DSC08164 thumb Peanut Butter Pie {for Mikey}

This past Sunday a fellow food blogger, Jennie Perillo, host of In Jennie’s Kitchen, lost her husband to a massive heart attack. It was sudden… without a warning.

My heart aches for her and her girls, and words cannot express how sorry I am for their loss. They have been in my prayers every day since the tragedy.

Despite the fact that I, and many others, don’t know her personally, all we wanted to do was help her in any way possible.

But she had only one simple request; make a Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and share it with your loved ones. She reminded us that tomorrow’s not a guarantee – seize the moment, and don’t wait to say I Love You.

Jennie, may your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time, and may there be comfort in knowing that someone so special was and will always be a part of you. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

DSC08170 thumb Peanut Butter Pie {for Mikey}

Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

You will need:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8-ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crusts


  • In the bowl of your electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Set the mixer to low and add in the peanut butter and milk; mix well.
  • Fold in the whipped topping.
  • Spoon into two 9-inch graham cracker pie shells; cover and freeze until firm, about 3 hours.

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  1. Denise @ Creative Kitchen August 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM - Reply

    This has been such a tragedy and my heart aches for Jennie! I only knew her through Twitter and her blog, but felt a kinship…hers is one of my very favorite blogs.

    I finally bought the ingredients tonight for a peanut butter butterfinger pie that I will make for my hubby tomorrow. I’m a bit late as my brother was in town visiting last week….I just took the time to really enjoy his visit and my family.

    It’s just so, so sad & my heart and prayers are with her and her girls!

  2. Magic of Spice August 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM - Reply

    Wonderful post, such a sad thing. My heart goes out to the family.

  3. Skylar August 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    Lovely post, all of these are so wonderful to read

  4. Yosefa @nonrecipe August 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    This looks so good. As soon as I get my kids in bed I’m going to mix of a single serving of this stuff!

  5. Liren August 15, 2011 at 2:34 AM - Reply

    Kate, this was a beautiful tribute, I can only hope that Jennie feels all the love and the sweetness of the peanut butter pies that she and Mikey have inspired.

  6. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz August 14, 2011 at 11:56 PM - Reply

    Good can come out of the worse situations. Jennie now has the most touching amount of support from a community who truly cares about one another and may help her though this horrible time. We know Mikey had good taste to in his sweets :-)

  7. Elies_Lie August 14, 2011 at 11:45 PM - Reply

    It’s a hard breaking story kate
    this early month a friend of mine lost his son while he gave birth & she almost lost her life too, sad… but now she getting stronger & can smile again with God strength
    May God confort jennie & her fam
    what I can said is… this is a lovely pai & a lovely person who make this – you
    kind tribute Kate
    Tq for sharing the recipe & story with us :)
    & congratz for the top 9 on foodbuzz dear ;)

  8. Priscilla - She's Cookin' August 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    Beautiful pie and tribute, Kate. I know heart disease intimately… My thoughts and prayers are with Jennie and her family.

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM - Reply

    Great pies Kate! Lovely post as well!

  10. Anne@frommysweetheart August 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM - Reply

    I do not know Jennie. But my heart just aches for her and her family. But somehow…I feel comforted by the support of our community. Beautiful pie and a lovely post.

  11. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish August 14, 2011 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    It really is so heartbreaking, but a beautiful way to remember someone through their favorite dish

  12. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} August 14, 2011 at 5:59 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful pie and lovely dedication for Jennie. I know that the food blog community is strong, friendly and supportive. With all the outpour of support, I hope she finds some comfort. You did a great job with your post. :)

  13. Michelle August 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    What a sweet gesture for a fellow blogger!

  14. Angie @ Bigbearswife August 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    oo I just love seeing all of the different PeanutButter Pie Posts! love this

  15. 5 Star Foodie August 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    Such a tragedy. Your pie is beautiful, a wonderful tribute.

  16. Kristy August 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM - Reply

    This pie looks gorgeous! And what a touching tribute. I can’t even imagine facing that kind of a loss. Life is too darn short.

  17. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen August 14, 2011 at 1:24 PM - Reply

    I made one on Friday, too. What a wonderful tribute. So amazing to see the food blogging community supporting Jennifer during this difficult time.

