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Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta, and a Giveaway

April 16, 2009

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt. We were going through containers of Fage yogurt at an alarming rate, so much so that I said to myself “stop the madness!” and began making my own yogurt. Which, to date, has been a very satisfying and delicious endeavor, but sometimes I do miss the thick, stand-a-spoon-in-it creaminess and texture of Greek yogurt.

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But, happy days, someone from Stonyfield Farm contacted me the other day to ask if I’d be interested in sampling some of their new organic Greek yogurt, called Oikos. Of course! And it’s really very good: deliciously creamy, thick, and it comes in two sizes — 16 oz tubs of the plain variety (which is what I always buy) and smaller individual cups with fruit or honey on the bottom. And as much as I love the creaminess and texture, the fact that it’s made with organic milk just gilds the lily.

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In addition to eating the yogurt with fruit and granola, blending it into a dip with spinach and garlic, and making fruit smoothies, I also took advantage of the yogurt’s creamy thickness to use in a vanilla panna cotta. Panna cottas are unbelievably easy to make (David Lebovitz just had a nice primer on how to make the perfect panna cotta) and lusciously light on the tongue…I like to make them year round, serving them with seasonal fruit. Since berries won’t be in season here until May or June (arrrrgh! it can’t come soon enough!), I decided to make a honeyed pomegranate syrup to spoon over the panna cottas. The sauce is tangy, a little sweet, and a great foil for the vanilla-bean infused panna cotta.

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And here’s the giveaway: the folks at Stonyfield Farm have offered an Oikos coupon package and other goodies for one lucky reader! So if you’d like to try some, go ahead and leave a comment and let me know: have you ever tried Greek yogurt? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat it? I’ll leave the comments open until midnight on Sunday, and will choose and announce the winner using the random number generator on Monday. Good luck!

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Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta

Adapted from Food and Wine

view printable recipe

Ingredients
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
One 16-ounce tub of Greek yogurt

Directions
Place cold water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over; let it stand until softened for about 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, bring the cream, sugar, and vanilla bean and seeds to a simmer. Turn off the heat and stir in the gelatin; keep stirring until the gelatin is fully melted.

Whisk the yogurt in a large bowl until smooth, then gradually whisk in the vanilla cream. Divide the mixture among six 1/2 cup ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until set.

To serve, run a knife around the inside of each ramekin. Set a plate on each ramekin and invert each panna cotta onto a plate; you may have to tap and shake the ramekins to loosen the panna cottas.

Makes 6 panna cottas.

Honeyed Pomegranate Syrup

Ingredients
16 ounces pomegranate juice, such as POM Wonderful
2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Combine pomegranate juice and honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue simmering over medium high heat until the mixture has reduced and thickened slightly into a syrup. Cool and refrigerate in an airtight container.

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103 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:23 pm

    I love Greek yogurt, and I love panna cotta, but I’ve never tried making it! This looks delicious! And thanks for the chance to win a giveaway!

  2. April 16, 2009 9:34 pm

    I only recently discovered the joy that is Greek yogurt. Mixed with honey as a snack or whisked with lemon juice, salt, and pepper as a dressing are my two favorite ways to eat it.

  3. Ellen permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:38 pm

    i have an on-going love affair with plain greek yogurt ;) it is perfect on top of my oatmeal in the morning! last summer i made honeyed frozen yogurt with it before, and it was delicious. i’ve also been known to mix it with salsa and dip tortilla chips in it! yum.

  4. April 16, 2009 9:40 pm

    The panna cotta looks amazing! I need to get brave and give it a try one day.

    Greek yogurt is my favorite! I usually eat it with granola and nuts on top. Yum!

  5. April 16, 2009 9:45 pm

    Plain old boring yogurt with some honey mixed in. Yum.

  6. Anne K. permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:54 pm

    Wow that looks really good! I love eating greek yogurt with cinnamon, peanut butter, and granola. Yum!

  7. Eva permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:14 pm

    I’ve never tried Oikos greek yogurt, but I LOVE Fage’s Greek yogurt!! I have been wanting to try Oikos for some time now. I love with with cinnamon.

  8. Maggie permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:17 pm

    The panna cotta looks delicious! My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is with a drizzle of honey and a few raw almonds – so yummy!

  9. Andrea permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:22 pm

    The first time I tried Greek yogurt was in Greece. I had it with honey and a crusty baguette and it was heaven! I plan to try this recipe, it looks great.

