What I love the most about soup making is the ability for the ingredients to stand alone, that couple with the use of some spices and flavors, can create a memorable soup recipe. When I began my own soup making journey in 2009, I also started to learn about the online world of bloggers and chefs, and somehow stubbled upon Jennifer Perrillo’s (more about the author below***) website, In Jennie’s Kitchen where I was in awe of her homemade recipes that she created right out of her Brooklyn kitchen.
We can also now cherish her recipes even more, and pass them along to friends and loved ones thank to the new release of her new cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen. Featuring a collection of recipes and tips to equip families, budding foodies or those simply looking to focus on simple and wholesome eating with a practical and insightful guide to get started, Homemade with Love is an essential guide to cooking with a focus on making food from scratch, buying local, and eating at home. While looking through the cookbook (and starring at the beautiful pictures), I loved reading Jennie’s intro to each recipe that was filled with meaning and insight to why she loved it. I also really appreciate that the recipes could be made everyday, and didn’t involve intricate or overly complicated instructions. As a busy mom, I also really appreciated that she provided readers with the tool to get started on the path to homemade cooking by discussing with what you need in your pantry (canned beans, boxed pasta, baking soda – to name a few) as well as what to stock in your fridge and freezer – so that that dreaded ‘what are we having for dinner’ is never to be uttered. She also covers the basics like to how to make your own all-purpose baking mix and how to make homemade nut butters to sections that cover breakfast (including options for those on-the-go); soups, sandwiches and salads, pizzas, savory tarts and savory breads; snacks; side and vegetables; meats; pasta, grains and beans; and jams, salsa and condiments (to name a few).
Being all about soup, I instantly went to the soups, sandwiches and salads section where I found some delicious options like Italian Lentil Soup, Carrot-Fennel Soup, Kale, White Bean and Ravioli Soup, a Secret Ingredient French Onion Soup and a Roasted Tomato Soup that I decided to make. Having made my own version of tomato soup using basil and cooking it on a stove-top, I was excited to try a new version that didn’t include that many ingredients. Using tomatoes, broth, brown sugar, cloves, cream, salt and pepper, the soup was roasted for an hour and then blended, warmed up with the cream and served. I was amazed at how easy it was, but also how different it was from any other tomato soup that I had tried before. The roasting gave it a really nice taste that didn’t require my usual additions of garlic and onions. I also enjoyed this classic soup recipe with her recipe for Apple, Cheddar, and Pancetta Panini (I omitted the pancetta since I’m not a huge meat eater), but I loved this adult take on grilled cheese that was such a comforting pairing with the soup.
I can’t wait to further delve into this book and try the Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn, Crispy Spinach Latkes, Peach Raspberry Tart, Orange Scented Scones and so much more! The book is filled with so many gems that (to me) are essentially a connection to the home and family that I am so thrilled to share my girls and budding chefs.
A fantastic guide for anyone looking to connect with their food and appreciate the beauty of home-made cooking, Homemade with Love allows readers to reawaken their inner chef, find the joy and create memories in their own kitchens.
***More about the author: Jennifer Perillo is the consulting food editor at Working Mother magazine. She has worked in some of New York City’s top restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at The Essex House. Jennie’s recipes and writing have been featured in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and online at FoodNetwork.com, Parenting.com, and Cuisinart.com. She also shares stories about family, food, and life at In Jennie’s Kitchen, a blog dedicated to from-scratch cooking. She lives with her two daughters in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit http://www.injennieskitchen.com
I was not paid for this post. I was given a sample for review.
Posted: Monday, March 25th, 2013 @ 3:48 am
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