CHEF AIMEE ALTIZER / adding flower power

Pastry Chef Aimee Altizer makes wonderfully light and pretty desserts, as seen in the photo of her pineapple soup. She's part of the culinary force at the Tuhaye Table Cafe at Talisker Club in Park City, Utah, an exclusive new development that had me gaping in awe the whole time I was there. I asked her for some creative ideas for using edible flowers, and here's what she said:
• Snip off the florets on your home-grown chives, sage, or basil, to add a milder herbal flavor to your salads, soups or pasta. Makes for a prettier tomato, basil and mozzarella salad.
• Jasmine flowers are great with summer red fruit and make a heavenly cake/tart garnish.
• Grind a small amount of dried lavender for a great addition to a lemon pound cake.
• Try fresh rose petals to garnish a buttermilk vanilla panna cotta with fresh raspberries and rose syrup. This is what Talisker served on Mother's Day.
• Always make sure your flowers are from a reliable source.
You can find out more about my visit to the Talisker Club in OUT AND ABOUT.

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