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Celebrate Love

By Jessica Hardman, Intern

February has snuck up on Texas—pink hearts and red roses have flooded store shelves since New Year’s week! Valentine’s Day conjures the word love and all the questions that surround it. If there is a special someone to share the day with, the hundreds of stuffed bears are easy to maneuver. Without love, many people would enjoy ripping the stuffing out of said bears.

Paradox_cvrAs a young twenty-something myself, I am entering the stage of my life where I am surrounded by friends planning their weddings, celebrating their 3rd anniversaries, or excitedly searching for their future partners. There is a great debate emerging which centers on the “best” age to marry, and whether young couples can survive the strain of marriage without first fully understanding themselves as individuals. This controversy is an argument about whether two people can grow and mature together in a relationship. One side insists that a person must first completely develop and mature before they enter a relationship, the other is on the next flight to Vegas.

  1. Pittman McGehee has spent years studying the dynamics of love and he offers a startling middle ground for this argument in his book, The Paradox of Love:

I alone must become myself, I cannot become myself alone.”

This seemingly contradictory quote is the heart of Pittman’s book. Both self-love and companionship are needed to fully embark on the journey to understanding love. The age or relationship status of a person is not as important as their understanding of how to love those surrounding them, as in addition to loving themselves. Pittman explains that love is a complex idea that is vastly simplified in the United States, and he strives to unravel this intricate word that has endless meanings. As you read, it is easier to understand these types of love and the necessity of failure to truly understand what you value in the relationships you cultivate.

Understand love better in 2015 with J. Pittman McGehee’s The Paradox of Love and discover the many types of love and how to succeed at each one. You can also celebrate this Valentine’s Day, with a recipe for chocolate mousse. Make a batch for your significant other, a best friend or your mom for helping you fill in all those Valentine’s cards in school!

Receipe Courtesy of Elizabeth Stone’s An Invitation to Entertain Recipes for gracious parties A book by bright Sky press

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Dark & White Chocolate Mousse
In Champagne Flutes

Ingredients: 

White Chocolate Mousse
½ lb baking white chocolate or white chocolate chips
1 Tbsp butter
1Tbsp sugar
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
½ cup heavy cream

 

Place chocolate in the top of double boiler with the butter. Put over boiling water and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the sugar with the egg yolks until the mixture is light and creamy. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolks. Gently fold the chocolate and butter mixture into the egg mixture. Chill for 2-3 hours or overnight.

 

Dark Chocolate Mousse
½ lb dark bittersweet chocolate (60% cocoa)
1 Tbsp butter
1Tbsp sugar
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
½ cup heavy creamFollow the same instructions as for the white chocolate mousse.

 

Assembly
1 cup heavy cream, whipped; for garnish
1 cup chocolate shavings, for garnish

 

To assemble, spoon ¼ cup of white chocolate mousse into champagne flute. Top with ¼ cup of dark chocolate mousse. Top with ¼ whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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