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.

Tomato Butter

Tomato Butter

I spend a great deal of time in the summer putting up gorgeous fresh tomatoes for winter.  Almost as much time as I do eating them.  Ziptop bags full of sauce and soup base.  Salsa, bloody mary mix and chutney in jars.  And this, my favorite tomato condiment.  I discovered recipes for tomato butter […]

Sweet Tea Jelly

Sweet Tea Jelly

Canning is my summer time obsession.  From the first strawberries of spring to the last pears of fall, I spend my weekends putting up my famers market bounty.  Then the market closes for the season, I put the canner back in the pantry and shelf the jars for the next year.  But at some […]

Rosemary Pear Butter

As autumn approaches, I start to feel a little panicky about the end of farmers market season.  I spend a huge amount of time in the summer preserving the bounty, through canning and freezing my favorite produce.  But when I start to realize that my source for all that fresh, local goodness is going […]

Pickled Field Peas

Field peas are one of my favorite things about summer.  I freeze them in little baggies to pull out at the height of the winter blahs to remind me of the warmer months.  I always seem to remember them as warmer months, not miserable, stifling hot and humid. On Saturdays, when I am cooking […]

Fig, Bourbon and Vanilla Bean Jam

Canning is a new passion for me.  I’ve had fits and starts about it over the years, lots of failures, lots of time spent making jams or relishes only to forget about them and never use them. But after all that trial and error, I have finally got the knack of it and have had […]

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix (with canning instructions)

When tomatoes are is season, or growing on my vines if I’m lucky, I preserve them in any way I can think of.  I make sauce, tomato soup base and just plain old puree and stack them up in ziptop bags in the freezer.  Sometimes I can whole tomatoes, but now I’ve learned you […]