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.

Spiced Dolly Bars

Spiced Dolly Bars

In the kitchen, surrounded by a surfeit of holiday baking supplies, I had a sudden craving for Hello Dolly Bars.  I love Hello Dollies (or Seven Layer Bars or Magic Bars, whatever you call them), but they are not something I generally make, because I have lots of friends for whom it’s […]

Simple Butterscotch Pie

Simple Butterscotch Pie

I have a whole stack of recipes acquired a parties and other gatherings, scribbled on cocktail napkins, crumpled receipts from my purse or monogrammed note paper from host houses.  Because any comment on food always leads to a discussion of favorites and how they are made.  And I don’t just idly nod.  I ask […]

Butterscotch Babies

Every once in a while, it’s nice to take a step out of the brownie box.  Technically, I suppose these qualify as a blondie, but for some reason, that term has always bugged me.  I don’t really remember where this recipe came from, but I seem to remember cleaning out the panty and finding […]

Apple Pie Bars

Apple Pie Bars

Once upon a time there was a beautiful apple tree. When I was maybe 10, my dad took me to the plant nursery and let me choose whatever kind of tree I wanted to plant in the backyard, to replace one that had died.   My family had just enjoyed some magnificent apples, bright red with little […]