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

In the Words of Senator Ted Kennedy…

“No member of the LGBT community should be terrified to walk down the street for fear of hateful violence. Hate crimes perpetrators must not be allowed to place our communities in fear.” (Statement on Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, 2009) “Hate crimes are a form of domestic terrorism. They send the poisonous message that […]

My Mendocino Vacation – Narrated by @PreppyDude

When Manly Men Love Men… Tweet

Summer Tomato Sauce

Here’s a delicious, quick and easy summer tomato sauce. Goes great with freshly made fettuccine. Serves 2-3 with garlic bread for a complete meal. Ingredients: 12 ounces heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved. 2 cloves of garlic, minced. 1/2 medium shallot, minced 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 2 to 2 1/2 ounces […]

Things I’m working on…

So a week ago I decided to make a chocolate sorbet from my Ultimate Ice Cream cookbook, while it was being made I decide to add a significant amount of heavy cream, and the result was what I can only call “Chocolate Perfection” I need to make it again to write everything down so I […]


From 2003-2005  I worked at a large corporate insurance broker, the kind of place that slowly kills your soul if you don’t have something else to focus on.  My focus was on cooking (big surprise), I cooked and watched FoodTV at night, read every online food article I could, and eventually, started hosting a weekly […]

Another journey begins

Today I got my 2nd tattoo, I wanted a simple black band, no adornment, nothing tribal, or from another culture… I wanted something simple and plain.  Turns out simple isn’t easy, or cheap… When it was finished, I loved it immediately, and as I was going home I thought about what more I could do […]

I’m going to culinary school

No, really, it’s happening.  After wanting this for so long, and been working at trying to make it happen,  I’m still having trouble wrapping my brain around this.  I keep feeling like some shoe is going to drop, some landmine go off, get hit by a bus, train or insane bicycle messenger, (that last one […]

What were they thinking?

Look, I’m no fashion icon, maven, clotheshorse (or clotheswhore) but I try to make sure I look decent when I leave the house, and it just boggles my brain when people leave their homes looking like well, this. Now, we’re not even going to talk about the tackiness of the bra strap showing like that, […]

Buttermilk Cake

I came across this recipe for Raspberry Buttermilk Cake in Gourmet Magazine, and not having any 9″ round pans I decided to see if I could use another pan and get good results, so off to the Google I went, where I found the ever helpful Old Farmer’s Almanac and their handy Pan Sizes and […]

I’ll Celebrate The Fourth of July When…

The Freedom to Marry is guaranteed for all. Photo taken May 26th, Union Square, New York City during the Prop 8 “Day of Decision” march & rally. Tweet