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

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…. Tweet

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 hell is THAT!?” you say… That was a cheesecake failure, and […]

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 have the same birthday as the Guru you get overshadowed, […]

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 subtle note to the cookie.  The recipe requires a […]

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 subset of the “Bear” community, that are seriously into Disney […]

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   Tweet

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 just a smear of butter and a sprinkle […]

Baked Sundays: Crackers!

Gluten Free Seeded Multigrain Crackers

These are damn tasty crackers! Crunchy, flavorful, healthy and awesome!  I’d been wanting to experiment with crackers for the kids at school, but wanted them to be really healthy, I remembered a recipe we made in culinary school for some “Oatmeal Dulse Crackers” I used that as a jumping off point and adapted it to […]

Rethinking Old Ways: Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

For years I’ve used the “Julia Child Method” for making hard boiled eggs, and while it works most of the time, the times it fails and I end up with those heinous green rings, gritty texture and sulfurous odors, tended to be the times when I was trying to impress, and presentation matters. Recently I’ve […]

Sunday Breakfast, Mexican Style.

Pork & Egg Tacos

I had an awesome breakfast today! What you’re looking at is carne marinated pork sauteed with kale, leek, and mushroom, alongside some scrambled eggs with a bit of Tapatio hotsauce, over La Mexicana soft corn tortillas.  I’ve been told repeatedly “La Mexicana” is the best in the bay area.  Damn good tortillas, I just threw […]