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.

Buttermilk Grits with Bacon Gravy

Buttermilk Grits with Bacon Gravy

I have combined in this recipe three of my favorite Southern ingredients. Flavor-packed, stone ground corn grits, creamy, sharp buttermilk and, of course, bacon. The trifecta of flavor elevates the simplicity of each ingredient to a new, sophisticated level. Buttermilk adds an elusive edge of tang and the smoky bacon plays off it beautifully. Another […]

Morning Glory Coffee Cake

Morning Glory Coffee Cake

I’ve always appreciated Morning Glory Muffins. They are a great morning treat, packed full of delicious ingredients that at least make you feel like you are starting the day right. I’ve made many versions over the years – it used to be a standard treat I took to new moms. It’s such a cheerful and […]

Monte Cristo Casserole

Monte Cristo Casserole

I started a tradition when my nieces (and later my nephew) were very young. Every year at Christmas, I took them to lunch at a restaurant and then we went shopping for toys and food for all the folks who didn’t have as much at Christmas as we always have. When the girls were […]

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Simple ingredients of the best quality produce the most amazing results.  It always holds true.  Fresh blueberries straight from the farmers’ market, real vanilla and creamy buttermilk, the best you can find.  I mulled over ways to dress up the cake, make it more exotic or unusual, but in the end, I decided there […]

Almond Amaretto Cherry Muffins

Almond Amaretto Cherry Muffins

A basket of nice, sweet muffins is a wonderful addition to a breakfast or brunch table, and these almond-y bites are made really moist with the addition of almond paste. A  bite-sized version of my Simple Moist Almond Cake. Nice tart cherry is a great pairing with almond – if you use big Bings, […]

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 […]

Country Ham Biscuit Bites with Cheese

Country Ham Biscuit Bites with Cheese

My love for biscuits is well documented (13 recipes on the site at last count), and my love of country ham equally evident when you peruse my recipes.  I have always enjoyed a warm, buttery biscuit with a slice of salty country ham tucked inside, so the next logical step seemed to be incorporating […]

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 […]

Merry Morning Muffins with Eggnog Butter (Overnight Gingerbread and Cranberry Muffins)

Everyone is up earlier than any other day of the year to see what’s under the tree.  Wrapping paper ripping, bows flying, boxes everywhere.  And somewhere in there, folks get hungry.  Just a nibble before the big celebration.  Something special, but simple.  There’s just too much going on to whip up a gourmet feast.  […]

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 […]