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 Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Honestly, I have always been ambivalent about banana bread.  Most of what I have been offered is filled with all kinds of additions, lots of nuts, chocolate chips, spices.  It’s too much for me and masks any banana flavor.  And it is often accompanied by the disclaimer “I had a bunch of [...]

Southern Cornbread Chicken and Dressing with Gravy

Southern Cornbread Chicken and Dressing with Gravy

My life sometimes requires comfort cooking.  Not comfort food, but comfort cooking, though the two are not mutually exclusive.  Comfort food for me is old classics that bring back happy memories, sometimes bittersweet, or that make a down day worthwhile.  Often, that means food prepared by someone other than me.

Comfort cooking [...]

Buttermilk Bacon Cookies with Bourbon Caramel Frosting

Buttermilk Bacon Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Two of my very favorite Southern ingredients are creamy buttermilk and pig.  So, I just couldn’t resist adding the salty crunch of bacon to a classic, tender buttermilk cookie.  Swirling on a bourbon-y version of classic caramel icing makes this a real Southern overload cookie.

I created this recipe several years ago for a [...]

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 [...]

Sorghum Buttermilk Pie

Sorghum Buttermilk Pie

In case you haven’t noticed, I love cooking with buttermilk.  It tenderizes, flavorizes, tangifies and creamifies anything it works with.  I go out of my way to seek out good, thick country buttermilk.  It is the most important ingredient in fried chicken, biscuits and cornbread.  I use it in dressings, gravies, marinades, cookies cakes [...]

Butter Braised Lady Peas and Buttermilk Hoe Cakes

Butter Braised Lady Peas and Buttermilk Hoe Cakes

My love of field peas has been declared far and wide. I generally grab bags from the farmers market, put some up in the freezer for a mid-winter summer meal. Then I throw some in my field pea pot with whatever pork product I have around. Salt pork, bacon, country ham, fatback. My summer [...]

Peach Bourbon Buttermilk Pudding with Candied Pecans

Peach Bourbon Buttermilk Pudding with Candied Pecans

The combination of fresh summer peaches and Southern bourbon is a favorite of mine, and I use it in savory dishes, like Peach Bourbon Grilled Pork Tenderloin, or in sweets, like Peach Butterbourbon Sauce. Faced with an abundance of gorgeous peaches this year, I wanted to create a simple, cool dessert – perfect for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sweet Potato Angel Biscuits

I do give thanks for biscuits.  And I love a little biscuit bite in the Thanksgiving bread basket, particularly when they are made seasonal with the addition of sweet potato.  These angel biscuits use yeast to get an extra rise, which is helpful when you add the dense potato purée.  Make sure you potato is [...]