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.

Cathead Biscuits

If classic Southern buttermilk biscuits are country music, cathead biscuits are the blues. Not Hank Williams, but Howlin’ Wolf. Not Sunday go-to-meeting food, but the manna of hardworking folks using whatever they can lay their hands on to fill the belly.

Cathead biscuits are a feature of the Mississippi Delta. The name comes, apparently, […]

Cream Cheese Wafer Biscuits

I have stumbled across this recipe in many community cookbooks over the years, and after seeing it so many times, I just had to try it to see if it’s for real. It’s so easy, I had a suspicion it was too good to be true. But, lo and behold, it works.

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Blueberry Biscuits

My love for biscuits has been well and truly established. And though I will never turn away from a classic Southern buttermilk biscuit, piping hot, slathered with butter, I do occasionally like to veer off the path a bit – but not too far! But with summer blueberry bounty in full swing, I decided […]

Strawberry Shortcake

I would hazard a guess that for many people, the image that comes to mind with the words strawberry shortcake are those electric yellow sponge cake cups with the little crater on the top that are sold as “shortcakes,” usually next to the berries in the produce section. Maybe served with fresh berries, maybe […]

The Gravy Train

So, now you have, I am sure, studied the primer for making good Buttermilk Biscuits. And you’d like to know all the many ways you can serve your beautiful creations. Here are two of my favorites. I once had some friends by for a biscuit bar, serving baskets full of homemade biscuits, homemade preserves, […]

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits- A Primer

Heaven is a Biscuit

I love biscuits. Love them. I could eat a whole batch at one sitting, even without butter or jam or gravy. I say I could, because believe it or not I do possess the restraint not to.

And I should probably clarify, I love good buttermilk biscuits. Sure, I have […]