  18. myFudo August 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM - Reply

    heartfelt condolence to Jennie and her family. Mikey was a really nice guy. Making the pie is a beautiful way to pay tribute to him. R.I.P Mikey. Lovely photos.

  19. Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) August 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    Such an amazing gesture from you Kate, and heart warming. I had clicked on Jen’s blog and read, then cried. Just another reason to “live in the moment and enjoy every bit of it.” Don’t look behind, don’t look forward, just BE.

  20. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local August 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM - Reply

    This is a lovely post for Jennie and her girls. I’m loving these posts… reading how everyone puts their own thoughts into it, their own love. It’s truly remarkable how the food community comes out and really comes together in such a time!

  21. Jamie @ Wokintime August 14, 2011 at 3:19 AM - Reply

    I saw this the other day on Tartelette and clicked over and cried. Her last dance post was heartbreaking. I think I’ll make one of these too.

  22. Val August 14, 2011 at 1:37 AM - Reply

    What a tragedy. It really does make you realise how much we should savour the here-and-now, live in the present and appreciate all we have, particularly the sweet things in life like your beautiful peanut butter pie.

  23. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM - Reply

    I think you said it perfectly, Kate :-)

  24. Ann August 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM - Reply

    ….just beautiful. Hugs to you.

  25. kitchenarian August 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    This is lovely Kate. Such a wonderful tribute. Your pie looks amazing.

  26. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM - Reply

    Beautiful post… So great to see everyone coming together to make peanut butter pie, support Jennie, and celebrate Mikey.

  27. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour August 13, 2011 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    I’m loving all the peanut butter pies! I’m sure it is giving comfort to Jennie to feel the support of her blogger community. Yours is beautiful and your message warmed my heart.

  28. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    my heart aches for her family. what a beautiful way to commemorate her husband. i saw these pb pies everywhere in the blogworld. and this pb pie looks so yummmmmmmy.

  29. Fresh and Foodie August 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM - Reply

    Beautiful. My heart goes out to her.

  30. Tiffany August 13, 2011 at 6:09 PM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this pie Kate! And for posting it in honor of Mikey.

  31. Christine August 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM - Reply

    Beautiful, and such a lovely tribute!

    Pie looks wonderful! Well done!

  32. Kim Bee August 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM - Reply

    This is beautiful Kate. I cannot stop thinking about this. We lost our brother in law Mike last year the same way. I feel so much empathy for Jennie right now. The foodie community sure made a huge show of support. So proud to be part of such an incredible community.

  33. Peggy August 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    I love seeing all of these peanut butter pies. It’s such a tragedy and I’ve definitely come to tears reading Jenni’s blog the past couple of days. But it’s heartwarming to know that the blogger community is here for it’s members, it truly is amazing.

  34. torviewtoronto August 13, 2011 at 4:27 PM - Reply

    pie looks delicious lovely tribute Kate

  35. Liz August 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM - Reply

    Beautiful, Kate…and such a lovely tribute. xoxo

  36. Brooks at Cakewalker August 13, 2011 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    Katerina, Your pies are so beautiful…a fitting match for the tribute to Mikey on behalf of Jennifer. Brava!

  37. Every time I see one of these recipes, I go hug my family. I can’t imagine facing that kind of loss and getting up every day. What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like a man who was a tremendous father and husband.

  38. Baking Serendipity August 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    Beautiful tribute and pie. :)

  39. Amee August 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM - Reply

    I must admit I had never heard of Peanut Butter Cream Pie till this week and now I must have read a hundred recipes for it. Such lovely photos for such a sad story.

  40. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    A heartwarming post for Mikey and Jennie and their kids, Kate. And gorgeous pies, as always!

  41. Dee at Deelicious Sweets August 13, 2011 at 2:12 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful pie. The foodies really did come together for her.

  42. Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 13, 2011 at 2:06 PM - Reply

    Beautiful Kate! I’m so amazed by all of this support!

  43. Firefly August 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    This truly is sad and heart breaking :(

  44. Sawsan@chef in disguise August 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    it is truely heart breaking and a wake up call if there ever was one

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