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.

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

A few years ago, a group of girls and I decided we needed to celebrate a landmark birthday with landmark trip.  None of us were particularly concerned about the number, but it seemed like an excuse people accept for special activities.  Between the four of use, we are pretty well traveled and we thought […]

Lavish Lemon Cake

Lavish Lemon Cake


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 […]

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 […]

Blackberry Sugar Pie

If you scroll through the Sweets section on The Runaway Spoon, you may notice a host of very simple pie recipes.  Because I think pie is a perfect dessert, for the cook and the consumer.  The variety of wonderful things that can be packed into a pie crust is extraordinary.  And with little effort, […]

Orange Slice Candy Squares

My grandmother lived in a small town in Arkansas, the town where my father grew up.  She died when I was six, so my memories of her are somewhat limited.  But those I do have are vivid to me, though undoubtedly burnished through the patina of time. I particularly remember visiting her with my […]

Coconut Cloud Pie

I have a funny relationship with coconut.  I don’t buy coconut candy bars, I leave the coconut balls behind in the assorted chocolate box, would order caramel over coconut cake and don’t do coconut rum drinks.  But when I happen to be served a coconut sweet, I always love it, and wonder why I […]

Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Bars


Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream

I am a little bit of a kitchen gadget geek. Particularly when it comes to gadgets that claim to make things easier. I love my strawberry slicer, my cherry pitter and my onion chopper, but when it comes to the cabinet-space sucking larger gadgets, I tend to think twice. But a few years ago, […]

Chocolate Toffee Celebration Cake

Just under a year ago, I put up the first post on The Runaway Spoon, my instructions for real Buttermilk Fried Chicken with a story about my encounter with Julia Child.  It took a couple of years of consideration and many months of planning and design to get the site started, but here I […]