Peanut Butter Pie for Jennifer’s Mikey

The Internet seems a vast space to some, but to those of us who spend time there each day doing whatever it is we do, it can feel quite small.  Unlike the neighborhood I physically live in, people actually greet one another and share aspects of their lives —  like photos of their vacations.  Recipes.  Stories about their loved ones.

chocolate cookie crust in a spring form pan

It’s as if we know each other, yet most of us have never met. We follow pregnancies, cheer for children’s milestones, celebrate engagements or promotions at work, and pat each other on the back for jobs well done. And we mourn the loss of loved ones, quietly listening as the sadness unfolds across our community, each person touched by it passing it on to the next, condolences shared, offers of support given.

Jiff Peanut Butter

    spatula with a heart

That’s what has been happening throughout this week.


I’ve not met Jennifer Perillo, but that doesn’t matter.  I’ve followed bits and pieces of her bright life for a while now as one of her many Twitter followers and fellow food lovers.  It was natural to be alarmed when I read something had happened to her husband.  Such a young couple.  They’ve got little children.

Oh my goodness.

I emailed my husband to share the link, telling him to take care of himself like I always do, then cried quietly, trying to imagine what such a staggering loss must feel like.

I can’t imagine.  I don’t want to know.

Jennifer reminds us, “today is the only guarantee we can count on” and at my age, I completely understand all too well. I’ll turn 55 next month, and although I don’t consider that to be anything more than it is, I have a healthy regard for it.

So to honor her request to make her husband’s favorite pie — something she’d been meaning to do, but putting off —  I’ve done just that.  I’ve spent this uncharacteristically grey summer day in my kitchen, quietly going through the soothing motions cooking requires and thinking about those I love.  Thinking about life and living.  Health.


Thinking I have so very much to be grateful for.

Here’s to Jennifer’s Mikey.

And here’s to Jennifer and her family who have my utmost respect.

I wish them much love and strength.

There are many beautiful tributes and Peanut Butter Pies for Jennifer’s Mikey…It’s truly amazing.

It makes my heart swell.

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11 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Pie for Jennifer’s Mikey

  1. I have seen similar posts all week. My heart has been heavy for this woman.

    Thank you for blogging about her loss and making the pie. She has been in my thoughts and prayers all week.

    My deepest sympathies to her and her family.

    I am going to blog about something peanut butter related in my next post.

  2. So beautifully said. I love how so many bloggers came together to support Jennie and her girls, it speaks volumes about how this community truly cares about each other.

  3. Your pie is beautiful, and it sure seems like you’re enjoying your 50s. We do, indeed, have lots to be grateful for, and his passing is a poignant reminder.

  4. I’ve been crying after reading every single one of these posts and there are so many and they are so beautiful and it just wrenches my heart every time. Beautifully written and baked.

  5. Brilliant! Looks so addictive.
    Coming from the land of peanut plantation, I eat them in all form – raw, roasted and boiled. Indian cooking uses peanuts to make chutneys, curries and also we add them to rice dishes. Now I am going to try my hands on this dessert too. Yum!

  6. What a sweet tribute accompanied by such gorgeous pictures. I’m so honored to be a part of this amazing blogging community, it’s been incredible to see everyone come together for Jennie! My heart goes out to her and her family.

  7. Such a lovely post. Though I don’t know Jennie, I’m so sorry to hear of her loss.

    As for your pie… how I wish I could reach in and yank the whole honkin thing through the screen. That last side shot is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen. The wisps of chocolate floating almost on air. I bet it tasted like heaven.

    1. Thank you very much — definitely heart felt, and continues to be as I read her posts. As for the pie — from this non-peanut butter lover, I truly enjoyed it finding that keeping it in the freezer was key. It’s also not as heavy as I thought it would be. A secret deviation from the original recipe is to sub Kefir yogurt for the cream cheese. The tartness is incredible.

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