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As much as I love being busy with my blog, Magazine Mondays and The Daring Kitchen, there is a downside.

Unfortunately, I don’t often have a lot of time to read other blogs and that is a shame because I know I’m missing a lot.

When I do have some time to visit other blogs, I’m always amazed at the creativity and beauty that I see out there. You can imagine how inspiring I find the blog Junglefrog Cooking by Simone. Not only is the photography GORGEOUS, but I love the variety of food that Simone presents.

It was through Simone’s blog that I came across a cooking group that I’ve become infatuated with. The group is called Cooking Italy and was started by the lovely Angela of the blog Spinach Tiger.

The purpose of Cooking Italy is very simple. The idea is to explore Italian cooking through the formidable Marcella Hazan’s book Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. This book holds a very special spot on my bookshelf and when I read about Angela’s group, I couldn’t resist asking to join. The only requirements are that you own a copy of Hazan’s book. Angela sets the cooking schedule one month in advance by choosing four dishes, and sometimes a bonus dish. To join, you can e-mail Angela at spinachtiger{@}me{dot}com.

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While I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to make four dishes from the book every month, I’m going to try my best to make at least a few of them. I decided to start with the Italian Chocolate Mousse from p. 599 of Hazan’s book, which was a bonus dish from September. I was so tempted by Simone’s mousse, I had to make it myself.

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As is the case with all of Hazan’s recipes, the instructions are clear and direct and fool-proof. This was by far the best chocolate mousse I have ever made.

I could write more but the mousse is calling …

Ciao!

For the recipe, you can visit Simone’s blog.