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.

Ham and Parsley Pie

The English have a way with meat pies (no Sweeney Todd jokes, please) and lovely shops and street vendors sell an astounding variety, from chicken with tarragon to beef and kidney with stout, even some amazing vegetarian options. One of these popular meat pie purveyors is a regular stop for me in London and […]

Leek and Brie Bread Pudding

Leek and Brie Bread Pudding

Spring is the perfect time for brunch.  With Easter starting things off, there always seems to be an explosion of daytime events.  Graduations and weddings and all the celebrations that go with them.  And I love a good family brunch.  You can wear a nice dress, but don’t have to worry about high heels […]

Snow White Soup (Parsnip, Fennel and Leek Soup)

It has already snowed here in Memphis twice this year, but too early and too inconvenient.  I am hoping for a few more snow days, when I have no need to leave the house and am prepared with a good book, with enough warning for a trip to the grocery.  It doesn’t get cold […]

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 […]

Vichyssoise (Cold Leek and Potato Soup)

Vichyssoise

 

 

In Memphis, in the summer (and the spring and the fall), it is hot.  Devil-hot. Over 100 degrees most days with high, high humidity.  When you open the door first thing in the morning, it’s like walking into a wall of cotton candy.  Hot, thick air that surrounds you.  […]