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.

Greek Herbed Spinach Pie

Greek Herbed Spinach Pie

I do love dishes made with phyllo dough, spanakopita, tiropita and the myriad of sticky sweet desserts made with it. But after a number of failed attempts, I have discovered that I simply do not have the patience to work with it. So I am attracted to recipes that mirror the tastes of my [...]

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Shrimp Perloo (Low Country Shrimp and Rice)

Shrimp Perloo

I love delving into traditional recipes from the South, learning new things or rediscovering classics.   Perloo (pronounced purlow, and sometimes spelled that way, or pilau, or any number of variations) is a dish I first heard of when my brother returned from a trip to South Carolina and suggested that I figure out how [...]

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Strawberries with Sweet Tea Dressing

Strawberries with Sweet Tea Dressing

Strawberries come into season when the beginnings of spring are arriving.  When it’s time air out the seersucker and the sandals and give the grill a good clean and make sure the big cooler is ready for weekends at the lake and beach.  And though we drink sweet tea all year, the mint is [...]

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Strawberry Curd and Almond Cookies

Strawberry Curd and Almond Cookies

Strawberry season was a bit slow to come this year, but I am now gorging myself on the in-season fruit and finding all sorts of ways to incorporate the ruby gems in my cooking.  And this is a new favorite.  It combines the flavor of beautiful local fruits and memories of England, and anything [...]

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Baked Coconut Shrimp with Tequila Lime Butter Sauce

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Tequila Lime Butter Sauce

 

Crunchy coconut shrimp are sort of a secret treat for me.  I don’t eat at a lot of chain restaurants, but there are a few that really excel and I make the occasional visit to sample them.  The first time I had coconut shrimp years ago, I was attending the trial run of a [...]

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Mustardy Ham and Noodle Casserole

Mustardy Ham and Noodle Casserole

I love a good honey-glazed, spiral sliced ham, but I rarely get to enjoy one, because they are just so darn big.  But my parents received a whole ham as a gift, and as my mother defines eternity as two people and a ham, we served it for Thanksgiving.  I managed to get away [...]

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Artichoke, Goat Cheese and Lemon Spread

Artichoke, Goat Cheese and Lemon Spread

 

Creamy artichoke dip has long been a staple a parties and gatherings.  Lots of mayonnaise and marinated artichoke hearts and gooey cheese.  It has never been a favorite of mine, because it is so rich and always tastes more of mayonnaise than anything else.  I set out to create a dish everyone would [...]

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Creamy Scrambled Egg Casserole

Creamy Scrambled Egg Casserole

I have, for many years, been searching and experimenting with recipes for a make -ahead breakfast casserole that is all egg.  The classic breakfast casserole around here is sausage, cheese and bread bound with an egg and milk custard, and I have made many variations of that.  But I wanted something that didn’t include [...]

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Southern Cornbread Chicken and Dressing with Gravy

Southern Cornbread Chicken and Dressing with Gravy

My life sometimes requires comfort cooking.  Not comfort food, but comfort cooking, though the two are not mutually exclusive.  Comfort food for me is old classics that bring back happy memories, sometimes bittersweet, or that make a down day worthwhile.  Often, that means food prepared by someone other than me.

Comfort cooking [...]

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Buttermilk Bacon Cookies with Bourbon Caramel Frosting

Buttermilk Bacon Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Two of my very favorite Southern ingredients are creamy buttermilk and pig.  So, I just couldn’t resist adding the salty crunch of bacon to a classic, tender buttermilk cookie.  Swirling on a bourbon-y version of classic caramel icing makes this a real Southern overload cookie.

I created this recipe several years ago for a [...]

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