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

Persian Kotlet

Persian Kotlet

Kotlet is a Persian dish made from ground meat, mashed potato, onion, herbs and spices.  It’s damn tasty, and dead easy to make.  If you can make a meatball, you can make this, it’s that easy.  It’s also an easy way to impress your friends with how ‘cultural’ you are. ;^)  Serve with rice and […]

Salsa Verde With Roasted Tomatillo

Salsa Verde

  This is a fast easy recipe for a salsa verde that is bright and flavorful. Salsa Verde – Time 30 minutes, Yield aprrox 2 cups. Ingredients: 1 pound tomatillos 2 teaspooons olive oil 1/4 cup red onion, minced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1/3 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped 1 jalapeno or 1/2 an […]

Oxtail tacos with cuitlacoche, goat cheese, and salsa verde

Delicious!

Cuitlacoche is a fungus that grows on corn, in the United States, the FDA has gone to great lengths to eliminate this blight known as “Corn Smut,” in parts of Mexico they intentionally inoculate corn with the spores that deform the kernels and grow these fungal tumors.  They are intensely delicious, and they’re now being […]

Beer Braised Oxtails

Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh, chopped 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 dashes cayenne 1, two inch piece of green chili, minced (polbano,or other mild-medium chili) 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 cup ruby red grapefruit juice 1 bottle (12ounces) Lagunitas IPA 1 1/2 to […]

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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.  […]

Auspicious Beginnings

On the first of January 2009 I found myself searching an external hard drive trying to find a photo, at first I couldn’t find the folder and was starting to panic, after a bit of digging I found the folder but not the photo… While searching through this folder I found another, one that had […]

Vanilla Bean-Cream Cheese-Buttercream

Oooh. Yes, you should go “Oooh.” and when you taste this you should go “Mmmmmmm, oooh, unnnngg mmmm.” Yeah, it’s that good. Ingredients: 2 8 ounce bricks of Philly cream cheese at room temp. 1 stick of butter at room temp 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Madagascar vanilla bean (sliced, and […]

Brown Butter Carrot Spice Cake

Yeah that’s a mouthful, imagine if I had included “With Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Buttercream” but I’m saving that for a separate post because it’s so damn tasty it deserves its own damn write up! So carrot cake, people either love it or hate it, I’m in love with it, but it has to be […]

Pistachio & Chorizo Cake

Recently David Lebovitz posted a version of this recipe that he adapted from Chocolate & Zucchini. I have to say this is an excellent savory snack cake, perfect for afternoon nibbles, cocktail parties and picnics. I made it for a day with the family and put it out with cheeses and meats for everyone to […]