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.

Southern Boiled Custard

Southern Boiled Custard

Boiled custard is one of my great childhood Christmas memories.  We spent a lot of Christmases at my grandparents house in Columbia, Tennessee and my grandmother always served boiled custard in Santa Claus mugs and caramel cake for dessert at Christmas lunch.  Boiled Custard was something you bought.  I never really thought of it […]

Eggnog Bars

Eggnog Bars

I can’t make it through the holiday season without the flavor of eggnog.  I cook and bake with eggnog in all sorts of ways, from Overnight Eggnog French Toast Caserole to Eggnog Pie and I fall for all the eggnog seasonal flavors on the grocery shelves.  That perfect holiday richness with the whiff of […]

Red Velvet Pound Cake

Red Velvet Pound Cake

Christmas is the perfect time for red velvet.  It’s the festive color of the season, and it is just so fun.  I’ve made Red Velvet Polka Dot Cookies and Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes, and experiment with even more ideas.  But this may be the most practical.  Pound Cake is such a holiday staple – […]

Merry Morning Muffins with Eggnog Butter (Overnight Gingerbread and Cranberry Muffins)

Everyone is up earlier than any other day of the year to see what’s under the tree.  Wrapping paper ripping, bows flying, boxes everywhere.  And somewhere in there, folks get hungry.  Just a nibble before the big celebration.  Something special, but simple.  There’s just too much going on to whip up a gourmet feast.  […]

Eggnog Pie

I considered calling this Christmas Panic Pie. It is the perfect recipe to have in your pocket for  the busy holidays.  It is simple, requires a few ingredients you can easily have on hand and can be dressed up elegantly or served simply.  During the holidays, I always have a carton of eggnog in the […]

Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes

Last year, I posted a recipe for Peppermint Black Bottom Cupcakes, a nifty seasonal twist on a classic recipe and family favorite.  Well, as I started to think about Christmas treats for this season, I decided to take that classic recipe and try another twist – fun, rich, colorful red velvet.  Red Velvet Black […]

Homemade Fruitcake

I love fruit cake.  I know, I know, I am in the minority.  Fruit cake is one of the most maligned and made fun of foods out there.  We’ve all heard the jokes about the one fruit cake that actually exists, but is re-gifted around the country year after year.  I think the only […]

Milk Punch and Cookies

Milk Punch has roots in New Orleans, with a history as a hair-of-the-dog remedy.   In fact, my best milk punch memory is enjoying a bit too much at a wonderful wedding brunch in New Orleans.  And now, that bride makes milk punch for a Christmas party every year.  I have to admit though, I […]

Peppermint Black Bottom Cupcakes

Last year, for the big family Christmas Eve celebration, I was tasked with providing a dessert.  It’s a little tough to figure out the right dessert for a great big gathering, one that serves enough and pleases everyone.  In the past I’ve made cakes and pies, but you always need to make […]

Hot Chocolate Pops

I was in a very fancy grocery store and saw a lovely, beautifully wrapped box of hot chocolate-on-a-stick.  My first thought was “I can do that.”  And those babies with their cellophane and ribbon and fancy label were selling for $10 apiece.  Yea, I can do much better than that.

These pops are basically […]