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

Recent links that caught my eye

Welcome to the latest edition of “I Can’t Possibly Eat, Bake, Cook, Taste Everything on the Internet.” Summer Meatballs Hot Cross Buns Saffron & Cardamom Panna Cotta (can’t wait to try this one). Caramel Apple Cake (I might be making this one next weekend for a family event). Dimply Plum Cake (unless I make this […]

Hearty, Healthy, Wholesome, Whole Wheat 3 ways

I recently acquired a copy of The Breads of France which I’d long ago added to my wishlist, but never received. Cut forward a few years I’ve completely forgotten about this book and one day my coworker Mimi brings in some books that she was getting rid of and this was one of them, it […]

Fashion! Turn to the left, Fashion! Turn to the right, Oooh, fashion!

It’s Fashion Week in NYC and mostly what that means to me is it’s a real pain in the ass to get to my favorite coffee place. This time though there’s something special going on, a tribute to the awesome career of Valentino Garavani. The exhibit called “The Red Thread” is only open for one […]

Healthier Eggplant Parmesan

So you love Eggplant Parmesan, but you’re on a diet… Or you can’t have fried foods because of your blood pressure, cholesterol or other Doctor restricted $(#*%#()_ food groups. Here’s an eggplant parmesan that omits the breading and frying, replaces it with herbs and roasting, and adds some spinach for extra vitamins. It’s a healthier […]

Stock Options…

If you’re like me and use stocks and broths to enhance the flavor of other foods more often than using them to make a soup you may find yourself, as I do, with boxes of broth in the fridge that inevitably go bad before you can use them up. I found an easy solution to […]


So since I can’t eat all the goodness I see in the world, especially in light of recent developments, I’ve decided to start linking up some of the goodness I see out on the web. This one I have no words for, I would love to do this in my kitchen… Eventually… From “No Salad […]

Tomato Sauce Revisited

Every cook changes their recipes, a little tweak here, a pinch of something new there, and before you know it, you’ve rewritten an entire recipe. I first committed my tomato sauce recipe to paper about 6 years ago, published it online a couple of years after that, and when this site went up it was […]

24:21 of Perfect Techno

I’ve always been a big fan of the British Techno band Sunscreem. From their first single “Love U More” from the album “O3” through numerous remixes, over several albums “Change or Die,” “New Dark Times,” and several compilations “Looking At You – The Club Anthems” “Ten Mile Bank”, “Out of the Woods”, and sporadic singles […]

— Bits & Pieces Of Unfinished Business —

I dream rather vividly, sometimes more so than reality. It’s like everything is AMPED AND WIRED. Every sight, every sound, every moment, beyond high definition. It can be rather disquieting sometimes, nightmares are so terrifying that I’ve been known to let out a blood curdling scream in my sleep. My ex Rob would have to […]

Picture This…

So… Back in June I went to see Blondie perform at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square NYC. During the show I snuck out my camera and snapped a few photos which was against the rules, but I did it anyway. I personally know that Debbie doesn’t mind photos, she minds the damn flashbulbs, but […]