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.

Calvados and Hazelnut Camembert

Camembert with Hazelnuts and Calvados

Fall gets busy. I know. It’s easy to forgo a nice little appetizer before a festive meal, or just throw some cheese and crackers on a plate (nothing wrong with that). But creating something special with just a little effort can really add to the experience. If you get […]


Chicken Apple Bisque

Chicken Apple Bisque

French bistro – that’s what this soup says to me. I have no idea if this is anyway something you would find on an authentic bistro menu, but the combination of classic vegetables and Calvados brandy just seems to me like something that would be served in a simple bistro, in a big bowl, […]

Almost-Too-French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is such a classic. It’s what you eat on your first trip to France, and even if you eat it at the restaurant down the street at home all the time, it is still special and memorable. Soupe à L’oignon Gratinée. The rich onion-y broth, the crispy bread soaking up the […]

Pork Chops with Maple Calvados Butter Sauce

This recipe includes some of my favorite fall flavors – maple, pork, and Calvados apple brandy. It was born from the desire to combine these flavors in the most delicious way. It’s perfect for autumn nights at home, but is an equally elegant dish for friends. The sauce is rich and silky and complements […]