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.

Tennessee Hot Browns

Tennessee Hot Browns

My mother used to make a dish she called Hot Browns on cold nights when we were kids.  I loved hot brown nights. I didn’t know that Hot Browns were a real dish, something with a history and many fanatical supporters and traditionalists, I just thought it was something yummy my mom invented, specific [...]

Butternut Squash Pickle

Butternut Squash Pickle

The beautiful orangey amber cubes dress up any autumn platter. This is a quick pickle, one for the refrigerator not the canning process.  Make it ahead of your holiday cooking as the flavor needs a little time to develop.

Cutting the butternut can be a little time consuming, but a little patience and sharp, [...]

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Chowder with Toasted Dressing Croutons

Creamy Turkey and WIld Rice Chowder with Toasted Dressing  Croutons

Thanksgiving leftovers for me are generally of the sandwich variety.  I love leftover turkey sandwiches.  With cranberry sauce and a slice of dressing.  I make extra dressing, bind it with eggs and cram it into a loaf pan.  Baked off, it makes perfect slices to fit a sandwich.  I even make some [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Autumn Sweet Potato Salad

Part of the joy of Thanksgiving for me is the leftovers.  I cook a turkey bigger than my family could ever eat on the day, I make huge amounts of dressing, I even cram some in a loaf pan to bake so it can be sliced to fit on a sandwich.  My shopping lists [...]

Southern Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel

Sweet potatoes are a foregone conclusion on the Southern Thanksgiving table.  I would never consider serving mashed white potatoes at the big meal.  For most of my life, I only had sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, though a pie may have snuck in at some other time during the year.  I have now discovered the [...]

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 [...]

Baked Camembert with Pear, Cranberry and Walnut Relish

Baked brie with fruity toppings used to be all the rage, and the real height of sophisticated appetizers.  But they seem to have fallen out of fashion a little.  I rarely see them at parties or in cookbooks anymore.  Perhaps the trend for simple artsy charcuterie trays have taken their place, or appetizers served [...]

Roasted Butternut and Chestnut Purée

I love autumn.  I love wearing sweaters, snuggling under a blanket, comforting, slow-cooked stews, steaming bowls of soup.  And my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, which of course leads to a wonderful Christmas season.  But I will admit, that when fall comes on in earnest, and I see the end of tomatoes at the farmer’s market, [...]