Strawberry Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Mother's day is just a week away and I wanted to present a few dessert recipes for you to consider before the day is here. The first of the entries is figure friendly and designed for health and diet conscious eaters. It's a panna cotta, and when it's made with small field ripened strawberries, only the cook will know the dessert has been lightened. The key to the success of this dessert, however, lies in the flavor of the berries, and, to be honest, I wouldn't bother with it when local berries are less than prime. Even then, I enhance its flavor with a berry extract, that can be found at the sources listed at the end of the recipe. The recipe for the panna cotta first appeared in Gourmet magazine and can now be found on the Epicurious website. Comments associated with the recipe indicate that some readers had problems getting the panna cotta to stiffen enough for unmolding. To avert that problem, I've increased the amount of gelatin in my version of the recipe and recommend it be made a full 24 hours before you plan to serve it. While I make and serve the fruit compote that accompanies the recipe, I also like to use a bit of melted strawberry jam as a sauce for the panna cotta. This is not necessary, but it adds wonderful color to the finished dessert. This is really easy to make and I think those of you who try it will enjoy it. Here's the recipe.

Strawberry Panna Cotta...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Gourmet Magazine and Epicurious


Panna Cotta
3 cups sliced strawberries (1 pound)
1-3/4 cups well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon strawberry flavoring (optional)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
2-1/2 cups strawberries (preferably small; 3/4 pound), trimmed
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar

1) To make panna cotta: Blend strawberries, buttermilk, strawberry flavoring, salt and sugar in a blender until very smooth, then pour through a very fine sieve into a medium bowl, pressing hard on solids. Discard solids. Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a small bowl and let stand 1 minute to soften. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved. Whisk gelatin-cream mixture into strawberry purée and pour into 6 (6-oz.) molds. Chill molds, covered, until firm, at least 24 hours. To unmold, dip molds in a small bowl of hot water 2 or 3 seconds, then invert panna cottas onto dessert plates and remove molds. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes to soften slightly.
2) To make compote: While panna cottas stand at room temperature, halve strawberries lengthwise if small or quarter if larger. Whisk orange juice and superfine sugar together in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Add strawberries and toss to coat. Serve panna cottas with compote. Yield: 6 servings.

Source for strawberry extract can be found here.

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Strawberry Cake - Petit Foodie
Strawberry Cupcakes - Sugar Plum
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - Sugar Crafter
Strawberry Linzer Cookies - Beach Lover Kitchen
Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream - Confections of a Foodie Bride
Strawberry Sherbet - Shih's Cooking

A Summary of Entrees for Cinco De Mayo

I know that some of you will be preparing special meals for Cinco de Mayo. I thought this would be a good time to do a review some of the recipes we've featured for Mexican entrees. These are all great recipes and I hope you'll give one or two of them a try. Here are some of my favorites.

Orange Glazed Fiesta Chicken

Chicken Mole Poblano

Camarones a la Mexicana

Black Bean Burritos

Mexicali Pizza

Chicken Enchiladas Verde

Tortilla Soup

Pork Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce - Albondigas

Gratineed Chicken in Poblano Cream Sauce

Crock-Pot Pork Posole

Shrimp Enchiladas Verde

Smooshed Potatoes

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If you are looking for a slightly different take on roasted potatoes, you might want to give this version a try. It differs from its more classic cousins in that the cooked potatoes are lightly smashed before being roasted. Younger members of our family refer to these as smooshed potatoes and that is a pretty apt name for them. It certainly is the only thing that sets them apart from other roast potatoes. The potatoes are smooshed to create a greater surface area for browning while they're in the oven. Having said that, I'm pretty much at a loss for words, other than to tell you that kids love to make these and they actually eat them. Because there is so little to the potatoes, I use my best olive oil for their roasting and finish them with fleur de sel - French sea salt. The one tip I want to share with you concerns the precooking of the potatoes. In order to avoid over cooking or water logged potatoes, I use my microwave to cook them. I place them in a single layer in a large microwave container to which 3 or 4 tablespoons of water has been added. I cover the dish and microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes at which point they are fork tender and ready to be smooshed for roasting. Recipes rarely get easier than this. Here's how the potatoes are made.

Smooshed Potatoes...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1-1/2 to 2 pounds unpeeled small Yukon Gold potatoes
olive oil
coarse salt
4 large unpeeled garlic cloves

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Pour 4 cups of water into a large pot and bring it to a boil. Add potatoes and 2 teaspoons salt and cook at a medium boil for 10 to 12 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked. Do not over cook. Alternatively, potatoes may be placed in a large microwave container to which 3 tablespoons of water have been added, and, cooked, covered, for 9 to 10 minutes on HIGH power until potatoes can be pierced with a fork.
3) When the potatoes are cooked, rinse them under cold running water to stop cooking. Place the potatoes on a work surface and, using your fist, punch them so that they flatten a bit. I protect my hand with a thin pot holder.
4) Place potatoes and the garlic cloves on a baking pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle each potato with olive oil. Transfer pan to oven and roast for 15 minutes. Turn potatoes to opposite side, drizzle with more olive oil and bake for 15 minutes longer. Transfer potatoes to a large serving dish. Peel and mash garlic cloves and add to potatoes. Mix well. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Best Ever Potato Salad - Brown Eyed Baker
Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes - Real Mom Kitchen
Roasted Radish and Potato Salad - Noble Pig
Cajun Fried Potato Cake - The Flourishing Foodie
Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon and Garlic - La Bella Vita

Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a spread that will not be to everyone's liking. It has a drab color and the predominant flavor of this sweet and tart jam is rhubarb. While I don't particularly like it on bagels or for breakfast toast, I think it makes a terrific quick appetizer when spread with cream cheese on freshly sliced baguettes. It also makes a wonderful sweet-tart glaze for sauteed or grilled chicken or pork. The recipe below requires canning equipment. While I sometimes make this spread for pantry storage, I usually bypass the water bath and simply refrigerate the jam in clean storage containers. I think those of you who like sweet-tart flavors will really enjoy this jam. If you like heat, I suggest you add a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the jam before storing it. If you fully process the jam, it will keep for a year on your pantry shelves. If you choose not to process it, the jam will keep for about a month in the refrigerator. I think those of you who appreciate spreads that are not to sweet will really enjoy this. Here's the recipe.

Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Sasha Chapman and Saveur magazine

5 cups rhubarb (about 1-1⁄4 pounds), cut into 3⁄4 x 1⁄2-inch cubes
2 cups hulled and quartered strawberries (about 1⁄2 pound)
2 1⁄4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1) Combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a 4-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb breaks down and jam has thickened, about 1 hour. To determine whether jam has set, place a small spoonful on a chilled plate; if the dollop of jam holds firm and doesn't get runny around edges, it is ready for canning. If it runs, continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, submerge three 1-cup canning jars, along with their lids and ring bands, in a large pot of boiling water and sterilize over high heat for 10 minutes. Transfer sterilized jars, lids, and bands to a clean dish towel. Fill each jar with hot jam, leaving at least 1⁄4" of space at the top. Wipe jar rims with a clean dish towel, place lids on jars, and secure ring bands.
3) Transfer filled jars to a canning rack; place rack in a pot of gently boiling water so that jars are submerged by at least 1"; let boil for 10 minutes. Transfer jars, set at least 1" apart, to a dish towel and let cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. To test that jars have properly sealed, unscrew bands and lift each jar by the edge of the lid; if the lid holds, the jar is sealed. If it loosens, jar is not fully sealed, and jam should be refrigerated and used within 2 weeks. Sealed jars will keep, in a cool, dark place, for up to a year. Yield: 3 cups.

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Lamb Sausage - Shepherds and Flocks for Hire

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Bob and I were at the King winery this past weekend. We had gone to watch a marathon and sample a flight or two of some highly recommended wines. We weren't the only visitors. Sheep, an uncommon occurrence on the estate, were grazing in the orchards and the vineyards. The flocks had been rented to assist in "vegetation control". Goats, as in herds for hire, are not uncommon here. The state uses them to clear vegetation on slopes that are too steep for highway crews to safely work on. This was, however, the first time I'd seen sheep used to clear the land of others. It seems they are more discriminating in what they eat than goats, and there is less chance they will eat vines or damage trees. While watching the race, I struck up a conversation with the man standing next to me. I asked him what he did. He said he was a shepherd. Choking back a laugh, I was about to introduce myself as Mother Goose, but my better angels and long dead mother stopped me. Turns out, he was one of three people responsible for the flocks. He was the "lead shepherd". His words, not mine. A lot of lamb is raised in the areas surrounding the estate, so the same farms that supplied sheep for vineyard maintenance also provided a fresh supply of lamb for my freezer. I have several recipes that I've wanted to try and I though this would be a great time to test those for lamb sausage. I'll be featuring them over the course of the next two weeks. This recipe is based on one developed by Michael Symon. His recipe makes a delicious Middle Eastern-style sausage but it is very spicy and I'm not sure it would appeal to all of you. So, I've cut way back on the amount and source of the chilies used to season the lamb. I've also taken a few shortcuts that make the sausage easier to prepare. I hope you'll give the recipe a try. If you like lamb, I know you'll like this sausage. Here's the recipe.

Lamb Sausage... from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from Michael Symon, Live to Eat

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely minced shallot
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
2 pounds ground lamb
2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika (Pimenton)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1) Warm oil in a medium frying pan. When oil shimmers, saute shallots over medium heat until translucent , about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Remove from heat. Cool completely.
2) Combine onions, garlic, lamb, paprika, pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Cover and chill from 2 to 24 hours. Form into patties or logs. Sausage may be refrigerated for up to a week. It may also be frozen. Fry over medium heat until patties reach an internal temperature of 150 degrees F. Yield: 12 patties.