  10. April 16, 2009 10:55 pm

    I haven’t thought to try to make panna cotta with greek yogurt. I love Fage and the TJs brand. It is GREAT with granola. YUM. I can’t go back to normal yogurt now.

  11. Karin permalink
    April 16, 2009 11:42 pm

    No, I have never tried Greek yogurt.

    The panna cotta looks good~~~ mmmmm!

  12. Betsy permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:01 am

    These look tasty – I’ve never made panna cotta before. You’re inspiring me to try – I’ll definitely have to if I win the giveaway!

  13. mandy permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:03 am

    I *love* Greek yogurt—Fage is the brand I see most often (and it’s wonderful, but expensive). Walmart carried Oikos briefly, but I haven’t seen it in months. One favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt (there are so many) is with passionfruit syrup.

  14. nicole permalink
    April 17, 2009 3:12 am

    i recently started making my own yogurt, but haven’t yet tried for the thicker greek style OR making panna cotta! i can’t wait to try now. my favorite way to eat Fage is with a drizzle of maple syrup.

  15. Holly permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:25 am

    I LOVE greek Yogurt layered in a bowl with fruit salad. Apples, Strawberries, Grapes, peaches, melon, and a big handful of whole walnuts. drizzle it with a hearty helping of honey and I could just die!

  16. mywhackyvisions permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:48 am

    I love greek yogurt not only for the taste but because it contains a lot of protein which fills me up so I don’t have a huge breakfast (it’s my favorite meal). Usually it also has fewer calories (read sugar) than other yogurts so it’s a double whammy. I like it with bananas or just straight (no chaser).

  17. April 17, 2009 7:10 am

    I’m a Greek yogurt addict!! It was love from the first time I ever had it. My favorite is the Fage 2% Greek yogurt and I like to eat it plain or sometimes with some honey. :) Yumm … haven’t seen the Oikos around yet but will have to look out for it as I do try to eat only organic dairy. Thanks!

  18. Karen permalink
    April 17, 2009 7:25 am

    I tried Greek yogurt for the first time a couple months ago. It is so amazing–and versatile! I like eating it with fresh fruit and a little honey for sweetness. I really want to try making some frozen yogurt with it.

  19. April 17, 2009 7:35 am

    Mmm, I recently discovered the joys of Greek-style yogurt. I like to stir in peanut butter and jelly, and maybe some apples for crunch.

  20. Kate permalink
    April 17, 2009 7:49 am

    Oikos was my first foray into Greek yogurt – I love it! I’ll eat it plain, no question about that. I’ve tried Fage but for me, it just doesn’t compare to Oikos. Three cheers for Stonyfield!

  21. April 17, 2009 8:02 am

    I’m not a regular yogurt fan, but I’ve heard from friends that I might like Greek yogurt. I’d like to try it!

  22. Tammy S permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:05 am

    I love Greek yogurt in dips and sauces. I’ve actually never eaten it plain – certainly I should!
    Thanks

  23. April 17, 2009 8:08 am

    I’ve never tried Greek yogurt — but I want to!! My favorite yogurt brand is Tilamook, because it actually tastes like yogurt and not flavored milk (coughYouplaitCOUGH)!

  24. April 17, 2009 8:17 am

    I love plain fat free Greek yogurt with honey. Yum! Any brand will do, but since I’m not making the big bucks yet I go for Trader Joe’s brand.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Emily Lauren permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:22 am

    Oooh! I, too, love Greek Yogurt! I can just eat it plain as a snack. I hardly ever have it, though… usually eating plain yogurt that we culture at home.

    Hope to win!

  26. April 17, 2009 8:28 am

    Oooh. I love Greek yogurt. I have skinny kids. Kids who, despite eating like they each have two hollow legs, have trouble even hitting the weight portion of the curve on their growth charts. So I take the highest fat Greek Yogurt I can find and mix it with dried herbs and spices to make a killer Dill Dip. They eat through the dip like water. It makes my Mommy heart very happy. And normally I get Fage, but that’s just because that’s all I can find around here.

  27. April 17, 2009 8:35 am

    I’m a big fan of the Oikos with the honey on the bottom. It’s a nice sweet, but refreshing end to a meal. Especially nice when I have a hectic day at work and take a real lunch break to keep me sane.

