The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time
13 January 2014, 06:25
Course No 9211 | WMV, 640x360, 2000 kbps | WMA@128 kbps, 2 Ch | + PDF Guide | ~ 6x30 mins | 2.9GB
We’d all love to create the same wholesome, delicious meals that professional chefs make. But the one thing that often prevents us from doing so: lack of time.
While a lot of TV shows and cookbooks out there focus on quick and simple meals, what they tend to skip is teaching you the actual time-saving techniques themselves. It’s not the 5-minute breakfast or the 30-minute dinner that matters; it’s being able to use the same skills, strategies, and tricks that chefs use so you can make every meal you cook not just great tasting—but an efficient use of your personal time.
The secrets to making great meals in less time are simple and easy to learn. And once you’ve mastered them, you’ll be able to
- use your time more effectively in the kitchen,
- enhance your cooking skills with a range of everyday items,
- avoid giving in to the temptation—and poor nutrition—of fast food, and
- discover just how enriching and rewarding the experience of cooking can be.
And the best part: These techniques can be applied to every meal and almost every dish imaginable, whether you’re cooking for yourself or for that next big dinner party.
In The Everyday Gourmet: Making Great Meals in Less Time, award-winning Chef-Instructor Bill Briwa of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America gets you off the fast-food treadmill to learn tips, techniques, recipes, and simple ingredients to keep on hand for quick, healthy meals that will delight your family and friends. These six innovative and practical lessons, filmed on location at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, are your chance to learn the time-saving secrets of chefs so you can make tasty and rewarding dishes—from appetizers to main courses to desserts—whenever you’re strapped for time.
Time-Saving Insights to Cook Smarter
As Chef Briwa demonstrates throughout this course, the secret to making great meals in less time is learning how to cook and think about kitchen tools and ingredients as professional chefs do working in their own kitchens, where time is always of the essence. His goal is not just to teach you how to cook faster, but how to cook smarter. And by cooking smarter, you’ll turn out better-quality food and enjoy your efforts more, meal after meal.
Every lesson of Making Great Meals in Less Time is filled with insights you can return to again and again whenever you crave a home-cooked meal but are pressed for time.
- Divide kitchen time into parts: Mentally separate your time into three parts to help make cooking more manageable. The first part should be for prepping ingredients and getting things started; the second for keeping up with different tasks; and the third for finishing your dishes—putting the focus on the details of seasoning and presentation, where it belongs.
- Use what you already have: There is an untapped wealth of cooking ideas right in your pantry or fridge. Chef Briwa suggests getting creative (and economical) by using what’s already around you, such as leftovers and canned or jarred items. Then, all you need to do is incorporate a single fresh ingredient to elevate your meal into something spectacular.
- It’s OK to buy dessert: Keep dinner parties simple by ending the meal with store-bought desserts such as small pastries or ice cream with a spectacular sauce and favorite cookies. That way, you can focus your time and effort on cooking a spectacular main course—while still giving guests something sweet afterward.
Delicious Recipes from an Expert Chef
Of course, a highlight of this course is the recipes themselves. In Making Great Meals in Less Time, Chef Briwa provides you with many recipes that you can add to your collection or enhance with your own personal touches.
Some of the dishes and meals you’ll learn how to make include
- breakfast fried rice, complete with eggs and mushrooms;
- hearty clam chowder, with variations featuring corn and fish; and
- panzanella, an Italian bread salad tossed with tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Making Great Meals in Less Time allows you to follow Chef Briwa step by step as he prepares, cooks, and plates these and many other magnificent, good-for-you dishes and meals. And the course comes complete with a guidebook featuring recipes, techniques, and full-color photos.
As soon as you start the first lesson, you’ll immediately learn why so many lifelong learners have praised Chef Briwa’s ability to make cooking look engaging, exciting, and easy for any interested home cook. And he brings his more than 30 years of cooking and instruction experience into every minute of this series.
So whether you’re cooking for an everyday meal or a special occasion, take the stress out of your kitchen and discover just how rewarding it can be to make delicious home-cooked meals in less time.
Course Lecture Titles:
- Into the Mind of a Chef
- Launching the Day
- One Fresh Thing
- Evolution of a Quick Dish
- What Makes a Meal?
- A Chef Entertains
The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking
27 November 2013, 14:19
Course No 9222 | MP4, 570x320, 1092 kbps | AAC@96 kbps, 2 Ch | ~ 6x30 mins | 1.6GB
Think about the last fantastic meal you had. Chances are, the reason you remember it is because of the spices used in cooking it. Whether oregano, chiles, coriander, cinnamon, thyme, or even tea, spices add incredible dimensions to what would otherwise be plain, ordinary meals. And while cooking with these and other spices from around the world can often be intimidating and confusing, they’re actually quite easy to adapt to your own everyday cooking.
