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.

Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

Farmers Market Vegetable Tart

I think this tart is the very picture of summer farmers market bounty. It uses all the best local summer produce with fresh herbs and salty cheese. I even use locally produced goat feta. You can buy the vegetables for specifically for this magnificent tart or make it with the remnants of a big [...]

Bourbon-Spiked Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

Bourbon-Spiked Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

I have been making a version of caramelized onion dip for ages.  I take it to parties, lake weekends, family gatherings and football watching events.  I get requests for it, and it is always absolutely vacuumed up.

But when you are an avid cook, you want to constantly challenge yourself.  So after years of [...]

Bacon Spoon Bread with Tomato Bacon Jam

Bacon Spoon Bread with Tomato Bacon Jam

When I think of really old Southern recipes, spoon bread always comes to mind.  I really have no particular knowledge of its history, its just that first time I ever had it was on a school trip to Colonial Williamsburg where it is served at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern by costumed and in-character servers. I [...]

Smoky Bacon and Onion Soup

Smoky Bacon and Onion Soup

I spend most of my time in the kitchen.  It’s my favorite space in this house, a house my father has always called a kitchen with a bedroom attached. It’s a large, open space, with a fully fitted kitchen, lots of counter space and a den attached where I do most of my work [...]

Baked Zucchini and Tomatoes

It’s no secret that I love the farmers market.  My Saturday morning trips followed by a day of canning or putting things by, are the highlight of my week.  I am so inspired by all the produce and the people who love food.  And I have found it is an amazing source of advice [...]

Maque Choux (Cajun Stewed Corn and Tomatoes)

Maque Choux distills the essence of summer into every bite.  Admittedly, its first attraction may be the fun name. Pronounced mock shoe, it is a corruption of a French word or an Indian saying, or just straight up Acadian, depending on whom you ask.  It is a traditional Cajun dish which occasionally makes it onto [...]

Chilled Vidalia Onion Soup

From April through October, during farmers market season, I rarely visit the produce section of the grocery store. Why bother when there is so much beautiful, fresh, in season produce at the markets.  I only seek out a few things that don’t grow here.  Lemons and limes, cherries from Michigan and Washington [...]

Hachis Parmentier (French Cottage Pie)

My introduction to this French country dish was, oddly, in London.  And the first time I had it, I had never heard of it.  Since my graduate school days, I have made an annual pilgrimage to London, extending the trip each year, to spend enough time to settle in and not feel rushed or [...]

Crispy Picnic Slaw

Years ago, during my event planning days, I helped a client plan a lovely riverside party, with a good old-fashioned fish fry.  This client was very particular.  About everything.  But particularly about slaw.  He insisted on vinegar-based slaw, not mayonnaise dressed.  The caterer took copious notes on his slaw pronouncements and produced what I [...]

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 [...]