I had the pleasure last Friday to run away from the office for a few hours & enjoy lunch with local bloggers & Jennie Perillo. In case you aren’t super familiar with her, Jennie, the writer behind In Jennie’s Kitchen, just became a published author! Her beautifully written cookbook Homemade With Love came out very recently & she was in town for a few local book signings.

Homemade with Love sampling

Jennie’s ricotta, chickpea, parmesan & fennel salad, strawberry lemonade & slow roasted tomatoes

I was honored to be included among the lovely bloggers there. It was great to meet new faces & catch up with old blogging buddies.

All the recipes Jennie made for us are from her cookbook. We watched as she put final touches on some of the dishes like the panzanella. I’ve honestly never had anything like many of the dishes I sampled Friday. So I took small portions.

Homemade with Love

Jennie at work, another view of the salad, the panzanella, her chocolate cupcakes & the lentil meatballs that had me swooning.

Jennie’s food was out of this world delicious. I might or might not have gone back for seconds. On everything. Then made room for a dark chocolate cupcake somehow.

Homemade with Love get together

My plate full of deliciousness, ladies chatting, at home Friday evening diving into reading & Jennie’s generous sponsors {Glad & KitchenAid} who helped bring her to Raleigh & give us one of her books.

If you’re looking for a great cookbook with easy to follow recipes, check out Homemade with Love. I love that she’s a big fan of eating whole foods locally grown while being cost efficient & sharing tips for making items ahead knowing her readers are often busy working moms like myself. I’m looking forward to making her pancakes & waffles soon as I’ve heard nothing but great things about her version of one of my favorite foods!

While I received a copy of Homemade with Love, some Gladware & a spoonula from KitchenAid, I was not told to write this review nor was I otherwise compensated. I’m gushing over my love for Jennie’s food & recipes all on my own.