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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 24, 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)
Potatoes are the foundation of a casserole created by Chef Dez. (Black Press Media files)

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
Potatoes are the foundation of a casserole created by Chef Dez. (Black Press Media files)
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)
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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 19, 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 22, 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 29, 2021
Chef Dez offers up his scary good recipe for Halloween devilled eggs.
Chef Dez

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 21, 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 5, 2021
Chef Dez offers tips for selecting and baking with cherries.
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News 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

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

  • Jun 27, 2021
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News 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

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows barbecues would benefit from use of lump charcoal

  • 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)
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