Cooking Tips for the Home

Chef Augie is quickly becoming a region-wide ‘food master’ due much in part to his culinary reputation he’s building at The Resort.  (He formerly worked at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)  And though his behind-the-scenes work is considered ‘for eyes only,’ he does like to share tips for fans looking to cook like the pro’s…tips for food items people should use in their own kitchen.

We’d like you to entertain the idea of an interview with the Chef to show people what can help them easily transform an ordinary meal to fine-restaurant grade food.  Here’s just a sampling of some of the tips he could offer:

  1. Oils:  does it really matter what oil you use in the kitchen?  Chef Augie says yes.  ”Olive oil has its use but
    grape seed oil is the way to go when it comes to cooking.  It has a higher burn rate which means it won’t burn your food.” Also, it provides a neutral flavor unlike olive oil that influences the food.  Grape Seed Oil obviously comes from grapes meaning wineries also provide it.  It’s a little bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for.  You can use it for cooking and marinating.  Olive still has its place, like with some balsamic vinegar used for dipping with bread.

Where can you get grape seed oil?  Try Trader Joes or Whole Foods or if you feel real adventurous, visit one of the local farms like Temecula Olive Oil Company.

  1. Organic Sea Salt.  Table salt – bad; Sea salt – good.   Table salt contains chemicals our bodies don’t need like aluminum and different chemicals.  Sea salt is more healthy, tasty and flaky.  It’s potent and strong so you don’t have to use a lot which is better for you in general.  Try ordering online New Zealand Sea Salt. 
  2. Local Sustainable Products – Fruits, vegetables, meat…buying local, sustainable food is the way to go.  It’s food raised with little human interaction and little or no chemicals.  This means fruits and veggies are grown chemical-free and livestock  with no growth hormones and cage free.  This puts less stress on the animal which creates more tender meat.

Where should you go?  Suzy’s Farms, very popular and is at the Hillcrest Farmers market every Sunday from 9-2.  Crows Pass farms, another good choice, is there also.

These tips and more are available from the Chef and we thought it a great way to focus on food in a way that gives people practical yet interesting advice that goes beyond day-to-day cooking.