Syrup and Plans and a Brief Vacation…

Hello all!

The blackberries and blueberries have been made into about 20 half and quarter pint containers (and two large carafes). I made panna cotta yesterday, which is quite delicious with blackberry syrup drizzled over the top!

I’ve included my recipe for panna cotta at the end of the post. I didn’t even know this dessert existed until a trip to Eastern Europe two years ago with my mother. They served it as a dessert at a hotel in Poland and while I wasn’t sure about what it was, I tried it and it was delicious!

I hope that if you’ve found my blog and are enjoying it you’ll bear with me. I get married on Saturday, and then I’m headed off on my honeymoon, so I’ll be on blog haitus until I get back in a few weeks. So in the meantime, I hope you all enjoy your summer and cook delicious things!


Panna Cotta

This recipe is based on one I copied down from somewhere a few years ago. I don’t recall exactly where.


  • 4 c half and half and 2% milk (how much of each is up to you. You can do all 1/2 &1/2 if you like – but it is quite rich!)
  • 1/2 c sugar (I sometimes add a little more if I’m using mostly milk, since I find the half and half is sweeter)
  • 2 t vanilla (you could also add about 1/2 t of almond extract for a little different flavor)
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 6 T water


  1. Sprinkle the packets of gelatin over the water in a mixing bowl (preferably one with a pour spout. Makes things easier later). Leave this for about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the sugar and milk in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Once the five minutes are up, pour the milk mixture into the gelatin and mix (I use a whisk) until the gelatin has dissolved. You can put this in fancy molds, which you will need to spray with unflavored cooking spray, or just into wine glasses. It looks really elegant in a martini or wine glass.
  3. Put it in the fridge and let it set for about 4 hours.
  4. To unmold (if you use molds), just dip in hot water and then invert on a plate.
  5. Drizzle with syrup of any kind or some fresh fruit (or nothing) and enjoy!


  • This will make about 9 mini molds, or 4-6 wine glasses. Really depends on the size of your containers.




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