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.

Caramel Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting

Caramel Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting

I’m sticking to my simple comfort food theme here.  This recipe is no innovative or new, just simple delicious.  You’ll find similar versions in all sorts of community cookbooks I am sure.  It’s the type of 9 by 13 dessert you might take to a church social or a big family gathering.  The cake [...]

Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

I was first drawn to this recipe, because, well, who could resist something called sugar cake. It reminds me of the great classic song “Tea for Two”, the Ella Fitzgerald version is on my kitchen playlist. “Day will break and I will wake, and start to bake a sugar cake, for you to take [...]

Milky Way Crazy Candy Bar Cake

Milky Way Crazy Candy Bar Cake

Milky Way Cake is a classic recipe and there are versions of it all over community cookbooks and the Internet.  Some are layer cakes with marshmallow frosting; some are sheet cakes with boiled fudge icing.  But I like this simple Bundt version.  This is a sweet cake, with a lovely caramel undernote [...]

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 [...]

Hot Milk Cake and Strawberry Caramel Sauce

Hot Milk Cake and Strawberry Caramel Sauce

Leaf through the pages of any old Southern community cookbook, and you are likely to come across a version of this cake.  And it might not draw your eye, being so plain and simple.  I am sure I flipped past many times before I actually stopped to read one.  But once I get intrigued, [...]

Lavish Lemon Cake

Lavish Lemon Cake

When you are the cook in the family, the special task of creating family celebration meals falls to you.  It is an honor and a privilege and one I take very seriously.  I always pay attention to what my family members like (and don’t) and my favorite kitchen task is devising and creating meals [...]

Spiced Cider Pound Cake

Growing up in the South, fall was always just a short little respite from the heat, before the dull, dark cold winter.   The leaves turn quickly and fall fast. The weather is only really sweater-worthy for a few days.  The mass-marketed Halloween costumes were always hideously hot, and eating outside on Thanksgiving is usually [...]

Jack and Coke Cake (Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake with Jack Daniels Buttercream)

I am not much of layer cake maker.  I have failed to master that great Southern skill of crafting magnificent layers of frosted beauty.  I am more of Bundt cake type.  I lack the artistic talents, but mostly the patience, to create the magazine worthy, bakery perfect confections someone who spends as [...]

Fresh Fig Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

A friend recently posted on Facebook that she had some figs lying around and was looking for suggestions on how to use them.  Almost all the comments involved wrapping them with bacon, drizzling them with honey, or slicing them on a pizza.  All of which are delicious suggestions, but a little one-note.  But it [...]

Skillet Strawberry Upside Down Cake

In the last few years, I have truly become a seasonal eater.  The rise in popularity of farmers markets has encouraged me in this, because the array of beautiful farm fresh fruits and vegetables is so tempting. And after years of being desensitized by perennially available produce, I have rediscovered just how amazing produce [...]