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.

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 […]

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 […]

Holiday Spice Bread with Whipped Honey Butter

Holiday Spice Bread with Whipped Honey Butter

I adapted this recipe from an old community cookbook, modernizing and stream lining it a bit, but I can’t imagine its origins.  Maybe Scandinavian? Or a take on a French quatre epices? A Byzantine tradition?  I don’t know, but the unusual spice combination lightly sweetened with honey really sets this bread apart.   I […]

Panzanella Bake

Panzanella Bake

Panzanella a genius example of creative leftover usage. It’s a classic Tuscan salad of stale bread and over-ripe tomatoes, tossed with basil and moistened with olive oil and vinegar.  But the beautiful colors and bright fresh flavors make it elegantly simple, the kind of food you imagine yourself throwing together if you […]

Leek and Brie Bread Pudding

Leek and Brie Bread Pudding

Spring is the perfect time for brunch.  With Easter starting things off, there always seems to be an explosion of daytime events.  Graduations and weddings and all the celebrations that go with them.  And I love a good family brunch.  You can wear a nice dress, but don’t have to worry about high heels […]

Yogurt Biscuit Bites

Yogurt Biscuit Bites

During the winter soup season, it’s always nice to have a little bread-y bite next to your bowl.  And I don’t think there can be an easy recipe than this one.  Just a few ingredients and a thousand possible combinations and you have a nice, tangy little treat.

I generally make these plain, then […]

Fontina Cheese Toasties

Fontina Cheese Toasties

Melty cheese and crispy bread are the perfect pairing for soup, creamy or brothy. And this may be the ultimate soup sidecar.  If you are fan of the classic croque monsieur, this is basically just the top.  A creamy, cheesy béchamel sauce browned until bubbly on a good piece of bread.  I like it […]

Persimmon Bread

Persimmons are the brightest spot in the barren winter fruit scape.  Sure, citrus is there, but I miss the reds, pinks, peach, blues, plums, purples and greens of summer bounty.  But then there are these bright beauties, orange and smooth and shiny, with their frilly green caps.  I have a tendency to overbuy, because […]

Oatmeal Get Up and Go Muffins

When the reality of the new school year and the end of summer hit, having a quick, portable breakfast on hand can be a serious boon.  And these muffins fit the bill.  I often find muffins labeled “healthy” to be leaden gut bombs, but these are light and tender, thanks to the magic of […]

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 […]