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.

Crispy Pork Schnitzel with Fresh Tomato Dill Sauce

In the height of tomato season, I am always looking for creative ways to make the most of the bounty. I can, I sauce, I freeze, I dry, I soup. And I use the other ingredients I find at the farmers market as much as I can too. So when I found myself with a […]

Watermelon Barbecue Sauce with Country Ribs

Watermelon Barbecue Sauce and Country Ribs

I have several Southern community cookbooks that have recipes for watermelon barbecue sauce. I love the idea, and I have made every one of those recipes, but the results were never what I had hoped for. No watermelon flavor, or sickly sweet, or just bland. But the idea appeals to me so much that […]

Roasted Pork and Sweet Potatoes with Hard Cider Cream Sauce

Roasted Pork and Sweet Potatoes with Hard CIder Cream Sauce

October is that transitional time of year, the leaves are beginning to fall, the weather is cooling and I’ve pulled the sweaters out of storage. I’m ready to cover up the grill and move onto to hearty roasts and vegetables, but I’m not quite ready for thick soups and heavy stews. So a perfect […]

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Butter Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Butter Sauce

This dish, I can hardly call it a recipe, is one of those meal ideas that’s passed around from family to friend to book club to the office to tennis groups to cocktail party and on and on.  You know, that simple recipe someone rattles off when you worry about new dinner ideas or […]

Grilled Sweet Tea Glazed Pork Chops

Grilled Sweet Tea Glazed Pork Chops

Memorial Day is coming and marks the official start of summer party season. Millions of people will be firing up the grill for the long weekend and beyond,  and here in the South, they’ll be making endless pitchers and jugs of ice cold sweet tea to keep things cool.  So I decided to combine the […]

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 […]

Green and Gold Collards

Greens on New Year’s Day are an important tradition here in the South. It’s a wish for prosperity in the new year, you see, greens representing the foldin’ money you hope to have in your pocket. Collards are a traditional green and here you can add a little wish for some jangly change in […]

Tourtière – French Canadian Meat Pie

I am tempted to say that this is an old family recipe, but my family has no connection with French Canadians whatsoever.  But it is a recipe my family has been making for years.  The story goes like this: my grandparents had tourtière on a trip to Canada, and enjoyed it so […]

Pork Chops with Maple Calvados Butter Sauce

This recipe includes some of my favorite fall flavors – maple, pork, and Calvados apple brandy. It was born from the desire to combine these flavors in the most delicious way.  It’s perfect for autumn nights at home, but is an equally elegant dish for friends.  The sauce is rich and silky and complements […]

Chinese Dumplings

When I was growing up in Memphis, there were really only two fancy, sit-down, white tablecloth, special occasion restaurants.  An old-school, white-jacketed waiter, New Orleans-style place and an elegant Chinese restaurant.  My Dad is a big fan of Chinese food, so it was his choice for special meals.  My brother and I loved the […]