Playing With My Food ~
A journal about food, thought, travel, and life; by Chef & Raconteur Chaz French.

Loss

Grief is fluid
and like the ocean 
it has waves 
some just wet your feet
and some are tsunamis 

Worst are the sneaker waves
that come out of nowhere
and drag you out 
to choke and drown 
in a sea of your own tears


Dedicated to my friend Sean Reinert

After Gertrude

Is it? Was it?Could it be?Bliss,rapture,joy, toys, child, man,death cares not. I just got,got good,got together,forever,eternity,love's prison cell,death sentence, marriage vows,In the halls of just us ball and chainforced labor,children,out of … [Continue reading]

San Francisco

Fog tumbles over the mountainan avalanche incascading sheets of white. The City lays before me silent,in the late afternoon sun-setting time. Wind rushes by as it plummets into the cityscape sprawled out below. Slowly it succumbs to … [Continue reading]

A Quieting

Yeah, it's gone quiet. - Happens here and there. Cooking, not writing, but taking notes.  Busy being busy, stay tuned, the search for balance continues.... … [Continue reading]

Baked Sundays: Epic Baking FAIL!

This is an ancient draft post from way back before I started culinary school.  I never got around to finishing it.  Here it is... Every now and then even the most experienced cooks and bakers fail. This was one of those times. "What the … [Continue reading]

Absentia, Memoria, Florida Part Two

I kinda forgot I was supposed to post part two... Absentia, Memoria, Florida Part Two: Memoria/Birthday I'm going to start by saying very few people knew it was my birthday, and I kinda wanted it to stay that way, but word got out.  When you … [Continue reading]

Baked Sundays: Sunflower Butter Cookies With Cranberries

As there are more and more nut allergies (or perceived to be) these days, I decided to play with a classic peanut butter cookie recipe and swap the peanut for sunflower, and then add a little something in the form of ground cranberries.  They add a … [Continue reading]

In Absentia, Memoria, Florida. Part One

Indian River - Seriously Wide & Long

Starting with silliness and at the end of the story, my flight home departs from Orlando, thanks to my friend's elite status I got priority boarding which meant having time to sit and watch everyone else board, and I've realized that there is a whole … [Continue reading]

Baked Sundays: Recipe Development Hell

So I made these fabulous gluten-free cheese shortbread crackers to write about today and I've misplaced my notes on the procedure, so I have to go make them again before I can share it.  (Or find my notes).   C   … [Continue reading]

Baked Sundays: Cranberry Sunflower Bread

Cranberry Sunflower Loaf

This is the bread that the kids (and adults) at school love the most. It's dense and moist with a seriously crunchy crust. The recipe makes two family sized loaves of bread. Goes great with a soup or stew, or spread with sunflower butter and jam, or … [Continue reading]