Vechey's Effortless Gourmet
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Vechey's Effortless Gourmet

This course will teach you how to cook gourmet food with style and creativity rather than measurement.
4.0 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
130 students enrolled
Created by Linda Vechey
Last updated 11/2013
English [Auto]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • After taking this course you will be able to go into the grocery store, grab a few ingredients you love, and then create a completely original recipe using the cooking techniques and flavor combination suggestions show.
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Ingredients Listed

My purpose for this cooking class is to teach you some of my favorite recipes and techniques, as well as help simplify the cooking experience for beginners. I want to introduce you to my mosaic technique which is all about cooking with style, imagination, and without time consuming measurements. The mosaic technique helps to create dishes that look like they come from a ritzy restaurant, but don’t break the bank. Most of my recipes are cost effective and all of them are flavorful. Overall, these recipes are healthy and have low fat content.

In most non-baking recipes you can see that exact measurements do not make a big difference in the flavor of the dish, so we will focus more on flavor synthesis. The Mosaic technique will help make cooking effortless in respect to preparation time and effort. After all, cooking is the art of combining different flavors to come up with something exciting and new. By taking this course you will gain the experience that is needed to first reproduce the recipes (with or without measuring) and then create your own dishes based on variation and experimentation. Included is a list of ingredient substitutions; these will help you create even more recipe variants! I have also included comprehensive information on different herbs and spices that complement poultry, seafood, meats, and vegetables. Imagine being able to satisfy your family every night with a recipe that you created yourself. This is the way my mother and grandmother cooked, and it truly makes cooking enjoyable.

*You do need to be specific with ingredients in baking as well as pay attention to the amount of strong flavored ingredients like garlic, herbs, spices or vinegar etc. in every dish.

Disclaimer: the risks of cooking are inherent. Cook all meats, poultry and seafood to recommended temperatures for safety. Stoves and oven are hot…, knives are sharp, use at your own risk.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with a desire too reach a higher level in the culinary arts
  • Anyone who wants to make cooking fun rather than stressful
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 03:01:00
+ Starters and Salads
7 lectures 01:24:14

Skills Taught: Basics of baking and creating texture with broiling. Also estimating quantity of flavor.

A delectable garlicky mixture of shrimp and fresh bread crumbs, moistened, and stuffed into mushroom caps. The crunchy texture really makes it an experience.

Stuffed Shrimp Mushrooms

Skills Taught: Mosaic technique introduction and how one ingredient can change the flavor of the recipe

A favorful mixture of tarragon, orange, goat cheese, crumbs, and scallions with or without a touch of wine, make these stuffed mushrooms a delight.

Preview 10:33

Skills Taught: Sauteing, chopping, mosaic technique and texture combinations

Luscious white fish crumbled in with celery and onions for texture, as well as fresh parsley for flavor

Vechey's Fish Spread

Skills Taught: Baking basics, sauteing, chopping, flavor combination and estimating quantities of ingredients. Also mosaic technique

Gently roasted eggplant with sauteed onions and tomatoes all spun together into a gorgeous and versatile appetizer

Roasted Eggplant Appetizer

Skills Taught: Flavor combination and mosaic technique.

Tender cheese tortellini drenched in a sweet basil tomato sauce with a kick of garlic and vinegar

Basil Cheese Tortellini

Skills Taught: Chopping, flavor/texture combination, mosaic technique,

Two similar simple salads that provide crunch, flavor and flair. Simple orange drizzle as dressing makes this a very healthy taste sensation.

Mint Fennel Salad and Pistach Fennel Salad

Skills Taught: Sauteing, chopping, and flavor combination as well as mosaic technique

Healthy eating is what this carrot,onion and zucchini dish is about. The turmeric and pepper make this dish especially flavor infused.

Carrot Zucchini Mosaic
+ Entrees
4 lectures 57:17

Skills Taught: Sauteing, flavor combination, and mosaic technique

Flaky white fish with flavorfulness of honey, ginger and scallions

Sautéed Honey-Ginger White Fish

Skills Taught: Sauteing and flavor combination

A sweet but savory dish of scallops, peaches and garlic. Yum.

Peachy Scallops

Skills Taught: Sauteing, flavor combination,and mosaic technique

A mouth watering dish of vegetables and chicken. There is a Mediterranean flair of onions, tomato and garlic with a medley of herbs.

Artichoke Chicken Dish

Skills Taught: Sauteing, flavor combination, and mosaic technique

A tasty vegetarian pasta dish with onions, mushrooms, tomato and oregano. The tang of goat cheese adds character to this dish.

Veggie Linguini With Goat Cheese
+ Desserts
3 lectures 32:31

Skills Taught: Flavor combination and mosaic technique,

Honeydew with a tropical sprinkle of coconut. The zing of mint and lime with a light sauce that makes this dessert pop.

Tropical Honeydew

Skills Taught: Baking basics and flavor combination

Decadent cookies that are not really sinless but have some healthy ingredients like oats, dried cranberries and ground almonds.

Sinless Dark Chocolate Cookies

Skills Taught: Sauteing, flavor/texture combination and mosaic technique

A delightful topping that is creatively colorful. Brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, combined with starfruit and blackberries make this memorable.

Starfruit Blackberry Topping
+ Additional Material
3 lectures 00:00

Flavor pairing

Combining Flavors
3 pages

possible substitutions for each recipe

Substitution options
1 page
1 page