  28. April 17, 2009 8:54 am

    I’ve only had Greek yoghurt once. I used it to make tzatziki sauce for some gyros burgers one day. But I used some non-fat Greek yoghurt because it was the only plain one at the store in a small container. The fat free kind apparently isn’t as thick.

  29. haley permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:00 am

    I love Greek yogurt. I usually have it with a bit of honey or some jam, but we also use it as a substitute for sour cream!

  30. April 17, 2009 9:01 am

    I made an amazing tart from Food & Wine over the weekend using Greek yogurt; it’s my favorite kind of although I am a recent yogurt convert. I’ll have to try your panna cotta, it’s one of my favorite desserts!

  31. April 17, 2009 9:02 am

    I absolutely adore Greek yogurt! I first tried it in London at a Middle Eastern restaurant slightly sweetened with honey and topped with pistachios and chopped dried apricots. That’s still my favorite way to eat it, though I’m not above savoring it plain straight out of the package. ;-) I love Fage, but I haven’t yet tried Oikos. I’ll keep my eyes open for it. I like that it’s organic.

  32. micki permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:05 am

    I also LOVE greek yogurt but also pretty much all yogurt in general. Have you tried Rachel’s Dairy? Awesome Flavors…pink grapefruit and lychee ..its killer

    http://rachelsdairy.com/

  33. Adriel Brown permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:09 am

    Love Greek Yogurt! Usually eat them all up before I have a chance to cook with it…. I did a jig in the Walmart asile when they started carrying Oikos.

  34. Dee permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:18 am

    I love Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Can’t wait for local strawberries in June!

  35. April 17, 2009 9:24 am

    Hooo I love yogurt and particularly creamy Greek yog!

  36. Emily N. permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:25 am

    I have never tried Greek yogurt before, but I’d like to.

  37. Emily permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:33 am

    I actually originally found your site searching for recipes to make your own yogurt. I haven’t had a chance yet, but it got me started eating plain with a bit of honey from my dad’s hives. It is the bees knees. Sorry, what a terrible joke. Anyway, everyone always says Greek yogurt is the way to go, but I’ve never tried that either. Now that it’s out there being all organic I may not have a choice. Thanks for sharing, as always!

  38. April 17, 2009 9:41 am

    Yum! Have not tried Greek Yogurt yet, but would love to! Will have to try the recipe too.

  39. Rachel permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:08 am

    I discovered Greek Yogurt when I was living in Vermont in 2007 — and went through those little containers of Fage at warp speed. I like to buy the plain kind, and add my own very small drizzle of local honey. Honeyed Pomegranate Syrup looks like it would definitely do the trick too, though!

  40. April 17, 2009 10:17 am

    Interesting coincidence that you would bring up Greek yogurt, as I just discovered this last week and I am definately hooked!

    Previously, I opted for organic varieties that I thought were good products, but I have a new appreciation yogurt after trying some Fage – such thick and creamy good quality Greek yogurt!(I would like to try the Stoneyfield to see if it measures up)

    I have a new way of eating yogurt as well. I love it with a nice layer of honey on top.

  41. April 17, 2009 10:21 am

    I’m amazed at how much protein is in Greek yogurt–that alone convinced me to try it out.

  42. Cathy permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:42 am

    This looks delicious! I have never thought of making panna cotta, but I do love greek yogurt.

  43. Carrie permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:53 am

    I have been thinking about trying Greek yogurt forever but have been hesitating since I knew nothing about it. I will definitely try this recipe this weekend. It looks so yummy. Thanks!

  44. Alexa permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:11 am

    My favorite way to eat greek yogurt is with honey and fruit! Thanks!

  45. Mellisa W. permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:14 am

    I love Greek Yogurt. Thanks!

  46. Chuck permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:24 am

    I used to make yogurt when I had friends who kept goats. Goat milk makes a wonderful, silken yogurt. I probably ought to get out the big thermos, and start it up again. I need to make your panna cotta RSN. Thanks.

  47. Suji permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:01 pm

    Mmmm! I love greek yogurt… sooo creamy! I love plain flavored with a little honey with any sort of crunchy sprinkled on top. It’s like an ice cream sundae you can eat any time of day!

  48. awb permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:02 pm

    I love love LOVE Greek yogurt, Fage especially!! I like it best with a bit of jam, or a little peanut butter mixed in (I know it sounds weird, but oh.my.god is it good!). Thanks for the give-away chance, I love your blog! (I’m an upstate-NYer too! I’m from just outside of Utica :)

  49. May permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:24 pm

    That panna cotta looks yum!

