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.

Country Ham Paté

Country Ham Paté

Football and tailgating season have arrived, so I offer this little tidbit.  Country Ham Paté has the down-home goodness of salty, savory country ham, with a slightly sophisticated twist.  It is easily portable and imminently useful.  Try it simple spread on crackers or corn chips, or sandwiched between the halves of little [...]

Country Ham Biscuit Bites with Cheese

Country Ham Biscuit Bites with Cheese

My love for biscuits is well documented (13 recipes on the site at last count), and my love of country ham equally evident when you peruse my recipes.  I have always enjoyed a warm, buttery biscuit with a slice of salty country ham tucked inside, so the next logical step seemed to be incorporating [...]

Black-Eyed Pea and Cornbread Skillet

No self-respecting Southerner, I boldly say, would let New Year’s Day pass without at least one bite of black- eyed peas.  They bring luck and good fortune for the New Year, and everyone can use a little bit of that.  Hoppin’ John is traditional in many quarters, but peas slowly cooked with a piece [...]

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Country Ham and Leeks

From the first time I made macaroni and cheese, I’ve used this basic recipe, with the sauce you simply stir up.  We were not a big macaroni and cheese family, and never had any version from the box until college, when the hot pot was our main cooking apparatus and I had an ingenious [...]

Waffles and Hash (Chicken Hash with Cider Gravy)

This is, I suppose, a treasured family recipe.  For my entire life, both my mother and my aunt often waxed poetic about the favored meal of their childhood.  Waffles and Hash.  We were regaled at family meals about the tradition of having Waffles and Hash for Sunday night dinner.  Any mention of family food [...]