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.

Peach Julep Jam

Peach Julep Jam

The joy of summer peaches! There is nothing like a fresh, local, juicy peach. I eat them up during their season.I bake with them and But they are just so good, I try to preserve them as well for a fresh taste of summer any time of year, spiced, pickled and jammed. My obsession with […]

Spiced Baked Fruit Casserole

Spiced Baked Fruit Casserole

Baked fruit casseroles are a favorite food memory for me. They always appeared at holiday buffets, usually when a ham was the centerpiece. Recipes for baked fruit are ubiquitous in community cookbooks, and I was particularly fond of a curried fruit casserole recipe that has always been a favorite around here. But my Mom […]

Peach Bourbon Buttermilk Pudding with Candied Pecans

Peach Bourbon Buttermilk Pudding with Candied Pecans

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Saucy Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Saucy Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

Peaches and blueberries are the perfect example of the old saw “what grows together, goes together.”  Fuzzy, rose-tinted peaches and dusky hued blueberries make their appearance at the farmers market at the same time, trumpeting the height of summer fruit season.

I love fruit cobbler, the traditional peach being a favorite, and I have […]

Grilled Peach Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I think pork tenderloin is a wonderful meat to grill. Its quick, easy and really takes on flavor.  Add a marinade and sauce made from fresh, peak of the season peaches and a splash of bourbon and you’ve got a real Southern treat.  Fresh green beans are […]

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 […]

Peach and Ginger Muffins

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Peach Butterbourbon Sauce

I don’t really know what else I can say about this recipe.  It’s a rich, Southern version of butterscotch sauce with fresh peaches cooked right in, and a nice little kick of bourbon.  Of course, this is great over a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit […]

Peaches Poached with Basil

Peaches are to me the great herald that summer has well and truly begun. Just when you start to feel the weather change from warm to downright hot and the air from breezy to thick with humidity, peaches make their appearance at markets and roadside stands.  At summer camp, you could always […]