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

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

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 […]

Baked Sundays: Banana Bar Bites

Banana Bar Bites

I really have to apologize for going all ‘Food Porn” on my Baked Sundays posts, but here we are with another experiment that is almost perfect, but I need to verify the recipe works one more time before sharing it. My goal today was simple, bake something fresh with ingredients on hand, no trips to […]

Penzeys Spices

Penzeys Select Whole Star Anise

People often ask where I shop, when I lived in the NYC metro area my answer when it came to spices was Penzeys at Grand Central Market.  Since moving to Berkeley I’ve had to get my Penzeys fix via their website. I got a shipment from them on Friday, a small order really.  Penzeys doesn’t […]

What Remains…

Heuvos con oxtail en salsa verde frijoles refrito y Tapatio

Gets a makeover. I used the leftover beer braised oxtail, and salsa verde to make a twist on Heuvos Rancheros.  Here I simmered the oxtail meat in the salsa verde served with two eggs over medium, refried beans, and corn tortillas, with a few dashes of Tapatio hot sauce. Tweet

Cheddar Brownie With Whipped Cream & Strawberries

Yep, you read that correctly, “Cheddar Brownie.”  And I’m here to tell you that it’s a brownie revelation. Update: August 1st. I won!  Vote for Chaz!. (deadline Friday July 29th). Some back-story, I was asked by the folks at Cabot Creamery to be one of five people to take part in their Summer Dessert Challenge.  […]