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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Chocolate buffet--luxurious but affordable Chocolate-Cherry Mousse By Louise Fiszer PHILADELPHIA Despite the often gray and dismal skies of February, I look forward to when the calendar reaches the 14thnValentine's Day--so that I have a legitimate excuse to create a chocolate buffet and send out invitations. It also works for Purim, which began at sundown last night. It's luxurious but affordable, sensuous but innocent. Imagine the allure of a table laden with a sumptuous selection of cook- ies, candies, tarts, tortes, mousses and creams loaded with the dark confection. Invite guests to contribute to the dessert table by either mak- ing something or bringing their favorite bar of chocolate along. Set out pitchers of ice-cold milk and water, along with freshly brewed coffee to cleanse the palate between tastings. In fact, a full-bodied Cabernet or Zinfandel would be the perfect wines to partner with these confections. CHOCOLATE-CHERRY MOUSSE (Dairy) /ngred/ents." 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate 2 cups heavy cream 7 egg whites, room temperature 1 cup superfine sugar 1/2 cup dried pitted cherries 2 tsps. grated orange zest Black-Bottom Cupcakes 2 tsps. instant coffee powder For Chocolate Leaves: 10 lemon or camellia leaves, wiped clean 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate Preparat/on.- Melt the chocolates in the top of double boilerjustuntil softened. Whip the cream until it begins to thicken. Add the chocolate and continue to whip until stiff. Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Fold into chocolate mixture. Carefully fold in the cherries, orange zest and coffee powder. Spoon into individual serving dishes and chill at least 4 hours. Decorate with chocolate leaves. To Make the Leaves: Melt 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Brush the chocolate on the shiny side of Camellia or lemon tree leaves. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Peel leaf from chocolate. Serves 8 to 10. BLACK-BOTTOM CUPCAKES (Dairy) Filling Ingredients.. 8 oz. cream cheese at room temp 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar pinch salt 1 cup chocolate chips 11/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa I tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 cup water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 Tbsp. white vinegar 1 tsp. vanilla PreparatiorL. Preheat oven to 375 . Line 18 muffin tins with paper cups. Combine the cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt in mixing bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips and set aside. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add remaining ingredients; blend well. Fill the cupcake papers about 3/4 full with batter. Drop the cream-cheese mixture into center of each. Bake for 40 minutes. CHOCOLATE oamoT CAKE (Dairy) Ingredients: 5 eggs, separated 3/4 cup sugar 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled 2 large carrots, peeled, finely grated 11/2 cups ground pecans 1/3 cup breadcrumbs 12 pecan halves for garnish Glaze Ingredients.. 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces 1 stick butter, cut into pieces 1 Tbsp. honey Preparation." Preheat oven to 350 . Butter and flour an 8-inch springform pan. Beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar until creamy and pale. Gradually beat in the chocolate. Stir in the carrots, nuts and breadcrumbs. Beat the egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff. Fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted irt center comes out clean. Cool and remove from pan. Make glaze by melting the chocolate and butter. Stir in the honey; spread on cooled cake. Garnish with pecan halves. Serves 8 to 10. This article first appeared in the (Philadelphia)Jewish Exponent. It has been reprinted by permission. The Eulogizen Remembering jockey, impressionist, Snapfish founder JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Eulogizer highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so-famous Jews who have passed away recently. David Frye, comedic im- personator David Frye, a rubber- faced comedian who made political impersonations-- particularly of Richard Nixon--the cornerstone of his career, died Jan. 24 at 77 in Las Vegas, Nev., where he lived. Frye began his comedic career in New York City clubs, but hit on political impressions as his path to stardom when a talent scout saw him impersonat- ing Robert F. Kennedy in 1965. Frye hit his stride with Nixon, whose exag- gerated mannerisms and publicly expressed anxiety were perfect fodder for the comedian. "Shoulders hunched, his deep-set eyes glowering, Mr. Frye captured the insecure, neurotic Nixon to perfec- tion," The New York Times wrote. Frye's appropriation of Nixon's infamous line "I am the president," said the review, "seemed to get at the essence of a powerful politician in desperate need of validation." Billy Harmatz, former jockey and businessman Billy Harmatz, who won more than 1,700 races as a jockey, including the 1959 Preakness Stakes, and went on to a second career as a businessman in Southern California, died Jan. 27 at 79. Harmatz began his rac- ing career at the fabled Agua Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. Memorable races included a fourth- place finish in one of his four rides at the Kentucky Derby and a third in the Belmont Stakes, both riding Royal Orbit, with whom he won the Preakness. He won sev- eral racing industry awards, and was inducted into the Southern California Jew- ish Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Netanya, Israel, in 1999. Eleanor Galenson, re- searched children's sexual identity Eleanor Galenson, a psy- choanalyst and researcher whose work showed that children are aware of their sexuality at very early ages, With the EITC you could get up to $5,600 extra back from the IRS. Single or married, with or without children, see how much you may qualify for if you: Worked part or all of 2009 :i,it[ File a 2009 federal tax return :   , : : '.!, Make less than $48,000 ................... died Jan. 15 in Manhattan at 94. Galenson's 1981 book "Infantile Origins of Sexual Identity," written with Her- man Roiphe, "refined exist- ing Freudian theory about when children begin their sexual development," The New York Times said. Her research led her to advocate early counseling for chil- dren with anxieties and their families before the approach was widely accepted. She directed therapeutic nurseries at Mount Sinai and Einstein Medical Center in New York, helped create clinics for troubled children in East Harlem and the Bronx, and was a founder of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Eugene Lubin, bar mitz- vah suit merchant Eugene Lubin, whose men's and boys' clothing store in suburban New York provided bar mitzvah suits for decades, and who was a longtime leader in Jewish organizations, died Jan. 30 at 88. Eric Schoen, who is ac- tive with the Jewish Council of Yonkers, said that "Gene Lubin was a man who cared greatly about the city of Yonkers and was involved in its business, civic, religious and philanthropic com- munity." But, like others, Schoen also returned to Lubin's bar mitzvah suits. "He also cared that bar mitzvah boys and anyone celebrating a special oc- casion looked perfect," Schoen said. "People trav- eled far and wide to get that perfect fit." Melvin S. Cohen, Snapfish founder and philanthropist Melvin S. Cohen of Chevy Chase, Md., a successful businessman and active philanthropist in the Wash- ington area who kept many of his charitable activities quiet, died Jan. 19 at 87. Cohen was the founder of District Photo, the world's largest photo mail-order business, and parlayed that into the online photo pro- cessing site Snapfish. He also was a friend and some- times business partner of the legendary D.C.-area entrepreneur Abe Pollin, who owned the Washington Wizards of the NBA. Cohen and Pollin in 1988 said they would pay for the college educations of the fifth grade at a school in a poor neighborhood in suburban Washington. Of the 59 students in the class, 49 graduated high school, 39 went to trade school or college and, by 2007, 17 had received at least one college degree. Daniel Bell, intellectual and author Daniel Bell, one of the leading American think- ers of the 20th century, a member of the vaunted and largely Jewish "New York Intellectuals" and the coiner of such phrases as "post-industrial society," died Jan. 25 at 91. In his 1973 book "The Coming of Post-Industrial Society," Bell predicted the emergence of the informa- tion economy, social strati- fication driven by expertise and "something like the Internet." Jacob Weisberg of Slate called Bell "one of the genu- inely important American thinkers of the 20th cen- tury" and, on a personal basis, "at once a stunningly original mind, an ironic ob- server of the scene around him, and a genial gossip" whose wide-ranging talks were "all spiced with Yid- dishkeit wisecracking." Frederick B. Ruden, ad- vocate for mentally ill Frederick B. Ruden, who advocated for the mentally ill during one stormy term as a county commissioner in Kalamazoo, Mich., and who was open about discussing his own mental illness, died Jan. 23 at 55. During his two-year term in the mid-1990s, Ruden once compared a board member to a Nazi and overturned three newspaper vending machines at the Ka- lamazoo Gazette newspaper because he disagreed with an editorial. But he also won county approval for the creation of a community mental health board. Ruden feared mental health was being overlooked without having its own board and director. Write to the Eulogizer at eulogizer@jta.org.