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.

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake

Pound cake is one of the best holiday desserts out there. It is easy to make, can be made ahead, is perfect for transport and imminently customizable. Pound cake really just uses the most basic techniques of baking, made easy using an electric mixer, and it’s a pretty forgiving process. A pound cake can […]

Decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding (and variations)

Decandent Chocolate Bread Pudding

I’ve been making this bread pudding for years, when I really want to pull out the stops for a decadent, but homey, dessert. It’s another of those recipes written on card, transferred to a notebook, moved to a file folder – the victim of my many attempts to organize a lifetimes worth of shared […]

Caramel Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting

Caramel Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Frosting

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Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

Sugar Cake with Blueberry Basil Compote

I was first drawn to this recipe, because, well, who could resist something called sugar cake. It reminds me of the great classic song “Tea for Two”, the Ella Fitzgerald version is on my kitchen playlist. “Day will break and I will wake, and start to bake a sugar cake, for you to take […]

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

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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 […]