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On Sunday, I made a perfect panna cotta, and I am really proud of my damn self! It was the first time I'd ever attempted to make one.

image of a bowl of panna cotta sitting on my kitchen counter, photographed from above

Then, because I had fresh berries in the house, I decided to make a lemon tarragon berry sauce.

image of a bowl of panna cotta with bright red sauce dripped on top, sitting on my kitchen counter, photographed from above

It was super delicious! Panna cotta really isn't all that difficult. It's really just getting the science of the gelatin and the heating and cooling right.

I used Epicurious' recipe for the panna cotta.

I just threw together the berry sauce from what I happened to have in the house. You can use any kind of berries, or any kind of fruit really, and it doesn't need the lemon juice or the tarragon to be tasty!

I didn't think to measure out what I was doing so that I could create a recipe, unfortunately, but here's what I did:

Fill a small saucepan about halfway with water. Add a generous bit of granulated sugar. Heat on low for a few moments so the sugar can begin dissolving into the water. Add diced fruit and a generous helping of lemon juice. Turn up to medium and bring up to a simmer. Cook just until the fruit is falling apart and the sauce has started to reduce. Take off heat and pour through a strainer into a bowl. Press fruit against strainer to make sure you get all those good juices out! Chill well before serving.

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