Southern Snacks Cookbook

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.

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 […]

Zucchini Lemon Muffin Gems

Classic zucchini bread is a summer staple for anyone who has a garden or frequents the farmers market. I always seem to have one extra zucchini lying around. But I find the typical spiced zucchini bread recipe, though delicious, a little heavy in summer, so I adapted a classic English lemon drizzle bread recipe […]

Fresh Corn Grits

I was standing in my kitchen, on a Saturday after my farmers market run, putting everything in its proper place while I made my plan of attack for the day. Stacked up on the counter were a dozen ears of corn, destined to be blanched, stripped and frozen in little baggies. Next to that […]

Goat Cheese Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup

This is recipe truly born of over eagerness at the farmers market. In the early months of summer I find that my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach, my desire for all that produce greater than time reasonably allows. I buy in vast quantities – I want everything and lots of it. I […]

Waffles and Hash (Chicken Hash with Cider Gravy)

This is, I suppose, a treasured family recipe. For my entire life, both my mother and my aunt often waxed poetic about the favored meal of their childhood. Waffles and Hash. We were regaled at family meals about the tradition of having Waffles and Hash for Sunday night dinner. Any mention of family food […]

Chocolate Biscuits

I love biscuits in all forms, and have myself developed many permutations, from fresh corn, to blueberry, to pimento cheese. But with the sweetheart holiday coming up, I thought I’d try my hand at a rich, chocolate version. Bake up a batch of these babies for someone special and you’ll make your way onto […]

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 […]

Peach and Ginger Muffins

The combination of peaches and ginger is a favorite of mine, and in these muffins, it really shines. These muffins are not too sweet, but burst with flavor and texture. Fresh, in-season peaches are such a summer treat, make the most of the season.

Use real ginger ale for this – the kind you […]