Merry Christmas Jennie!
And so, my gift to you is a super easy, really one bowl recipe for gingerbread—or should it be called gingerbread cake? Perhaps I should eat one more slice to try and decide.
If you are at all like me, I am always looking for a gift that is very special at Christmas time when it comes to my family and friends.
Since I love food and trust me most people do…I look for unique cookbooks by unique cooks.
Homemade with Love
is one of those cookbooks.
Jennie Perillo is one of those cooks.
As the year 2013 comes to an end, I am looking back at some of the wonderful people, I have met this year.
Jennie is one of them.
Last spring, I was introduced to Jennie through a group of Instagram bloggers from NYC.
She was launching her first cookbook, Homemade with Love. At first, I was drawn to her by her story.
Jennie had lost her husband suddenly. She and her two daughters were left without their anchor. Jennie found solace in her love of cooking.
As she grieved for her husband, she began to create Homemade with Love.
During her publicity tour, Jennie stopped in Chicago where I live. She did a book signing at a small bookstore.
As luck would have it…I read about the book signing after the fact.
I was so disappointed…
Well, I took to Twitter and sent Jennie a message asking if she was doing any other signings.
But I was welcome to stop by her hotel and she would sign my copy.
I was more than thrilled.
Not only did Jennie sign my copy of Homemade with Love but she invited me to a media luncheon which she had prepared in her hotel kitchen. I was actually tasting some of her recipes and they were easy enough to make in this tiny kitchen.
I had fallen in LOVE.
I knew when I read about Jennie and read Homemade with Love…I was being reintroduced to my love of cooking again.
You see, I had been an empty nester after taking care of my own family and my mother and now I was helping to parent my granddaughter…I needed to cook again for a family.
Jennie came into my life and resurrected my love of cooking at a moment when I needed a new inspiration to cook again for a family.
Jennie, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year full of new horizons.
I came upon this beautiful birthday cake and it was love at first
Yesterday, I made a practice sample of the cake itself…it was surprisingly easy and the gel colors make the cake brilliant!
The cake is superbly moist and the hint of lemon in the frosting is delicious…I wasn’t quite sure about lemon but it really is tasty.
Later this week, I am actually going to put this entire cake together with the Meringue Icing and the Fondant topping.
The birthday girl will hopefully be able to doodle on it with her little friend and make this a very unique cake experience.
- Rainbow layer cake (parenthacks.com)