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

Lamb burger with roasted lemon and Tzatziki

The other day at the store I noticed they had some ground lamb and decided to grab some, figuring I’d make a burger of some sort. I let the idea bubble in my head as I went through the store and decided I would most definitely want some slices of roasted lemon to go with […]


It’s finally arrived where I live, temps are ranging from the mid 50’s to mid 70’s and everything is blooming! Normally this would also mean that I’m stocking up on Flonase, Zyrtec and a handful of other drugs to combat my allergies to all things green and blooming (and also all pollutants and cats). Last […]

Brioche French Toast

My friend Jill pointed out this morning that due to my last name any toast I make is French toast, so we’re subtitling this recipe “Frenchy French Toast!” Jill also claims to have told me about putting orange juice in the batter over a year ago, this may well be true, but I had never […]

Loaf Style Brioche Bread

This recipe is adapted from The Mixer Bible which is a great ‘go to’ if you have a stand mixer, in fact, it’s a must have. NOTE: This recipe includes 3 rises that total 7 hours, start this early in the day if you want it for dinner. Brioche: Ingredients: 1 package active dry yeast […]

Public Shaming…

The above photo is the embarrassing stack of unread magazines that I need to go through. Months worth in fact. The purpose of this post is to publically shame myself into getting this done. I subscribe to these for inspiration, for new ideas and for food, obviously. So, tomorrow I’ll be in a car for […]

Easy Weeknight Dinner

Okay this is dinner in under an hour BUT most of that time is passive. Roasted Butternut Squash & Panko Crusted Pork Chops. Ingredients: 1 package pre-peeled and cubed butternut squash 1 package thin cut boneless pork chops (under a lb total weight) Panko breadcrumbs 2 eggs cup of milk 1/2 cup seasoned flour (flour […]

Dessert – Easy Peasy.

Well, first off this is my first attempt at making a food video, it is thankfully, silent. I was inspired by a story about crepes over at NPR. Crepes are of course notoriously easy, and notoriously a pain in the ass. Sure simple enough in theory, but no thanks I’ll stick to the cheat I […]

Passion Fruit Frozen Custard

I first tasted passion fruit ice cream 3 years ago in Paris and just fell in love with it. A couple months after returning I got a craving for it and decided to track down a recipe, I found just the right one in Ultimate Ice Cream . Really great flavor, consistency, just like the […]


So, I’ve been talking with friends lately and trying to find inspiration for things to make and things to try with food while I have this unplanned downtime. As I mentioned in the Focaccia post I’ve been looking through my favorite cookbooks and choosing some of those things to make. I bought the book below […]