Kefir Panna Cotta with Cardamom Plums

This is the fourth panna cotta recipe on this blog, and one I am delighted with. I used tart, creamy kefir as the main dairy ingredient, and lowfat milk to keep the flavors light and focused.  I modified my buttermilk panna cotta recipe, substituting  kefir for the buttermilk.  I topped this light and refreshing panna cotta…

Purslane

There is a special ingredient that my CSA grows, and I have grown fond of it’s special crunch — beautiful, green purslane It makes a powerful addition to a chopped summer salad.  I mixed together fresh tomato, purslane, cucumber and basil with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing for a crunchy cool summer salad. …

Vanilla Frosting on a 4th of July Cupcake

This was one of my earlier posts, and I’ve had a few recent requests for it.  Happy Independence Day! A frosted cupcake is a classic American dessert. Here is my go-to recipe for an easy buttercream frosting, made with powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla.  It’s sweeter and less silky than a classic European buttercream,…