As an afterthought, I thought some of you might enjoy reading about the sheep at the King Estate Winery. Here's a bit more information for you.

The Sheep Are Back

Sheep in the Vineyard

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Top Tip #31 - Easy Envelope Box & Squares Challenge

Goooooood Morning Everyone!

WOWZERS - what an absolutely amazing number of entries we had into last weeks challenge - nearly 350 - AMAZING!!
Thank you so much to all that took part as well as those of you who left your tips. 

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Comment Moderation is the best way, then you can delete silly spammers!
We all really appreciate those not using Word Verification
and would like to say thank you!!

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This weeks tutorial is a very easy Envelope Box this weeks challenge is:


Square cards / squares on your card - you name it, if it's a square, it can go in the challenge!

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who are offering our winner an amazing book:
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 This weeks featured tipper will win this wonderful prize collection from

Pizzazz Aplenty is run by Judy Bennet,
and she is offering our Featured Tipper this fabulous stack of goodies...

Judy's Bio:  Pizzazz Aplenty began with only a bit of bling and some ribbon, but over the past few months, we've added so much more. . . from cardstock to cellophane bags, as well as a variety of embellishments for your cardmaking or scrapbooking projects. , ,  stick pins, brads, buttons, cords, twines, laces, lots of ribbon, and over 20 choices of colors in our flatback pearls and rhinestones.   Our two newest additions to the inventory are The Best Glue Ever, and the Embellie Gellie - tools to make your crafting sooo much easier!  Please stop by and take a look at our store: Pizzazz Aplenty.  Remember, there's no such thing, as too much bling!  Judy Bennett.

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Now onto the tutorial!

This week, it is my turn, Leanne, to do the tutorial.
I have chosen to do a very easy Envelope Box tutorial.

Some of the boxes I have come across are quite tricky to make...
So I made up my own one that is sooooooo easy!!!
I am no good working with teeny tiny measurements, so mine are all in inches and very easy to follow!
Apologies now for the pictures, but hey, my craft room is never tidy!


Make sure you get a large piece of card to use for the envelope box...this of course depends on the size of your card base.
The card that I am making this Envelope Box for measures 6.5in x 8.75in.
You need to score down 0.5in each side either side of your card measurement like this:

(the big space between the first 2 score lines is the size of your card)
Next turn your card around, and score at:



(the space between 2in and 8.25in
is the measurement the card)



(the space between 8.75in and 15in
is the measurement of the card)


Now that you have scored your lines, turn the card around and cut / remove the following areas:

It should now look like this, make sure the two tabs in the middle are only cut up the sides so they can fold in.

Next fold over all the score lines and put tape on to seal like this:


 Stick it all together and it should look like this:

 You can finish it now by choosing your own closing and decorating it to match your card.
 I normally punch two holes and fasten it with a ribbon.
If you come up with a better idea I would love to hear it! 

Here is my Envelope Box with my finished card:


 Now onto some fabulous SQUARE inspiration from the DT



Don't forget to link Mr Linky to your post (not your blog) so we can find your project quickly.
Remember to write (TIP) next to your entry if you are also leaving us a tip on your blog.
(Tips left in the comments section will no longer qualify for the Top Tipper draw - we want everyone to see you have a tip on offer without having to go into the comments section) 

No 'back-linking' - any project posted to your blog before this morning and linked into this challenge will not be entered into the draw.

You must add a link back to TTT in your post.

Only 3 entries each.


Challenge closes at 8pm UK time Monday 2nd May 2011
Now its over to you!

#30 Winner, Featured Tipper & Top 3

Good Morning Everyone

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter and feeling the affects of eating too much chocolate?  We had a great week looking at all the wonderful entries into last weeks open challenge!

This weeks winners are:

Prize 1 (Random Org) - wins 5 digis from Pink Cat Studio :


This weeks Featured Tipper

wins a fabulous prize of
Your Next Stamp $10 voucher

Vix's Top Tip was......

......a whole post on 'How To' and 'How Not To' master
Resist Techniques!

You'll have to pop over to have a read, but here's a taster......

.....I wanted to have a go at the vaseline resist I'd seen in craft stamper a while ago where you paint a layer of acrylic, let it dry then add some vaseline as the resist then add more acrylic and let dry then rub the paint off the vaseline (which doesnt dry) Results weren't good as you can see...

Amazing tip - and so much info in it too - Thanks Vix.


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I need to say how difficult it was to pick just 3 this week - I so wanted to keep going!

Anyway, after much deliberation this weeks fabby Top 3 (in numerical order) are:

96 - Tracey Brossart

Look at those colours - what an amazing card!
You should see the rest of her blog - just as colourful!

So detailed - everything about this says perfection!

300 - Hannas Hobbyblogg

Look at those colours - so rich. You really need to pop over and check out the close ups!

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Thank you for stopping by - make sure you come back later for this weeks fabulous tutorial/challenge.