When I was growing up, Valentine's Day meant a special dinner with our family, and most importantly, CANDY. I still remember one V-day in particular where my sister and I each received a giant Hershey's Kiss, and I'm pretty certain that we both ate at least half that night (Solveig, you know what I'm talking about). Besides having an incorrigible sweet tooth, Valentine's Day was never really my favorite holiday – I never really thought it was necessary to have one day to let the people close to you know that you love them. Of course, I'm never going to say no to a good dinner, so when Ari and I were deciding what we were going to do (obviously, House of Cards was the first item on the agenda), I thought it would be fun to come up with some things I don't make on a regular basis. Surprisingly, I have never tried my hand at chocolate mousse, always one of my favorite desserts at French restaurants, but after this I will definitely be making it again. Seems fancy, and is deceptively simple – plus you can make it hours ahead of time, which makes it perfect for a dinner party.
Chocolate Mousse (adapted from Bon Appétit)
1/2 cup chilled heavy cream, divided 2 large egg yolks 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, room temperature 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 3 ounces semisweet chocolate (60-72% cacao), chopped 2 large egg whites