Everyone who cooks—from the master chef planning an elaborate banquet to the amateur cook looking for a quick dinner—should have a confident understanding of spices and how each one can be used to create an exciting range of taste sensations. Uncover the secrets of spices and you’ll possess the power to
- transform the food you cook from simple and dull to exciting and memorable;
- know which spices to use to get the flavor you want; and
- experiment confidently with new spices and cuisines from around the world.
In The Everyday Gourmet: Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking, join Chef Bill Briwa of The Culinary Institute of America as he reveals the essentials of incorporating a variety of spices from around the world—and perhaps even your own backyard—into your everyday meals. An aromatic array of spices fills each of these six engaging lessons, providing you with myriad ways to use spices in soups and salads, with meat and fish, and even in drinks and desserts. Filmed on location in the kitchens of the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, these lessons are rich with insights that are sure to take your cooking to the next delicious level.
Savor the Secrets of the World’s Great Spices
According to Chef Briwa, each culture in the world has embraced spices in a unique, distinct, and defining way. This makes Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking an excellent way to savor the spices and cuisines of exotic locales—and even recreate them right in your home. After these six lessons, you’ll have a well-rounded mastery of how to cook with a wide range of international spices.
- Indian spices: India alone produces 50 percent of the spices we consume annually. Among those you’ll get firsthand experience with are toasted mustard seeds, black peppercorns, cardamom, and tamarind, as well as special spice mixtures called masalas.
- Latin American spices: Latin America is a treasure trove of exciting spices, many of them used to add a special (but not overwhelming) heat to various dishes. Gain confidence in cooking with a range of chiles—from jalapenos to poblanos and guajillos to anchos—as well as with regional spices such as Mexican oregano and canela (“true cinnamon”).
- Mediterranean spices: Chef Briwa takes you on a fascinating tour of spices and spice mixtures from the birthplace of Western civilization. A chile pepper paste from Tunisia (harissa), a Turkish spice mixture that goes great with grilled meats (baharat), and powdered sumac (used in the eastern Mediterranean to make food sour in the absence of vinegar) are just three of the many tastes you’ll encounter.
Spice Up Your Culinary Repertoire
Of course, you get more than just a basic primer on global spices in these sessions. You actually get to watch an expert chef put them to use in a fascinating series of dishes that highlight a particular spice’s characteristics, whether the captivating aroma of toasted cumin or the palate-warming heat of a roasted chile. From mise en place (the preparation of your ingredients) to the final presentation, Chef Briwa shows you how to make
- tea-smoked quail,
- rosemary lamb kebabs,
- authentic Mexican molé,
- chile tamarind shrimp,
- hot mulled wine,
- and much more.
Every minute of this course places you in the hands of a chef whose decades of cooking education have given him both authority in the kitchen and that unique ability to teach and inspire others to cook. Chef Briwa has crafted a lecture series that’s essential for anyone looking to spice up everyday meals. And the included guidebook—with full-color photos, techniques for cooking with spices, and easy-to-read recipes—makes a handy resource for the home chef.
Taken together, Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking is a cornerstone of the well-rounded chef’s toolkit and the secret to richer, more rewarding culinary experiences.
Course Lecture Titles:
- India—Heart of the Spice World
- China—From Peppercorns to Tea
- Mexico—Chiles for Every Palate
- Mediterranean Spices—Exotic Blends
- Treasured Spices in Northern Europe
- New American Cuisine—The Global Kitchen
Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill
12 November 2013, 16:01
Course No 5972 | MP4, 570x320, 1094 Kbps | AAC, VBR, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | 3.03GB
Influence and persuasion aren’t just abstract concepts of interest exclusive to psychologists and sociologists. Rather, they’re a fundamental part of your everyday life. Whether you realize it or not, you’re constantly surrounded by people and groups trying to influence the way you think, act, and feel.
But you don’t have to let influence just happen to you. Instead of merely following the will of others, you can actively take charge of your decisions—and your life—by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at influence and persuasion. And whether you’re in the corporate boardroom or at the family dinner table, you’ll find yourself reaping a wealth of rewards when it comes to the myriad ways you interact with other people and groups on a daily basis.
To master the art and craft of influence, the most powerful skill a person in 21st-century society can have, is to
- vastly increase your chances of achieving your particular goals, both at work and at home;
- strengthen your ability to persuade supervisors, coworkers, family members, and others that your opinions are the right ones;
- enhance the effectiveness with which you negotiate, shop, speak to groups, and engage in other activities; and
- protect yourself from the machinations of con artists and others who would use the tools of influence to your detriment.
