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.

Vidalia Onion and Goat Cheese Soufflé

Vidalia Onion and Goat Cheese Souffle

I’m a little obsessed with Vidalia onions.  I love the sweetness with the onion edge.  I buy them in bulk when they are in season, and I tie them up in pantyhose to hang in my pantry for winter storage.  Really.  Vidalias are sweet and smooth without any of the burn of other onions, […]

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Pimento Cheese The Cookbook

Pimento Cheese The Cookbook

 

It is hard for me to believe, but the day had finally arrived.  For the better part of the last two years, I have been working on my first cookbook, and on Tuesday it will released.  Pimento Cheese The Cookbook: 50 Recipes from Snacks to Main Dishes Inspired by the Classic Southern Favorite […]

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Buttermilk Bacon Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Buttermilk Bacon Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is a great summer picnic dish. And it is a classic of the Southern table, from church suppers to days outdoors. I have been served a lot of macaroni salad and read a lot of traditional recipes in Southern community cookbooks that include, like many a southern dish, pickle relish. I am […]

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Fresh Herb Field Peas

Fresh Herb Field Peas

I buy field peas in bulk in the summer.  Ladys, creamers, zippers, whippoorwill, crowders, purple hulls, you name it.  Farmers market Saturdays for me are about canning and putting up, followed by a Southern supper of field peas, corn and tomatoes.  So I am always looking for creative ways to prepare them.  This is […]

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Peach Bourbon Cake with Sweet Tea Peaches

Peach Bourbon Cake with Sweet Tea Peaches

Here I go again.  Peaches and bourbon.  They just go so well together, and when I am standing in the kitchen with some marvelous summer peaches, I just want to add a little splash.  The peaches have been so amazing this year – I’ve jammed, spiced, ketchuped and canned a huge amount.  But I […]

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Summer Squash

Tomatoes Stuffed with Summer Squash

So it’s the middle of summer. You’ve been to the farmers market and loaded up your bag with beautiful vegetables. That whole box of yellow squash and lots and lots of tomatoes. Now what? I always get questions from friends about how to use squash (other than squash casserole) and for interesting ways to […]

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Cherry Tomatoes in Cream

Cherry Tomatoes in Cream

Beautiful cherry tomatoes in all shapes and sizes are such a temptation at the farmers market.  Like little summer jewels.  This is an old southern recipe, updated with fresh herbs, that is a perfect side to a grilled steak or fish.  These tomatoes are quick to prepare, but luxuriant and rich, with a lightly […]

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Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

I think this tart is the very picture of summer farmers market bounty. It uses all the best local summer produce with fresh herbs and salty cheese. I even use locally produced goat feta. You can buy the vegetables for specifically for this magnificent tart or make it with the remnants of a big […]

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Slow Cooker Creamy Corn with Bacon, Green Onions and Bourbon

Southern Slow Cooker Creamy Corn with Bacon, Green Onions and Bourbon

My family has a farm in Arkansas, rice and soybeans mostly, but a few other crops. One year, when I was maybe ten or twelve, my dad and a fellow farmer decided to experiment with corn. So on a little corner of the farm, they planted a couple of varieties. When it came in, […]

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Blackberry Cobbler with Bourbon Sauce

Blackberry Cobbler with Bourbon Sauce

I call this dish a cobbler, but I know that description can be controversial. I served this dish to my family, and as the spoons scraped the plates, a discussion came up about what is a cobbler exactly. We each described different types of dishes, and went through all the other names for similar […]

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