Our Last Common Table

A HUGE thank you to Melissa for the time she spent compiling recipes for our common table this summer! Baby Girl, as much as I tease you about it, I know that your true love is the Holy Scripts and not the kitchen so I appreciate the willing distraction. Great job! Now, get back to research!

On our last Siesta Summer Bible Study gathering, it is only fitting that we have a CHOCOLATE FREE-FOR-ALL! So, the only requirement for our common table this week is c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e! Here are some ideas from Melissa if you’re game.

Make any main course or appetizers you desire, just be sure to end it all with a beloved chocolate dish!

Here are a few ideas:

First, for an easy and elegant dessert, follow this link to All Recipes for a fun chocolate mousse recipe:


For those of you experimental types who may want a little less chocolate and a less typical dessert (Please see my comments below):

Tiramisu Affogato (from Gourmet August 2008)
Parfaits with Hot Espresso and Ladyfingers
Serves 6
Active Time: 20 min. Start to Finish: 20 min.

¾ cup chilled heavy cream
1 Tbsp sugar
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pint coffee ice cream
9 savoiardi (Italian crisp ladyfingers), coarsely crumbled
1 ¼ cups freshly brewed espresso (10 oz)
Or 1 ¼ cups boiling water and 3 Tbsp instant-espresso powder
A small piece of bittersweet chocolate

*Beat cream with sugar until it just holds stiff peaks.
*Divide vanilla and coffee ice creams among glasses, then top with ladyfingers. Pour hot espresso on top and dollop with whipped cream. Grate chocolate on top.

Melissa’s Notes: Each of these desserts should be served in individual clear cups or glasses. Also, savoiardi are a type of Italian cookie closely resembling lady-fingers. They are crisp, so if you substitute regular ladyfingers my guess is that the dessert will end up soggy. If you don’t have access to them or don’t care, go for the All-Recipes Chocolate Mousse.


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  1. 1
    tiggerdaisy says:


    A BIG THANKS to you Melissa for all of the time you’ve spent helping us with the common meals. You are a much beloved jewel!


  2. 2
    Holly says:

    Looks wonderful!!

    I pray you have a safe journey back to GA. The pictures are beautiful of you, your sister and your Mama. Wow–what a beautiful and handsome bunch.

    Love to you!

  3. 3
    Yolanda says:

    Thank you Beth, Melissa and LPM Staff for hosting the NOG’s study, and getting us into the word this summer.



  4. 4
    littlerad says:

    This is great, thank you for all the time you have put into these meals… See I have been eating better and exercising, and i’m finally starting to lose weight, so I want to ask, do you have any low calorie Chocolate recipes…
    I’m saddened to have the NOG’s study to finish, but I’m glad I followed Gods promting and did this study, I have grown so much this summer, so thank you all…
    You are all in my prayers…

  5. 5
    Heidi in Austin says:

    I just finished the last day of NOGS with RUTH this morning- what a blessing! Thank you ladies!

    And Melissa, you inspired me to make a quiche last week!

  6. 6
    Shonda says:

    Chocolate–my favorite!

    But I've been enjoying it way too much. Must cut back now.
    Love & blessings in Christ!

    Engrafted by His Grace-

  7. 7
    Monkey Momma says:

    Can one of you sweet Moore ladies email me a recipe for your cucumber sandwiches?

    theweathersbees at hotmail dot com

    I keep hearing about these and would like to give them a shot at an upcoming baby shower!


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    Amanda says:

    Melissa, you are awesome. Thank you for doing all those recipes for us. Will you make me some chocolate mousse in a pretty crystal glass and with a chocolate wafer on top, like we used to eat? I love you!

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    Tara says:

    Chocolate- There is truly no better ending!

    Thank you, Melissa, for all the time and energy you have put into our Common Meals. We (and our households) will be forever grateful for you:) Thank you for stretching us to try new recipes…and for giving us the encouragement to do so! Your endnotes were always right on:)

    Much love! See you in San Antonio!

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Melisa your are awesome, thank you for all you done for this study. Manyblessings to you & yours till your in our Lords hands. Victoria Reidsville NC

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    ncmama says:

    Yum! You brought such a smile to my face as I sat down to read this post while nibbling a little dark chocolate and sipping iced coffee. I do believe that chocolate can be therapeutic. It’s only appropriate to include it with this study. I’m off to do my Bible study!

  12. 12
    fuzzytop says:

    Melissa – Thanks so much for finding such fun recipe ideas for us. It’s been a hoot!

    I think I’ll make a huge bowl of chocolate mousse, and eat it all myself since I am doing the NOG study solo…..

    Oh I HAVE to tell you this story! This weekend, my 11-yr old daughter, Rachel, and I made Beth’s Texas Sheet cake recipe (which I got from the blog some time ago). When I told Rachel that this was Beth Moore’s recipe, she rolled her eyes a little and said “Oh momma, is there anything Beth Moore can’t do???” CRACKED ME UP!!!

    Hugs to y’all!


  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes.
    I am going solo so my husband has benefited. I tried to on our Tuesday night to use one of the recipes for dinner. It made me feel connected to the rest of my siestas.

    Thanks again.

  14. 14
    Melinda says:

    Thanks, Melissa, for your work in organizing the common table – it’s been such a blessing and so much fun!

    Love to you this day,

  15. 15
    Rebecca says:

    A BIG THANK YOU TO MELISSA! And i love each and every one on this blog and at lpm and all of Beths Famaily!

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    Bobbie says:

    Thanks Melissa, You’re awesome! We appreciate your planning these meals and sharing them with us.

    If you find any more yummy dishes, let us know!

  17. 17
    Moops says:


    We LOVE your recipes. But more importantly, we love to watch you love the Savior. Bless You!