    I have yet to try Greek yogurt, but I’ve been meaning to use it to try to make frozen yogurt.

  50. culture fan permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:27 pm

    I love Greek yogurt everyway. Plain, sweetened and for cooking both sweet and savory things. The panna-cotta is beautiful. You can easily approximate the consistency of greek-style yogurt with your home-made yogurt by straining the whey out of it: line a strainer or collander with cheese cloth, pour in the yogurt and allow to drain overnight in the refrigerator. yum.

  51. April 17, 2009 12:48 pm

    I love greek yogurt. I usually chop up a few frozen cherries in the morning and stir them, along with just a dash of vanilla, into my greek yogurt. Then I let it sit in the fridge until my afternoon snack time. By the time I eat it, the cherries have thawed and released lots of yummy juice into the yogurt. I stir it up and have thick, creamy, cherry vanilla yogurt for my snack. Awesome.

  52. April 17, 2009 1:16 pm

    I have never tried Greek yogurt but would definitely like to. It looks so smooth and creamy!!!

  53. April 17, 2009 2:01 pm

    I LOVE Greek yogurt. The Trader Joe’s version is so rich & creamy you’d never know it was nonfat if you didn’t see the package. Usually I just drizzle some honey over the top and eat it straight — tangy with a little sweet.

  54. Amanda permalink
    April 17, 2009 2:06 pm

    honey & almonds & full fat fage = delicious :)

  55. Hillary permalink
    April 17, 2009 2:47 pm

    Greek yogurt with some honey drizzled over the top. Yum!

  56. April 17, 2009 3:03 pm

    I use pomegranate syrup, but never tried sweetened (duh).
    Yum Greek yogurt w/honey. Oikos was just introduced at one od my grocery stores, I hope it catches on because I heart Stonyfield!
    my favorite yogurt memory is Mom’s homemade w/granulated sugar a regular dessert treat!

  57. Olga Korolev permalink
    April 17, 2009 3:13 pm

    I love greek yogurt and was on cloud 9 when my local store started carrying it vs buying unflavored regular yogurt and then using a cheesecloth (which is also hard to find at a grocery store, i dont know why, i even asked) overnight to get the excess water out. messy! any who, i love it as tsaziki sauce the best. i could eat that stuff on anything, even bread. chopped cucumber, dill, extra garlic and lemon juice. heaven!!! now i’m craving it.

  58. Kathryn permalink
    April 17, 2009 5:21 pm

    I have never tried greek yogurt. But I’d love to! My hubby loves Panna Cota but I have never tried to make it for him. I think that this recipe may give me the kick that I need! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to try something new! :-)

  59. April 17, 2009 5:54 pm

    Great post! I’ll have to try.

  60. Heather S permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:22 pm

    I’ve never tried greek yogurt but I’d love to!

  61. Sylvie permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:42 pm

    Are you kidding me? I love the stuff! I eat it every morning with honey and fruit for breakfast.

  62. Theresa permalink
    April 17, 2009 6:48 pm

    I keep hearing how wonderful Greek yogurt is, I’ll have to pick some up this weekend. Thank you for the great recipe too!

  63. Diane permalink
    April 17, 2009 7:05 pm

    I love yogurt in just about any conceivable way, but all those ways are soooo much better with Greek yogurt. One thing I really like is that it can be used in hot dishes instead of sour cream and it doesn’t curdle as readily.

  64. Rosa permalink
    April 17, 2009 7:33 pm

    giveaways are fun!!! and i love greek yogurt. i recently made a lemon greek yogurt dip for a cucumber salad – it was delish!

  65. Cheryl permalink
    April 17, 2009 7:59 pm

    Saw the Oikos when i picked up my Stoneyfield Farms fat free vanilla yogurt last week. When I’m out of plain yogurt I’ll give it a try.

  66. carolina permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:36 pm

    my love affair with greek yogurt began in greece ~ yogurt with honey and walnuts for breakfast every morning! i love swirling in some tahini and honey or some of my homemade blackberry or raspberry jam or layering it parfait-style with honey, raspberries and granola.

  67. Allison permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:40 pm

    Haven’t tried Greek yogurt yet… been on the lookout for some that was organic. Can’t wait for it to hit my store! Panna cotta looks scrumptious!

