I have two words for you, people. . .PANNA COTTA! My friend Bev and I had dinner in Alpharetta at Vinny's one night and rather than sharing the ubiquitous Creme Brulee, we opted for something we've never had before. Oh my! It was yummy. I discovered this recipe at www.recipezaar.com (one of my favorite sites).

(Recipe posted by Jim Cortina -- let's give credit where credit is due -- YUM)
1 1/4 Cups Whipping Cream
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 (1/4 oz) packet of gelatin
1 3/4 Cups Buttermilk


In a small saucepan, combine the cream, sugar and vanilla.
Heat until warm -- tiny bubbles around the edges.
While cream is heating, dissolve the gelatin in abaout 1/4 cup of room temperature water in a medium bowl.
Once cream has heated sufficiently, pour the mixture over the gelatin in the bowl and stir until fully dissolved.
Stir in the buttermilk slowly, until just combined.
Divide into 8 ramekins and chill for at least 2 hours.
I like to take whatever fresh berries are in season and make a coulis or top with whipped cream.