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

The Spy Who Fed Me…

The news is all atwitter the last 24 hours about the late Julia Child’s time in the OSS. It’s not been a secret for a long time that she worked in the OSS in a clerical role, it was long suspected that she was more than a secretary, and the CIA even admitted as much […]

Why Merlene Should Win…

Dear John Chow, I think it’s great that you’re having this contest, and while I would personally love to go I probably can’t get the time off, but I’m entering your contest anyway, and if you choose my entry I’m giving it to Merlene Paynter of Why Merlene? Because she’s an awesome person, I […]

Changes are afoot…

So, you may have noticed, I haven’t exactly posted in a while… There’s a bunch of reasons, some good, some lazy, and some… well life has this way of throwing curve balls at you… I’m working on a number of ideas, none of which are related to the focus of my personal weblog… was […]

Crazy non-stop action…

I’ve been unable to post since arriving in Paris, because we have been going non-stop. So far I’ve taken close to 1,000 photos, all of which require some amount of editing before I get them up. I’m about to head out the door again for the evening, then tomorrow is Bruges. Here are a couple […]

Quiet Time – The calm before the storm

So, I’ve been very, very quiet. I know this. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking, I have. I just haven’t taken time to write up what I’ve been up to. I made a lasagna for Mother’s Day, which I intend to share the recipe for, I just have to make it again and write […]

Lamb burger with roasted lemon and Tzatziki

The other day at the store I noticed they had some ground lamb and decided to grab some, figuring I’d make a burger of some sort. I let the idea bubble in my head as I went through the store and decided I would most definitely want some slices of roasted lemon to go with […]


It’s finally arrived where I live, temps are ranging from the mid 50’s to mid 70’s and everything is blooming! Normally this would also mean that I’m stocking up on Flonase, Zyrtec and a handful of other drugs to combat my allergies to all things green and blooming (and also all pollutants and cats). Last […]

Brioche French Toast

My friend Jill pointed out this morning that due to my last name any toast I make is French toast, so we’re subtitling this recipe “Frenchy French Toast!” Jill also claims to have told me about putting orange juice in the batter over a year ago, this may well be true, but I had never […]

Loaf Style Brioche Bread

This recipe is adapted from The Mixer Bible which is a great ‘go to’ if you have a stand mixer, in fact, it’s a must have. NOTE: This recipe includes 3 rises that total 7 hours, start this early in the day if you want it for dinner. Brioche: Ingredients: 1 package active dry yeast […]

Public Shaming…

The above photo is the embarrassing stack of unread magazines that I need to go through. Months worth in fact. The purpose of this post is to publically shame myself into getting this done. I subscribe to these for inspiration, for new ideas and for food, obviously. So, tomorrow I’ll be in a car for […]