Southern Snacks Cookbook

The Southern Sympathy Cookbook

I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Festive Finds 2018

Holiday shopping season is upon us once again, and I love to share gift ideas for the food lovers in your life. As always, these are just some personal favorites – no one has asked me to promote any products or compensated me in any way.

Memphis made Jacko’s Pepper Jelly is a new obsession of mine, and the Cranberry version is absolutely perfect for the holidays. Try it over cream cheese, a wheel of brie – and it is out of hand on a leftover turkey sandwich. Everything is better with and Atlanta-based Banner Butter makes some fantastic compound butters that would make an amazing gift. Pair it with some biscuits from Callie’s Biscuits and breakfast is in the bag. These unicorn grits from Millers All Day and Geechie Boy Mill of South Carolina are delicious and a conversation piece. They make beautifully pink tinted grits naturally because of the special variety of corn.  

Build a beautiful cheeseboard for your parties or as a gift. This customized map glass board adds a personal touch. This assortment of Southern cheeses is a great sampler. I love panforte, the rich Italian fruit and nut treat and I’ve ordered from Italy over the years, but this California made version from Beaujolais Granola is delicious and beautifully packaged. Truffle Honeycomb from Regalis is a magnificent blend of Tennessee truffles and Georgia honey. Try it drizzled over fine cheese.

Izard Chocolate is made in Little rock, Arkansas and the packaging is stunning. This variety selection will impress the chocolate lover on your list. Backhouse Foods rich and decadent hot fudge sauce and praline sauce make a sweet gift.  I love pecan oil for making really unique, Southern salad dressings and this bottle from Congaree & Penn is beautiful to boot. For a truly special gift, snap a picture of your favorite recipe card have a family favorite recipe engraved on a wooden board for serving or display.

Keep a running grocery list or daily menu in style with the fun and functional hanging note roll. Glass serving pieces go with everything and look pretty on a table. This simple serving bowl is made special by a monogram. I snapped up this gorgeous round baker recently. It is perfect for roasting a chicken or making a colorful vegetable gratin – the muted colors let the beautiful food shine through. Scout’s Bagette market tote has cut down on my plastic grocery bag use immensely. They are cute, colorful and collapsible. Even the cashiers at the store comment on them! And you can add a monogram.

A good enameled cast iron pot is a kitchen workhorse, but it can be pretty too, like this version from Great Jones. I love the bright colors. For a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer, stock up on these beautifully packaged and creatively fragranced soaps from New Orleans’s Sweet Olive Soap Works. A notepad in the kitchen is always helpful for jotting down recipe ideas or grocery lists. These cute vegetable themed pads make a great gift. My go to gifts are homemade preserves I make during the summer. I love these cute labels from Nancy Nikko Design and use them on most of my canned gifts.

These cute printed insulated cups perfect as a quick gift or for serving hot chocolate at your holiday parties. For a more permanent gift, this insulated mug from Emily McCarthy has a fun choice of monogram options. Make sure to check out all her personalized products. Liven up the kitchen with this fun C’est Si Bon kitchen towel. For a professional, but super chic look, this patterned, check out chef’s coat from Pomegranate, one of my favorite linen brands.

And of course, I think Southern Snacks is the perfect gift for any cook in your life – or great to keep yourself in preparation for holiday parties.

 

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