Now, in Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill, discover everything you need to tap into the hidden powers of influence and persuasion—and use them to enhance your personal and professional life in ways you never thought possible. Delivered by award-winning Professor Kenneth G. Brown of The University of Iowa, an expert in management and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, these 12 lectures will teach you in clear and accessible language how and why influence works. Packed with eye-opening scientific and sociological experiments, case studies from fields including business and politics, practical exercises to test your skills, and more, this course will show you how to harness the power of influence at home, at work, at the store, in your social life, and anywhere else you may need it.
Learn the Foundation of How to Influence
Your ability to successfully influence others—including your children, your spouse, or your boss—is rooted in how well you can grasp and use the four fundamental components of any influence attempt. To help you, Professor Brown introduces what he calls the ATTiC model, which represents these four elements.
- Agents: These are the individuals or groups who are doing the influencing. What makes them so successful? What makes them fail? You’ll see how the seemingly magical ability to win people over involves specific characteristics such as physical appearance, charisma, trustworthiness, and membership in a shared group.
- Targets: The individual or group you’re hoping to influence is called your target—and some people and groups are more likely to be persuaded (or tricked) than others. One characteristic that may surprise you: age. Studies show that targets who are young adults or older adults are more prone to being easily influenced than others.
- Tactics: What methods and strategies of influence are more likely to increase your target’s chances of commitment? Professor Brown’s insights into influential tactics provide you with numerous tools, including rational persuasion, which involves putting forth specific ideas for why a particular course of action is the best way forward.
- Context: Contextual clues—such as scarcity of goods and the power of authority—are shortcuts that our brain uses to make sense of our social world and to make what are generally quite good decisions. You’ll learn which of these psychological processes are under our control and which aren’t.
More than just a helpful acronym, the “ATTiC” model is the perfect metaphor for just how powerful (and often overlooked) these components are. “The four factors are much like the attic of a house,” Professor Brown notes. “It’s always there doing what it does, even when no one thinks about it. In the same way, the factors that make us susceptible to influence are built into our basic psychology.”
Discover Where—And How—Inluence Works
From there, you’ll explore some of the many scientific and real-world applications of influence in your everyday life. With the aid of eye-opening research on psychology and sociology, historical examples from politics and business, and several in-depth case studies, you’ll get solid guidelines and tips for how to become a more influential person—and how to resist influence attempts when it’s in your best interests to do so.
With his vivid teaching style, Professor Brown shows you how influence operates in several areas of life you may or may not have considered, such as these:
- Impression management, which involves constructing and cultivating your own personal “brand” to strengthen your influential authority at work
- Sales, where the best tactics to increase your chances of getting a sale (and a better tip) include being genuinely interested in others, remembering names, and, easiest of all, smiling
- Negotiation, where it’s important to use influence not just to get what you want but to make sure you and your negotiating partner feel satisfied that the results are fair
- Public speaking, where big business speeches or small family pep talks can benefit from a focus on the positives and a demonstration of good will toward your audience.
You’ll also get an expert’s insights into the ethics surrounding influence, and how you can use these extraordinary tools to responsibly further your goals without becoming Machiavellian.
Practical Applications for a Practical Skill
“Influence is a practical topic,” notes Professor Brown, adding that “you’ll find many opportunities to apply what I present in this course to your everyday routines and interactions.”
To do so, each lecture concludes with a couple of simple exercises and tasks that will help illuminate what you’ve learned about influence and will increase your confidence in using the tools of successful influencers.
- Next time you’re at a restaurant, learn your server’s name and use it when addressing him or her. Also, make sure to smile. See if these efforts affect the quality of the service you receive.
- When you enter a negotiation where you hope for mutual agreement, use words like “we” and “us” and see whether it creates a difference in the other party’s approach to the deal.
- When someone you don’t know tries to gain your confidence, adopt the Russian proverb of “trust but verify” by double-checking his or her story against an additional source.
These and other exercises are just a small part of the overall learning experience you’ll get from Professor Brown, a management expert whose ability to teach to a range of audiences—from college students to corporate professionals to laypeople—has won him a wealth of awards and accolades, including The University of Iowa’s highest teaching honor: the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.
His lectures will enlighten you, challenge you, inspire you, and possibly even transform you into a savvier participant in the often overlooked ways that everyday life influences us. With the insights, tools, and tips in Influence: Mastering Life’s Most Powerful Skill, you’ll be able to use influence on behalf of any professional or personal goal, or for any cause that is near and dear to your heart.
Course Lecture Titles:
- A Model for Successful Influence
- Characteristics of Influential Agents
- The Dark Side of Influence
- Characteristics of Suggestible Targets
- Influence Tactics—Hard and Soft
- How to Make the Most of Soft Tactics
- How Context Shapes Influence
- Practicing Impression Management
- Selling and Being Sold
- Delivering Effective Speeches
- Developing Negotiation Skills
- Becoming a Transformational Leader