  68. Christine permalink
    April 17, 2009 9:27 pm

    Love Greek yogurt! I agree with you, there is nothing like how creamy and thick it is; my favorite is to mix in a little honey and granola.
    Thank you for your always awesome posts, and for offering up the giveaway!

  69. Sami permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:00 pm

    Pick me! I just made my first batch of homemade yogurt this week. My mother is OBSESSED with the Greek kind. We love it with the homemade omega granola from this years Bon Appetit. Coupons would be appreciated! I just made POM syrup too. :)

  70. April 17, 2009 10:33 pm

    I actually use Greek yogurt in my baked goods. :)

  71. Kathy permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:01 pm

    I love Greek yogurt! My favorite way of eating it is mixed with chopped apple, walnuts, and a smidge of brown sugar to sweeten things.

  72. Maris permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:28 pm

    I love plain, nonfat greek yogurt mixed with granola! I also like it with honey as a nighttime snack.

  73. jacquie permalink
    April 17, 2009 11:54 pm

    i love stonyfield yogurt. i’m excited to hear they have a “greek” version. i’m sure it will by yuummmy.

  74. Stephanie permalink
    April 18, 2009 12:11 am

    i love greek yogurt with honey!

  75. Julie permalink
    April 18, 2009 1:17 am

    I first had Greek yogurt in Turkey several years ago: drizzled with honey as dessert. I am going to use your recipe for homemade yogurt and then try the Panna Cotta. I love Panna Cotta.

    Have you ever tried Lebni? It is sometimes called Mediterranean Yogurt or Kefir Cheese. It is completely different than yogurt, but related. It also has live cultures.

  76. April 18, 2009 7:55 am

    Amy– I love Greek yogurt. And actually, did you know you can use the yogurt you are already making and make Greek yogurt? Just place it in a cheesecloth lined strainer for a few hours in the refrigerator until the excess water from the regular water drains out.
    My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is with honey drizzled on top, fresh seasonal fruit, and my homemade granola. It is undescribably delicious!

  77. Carla permalink
    April 18, 2009 8:12 am

    I have never had Greek yogurt. But I have wanted to try it for quite some time, so this is a great giveaway. The stores in my town have only recently started to sell it.

    This panna cotta looks amazing-however, I have never met a panna cotta I didn’t like.

  78. Amanda G. permalink
    April 18, 2009 10:41 am

    I love Greek yogurt too and am completely addicted to Ana Sortun’s beet tzatiki from her restaurant Oleana and cafe Sofra in Cambridge, MA. Here’s the recipe from the NY Times a few years ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/21/dining/213crex.html?_r=1

    Buying it from the cafe is an expensive habit, so I’m going to make a vat of it myself soon. At Sofra, they serve it as an option on their mezze platter with a Turkish-style focaccia, sprinkled with coarse salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Yum.

  79. April 18, 2009 11:29 am

    I love yogurt and granola. But my favorite way to use Greek Yogurt would be fast, homemade salad dressing– fresh minced garlic, lemon juice, chives and a little crumbled blue cheese. When I buy he nonfat version, I save a ton of calories and it’s delicious.

  80. Lauren H. permalink
    April 18, 2009 12:10 pm

    Yes! I eat Greek yogurt with berries and honey every morning. Yum. :)

  81. Jade permalink
    April 18, 2009 12:19 pm

    I absolutely love Greek yogurt, but I usually bypass it as I cannot afford it on a daily basis. The budget of a college student without a job usually can’t accept these goodies. I plan on making my own yogurt then straining it for a couple hours afterwards in order to get that thick consistency. At least, I will once I have a non-dingy apartment kitchen. ^^; I don’t trust that place.
    I really like your panna cotta recipe, and I plan on trying it the next chance I get. Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. April 18, 2009 6:23 pm

    I make a feta cheese spread with Greek yogurt, feta, lemon juice, garlic, & herbs. It’s great for crackers with olives, as a sandwich spread with cucumbers or chicken on pita, or even as a chip dip when thinned out a bit.

  83. April 18, 2009 7:58 pm

    What a wonderful treat for you to sample. I’m sure Stonyfield Farms’s yogurt is awesome, knowing how good their regular old yogurts are. I love what you’ve done, too: your panacotta looks totally delicious, especially with that pomegranate honey syrup!!

  84. April 18, 2009 10:53 pm

    I was first introduced to Greek yogurt in Australia and I absolutely loved it! It’s not as easy to find here.

  85. April 19, 2009 7:23 am

    I love greek yogurt with a little honey and some fruit.

