Clever Kitchen Swaps to Up Your Cooking Game

by Darrell Spivey
man plating a Texas olive oil seafood dish

Are you an avid entertainer or just passionate about cooking? If you enjoy your kitchen and making meals, are looking for new ways to reinvent your kitchen skills, or need a gift idea for a foodie, you’ve come to the right place! From basics to classics, at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co., we believe that upping your cooking game doesn’t have to be complicated! 

Texas olive oil on baguette slice

Working With Texas Olive Oil 

Sometimes all you need is to step out of your comfort zone and select a new variety of Texas olive oil. If you prefer a soft, buttery taste, try a robust and herbaceous variety. This change can help you develop new flavor profiles and teach you how to work with different flavor pallets.


Texas EVOO is also an excellent way to ditch dairy (butter) and vegetable fats. It can be used in baking, cooking, and grilling as well as raw in dressings and dips! Its versatility makes it an easy choice for anyone that wants a minimalist pantry with ingredients that you can use in more than one way! As this versatile ingredient is an excellent addition that brings flavor and a host of health benefits, it is the perfect swap. 

Classic Ingredients Reinvented with Texas Olive Oil

Taking a simple meal and elevating it to a sophisticated gastronomical experience is often simple and easy to do. Many home cooks overthink meals and feel the need to include pricy and complex ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you enjoy Texas olive oil - try keeping a bottle of infused EVOO on hand to add a new dimension to your salad dressings. 


Another way to reinvent the classics is to swap traditional spirit vinegar for our balsamic vinegar! Its tart sweetness is unmistakable and can be used to deglaze frying pans and a hint of sweetness coupled with umami goodness! You can use it to cut through acidity in tomato dishes too! 

Turning to Tools 

If you have all the ingredients you require, it is vital to remember that sometimes kitchen confidence comes from the tools you use. Using professional tools or ones that can make kitchen life a lot easier is a great way to get your groove on in the kitchen.

Bottle lids almost always disappear - instead, we prefer pouring spouts for our favorite Texas olive oil! These handy tools can help you pour EVOO faster without stopping and twisting the top off! 

Another trick to upping your game is how you serve your meals - dipping bowls, serving boards, and your cutlery can make a poor man's meal look fit for royalty! Try swapping out some of your old dishes with ones from our collection of kitchen accessories!


A Final Note

Cooking is an art of love and should be treated as carefully as you would treat a life partner - somedays are a mad dash to get through the ordeal while others are a slow dance with care taken to consider every aspect - upping your cooking game is truly a simple task that doesn’t need to be complicated! Try swapping out one or two ingredients at a time to find what works for you!


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