Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennie

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.


Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennie


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  1. It is so amazing to see everyone coming together and posting their versions of the peanut butter pie for Mikey. This is what I just love about the food blogging community! Your version looks wonderful.

    Posted 8.12.11 Reply
  2. patsy wrote:

    Love the pie you made… another fitting tribute to what Jennie asked everyone to do.

    Posted 8.12.11 Reply
  3. Kathy, this is a lovely tribute to Mikey. It’s amazing to see everyone coming together to support Jennie and her family through food.

    Posted 8.12.11 Reply
  4. Jodi Landa wrote:

    I’m in near tears as I write this. I’m so sorry for Jennie and her family. I lost my husband suddenly 8 years ago so I understand the pain and turmoil they are going through. I’ve been on her site and her husband looked like a young man, which makes it all the more shocking.

    Posted 8.14.11 Reply