  86. Karin permalink
    April 19, 2009 8:37 am

    I love the thick, creaminess of Greek yogurt! I usually get the plain kind and add my own fruit, because the other varieties are usually too sweet! If they’d make some flavored ones with about half the sugar, I’d be incredibly happy!

  87. April 19, 2009 8:42 am

    I’ll never forget trying Greek for the first time in Greece– was this the same food as the runny pink stuff I ate in the States? I ordered it everywhere I went. Most recently, we like to use it to make our own raita, with cucumbers, tomatoes, and chiles from the garden.

  88. April 19, 2009 8:42 am

    I love Greek yogurt! I first encountered it in Greece, where I was traveling. My companion and I were on a budget, so we ate Greek yogurt with honey (out of a bear we carried with us) at least once a day. It was so delicious, it never felt like we were scrimping at all!

  89. April 19, 2009 9:20 am

    I have never tried Greek yogurt, but I love yogurt!!!

  90. April 19, 2009 9:42 am

    That panna cotta looks good. I have been wanting to try making a panna cotta.

  91. April 19, 2009 10:36 am

    Oh my do I ever love greek yogurt. It is delicious with organic preserves.

  92. Karla permalink
    April 19, 2009 11:08 am

    What a coincidence! I just purchased Fage Greek Yogurt for the first time yesterday at Trader Joe’s in the Twin Cities. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with it when I got it home – but eggs on sunday pulled through!

  93. Sirene permalink
    April 19, 2009 11:12 am

    Frozen yogurt made with Greek yogurt is divine, but my favorite way to eat it is just plain with lots of honey.

  94. denise (sandpaperxsilk@hotmail.com) permalink
    April 19, 2009 2:53 pm

    I haven’t tried Greek yogurt yet, but I’m looking to soon since I love yogurt. Your blog is great!

  95. Melanie Thurber permalink
    April 19, 2009 3:46 pm

    I love it as traditional cucumber sauce, but I make my own pita, and grill a pork loin with mint. I love it:)

  96. April 19, 2009 5:08 pm

    I just made this recipe last night on a whim after seeing your gorgeous photos. It turned out so well! I am thrilled to find a panna cotta recipe that essentially has only 25% of the calories. I have always held a special place in my heart for the dessert but with 4 cups of heavy cream included, I didnt make it very often. You can bet I will make versions of this one from now on!
    Oh, and sign me up for the free greek yogurt.

    Thanks, you made my week!

  97. emii permalink
    April 19, 2009 6:56 pm

    My family & I are also yogurt aficionados, however we haven’t ventured into the make-your-own or panna cotta territory yet. Thou I swear the panna cotta speaks faintly to me, “try me, try me.”

  98. April 19, 2009 7:02 pm

    Love greek yogurt, with the classic honey and almonds – yum! Unfortunately, it’s hard to find in my town. Do I get bonus points for having a carton of regular Stoneyfield Farm plain yogurt in my fridge? :)

  99. April 19, 2009 7:45 pm

    mmm, love yogurt panna cottas!!

  100. April 19, 2009 7:59 pm

    I would love to try the Greek yogurt. I have been a big fan of Stonyfield Farm and get the plain low fat large container. I usually have it with just a little honey and chopped almonds and whatever fresh fruit I have to put on top. It is the only yogurt I will eat because it does not have all the artificial stuff that other brands use. It’s the best.

  101. Shari permalink
    April 19, 2009 10:52 pm

    My favorite way to eat greek yogurt? With fresh blueberries and banana DaVinci syrup, Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal and a couple chopped walnuts– instant banana bread!

    Also as an ingredient on the world’s simplest high-protein pancakes— 1/4 c. greek yogurt, 1/4 cup egg beaters, 2 tbsp wheat flour, and a shake of cinnamon/Splenda.

    Your panna cotta look delicious!

  102. Carol permalink
    April 20, 2009 1:04 am

    I love thick tangy Greek yogurt with honey, lemon and vanilla. Or topped with brandied cherries. On crackers, sprinkled with smoked salt and cracked pepper. A dollop on thick bean soup with ham. On top of Cuban black beans and rice.

  103. Rachel permalink
    May 1, 2009 12:53 am

    I’ve never tried Greek yogurt. I have had Trader Joe’s European style yogurt. It was kind of runny but had a nice tanginess. I’ve always wanted to try Greek yogurt for the thickness, but it’s so expensive!

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