I'll confess, the last week has been incredibly difficult. My mom had very serious surgery just last Monday, and my husband John had knee surgery two days later. Things are looking up for both of them, thank goodness, with Mom still hospitalized but slowly improving, and John back at work already today. The body's ability to heal is mind boggling.
I've been amazed by the outpouring of well wishes from friends near and far, in person and online. The social media community is a force of nature, in case you've ever doubted it. My sister Stacey and I have been overwhelmed - in the best possible way! - with loving and supportive messages and offers of help. We are beyond grateful.
I'm the type of girl who loses her appetite when I'm stressed out. But it makes me feel better to cook, so I was glad that in the midst of this craziness, I was making and writing about three different panna cotta recipes that spun out of the Tour de Farm/Celebrity Chef Tour dinner I attended a couple of weeks ago. It turns out that panna cotta is perfect comfort food and it has literally sustained me over the last days.
Funny how things work out.
See this week's Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine post for my friend Kris Hase's genius "cheeese course" recipes for Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Honey & Berries and Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Bacon & Blue Cheese. Thank you Kris!