I was seated at a round table in one of those big hotel ballrooms at a blogging conference when a smiling brunette sat down next to me and announced, “Kathy? I’m Jennie Perillo!” The second I heard that terrific Brooklyn accent I instantly recognized the girl I’d come to know over the years through our blogs and Twitter. Finally meeting in person was like catching up with an old friend. Her posts on In Jennie’s Kitchen are heartfelt. She’s not afraid to open up and speak her mind and her love of family and food always shines through.
Pie isn’t something I normally post on Panini Happy, but I’ve got a good reason to do so today. I’m proudly joining more than three hundred other friends and fans of Jennie’s in sharing a Peanut Butter Pie to celebrate the life of her husband Mikey, which was suddenly and unexpectedly cut short this past Sunday. It was a pie Mikey loved. Jennie asked those of us who have been reaching out to support her and their two little girls during this difficult time to make a peanut butter pie and share it with someone we love. I have been enjoying this unbelievable pie with my husband and two little kids, whom I’ve been hugging extra tight.
We love you, Jennie – here’s a great big hug coming to you from all the way out in California.