07/05/2011 09:47 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2011

What to do with Lavender

The Splendid Table's® How to Eat Supper, By Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dear Lynne,

Lavender is taking over the yard. I cook with it but need some inspiration.

Arthur in Tennessee

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Dear Arthur,

How lucky you are. I could only dream of such an infestation!

How about trying grown-up jello scented with lavender? Pour about 2-1/4 cups white wine in a saucepan. Add sugar to taste and 2 heaping tablespoons lavender flowers (which haven't been sprayed). Simmer until clear. Meanwhile soak an envelope of unflavored gelatin in 3 tablespoons of cold water. Stir and dissolve in the hot wine. Set the pan aside, covered, for 20 minutes.

Strain the liquid into an 8-inch square pan and chill. Cut into cubes. Pile in glasses, top with whipped cream and dust with lavender flowers, or spoon onto peaches or over ice cream, always finishing with lavender.

Copyright 2011 Lynne Rossetto Kasper