    Here’s a great chocolate flourless tort. It’s not too difficult and will make your husband swoon….it does for mine!

    La Bete Noire
    (The Black Beast, from Bon Appetit, 09/06)
    Preheat oven to 350
    Prepare 10-inch-diameter springform pan by buttering bottom of pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment (or wax paper) round; butter paper. Wrap 3 layers of foil around outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim. Set aside.

    1 C. water
    3/4 C. Sugar
    Combine in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes, remove from heat.

    9 T. unsalted butter
    2 1/2 C. bittersweet or semisweet choc chips
    Melt in large saucepan over low heat until choc and butter melts. Remove from heat. Add sugar syrup into choc mixture, whisk, and cool slightly.

    6 eggs to choc mixture and whisk until well blended.
    Pour batter into prepared springform pan.
    Place cake pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake cake until center no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, about 50 minutes. Remove from water bath; transfer to rack and cool completely.

    1 C. heavy whipping cream
    1 C. semisweet choc chips

    Bring whipping cream to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add choc and whisk until smooth Pour over top of cake still in pan. Gently shake pan to distribute ganache evenly over top of cake. Refrigerate cake in pan until sets, about 2 hours. Gently loosen and remove from pan.
    (Can be make up to two days ahead)

    Serve with fresh lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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    Anonymous says:

    I hope you don’t quit blessing us with delicious recipes, now that the Common Table is in recess. Every one of them that I have tried, has been great.
    Thanks again!
    I’m going to try the Apple Crostada with fresh peaches. I may have to add a little cornstarch to soak up the juices…

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    Luv2Praise says:

    Melissa, Thank you so much for all of your yummy recipes. Not only has my family benefited from them but so has our adult Sunday School Class. Every Sunday we have a little fellowship time before class and I have made desserts from our common meal menu. They were huge successes!! I have had to give out the recipes.

    This study has been a huge blessing to me and my fellow Siesta’s. We shout out a big Thank You to Kelly Minter, Mama Beth, Amanda, Melissa and everyone else who made this possible. I hope we will do this again.

    In His Love, Lori

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    LOVe..LOVe..LOVe.. the chocolate idea! Our group actually had already decided to make brownies with a scoop of cappuccino icecream and chocolate sauce drizzled all over! Speaking of cappuccino, Melissa, you HAVE to make the following cappuccino mousse recipe some time! I pipe it into those cute little chocolate cups you can buy-VERY impressive and EXTREMELY easy but you can also just dish it into dessert dishers and serve with a dollop of fresh whip cream andchocolate shavings on top! I am known as “THE queen of dessert” in my ladies group! Desserts are my favorite thing to make! SO here goes:
    This is also an All Recipes.com recipe but I could not find it on their website but MUST give them credit!

    Cappuccino Mousse
    1-14 oz. can sweet condensed milk
    1.3 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder
    3 TBSP. butter
    2 tsp. instant coffee granules
    2 tsp. hot water
    2 cups heavy cream, chilled

    Combine sweet cond. milk, cocoa, butter and coffee (coffe granules dissolved in hot water) in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat;cool.

    Beat whipping cream in large bowl until stiff. Gradually fold chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Garnish as desired.
    You will LOVE this and so will Siesta Mama Beth since she is such a Starbucks coffee fan!
    Thank you so much for all the great recipes you have shared with us during this study.Beth-LOVE the pound cake-have made it about 4 times now! I know you put in a lot of time and energy in this but I can tell you have a real heart for the kitchen! Cooking really does relieve stress! Well..for me it does!
    Beth, love you to pieces! This study has been so good for me! Cant wait until we do another…maybe next summer!
    Your Siesta in the Texas Panhandle
    Pampa, Texas

  21. 21
    Tash says:

    Hey girls…if chocolate is the goal this week I have to share the best chocolate fondue recipe EVER!!

    1 package of bite-size milky way bars

    2 tablespoons butter

    2/3 cup heavy cream

    Melt in saucepan over low heat until all ingredients are thoroughly integrated and melted. Serve with cut up angel food cake, bananas, strawberries, large marshmallows or spoons…HA!!

    Beth, many a bite of this recipe has been eaten in my living room with our Frisco Bible Study on Sunday nights while watching you speak up on the big screen. Seems only fair we share the love with you!!

  22. 22
    Barb says:

    Love the recipes. Any chance for some lower fat ones! 🙂

  23. 23
    twinkle says:


    For you:

    And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey: unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

    — Exodus 3:8 (KJV)

    I justed wanted to tell you what a treat it was looking forward to the recipes you posted. I tried several of them even though I am solo. My dh enjoyed the chicken enchiladas and the banana pudding! I am so glad you kept it a little bit challenging. That’s how it should be! I think about the Bible studies I’ve done of your mom’s and how challenging they were…but oooh…they were flowing with milk and honey. Your recipes were just the same.
    I heart you…I heart your obedience…I heart your bubbling excitement over everything you take on! Share anytime…recipes, longings, giggles…let them flow like milk and honey…

  24. 24
    Kristib says:

    Thank you so much for all the great recipes Melissa! Free for all chocolate – that is my kind of way to finish anything! (or BEGIN anything for that matter!)

    Congratulations to everyone for finishing strong!

    Much love!
    Kristi B.

  25. 25
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Oooo, boy! Chocolate!:)


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    Anonymous says:

    Yay! I could use some chocolate! I’m in Colorado right now and wouldn’t be able to make the common meal recipe but I can do chocolate (already have Chocolate crackle ice cream :))

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    Lora says:

    We did the chicken cutlets with mom’s sauce and the peanut-butterscotch bars this week. Once again, thank you for including recipes with the study, my teens really enjoyed them! As did my dear husband!
    For His Name,

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