Beverage: Glass of Port
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse
4 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, cut into pieces
3 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chilled whipping cream
Heat chocolate in heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; remove from heat. Beat egg yolks slightly; stir yolks and vanilla into chocolate. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in 2 1/2 quart bowl until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 tbsp at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Stir about 1/4 of the meringue into chocolate mixture. Fold into remaining meringue.
Beat whipping cream in chilled 1 1/2-quart bowl until stiff. Fold into chocolate meringue. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate at least 2 hrs. but no longer than 48 hours.
Top each serving with Sweetened Whipped Cream and grated chocolate if desired. Refrigerate any remaining desserts immediately.