Breakfast buffet: National mousse day
November 30th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Not to be confused with National Moose Day, November 30 is National Mousse Day!

If it's a bit gray, cold and damp outside of your window today, nothing says pick-me-up like diving into a bowl of rich, creamy mousse. Like pudding, this French dessert can roll all your cares away and replace it with a big fat smile.

However, unlike pudding, the secret to great mousse is incorporating air bubbles to give it a light texture. Depending on the amount of air that gets whipped in, it can be thick and creamy or downright fluffy. The base begins with eggs, cream, sugar and whatever way you want to flavor it.

This creamy creation was once only found in French restaurants, but it started appearing on the tables of British and American families in the 1960s. The word mousse itself means "lather" or "foam" in French, which helps explain why you can also tame your hair with mousse - just a different kind.

The most popular kind of mousse is chocolate, so satisfy your craving with Julia Child's perfect chocolate mousse, courtesy of David Lebovitz. Or if you want a tangy taste, try Ina Garten's creamy lemon mousse.

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  1. Conic

    Hmm. Never thought of eating mice for breakfast. But, okay. j/k

    November 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  2. msrandyortan

    This desert sounds really good i would not mine having it for breakfast and lunch and dinner sweet yum.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Wow

      It ssoundss sso good, you sshould have 2.
      No one would mind either.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  3. Goober Grape

    What's the plural of mousse?


    November 30, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  4. Groucho

    I woke up with a mousse in my pants once.....

    November 30, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  5. Breaking News!™

    Chocolate and Vanilla mousses have been spotted in Canada and as far south as New York. This rare species is making a comeback after the great Mousse eating incident of '94.

    And now back to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy...

    November 30, 2011 at 9:39 am |
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