Monday, July 5, 2010

I'm so doing this!

ESSENTIALS OF FINE COOKING @ The French Culinary Institute, NY
Transform yourself into a powerhouse in the kitchen

The place: your own dining room. The time: a Saturday evening, just a couple of months from today. The setting: Your table is filled with happy guests - and they're raving about the spectacular Lobster Fra Diavolo dinner you prepared.

Sound far-fetched? It isn't. Whether you're a confident cook or a total neophyte, Essentials of Fine Cooking will help you become a star in your own kitchen in just eight sesions. You'll learn everything from how to deftly slice an onion or gently poach a fish to creating 25 classic recipes, and you'll love the entire experience. Our Total ImmersionSM approach is the reason. You learn up close and hands-on in small classes taught by the same dynamic, passionate chefs who train our career students. Lessons are as fun as they are intense, and you'll find yourself picking up new techniques, skills, and recipes faster than you ever thought possible. Best of all, you'll leave with memories of an exciting, inspiring experience, and culinary gifts which you—and your very lucky guests—can enjoy for a lifetime.


Students prepare twenty-five delicious recipes, great dishes designed to impress your guests and let you practice your skills. So fine cooking becomes easier and more fun. Recipes range from Trout Marinated in White Wine with Green Peppercorns to Roast Chicken with Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce and Roast Potatoes, to Lobster Fra Diavolo. Each one is very different and all delectable. Classes are small so reserve your place now!
Essentials of Fine Cooking
You can acquire the skills and techniques to do all this:
  • Marinades, compound butters and emulsified sauces
  • Poaching, roasting, and sautéing fish
  • Roasting and sautéing poultry
  • Braising and sautéing white meats
  • Stocks, sauces, and soups
  • Grilling and stewing red meats
  • Preparing shellfish in sauce, steamed, and baked
  • Hygiene, safety, and methodology, including safe and effective knife work

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