Sweet July 4th! What’s better than a chocolate touch?


You are sitting outside in your porch, a soft breeze gently ruffles your hair. You’re finally getting a rest after a long, hot day of entertaining. The kids have gone home and all the leftover mess from the party has been cleaned. The fireworks begin to light the summer sky, and your lovely other half brings a spoon of pure sweetness in your mouth..

Do you think it’s just a dream? Of course not! It’s just the perfect ending of a great July 4th! With the help of Lorenzo Callegari, chef at Trattoria Vecchia Sorni (www.trattoriavecchiasorni.it), who presents  a special dessert to celebrate a special occasion!


Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries




1 pound of chocolate

4 cups whipped cream

1 glass of cognac

1 egg

1 lemon

a few strawberries

a few mint leafs

raspberry sauce



First, melt the chocolate 70% of the way. Place in a container and mix energetically with a glass of heated cognac, an egg, and 3 spoonfuls of whipped cream.

Now add the rest of the whipped cream and stir it delicately from bottom to top. Let it rest for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the strawberries into small pieces and mix with sugar, raspberry sauce, and lemon juice.


Put a spoonful of strawberries on the bottom of a large glass. Add the chocolate mousse, and complete with some more strawberries. Put a mint leaf on the top to decorate. Accompany with a scoop of strawberry ice cream.


Finally, pour a chilly glass of Mezzacorona Moscato and toast July 4th 2012!