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.

Gruyere Soup with Onion Jam

Gruyere Soup with Onion Jam

I marked a recipe for Gruyere Soup in an old community cookbook years ago. It was very plain, nothing fancy, but I marked it thinking that I could doctor up the recipe with vegetables or herbs or wine or any manner of ideas.  But when I came around to making the soup, to test […]

French Lentil Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

When the weather turns chilly, it may seem that the time for cold salads has past.  But this lovely, homey lentil salad is perfect for fall.  The ingredients for this could not be humbler, but somehow the whole comes off as sophisticated.  This is the kind of dish I imagine a French home cook […]

Blanquette de Veau (Creamy Veal Stew)

Blanquette de veau is a delicious, classic French dish with a real difference.  I’ll admit though, I’d never really considered tackling it, because, at first look, it seems a bit complicated.  But I recently hosted a book club at my house to discuss the book  Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, a […]

Almost-Too-French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is such a classic.  It’s what you eat on your first trip to France, and even if you eat it at the restaurant down the street at home all the time, it is still special and memorable.  Soupe à L’oignon Gratinée. The rich onion-y broth, the crispy bread soaking up the […]

Classic Quiche Lorraine

It’s easy to forget the pleasures of something as simple as a good quiche.  Just a basic pie, full of goodness, and easy to prepare, but delicious and decadent all the same.  Cary Grant as John Robie in To Catch a Thief serves it at his French villa, perhaps thoroughly proving that real men do […]