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.

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

Quick, summery and simple.  This is the perfect passable bite for a party or a wonderful side to a summer meal.  If you tend to end up with a couple of extra zucchini hanging around after a trip to the farmers market, this is a great way to use them up, as a starter [...]

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 [...]

Saucy Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Saucy Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Peaches and blueberries are the perfect example of the old saw “what grows together, goes together.”  Fuzzy, rose-tinted peaches and dusky hued blueberries make their appearance at the farmers market at the same time, trumpeting the height of summer fruit season.

I love fruit cobbler, the traditional peach being a favorite, and I have [...]

Strawberry Mint Vinaigrette

Strawberry Mint VInaigrette

It’s always nice to whip up a simple, homemade dressing for a salad, and this one is really special.  A little sweet from the berries with the nice summery hit of mint.  And it’s a great way to use up some berries lingering in the fridge.  I love it on a salad of fresh [...]

Hot Milk Cake and Strawberry Caramel Sauce

Hot Milk Cake and Strawberry Caramel Sauce

Leaf through the pages of any old Southern community cookbook, and you are likely to come across a version of this cake.  And it might not draw your eye, being so plain and simple.  I am sure I flipped past many times before I actually stopped to read one.  But once I get intrigued, [...]

Creamy Fennel Gratin

Creamy Fennel Gratin

Fennel is a new addition to my local farmers market.  That’s the great thing about the rise of these local markets.  Customers ask, farmers grow.  Last year, it was a few experimental bulbs, this year it’s big bins of them.  When I saw them last year, I was quick to pick up as many [...]