousse -- guest Kathy Krevat #recipe


LESLIE: Today we welcome our friend Kathy Krevat, who writes the terrific Chocolate Covered Mysteries as Kathy Aarons, and is debuting a new series, the Gourmet Cat Mysteries, as Kathy Krevat. She's offering one lucky reader an e-book of the first in the series, The Trouble with Murder!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win!

KATHY KREVAT: My husband, Lee, makes the best chocolate mousse! It’s very rich – not fluffy – and has an intense chocolate flavor. We make it only for dinner with guests so we don’t eat it all ourselves. Below are the results for a dinner for eight. 

We’ll be making it again for our annual New Year’s Day Brunch, which is more of an open house, so people can drift in when they finally wake up. For that, we’ll put it into small plastic cups to serve at least thirty.

Chocolate mousse has nothing to do with my new Gourmet Cat Mystery series, but I didn’t think a cat food recipe would be as delicious. And what human doesn't love chocolate mouse -- er, mousse?

Lee has used this recipe for over 30 years. The only time it hasn’t worked is when he didn’t use whole milk and when the milk wasn’t hot enough. Please note that it uses 3 raw eggs and take necessary precautions.

Bon appétit!

Lee’s Simple Chocolate Mousse 

1 cup hot milk - must be very, very hot - enough to boil (see instructions below)
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup sugar (or less depending on taste)
3 eggs

Note: The higher quality chocolate you use, the better the taste!

Pour chips into blender. Put milk in microwave and heat for one minute. Test the temperature. Then heat in 30 second increments until it is almost boiling.


Meanwhile, beat eggs in a small bowl.


Pour hot milk over chocolate chips. Blend until smooth. Add eggs to mixture and blend until mixed well. Add sugar to mixture and blend until mixed well.


Pour into serving dishes. Refrigerate for minimum 2 hours. Serve with or without whipped cream.


Yield depends on serving size. This recipe will make 8 servings, roughly a third cup each.

What sort of trouble does your cat -- or any kitty you know get into? Leave a comment below, with your email address, for a chance to win an e-book of THE TROUBLE WITH MURDER, first in the new Gourmet Cat Mysteries. Trouble the Cat will pick a winner at midnight, Monday, December 11. 

Single mom and gourmet cat food entrepreneur Colbie Summers thought she’d escaped her tiny California hometown forever. But when her father needs her, she packs up her adolescent son, their finicky feline, Trouble, and her budding business. She knows change is tough—but she doesn’t expect it to be murder . . .
 
Between dealing with her newly rural life, her grumpy, sports-obsessed father, and preparing to showcase her products in the local Sunnyside Power Mom’s trade show, Colbie has more on her plate than she bargained for. Luckily, she has her official taste-tester, Trouble, by her side to vet her 
Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food line. Things look promising—until one of the Power Moms is found dead—with an engraved Meowio specialty knife buried in her chest. 
 
As the prime suspect, Colbie needs paws on the ground to smoke out who had means, motive, and opportunity among the networking mothers—including a husband-stealing Sofia Vergara lookalike. And the cat’s still not out of the bag when a second violent death rocks the bucolic community. Trouble may have nine lives, but Colbie’s only got one to clear her name and stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect crime . . .


Kathy Krevat is the author of the GOURMET CAT MYSTERY series and the nationally bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series under the name Kathy Aarons.

She lives in San Diego with her husband of twenty-five years, close to the beach, their two grown daughters and Philz coffee. Kathy’s an avid supporter of youth arts education and serves as president of the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime.


Follow Kathy on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.kathykrevat.com.

53 comments:

  1. Welcome, Kathy! Love this mousse recipe; and I would love to read the book. EMS591@aol.com

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  2. What a very special dessert. Our cats get into trouble by knocking things off end tables, night stands, the bathroom counter, when they don't think we're feeding them fast enough or not turning on the faucet when they want to drink. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Mr. Right thought he could teach Ruff the Cat to turn the water on and off himself. That didn't go so well!

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    2. I had a cat who would sleep around my neck and nip me if I moved. Good luck!

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  3. I don’t have a cat but would love to read your book. I love your Chocolate Covered Mystery series. The chocolate mousse looks delious! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked that series! This recipe is delicious. Good luck!

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  4. Thanks for the fab recipe! Our male cat has a bad habit. I have a blanket, it is older than I am, my dad brought it back from Greece yonks ago. The binding is disintegrating and he has a habit of chewing on it, furthering the problem. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. < pout > Maybe he's trying to bond with the Greek cats -- we saw kitties there everywhere!

