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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

 

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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

 

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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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
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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)
University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Freaked by cicada swarms? You could just stick a fork in ‘em

Full of protein, gluten-free, low-fat and low-carb, cicadas are eaten by humans in many countries.

University of Maryland entomologist Paula Shrewsbury, reaches for a cookie topped with a cicada nymph, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Columbia, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Italian flat leaf parsley can be used in pesto, replacing fresh basil. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

ON COOKING: Chef Dez does parsley pesto

Pesto traditionally has fresh basil but it can also be made with another fresh herb

  • May 10, 2021
Italian flat leaf parsley can be used in pesto, replacing fresh basil. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
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ON COOKING: Dez does eggs

Eggs – Easter, Scotch and even how to hard boil them so they don’t have that ring around the yolk

  • Mar 30, 2021
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WGSS Professional Cook Program students and staff serve customers as part of One Season Restaurant. (Langley School District/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley high school kitchen turns out future chefs

Walnut Grove Secondary’s annual student restaurant will go take out only this year

WGSS Professional Cook Program students and staff serve customers as part of One Season Restaurant. (Langley School District/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers tips on tastier salad dressings

Salad dressings range from the simple such as oil and vinegar to complex emulsions

  • Mar 18, 2021
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