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.

Double Caramel Bars

Double Caramel Brownies

Sweet and rich and decadent – and a wonderful treat in the midst of the dark winter months. These caramel frosted brown sugar bars are a favorite of mine. I tend toward caramel. I love chocolate, of course, but if given the choice I’d choose caramel. So these are a nice deviation from a [...]

Spiced Dolly Bars

Spiced Dolly Bars

In the kitchen, surrounded by a surfeit of holiday baking supplies, I had a sudden craving for Hello Dolly Bars.  I love Hello Dollies (or Seven Layer Bars or Magic Bars, whatever you call them), but they are not something I generally make, because I have lots of friends for whom it’s [...]

Sorghum Buttermilk Pie

Sorghum Buttermilk Pie

In case you haven’t noticed, I love cooking with buttermilk.  It tenderizes, flavorizes, tangifies and creamifies anything it works with.  I go out of my way to seek out good, thick country buttermilk.  It is the most important ingredient in fried chicken, biscuits and cornbread.  I use it in dressings, gravies, marinades, cookies cakes [...]

Portuguese Custard Tarts

Portuguese Custard Tarts

A few years ago, a group of girls and I decided we needed to celebrate a landmark birthday with landmark trip.  None of us were particularly concerned about the number, but it seemed like an excuse people accept for special activities.  Between the four of use, we are pretty well traveled and we thought [...]

Lavish Lemon Cake

Lavish Lemon Cake

When you are the cook in the family, the special task of creating family celebration meals falls to you.  It is an honor and a privilege and one I take very seriously.  I always pay attention to what my family members like (and don’t) and my favorite kitchen task is devising and creating meals [...]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Truffle Tart

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Truffle Tart

Peanut butter and chocolate are one of nature’s great flavor combinations.  But part of the great parental anomalies of my childhood.  My Dad doesn’t like it. That was, and still is, difficult for me to understand.  It was as much a mystery to me as all those great questions that were answered with “because [...]

Eggnog Pie

I considered calling this Christmas Panic Pie. It is the perfect recipe to have in your pocket for  the busy holidays.  It is simple, requires a few ingredients you can easily have on hand and can be dressed up elegantly or served simply.  During the holidays, I always have a carton of eggnog in the [...]

Butternut Squash Pie with Sorghum Whipped Cream

Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall foods.  I buy whole squashes at the last farmers markets, and when I see pre-cut pieces in the store, I buy those up too.  I make pasta sauces and quick soups, I roast and mash. Get creative and go simple.  I generally find myself with a [...]

Jack and Coke Cake (Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake with Jack Daniels Buttercream)

I am not much of layer cake maker.  I have failed to master that great Southern skill of crafting magnificent layers of frosted beauty.  I am more of Bundt cake type.  I lack the artistic talents, but mostly the patience, to create the magazine worthy, bakery perfect confections someone who spends as [...]

Fresh Fig Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

A friend recently posted on Facebook that she had some figs lying around and was looking for suggestions on how to use them.  Almost all the comments involved wrapping them with bacon, drizzling them with honey, or slicing them on a pizza.  All of which are delicious suggestions, but a little one-note.  But it [...]