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

This Chocolate Chip Scone Has A Secret

Scones, so light, so flaky, so delicious, any time of day. I learned the basic recipe used here when I took a six Saturday baking course at The French Culinary institute in NYC. I’ve played with the recipe in order to come up with this version. Tweet

Jazzy Chazzie’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies, they’re good for you, really! So is chocolate, here I meld them together. This recipe takes another turn later on, this is the ‘basic goodness’ version the ‘amazing added antioxidant version’ will be posted at a later date. Tweet

Lamb stewed in red wine, parsnips, and mushrooms

I adore lamb, mushrooms and recently parsnips. I’d never had parsnips until a year or so ago, I had no idea how wonderful they were, how much more carroty than carrots are, nor the divine texture they have when roasted or stewed. I’m so glad I found out how good they are. This recipe is […]

Rigatoni in Gorgonzola Sauce for Emily

Where do you begin with something named after someone…. It starts with having made an adult version of Mac & Cheese, it evolved here and there until I went to Visit Emmy (Emily) in Ohio and her sole request for the weekend was to cook with me. This is the recipe we did with Emmy […]

Rigatoni & Cheese in Meat Sauce

Rigatoni, cheese, tomato and meat, with a hint of truffle oil meld together to make a fantastic meal you won’t soon forget. Rigatoni & Cheese in Meat Sauce Ingredients: The Sauce: 1/2 medium large Vidalia onion (about 1/2 a cup) diced 5 ounces chopped spinach (1/2 a frozen package defrosted and drained) 2 tablespoons butter […]

My Tomato Sauce

Every cook has their own version of tomato sauce, this one is mine, and it works great in so many dishes. Tweet

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

This one probably ties with the peanut butter brownie chunk cheesecake as other people’s favorite of my flavors. I’d say it’s pretty popular on my tongue too. The flavor of a childhood favorite gets transformed into a rich creamy cheesecake that will leave you wondering just how one came to recreate it. A professional baker […]

Thin Mint Cheesecake

I created this for a friend’s 30th birthday, it was a huge hit. Tweet

Peanut Butter Brownie Chunk Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

Where do you find inspiration? Sometimes it’s just sitting there waiting for you to see it. I wanted to make a new cheesecake and was trying to come up with ideas for ideas, after the mango-saffron I was having trouble coming up with ideas. Standing at my baking island, I opened the spice drawer and […]

Mango Saffron Cheesecake

This was the most experimental cheesecake of them all. I decided I wanted to make a mango flavored cheesecake and as I was cooking the mango I realized the color wasn’t as mango-ey as I wanted … not wanting to use food coloring (and not having any on hand) I dropped in some saffron threads […]