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

I’m Calling Fashion Shenanigans!

That’s right, I said Shenanigans!!! This article in the Seattle Pi Finally! Seattle called a ‘fashionable city’ called mt attention to a fraud, the poll by “Bundle”  The most and least fashionable cities in America. In their cities listing they have “New York, NY” aka NYC, but further down in the poll, they break out […]

Eating Well: Red Russian Kale Frittata

Kale Frittata 1

Russian Kale Frittata (Quick note: I don’t use non-stick cookware, so frittatas take a bit more oil, I’ve noted where you can leave out 2tbsp if using non-stick). Rinse your kale well, the cut off the tough end bits of the stem, then finely chop kale and stem.  In a saute pan melt half the […]

Eating Well: Bok Choy Blossoms & Tortellini

Bok Choy Blossoms & Tortellini

Great, super fast meal using store-bough fresh tortellini, the last of my farmer’s market finds from last week, along with a tasty easy sauce of butter and goat cheese.  You’re done in minutes.  Boiling the water will take the longest. Bok Choy Blossoms & Tortellini The tortellini is fresh from Trader Joe’s $1.99 for a […]

Baked Sundays: Brown Butter Shortbread With Saffron

Brown Butter Shortbread

I am in fact, slightly evil.  To make it worse, I didn’t just make an addictive brown butter shortbread, I added saffron as a mood enhancer. Brown Butter Shortbread With Saffron Yeild: 64 2″ x o.5″ baton cookies  Time: 40 minutes, plus 8 hours chilling. Ingredients: 1 stick (4oz) butter 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron 3/4 […]

Eating Well: Tuna Radicchio Salad

Tuna & Radicchio Salad

So, “Eating Well For One On A Budget” is way too long to put in most post titles, and EWFOOAB is an ugly shortening, so, we’re just going to call the series “Eating Well” from here out so the dish name can be in the title too. First, yes this is a full and filling […]

Eating Well For One On A Budget

Welcome to a new series here on how to cook for one person on a tight budget.  Over the course of the week I’ll be posting what I make with all of this. $9.55 all organic, from the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. Top: Bok Choi Blossoms $1.50 (I’d never heard of them before either). Snap Peas […]

My Heart Broken Open

Once upon a time a professor declared that I was a “Poetic Genius” …. Shortly after that I stopped writing.  It’s only been recently that I even tried to write poetry again, I’m feeling a bit rusty most certainly, but while my beloved Guru Ma Jaya lay dying of cancer slowly slipping away from this […]

Baked Sundays: Buttermilk Lasagna

Buttermilk Lasagna

Oh, hi there! I hope you didn’t think that Baked Sundays was all about cakes, cookies and sweet decadence.  It’s most certainly also about savory decadence! What you’re looking at is a lasagna made with a buttermilk bechamel, layers of baby spinach, mushroom, emmentaler , chevre, leek and garlic.  The noodles were made by my […]

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati – In Memory Of

Ma Fire Puja

I can hear her screaming, shrieking wildly with joy and abundance, it’s the scream she would let out whenever one of her Queens arrived late, trying to slink in unnoticed, and then in her thick Brooklyn accent, she’d flatly state: “You’re late.” Oh those screams and the laughter in howls and huzzahs, a cacophony of […]

Pics, it happened.

Mendocino Botanical Garden

A few photos from my weekend at Syd & Ken’s fabulous Mendocino hideaway.     Tweet