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.

Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

I was first drawn to this recipe, because, well, who could resist something called sugar cake. It reminds me of the great classic song “Tea for Two”, the Ella Fitzgerald version is on my kitchen playlist. “Day will break and I will wake, and start to bake a sugar cake, for you to take [...]

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Honestly, I have always been ambivalent about banana bread.  Most of what I have been offered is filled with all kinds of additions, lots of nuts, chocolate chips, spices.  It’s too much for me and masks any banana flavor.  And it is often accompanied by the disclaimer “I had a bunch of [...]

Cottage Cheese Dinner Rolls

Coattage Cheese Dinner Rolls

When I leaf through cookbooks, I mark recipes that look interesting with little post-it flags.  I frequently go back through those marked pages when I am looking for ideas, and it is always interesting when I return to books to see what caught my attention at any particular moment.  Recently, I was flipping through [...]

Butternut Brioche

You are going to want a loaf of this around the house during the Thanksgiving holiday.  It is beautiful, autumnal and something of an achievement to show your friends and family.  It is great spread with butter.  Fig, Bourbon and Vanilla Bean Jam is a real treat.  It is gorgeous toasted, and makes amazing [...]

Strawberry Buttermilk Cupcakes with Buttermilk Vanilla Frosting

I love strawberry season.  Not only do I finally get my hands on delicious berries, but it really means the start of delicious farmers market produce.   I only buy strawberries in season.  I know you can get them all year round now, but I don’t like the watery,  hothouse types, or ones flown in [...]

Simple Soda Bread

Soda bread is really a recipe to have in your pocket.  Serving a nice, warm loaf of homemade bread at a moment’s notice is serious kitchen magic.  And I’ve made the process for making Irish soda bread even easier by letting the mixer do the work.  Soda bread is substantial and hearty – the [...]

Gingerbread Pillows

I set out to make a cookie reminiscent of good-old fashioned gingerbread cake.  When I managed to achieve this, it occurred to me that if I called them gingerbread cookies, it would bring to mind the crispy, crunchy type – like gingerbread men or tree ornaments.   That is not what these lovelies are at [...]

Fresh Strawberry Bread

I remember a delicious quick bread popular when I was kid, sweet and cinnamony with nice pockets of gooey strawberry.  I think I even remember making it myself at some point.  So I went looking for recipes, and they all contained frozen berries in syrup – some even used cake mix or pudding mix.  [...]

Buttermilk Cake with Caramel Glaze

In the great and varied universe of classic Southern desserts, caramel cake is possibly the North Star.  A soft, white cake covered in thick, thick caramel frosting.  The center layer of frosting bleeds a little into the cake and the frosting on the top and sides takes on a slight crispiness – bite into the [...]

Cane Syrup Cupcakes

Any good Southern cook has a supply of sweetening syrups that would put Willy Wonka to shame.  Corn syrup, light and dark, and generally known by its brand name Karo (pronounced KAY-Ro).  Molasses, regular and blackstrap.  Sorghum.  Cane syrup.  Maybe even maple syrup, though that smacks somewhat of the Yankee.  I use them all. [...]