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 2019

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. Photos used are from the vendors.

And check back tomorrow for my first Festive Food Finds lift for all your edible gifts!

Le Creuset has introduced the pot I didn’t know I needed – a deeper version of the classic Dutch oven (are you listening, Santa?). Get snazzy with this Great Jones Holy Sheet pan. Make your cookies look cool or use it to serve a snack board. It is easy to jazz up simple meals during the busy holidays, or add zing to healthy new year meals with Spicewalla’s amazing blends in adorable tins. And I don’t know what your budget is, but hey, it’s fun to look at this AGA range created for Tiffany.

Last year I did a fun family gift themed around hot chocolate that was a big hit. The centerpiece was the amazing Carl the Snowman, and now he has a peppermint friend! Or drop one of these Butler’s Hot Chocolate drops in a mug of milk for a decadent treat. Make any mug festive with these mini gingerbread house mug buddies. Customize Yeti stackable mugs to keep warm drinks in hot on the go. Keep the theme going with this thermos -patterned tote that can be monogrammed!

Totally customize this leather trimmed wine tote with colors, trim and monogram – perfect for men or women. Or to keep your drinks cool on the go, there is nothing more chic than this Corkcicle tote. And serve it up some bubbles in an elegant champagne bucket. For the cocktail lover, these infused ice cubes make creative drinks in an instant The bourbon drinker in your family will proudly wear this needlepoint bourbon bottle belt from Pappy & Co. Cocktail napkins that feel like linen, come on a roll of 50 and can be washed or thrown away? Yes please.

Cheese and charcuterie boards are all the rage, and a great way to entertain. Make yours special with this stunning navy blue board. D’Artagnan’s easy chacrcuterie kits make it all a breeze. These little monogrammed wooden picks add an extra special touch. A fabulous Ben and Lael copper meat fork is a showpiece for any display. Reed Symthe’s magnificent basket is woven by women of the Mississippi Choctaw Nation.

If you are looking for some fun food-themed stocking stuffers, I’ve got you covered! This milk and honey soap from Memphis’s Thistle and Bee is gorgeous, and supports survivors or trafficking. Happy socks for happy chefs are a fun little happy for your favorite food person. I keep boxes of these trivia games out for guests and they are a big hit and this food version is perfect for your own kitchen wizard. Colorful, environmentally friendly Swedish kitchen towels add a fun pop of color.

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