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.

Upside Down Pizza Pie Bake

Upside Down Pizza Pie Bake

An easy weeknight treat is a great recipe to have on hand. I love this version of a a classic pizza casserole, updated my way with no jarred sauces or chemical laden boxed mixes.  This is a real family pleaser, better than greasy delivery and easier than making or rolling out dough.  A mix [...]

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Baked Pudding

Chocolate Covered Cherry Baked Pudding

 

At the beginning of my path to being a serious cook, when I was a teenager, I used to make a Black Forest Cake, which seemed to me like the most sophisticated type of dessert. It was a chocolate layer cake with cherry filling and a rich frosting. I’d seen lots of pictures in [...]

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Double Caramel Bars

Double Caramel Brownies

Sweet and rich and decadent – and a wonderful treat in the midst of the dark winter months. These caramel frosted brown sugar bars are a favorite of mine. I tend toward caramel. I love chocolate, of course, but if given the choice I’d choose caramel. So these are a nice deviation from a [...]

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Simple Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

Simple Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

I have ditched canned soups for good.

First off, I love making soup from scratch.  There is something warm and comforting about having a big pot simmering on the stove, or knowing there some in the fridge that just needs to be heated and you’ve got instant comfort.  I don’t think the can is [...]

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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-A-Leekie Soup

January 25 is Burns Night, which celebrates the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Suppers are held across Scotland and by many Scottish societies and clubs around the world.  I was challenged by a friend some years ago to host a Burns Night supper and so I did.  I put plaid fabric down the [...]

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Chicken Apple Bisque

Chicken Apple Bisque

French bistro – that’s what this soup says to me.  I have no idea if this is anyway something you would find on an authentic bistro menu, but the combination of classic vegetables and Calvados brandy just seems to me like something that would be served in a simple bistro, in a big bowl, [...]

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Buttermilk Bread

Buttermik Bread

 

Making a fresh loaf of lovely, real homemade bread gives me more of a sense of accomplishment than just about anything.  I am not an expert at it, you see, and I am still a little wary around yeast.  So I look for simple recipes and adapt them as best I can for [...]

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Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Curried Cauliflower Crumbs

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Curried Cauliflower Crumbs

Cauliflower Cheese is a very popular dish in England, one of its comfort foods.  Basically, it is cauliflower in a creamy cheese sauce.  But the first time I heard of cauliflower cheese, on the set menu at a restaurant during a high-school summer in England, I was a little worried it was actually some [...]

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Top Ten Recipes for 2013

Top Ten Recipes 2013

So here they are, the ten most popular recipes on The Runaway Spoon in 2013.  From the perennial topper turkey to a couple of fun summer canning project and some Mardi Gras madness, the list covers a lot of bases.  It’s fun for me to see what you’ve been clicking and I thank you [...]

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Cast Iron Collards

Cast Iron Collards

I adhere very solidly to tradition of eating black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s day for luck and prosperity.  I have a wonderful New Year’s Eve tradition, so on New Year’s Day, I usually sleep in, then curl up on the couch with a book while a pot of peas and some [...]

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