Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mimi’s Peanut Butter Pie

When I was growing up we had two brands of peanut butter. Skippy for the first half of my life at home and then one day it transitioned into Peter Pan. Don’t know why the switch. Was Skippy no longer any good? Did it suddenly cost too much? Were they out of Skippy one day and Peter Pan was the alternative? Don’t know.
When I got married I started doing the grocery shopping and learned that for once in my life I could choose whatever brand of peanut butter I wanted. I felt empowerment on aisle 7. But, I’m me. I enjoy ruts. Ask my husband. So instead of choosing a new peanut butter I went with the old standby. In the house that my husband grew up in they were loyal to Jif. You know, because choosy Moms choose Jif, I guess. I don’t know. So as time went by my husband did not tell me that he preferred Jif until about a year into our marriage. Peter Pan, Jif, doesn’t really matter. I listened to his request and did what any reasonable person would do. I bought both. So we became a two peanut butter household. Don’t even get me started on creamy or crunchy. Oh, the thought of debating that makes me tired. So on went our marriage of dueling peanut butters. That brings us to I would say about 3 years ago when my husband discovered a love of natural peanut butter. The kind you have to mix yourself and it runs down the side of the jar and makes a mess. He did not want to give up his Jif, no sir, and I was certainly was not going to give up my Peter Pan. At this point in the game we are up to three. Three! Three brands in one house. All the hungry children in the world and we have three brands for two people. (This post is way to long. Almost done.) Then it happened. You know where I’m going with this one. Don’t jump ahead in the story. *Doom and Gloom music plays in the background* February 2007. Peter Pan Recall. Oh what a tragic day that was. My Peter Pan had let me down. All they talked about on the news was “2111”. Everyone was a buzz about the “2111”. Long lines to turn in your “2111” lids. But, there was no need to fear cause I have Jif. My new favorite brand. You know, cause I’m a choosy Mom now.
To finish this quickly because I have taken too much of your time today; this recipe came from the 1980’s newspaper article about my Mimi’s baking that I have talked about before. It is extremely light and fluffy like Peanut Butter whipped cream. Serve it super cold on a hot day.

Mimi’s Peanut Butter Pie
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup milk
1 carton (8oz) frozen whipped topping
1 graham cracker crust or baked pastry crust

Mix cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk with a mixer until creamy. Fold in whipped topping with a spatula. Pour into graham cracker crust or baked pastry crust. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.


mil10 said...

I am a Peter Pan fan. Although I only like the reduced fat kind. The regualar just seems to oily and greasy. When the recall happened I was devastated because I eat Peter Pan peanut butter sandwiches everday for lunch. During the months of the recall I had to switch to Jif reduced fat. Everytime I went to the grocery store I would stop by the peanut butter isle just to see if the Peter Pan peanut butter was back. It took months for it to finally return, but once it did I was right back to my Peter Pan reduced fat peanut butter!

Kelli said...

What a loyal customer. I'm sure ConAgra appreciates your business since they are not getting mine!