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.

Vidalia Onion Shortcake

VIdalia Onion Shortcake

Here is a classic old recipe I have had to reconstruct from memory. I can’t remember where I first had it, but it definitely stuck with me.  It’s the kind of dish that you ask the recipe for as soon as you eat it and the cook rattles it off from memory, but you [...]

Chicken and Bacon Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Crust

Autumn is officially here, though the weather may be lagging behind a bit.  I saw my first lovely russet-hued oak leaf blowing across the patio the other day.  And I am ready.  I am ready for soups and stews, winter squash, apples, pears and maple syrup.  I am ready to get the [...]

Pickled Asparagus

Photo by Stephanie Jones

The spring brunch season starts with Easter, then moves onto graduation parties, wedding parties and long vacation weekends.  That’s where this recipe comes from.  It was a request for Easter brunch – pickled asparagus to garnish Bloody Marys.  I of course complied.  Because quick pickles like these are so easy, but [...]