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.

Pear and Stilton Soup

Pear and Stilton Soup

I think the chilly winter is a great time to host a real, grown-up dinner party.  The holidays are over, school is back in session, everyone has had a chance to take a breath, and frankly, the social scene is a little slow.  During the holidays, I see virtually everyone I know, at parties […]

Roasted Garlic Soup

Roasted Garlic Soup

Winter is all about soup. I could eat a nice, steaming bowl of warming soup every day in the chilly months. A cup of summer tomato soup from the freezer for lunch with a simple sandwich, a hearty bowl with chunky bread and a good salad for dinner, even a little mug of leftover […]

Snow White Soup (Parsnip, Fennel and Leek Soup)

It has already snowed here in Memphis twice this year, but too early and too inconvenient.  I am hoping for a few more snow days, when I have no need to leave the house and am prepared with a good book, with enough warning for a trip to the grocery.  It doesn’t get cold […]