Learn to Make a Classic Béchamel Sauce

So you guys. I have a confession.

Growing up, I hated cooking. I wanted nothing to do with being in the kitchen and was pretty much as uninterested in food as a person could get. I realize now I missed out on gathering a lot of great knowledge from my grandmother, who was basically the best cook ever {grandmas are like that, right?}.  So yeah, I was pretty stoked when I discovered Craftsy.

bechamel-sauce

But now that I have a family of my own, the bonding time spent talking and laughing around the dinner table is one of the best parts of my day. Obviously, my cooking knowledge basically comes from trial and error, and not from any formal training. And so I decided to look into some cooking classes here in my town…to build a solid culinary foundation by learning some of the basics and how to manipulate those to make them my own.

And you know what I discovered? Those classes? They’re kind of expensive. Not only that, but they’re a fair distance from my house, they conflict with Doodle’s karate schedule, and I’m left wondering how I’m going to fit that in with the rest of my life. I mean, my “me” time is basically 9:30 pm and later…and last I checked, it’s pretty difficult to find a cooking class that starts at 10 pm.

Well, until now.

I recently discovered Craftsy, which is basically an online classroom that offers crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors.  Seriously, I just took A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces taught by James Peterson, who has 15 cookbooks and won the James Beard Award 7 times.  Not only that, but I took it at 10 pm in my pajamas.

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Awesome, right??

Not only can you enjoy the classes entirely on your own schedule, but they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want!  With each course, you’ll get several hours of HD-quality video content.  Plus, you’re able to ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses, and participate in discussions with your classmates.

Believe me when I tell you these classes are worth checking out.  I’ve already signed up for one on pizza making, bread baking, and Italian sauces.  I’m going to be a carb-eating machine.

I tried to compensate by roasting some cauliflower, but then I used my new-fangled culinary skills to turn it into cauliflower gratin, and well…the cream and cheese kind of cancelled out all of the veggies.  But it was worth it. 😉

cauliflower-gratin

Here’s just a sample list of the types of cooking and baking courses offered by Craftsy:

Perfecting the Pie Crust
Artisan Bread Making
Sweet & Savory Food Gifts
Decadent Chocolate Cakes
Secrets of Slow Cooking: Mastering the Braise
A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces
Homestyle Pan Sauces
Roasting Techniques Every Cook Should Know
…and many more!

I know there is at least one topic on that list that inspires you!  Click here to check out the Craftsy courses (and save up to 25%!).  They make great holiday gifts for all of your foodie or inspiring-foodie friends.

Take your holiday traditions to a whole new level with Craftsy’s holiday gifting and cooking courses. Craftsy is also offering my readers up to 25% off a full-length Craftsy course! Whether you’re a pie perfectionist or gift-giving guru, Craftsy has something for you. Learn more about Craftsy and how to turn your ideas into reality!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Interestingly enough, I didn’t grow up with an interest in cooking.  In fact, I informed my mother on multiple occasions that I was not getting an advanced education so I could spend my evenings preparing meals.

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