Friday, February 22, 2013

Nutella-Mascarpone Mousse with Strawberry Coulis

I guess I may be the only woman alive who doesn't care about Valentine's Day?  Maybe I should care more, but I just don't.  Hubby and I don't really do Valentine's Day anymore.

Because *we* show our love to each other all. year. long.

And twice on Sundays.  Bow chicka wow wow!

[Eeeeeerrrrrrmmmmmyyyyyygersh, did I just say that?!?!  Oh, I kid.  Just running my mouth, folks, just running my mouth.]

But seriously, I *did* get a kick out of seeing all the youngsters in my Facebook feed post pictures of the teddy bears their boyfriends got them.

And some of them were not even youngsters.

Which is a little disturbing to me.

Because why does anyone over the age of five need a teddy bear anyway?  I don't get it.  Help me to understand. 

And who's bright idea was it anyway to attach some cheesy mylar balloons to a beautiful bouquet of roses, huh? 


If I sound like I am making fun of people, yes.  I'm in one of *those* moods.

So before I offend my entire readership of eleven people with my radical anti-Valentine speech, here is the long, lost Valentine's recipe I was going to post before life happened.

Here are my notes:

-The coulis really makes this pop.  (And if you'd rather just say strawberry sauce, it's fine by me.)  But it's really easy and you should make it.

-You can substitute 8 ounces cream cheese for the mascarpone.

-You could actually increase the Nutella too, for a more intense chocolate flavor. 

PS.  Just for the record, hubby has gotten me roses and Valentines stuff many times before.  Roses with mylar balloons attached.  And I am sure at the time I thought they were the most gorgeous balloons and roses ever.

Nutella-Mascarpone Mousse with Strawberry Coulis

1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature,
1/2 cup Nutella

Beat the heavy cream on high speed with a wire whisk attachment until foamy.  Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until needed.   

In another bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese and Nutella onmedium speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down sides.  Fold in the whipped cream.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Serve drizzled with strawberry coulis. 

*Can substitute 8 ounces softened cream cheese for mascarpone cheese

Strawberry Coulis

3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Heat the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently or until mixture bubbles and berries are soft.  Transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Cool completely before serving.  Store in refrigerator.

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Thank You

You guys

My grandmother's little trailer park in Petal, Mississippi was hit by an EF4 tornado almost two weeks ago. 

This trailer was two doors down from my grandmother's.
The morning of the day it hit, she woke up very sick with vertigo and laid in bed all day unable to get up because she was so nauseated.  Later that evening, she was listening to her weather radio and she heard the tornado warning, but she couldn't get out of bed because she was so dizzy. 

So she prayed.  

And then she heard things begin to hit her trailer and she sensed a sudden change in the pressure of the air all around her, but she kept praying. 

And then it stopped.

And when it was through, there was destruction and devastation all around her.  But her little home, although badly damaged, was still standing and she was unharmed from the storm. 
And on the first Saturday after the tornado, some of our family went over to Petal to pack up her belongings.  The drive through the city just took our breath away.  I really wish I had brought my camera, but all I had was my iPhone.  (Here are some pictures, though.)

What really touched me were the hundreds of volunteers that I saw everywhere.  I get a lump in my throat when I think about driving into that trailer park and being greeted by people who asked "What can we do to help you?"  So many men, women, and children pulled together from the Hattiesburg, Petal, and surrounding areas. 

There were a group of five or six men from my grandmother's church who showed up bright and early on Saturday morning and worked all day long to move all of her big furniture into storage.

They moved a piano, y'all. A piano.

And about a dozen other pieces of heavy furniture.  I don't know what we would have done without them.

And then there were a couple of very nice ladies who helped us pack up her kitchen items.  And a group of teenage girls.  And there was another group of kids giving out snack bags and bottled water.  And people delivering meals.  And many, many more people everywhere picking up glass and limbs, and raking up debris, and putting tarps on roofs, and just doing what needed to be done.
(And I know that Petal was not the only city hit.  Hattiesburg was also badly hit.  And my alma mater, USM.)

I was completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and generosity.  And I wish I could thank everyone, but I don't know who everyone is.  But if you are reading this and you helped on that day or any day, thank you.  It means more than you know that you jumped in like that.

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