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.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits, technically the child of the South Carolina Low Country has been adopted by Southerners as their own. You will find shrimp and grits in homes and on menus from Florida to Misssissippi, and of course here in Tennessee. I bet most Southerners would put it on a grand list of Southern […]

Buttermilk Grits with Bacon Gravy

Buttermilk Grits with Bacon Gravy

I have combined in this recipe three of my favorite Southern ingredients. Flavor-packed, stone ground corn grits, creamy, sharp buttermilk and, of course, bacon. The trifecta of flavor elevates the simplicity of each ingredient to a new, sophisticated level. Buttermilk adds an elusive edge of tang and the smoky bacon plays off it beautifully. Another […]

Grillades and Grits

Grillades and Grits

I first remember having grillades and grits at brunch at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.  It was family trip, maybe an early vacation or taking my brother to look at college.  My parents made us dress up – would have checked to see that we packed something appropriate, and it would have been our […]

Fresh Corn Grits

I was standing in my kitchen, on a Saturday after my farmers market run, putting everything in its proper place while I made my plan of attack for the day.  Stacked up on the counter were a dozen ears of corn, destined to be blanched, stripped and frozen in little baggies.  Next to that […]

Sweet Grits and Sorghum Peaches

Sweet grits is an idea you occasionally, but rarely, see in old community cookbooks.  The kind that are handwritten and mimeographed, and use measures like “a coffee cupful” and “butter the size of a hen egg.”  Sweet grits are more of concept a people talk about.  You see, grits are one of those dishes […]

Shrimp and Grits

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