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.

Roasted Green Beans and Peppers with Garlic

Roasted Green Beans and Peppers with Garlic

Every summer, I wait until the green beans at the farmers market look really plump and delicious, then I buy a big batch to take home, blanch and freeze. These are my Thanksgiving beans, for a traditional casserole or a simple steamed platter. I impress myself with my forward thinking ways. But sometimes I […]

Tomatoes Stuffed with Summer Squash

Tomatoes Stuffed with Summer Squash

So it’s the middle of summer. You’ve been to the farmers market and loaded up your bag with beautiful vegetables. That whole box of yellow squash and lots and lots of tomatoes. Now what? I always get questions from friends about how to use squash (other than squash casserole) and for interesting ways to […]

Cherry Tomatoes in Cream

Cherry Tomatoes in Cream

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Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

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Slow Cooker Creamy Corn with Bacon, Green Onions and Bourbon

Southern Slow Cooker Creamy Corn with Bacon, Green Onions and Bourbon

My family has a farm in Arkansas, rice and soybeans mostly, but a few other crops. One year, when I was maybe ten or twelve, my dad and a fellow farmer decided to experiment with corn. So on a little corner of the farm, they planted a couple of varieties. When it came in, […]

Parmesan Zucchini Bites

Parmesan Zucchini Bites

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Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Simple ingredients of the best quality produce the most amazing results.  It always holds true.  Fresh blueberries straight from the farmers’ market, real vanilla and creamy buttermilk, the best you can find.  I mulled over ways to dress up the cake, make it more exotic or unusual, but in the end, I decided there […]

Blistered Tomato Sauce

Blistered Tomato Sauce

Quick, simple and delicious. What more could you want in a summer meal?  The trick here is that blistering the tomatoes gives them a rich, almost slow-roasted taste.  I love this with the Italianate taste of oregano, but basil or thyme work wonderfully well too.  I generally serve this over pasta, but […]

Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Summer Squash Salsa

Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Summer Squash Salsa

I love squash blossoms, as I have said before.  So imagine my delight on my recent trip to Tepotzlan in the central mountains of Mexico, to find squash blossoms used in a huge variety of dishes.  I had freshly made quesadillas with Oaxaca cheese for breakfast each morning, and stalls in the market offered […]

Panzanella Bake

Panzanella Bake

Panzanella a genius example of creative leftover usage. It’s a classic Tuscan salad of stale bread and over-ripe tomatoes, tossed with basil and moistened with olive oil and vinegar.  But the beautiful colors and bright fresh flavors make it elegantly simple, the kind of food you imagine yourself throwing together if you […]