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.

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 […]

Pumpkin Cornbread

I love cooking with pumpkin, so Halloween and the dawn of autumn present all sorts of opportunities in the kitchen. I have always been obsessed with sweet pumpkin dishes, but I have been expanding my repertoire to savory ideas as well.

Working with fresh pumpkin is not difficult, you just need to be careful […]

Apple Bacon Kuchen

As October begins, I start to think about the farmers market season wrapping up. I’ve got a few weeks left, when I can buy beautiful apples, as well as pumpkins, winter squash, pears and greens, but I know things are moving into fall and winter. Smaller versions of the market continue, which is a […]

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 […]