In Jennie's Kitchen: The Best Lentil-Ricotta Meatballs EVER!

Last week in Raleigh, I joined a handful of bloggers at a luncheon to meet New York blogger and new cookbook author, Jennifer Perillo.  Some of you may know Jennie's cooking blog, "In Jennie's Kitchen" and have used some of her recipes. She is warm, bubbly, and a phenomenal cook. This is the spread she had waiting for us that day.

All the recipes of the dishes she prepared are featured in her new cookbook, "Homemade with Love, Simple Scratch Cooking from in Jennie's Kitchen." 

I chatted with Jennie for awhile, and wrote this more formal story on "Homemade with Love" for Skimbaco Lifestyle so be sure to check out that story, and learn more about Jennie's style of cooking.

I loved everything she prepared. We sipped on homemade pink lemonade while she put the finishing touches on her dishes.

Slow-Roasted Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Panzanella

Chickpea, Parmesan, and Fennel Salad

And here is the knock your socks off dish that was so awesome that I can't stop talking about it.  Lentil-Ricotta Meatballs.

Jennifer Perillo recipe

These "meatballs" with Jennie's homemade marinara over penne pasta were incredible. Most of the recipes in "Homemade with Love" are newly crafted by Jennie for the book, but the lentil-ricotta "meatballs" were featured on her blog several years ago. She said said a lot of her blog recipes were her favorites so she felt it was important to include them in her first book.

"Homemade with Love" is a beautiful cookbook.  It can be found locally in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area at Quail Ridge Books, Southern Season, and Barnes and Noble. You can also order the book online.

Disclosure: I received an autographed copy of the cookbook, and I cannot wait to start preparing some of the recipes.

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