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.

Chicken Pecan Bites with Blue Cheese Dip

Every community, particularly in the South, has those handful of classic community cookbooks that everyone seems to own, or haveaccess to, or just know about.  They are the reference points for the community table. Compiled by church auxiliaries, symphony leagues, historic societies, these treasure troves bind a community through the most essential love we […]

Southern Pecan Salad Dressing

My garden (including a weed)

The main attraction in these early days of the farmers markets here is the wide variety of lettuces and salad greens.  But I skip right past those stalls, because this year I have a big beautiful, bed of lettuces in my own backyard, with a little help from Bennett-Burk […]

Sweet Potato Casserole with Cider, Orange and Maple

For most of my childhood, we spent Thanksgiving with my family in Arkansas.  It was always a big, loud, boisterous gathering of family we didn’t see nearly enough.  For many of these years, my brother and I were the oldest of the kids, so we got to sit at the grown-up table, […]