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  5. While I don't currently have a cat, I can imagine all of the cats our there getting into trouble with Christmas trees and ornaments this time of year. ellenjbumblebee (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Yes! I see videos on Facebook once in a while. The cat usually wins over the tree. :-) Good luck!

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  6. Love chocolate mousse and this recipe sounds great! Look forward to reading your new series. Thanks for the chance to win! mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  7. When my cousin got her first apartment, she was so proud to have the whole family over for Thanksgiving. Until her cat ate the turkey! ckmbeg@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, no! At least there were probably lots of sides and desserts...

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    2. Oh no! Was there any left? Good luck!

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  8. Webster constantly opens cabinet doors & drawers! Fortunately, he doesn't open the balcony or outside doors!

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  9. And, of course I forgot the email address. Tennisace50 (@) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I don’t have a cat so I’m glad you didn’t post a cat food recipe.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Yes! No recipes in the book either! Good luck!

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  11. Kathy will be checking in soon -- we westerners get at things in our own time (zones)!

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    1. Sorry! I had lots of people over for a Holiday Brunch - next time I'll share my easy quiche recipe!

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  12. No cats here! My little brother's young cat is currently learning to climb up his Christmas tree. I hope he doesn't knock the ornaments off for the sheer fun of it.
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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    1. I said this above - lots of cats vs. Christmas trees videos on Youtube! Good luck!

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  13. With 4 cats, what don't they get in trouble with? Cat #2 likes to share my water despite having fresh water in their bowls. He frequently tries to drink from my glass when the level is too low and knocks it over making a mess.

    acm05at Juno.com

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    1. Oh, Anne, I can relate to that one! Solved the problem by using TWO coasters, one beneath the glass and one on top!

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  14. Chocolate & cats, perfect combo. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks! I don't have any cat food recipes! Good luck!

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  15. We have an outside farm cat and while he doesn't really get into trouble, he can be a stinker at times like teasing my dog when she goes out to potty in the morning, almost like nyah nyah, I don't need a leash LOL! (yes even on a farm our dachshund requires a leash, she's a definite hound!) This series sounds awesome and the recipe looks yummy! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I can picture that conversation! Cats and dogs have their own language, much of it involving flicks of the tail and swats of the nose!

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  16. I'm a sucker for cat sidekicks!
    I had a cat who stole a rack of lamb out of the oven! I'd cooked two and one was still in the oven with the door slightly open.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Oh my goodness! And he did that without getting burned? I do have to admire the determination and dexterity!

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    2. I hope he wasn't hurt! Very clever though! Good luck!

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    3. No, no injuries were incurred, other than our wrath!
      It was quite a sight to see her dragging it across the floor, headed for some "safe" eating place.

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  17. My cats are pretty good. One does like to drink out of my water glass though. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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    1. LOL! Our current guy doesn't do that, but his predecessor did, so I started using two coasters on my desk, one beneath and one on top!

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    2. I had a dog that tried my coffee once. Never again! Good luck!

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    3. Both good ideas! I will try the double coaster, and if that doesn't work, maybe I will leave some coffee out for kitty!

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  18. I have two cats, Hamilton and Jefferson, they are a year old. Tbey are shelter cats, not siblings, and they get along really well. Hamilton is small and into everything. He is so busy, I find his toys all over the house and I have to keep the toilet paper in the vanity or he will shread it to pieces.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Love the names you gave them! Thank goodness only one is Trouble!

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  19. Hi Kathy...I have read the books in your chocolate covered series and enjoyed them. Are any more planned? Our family has only one cat these days. Chloe. She has a mean left hook which she throws at me daily. She’s on the counter...don’t all cats rule the kitchen counters? Anyway, as I move around the kitchen, she follows...meowing and tossing that left hook. I’ve been wounded enough to either skillfully dodge her or give her treats. Cats rule! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Yes, they seem to be the boss! Sorry! No more books in the Chocolate Covered series. I hope you like the Gourmet Cat series. Good luck!

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  20. Toby likes to flush the toilet and watch the water swirl in the bowl.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. We have 7 cats & they are constantly in trouble. One licks butter out of the butter dish. They all cause havoc with our rugs.
    Ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  22. My mom makes an amazing chocolate mousse-it's so light-it's heavenly. I have 5 cats who can get into mischief-Calumet and Licorice fight (and not in a fun, playful way. sigh) Annabella and Mystic zoom around knocking things over, and Mariusz loves being picked up and held. I have a picture of Annabella inside the manger at Christmas last year-her first Christmas.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  23. Congrats to our winner, Liz No Veggie Girl! (We won't tell her chocolate is a vegetable!) Thanks to all who joined in the fun, and shared stories of cats in trouble!

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