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

Baked Sundays

Chocolate cake with yogurt and ginger

Welcome to Baked Sundays, wherein I bake and share on Sunday.  The photos at least you get today, the recipe was a first draft, so while you'll get to see my chocolate/ginger/yogurt cake, and I get to eat it, you have to wait a bit to try it … [Continue reading]

Orange Loaf for Lionel

Orange Bread for Lionel

So, my buddy Lionel is a dessert man but he prefers the use of chocolate to be limited; he feels it's overused in desserts, and he has a point. And it was a chocolate orange bread from Nigella Lawson, that got me thinking about an orange loaf, but … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]

Why I decided to quit facebook…

Hello there, as you might have noticed things around here are getting a little livelier, lemmetellya what happened. In the process of finding a new place to live, I also had to set up a place to stay as a backup for 11 days, (odd, yes, long story … [Continue reading]