The Southern Sympathy Cookbook

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 Vegetable Stracciatella

Italian egg-drop soup. That’s how I have heard versions of this soup described. And there appear to be many versions, with light chicken broth, or added spinach or chicken. In fact, the first time I concocted this soup, I didn’t know stracciatella was an actual thing. It was pure kitchen happenstance, and one little […]

Chicken, Prosciutto and Rosemary Lasagna

A rut-buster. That’s what this recipe is all about. Veering off the road a little bit, getting out of the ordinary. Traditional lasagna is a good thing, make no mistake, but it’s nice to go in a different direction every once in a while. Move away from the meat sauce to a creamy white […]

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

The Italian Grandmother in My Head

I do not have a particularly ethnic background. Basic Anglo-Scots stock. Okay, a WASP. I cherish my Southern heritage and all the great culinary traditions I have enjoyed, inherited, and try to preserve. But I’ve never had a Bubbe teach me to make latkes or an […]