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.
5.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
111 students enrolled
Created by Linda Vechey
Last updated 11/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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Requirements
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Ingredients Listed
Description

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 is the target audience?
  • Anyone with a desire too reach a higher level in the culinary arts
  • Anyone who wants to make cooking fun rather than stressful
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
03:01:00
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:58
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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
15:04

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
16:35

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
17:13

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
04:48

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
10:05

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
09:56
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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
12:51

Skills Taught: Sauteing and flavor combination

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

Peachy Scallops
09:03

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
21:37

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
13:46
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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
07:38

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
15:20

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
09:33
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Additional Material
3 Lectures 00:00

Flavor pairing

Combining Flavors
3 pages

possible substitutions for each recipe

Substitution options
1 page

Conclusion
1 page
About the Instructor
Linda Vechey
5.0 Average rating
3 Reviews
111 Students
1 Course
Resturaunt Owner and Author

My experience in cooking comes from owning a restaurant, taking culinary classes, and hosting elaborate parties. I have also learned a lot from critiquing fine and casual dining locally and internationally. I've tested the cuisine at top restaurants in 16 different countries.

My cooking started with my grandmothers at the age of 5-6. My mother grew up in many different parts of Europe. She brought an expansive knowledge of cooking styles and techniques from all over the eastern and western European continent. Cooking grew to a family event where all of us would gather in the kitchen and prepare interesting meals. Then we would all eat together, enjoying the fruits of our labor, and critique the results. As time progressed, I was cooking for my boys and teaching them how to cook. Our family has always shared the love of food. I think one of the best things about cooking is watching the faces of enjoyment of those eating your creations.

I am well educated with bachelors of Arts and bachelors of Science degrees. To me cooking is like chemistry. I am a published author and have a creative flair for life! Through my courses I would like to share some of my life and experience with you.