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.

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 […]

Bananas Foster Pound Cake

Bananas Foster is a classic New Orleans dessert with a storied history, and is one of the many dishes from the Crescent City’s famed restaurants that have made its way around the world. And Bananas Foster is an impressive dish to order at a restaurant, when done the old-school way. An expert server rolls […]

Simple Moist Almond Cake

We are on the cusp of berry season, strawberries are just finishing up, but a few blueberries and blackberries are hitting the stands. We’ll get some raspberries around here, but not too many. And of course, there are the other fruits like peaches and plums just starting to make an appearance. All the hues […]

Victoria Sponge with Rose Petal Jam

I could not let the grand occasion of the Royal Wedding pass without remark. I have always been enamored of all things royal. I get that from my Grandmother, who was an avid follower. She knew her royal history and loved to read the latest updates on the British royal family’s lives. I used […]