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This is the third column in a three-part series on kitchen knives. (Black Press Media files)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez on using a chef’s knife

Here’s part 3 of his series on selecting knives, cutting boards, and cutting safety

  • Jul 30, 2022

 

Wood cutting board are the best option for the kitchen. (Files)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez says wood cutting board are safest option

Glass cutting board dulls even the best knives quickly and plastic can be hard to sanitize, he warns

  • Jul 23, 2022

 

Email your cooking questions to Chef Dez at dez@chefdez.com.

ON COOKING: How to find knives that are a cut above

Look for high-carbon steel in any knives so they stay sharp longer

  • Jul 2, 2022

 

April 26, 2022 -Julia House photographed in her kitchen/cooking goods shop Ma Maison for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.

Curated with care

Research is a key ingredient at Maison Cookware + Bakeware

  • Jun 27, 2022
April 26, 2022 -Julia House photographed in her kitchen/cooking goods shop Ma Maison for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.
Chef Dez

ON COOKING: Italian pasta with a risque history

Chef Dez presents a simple yet tasty vegetarian linguine meal

  • May 25, 2022
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Send your cooking questions via email to Chef Dez at: dez@chefdez.com

ON COOKING: Chef Dez on the cool way to thaw meat

Leaving meat to thaw on the countertop all day is the most dangerous method

  • Mar 15, 2022
Send your cooking questions via email to Chef Dez at: dez@chefdez.com
Nanaimo’s Kenna Deo chats with ‘Wall of Chefs’ host Noah Cappe while competing on the Food Network Canada culinary competition TV show. (Photo courtesy Katia Taylor/Food Network Canada)
Nanaimo’s Kenna Deo chats with ‘Wall of Chefs’ host Noah Cappe while competing on the Food Network Canada culinary competition TV show. (Photo courtesy Katia Taylor/Food Network Canada)
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ON COOKING: Chef Dez serves up comfort food, St. Patrick’s style

Broth or even beer add dimension to a potato casserole

  • Mar 5, 2022
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Small red beans pair well with rice in a dish by Chef Dez. (Black Press Media file)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers up Louisiana red beans and rice

Southern-style dish comforting in cold days of winter

  • Feb 27, 2022
Small red beans pair well with rice in a dish by Chef Dez. (Black Press Media file)
An artichoke grows in the Oak Bay community gardens. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

ON COOKING: Chez Dez spices up Super Bowl with snacks

A creamy dip and fresh salsa are two easy options for game-day appies

  • Feb 1, 2022
An artichoke grows in the Oak Bay community gardens. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Chef Dez

CHEF DEZ ON COOKING – Making culinary resolutions for 2022

Offering some tips for changing up meal making and more this new year

  • Jan 5, 2022
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Send your cooking questions via email to Chef Dez at: dez@chefdez.com

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers ideas to add flavour to polenta

Cornmeal can be a side dish instead of potatoes

  • Dec 27, 2021
Send your cooking questions via email to Chef Dez at: dez@chefdez.com
Email your cooking questions to Chef Dez at dez@chefdez.com.

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers up lessons on braising to make meat more tender

Technique can make tougher cuts of meat worth considering

  • Nov 23, 2021
Email your cooking questions to Chef Dez at dez@chefdez.com.
Chef Dez offers up his scary good recipe for Halloween devilled eggs.

ON COOKING: Chef Dez conjurs up some Halloween treats

Paprika gives orange tint to devilled eggs, a change from all the candy

  • Oct 30, 2021
Chef Dez offers up his scary good recipe for Halloween devilled eggs.
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ON COOKING: Chef Dez boasts recipe for “best” meatballs

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email in your queries

  • Oct 18, 2021
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Chef Dez shares his family recipe for cherry soup. (Chef Dez/Special to Black Press Media)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers up cherry soup – serve hot, warm or chilled

Grandma’s recipe was created to help stretch the amount of cherries

  • Jul 20, 2021
Chef Dez shares his family recipe for cherry soup. (Chef Dez/Special to Black Press Media)
Chef Dez offers tips for selecting and baking with cherries.

ON COOKING: Cherries the chef’s utmost favourite fresh fruit

When buying cherries, make sure they’re fully ripe as they don’t ripen after harvest

  • Jul 6, 2021
Chef Dez offers tips for selecting and baking with cherries.
Langley Advance Times columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.

ON COOKING: COVID inspired book shares recipes from around the globe

Advance Times’ columnist, Chef Dez, prepares to release his latest cookbook next month

  • Jun 28, 2021
Langley Advance Times columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.
Surrey resident Becky Van Drunen has published “Playlist Kitchen,” a pandemic-project cookbook featuring music-inspired recipes. (submitted photo)

Pop songs inspire ‘Playlist Kitchen’ cookbook that ‘saved’ entrepreneur during pandemic

‘I’m a creative person and I get bored, but it was out of necessity too,’ says Surrey’s Becky Van Drunen

Surrey resident Becky Van Drunen has published “Playlist Kitchen,” a pandemic-project cookbook featuring music-inspired recipes. (submitted photo)
Before propane, many people used charcoal briquettes in their barbecues. Chef Dez recommends lump charcoal, a different product that enhances what’s being cooked. (Black Press Media files)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez says don’t lump all barbecue fuels in the same category

Langley barbecues would benefit from use of lump charcoal, a method that has stood the test of time

  • Jun 8, 2021
Before propane, many people used charcoal briquettes in their barbecues. Chef Dez recommends lump charcoal, a different product that enhances what’s being cooked. (Black Press Media files)