““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”
Haute Cuisine: This chocolate mousse hails from Brazil
This light, airy and delicious confection is a variation of a dessert born in France in the 1600s, following the introduction of Spanish hot chocolate.
The recipe typically starts with melted chocolate into which hand-whipped heavy cream is gently folded. Then pastry chef and Cordon Bleu alumna Beatriz Ramos adds her own touch with cornstarch cookies, which she crushes and presses with a spoon onto the bottom and sides of a tart pan. She pours the chocolate mousse over the crushed cookies and refrigerates the dessert for at least six hours. The result, said Ramos, is “chocolate heaven.”
To dress it up a bit, you can top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of peanut flour. But, Ramos cautioned, the key is the mousse, which should dance across your tongue on little chocolate feet, with one’s taste buds undistracted by anything else.