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.

Sweet Potato Angel Biscuits

I do give thanks for biscuits.  And I love a little biscuit bite in the Thanksgiving bread basket, particularly when they are made seasonal with the addition of sweet potato.  These angel biscuits use yeast to get an extra rise, which is helpful when you add the dense potato purée.  Make sure you potato is [...]

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

It is that time of year.  I really need a big bowl of sunshine.  Fresh, local produce is between growth spurts, and I am generally a little tired of the dark, leafy greens that have dominated the farmers market for a while now.  Though we’ve had surprisingly spring-like weather, it is that transitional time.  [...]

Sweet Potato Mustard, Bacon Mayonnaise and Cranberry Ketchup

When I claimed thanksgiving for my own, I wanted to create a tradition for this new configuration of family, one for grown-ups and kids alike.  So I came up with the Thankful Tree.  My mom drew a big tree, complete with falling leaves and acorns and a bunny rabbit at the base, [...]

Sweet Potato Cobbler

I’m going to go all Southern on you again with this delicious, old-fashioned, homey dessert perfect for the autumn table.  I’m not, however, going to get into a discussion on what exactly a cobbler is – biscuit top, crumble top, pastry top, whatever.  This is how I make cobbler, and that’s good enough for [...]

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, [...]