A Pie for Mikey

While on holiday in Florida (with random wi-fi). I checked twitter for the first time after a few days of arriving and saw a tweet by food blogger @JenniferPerillo saying “he’s gone and my heart is shattered in a million pieces”.  I went cold and just knew it was something about her husband who she lovingly refered to as “the mister” The awful fact was Jennifer’s husband, Mikey, had died suddenly of a massive heart attack.  Jennie was one of the first real (non- celebrity) people I followed on twitter and I always enjoyed reading her loving tweets about the husband she so obviously adored.  I do not know Jennie nor did I know her husband but my reaction was as if this had happened to a friend.  While telling my husband I started crying and my husband  (known for making fun of me when I cry at sad things on tv) did not make fun of me.  I could not sleep for thinking of Jennie at night.  A few days later I saw Jennie’s beautifully written blog post asking people to make Mikey’s favorite peanut butter pie on Friday (the day of Mikey’s memorial service) to share with those we love.  Random wi-fi allowing whenever I checked on twitter so many people were making pie!   Jennie’s terrible loss had affected so many people.  The twitter foodie community was a heartwarming place to be last Friday and I do hope Jennie felt the waves of love.

I returned from my holiday yesterday and although its more than a week late, today my first job was to make a creamy peanut butter pie in honor of  Mikey, the man I never met, who’s passing so touched my heart and also for his wife Jennie.

Jennie I wish you were closer so I could share this pie with you. You and your girls are in my thoughts.


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  1. #1 by Sunchowder on August 21, 2011 - 14:54

    Beautiful post Jane….well said and such a tragic loss.

  2. #2 by lizthechef on August 21, 2011 - 16:52

    I made Jennifer’s tomato jam and her 60 minute chicken stock, the first 2 recipes of hers that I tried when I “met” her through food52 and twitter. Having a husband who survived a heart attack 6 months ago makes that ever so much more “real” for me. Lovely post, Jayne.

  3. #3 by Elaine on August 21, 2011 - 17:27

    Beautifully written Jayne.

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