Yesterday I took a class downtown at the Culinary Institute of America on making sauces. An acquaintance talked me into it and I didn’t want to turn her down so I went with it. It cost $185 and used up half my Saturday.
I kind of enjoyed it. I can’t say I learned a whole lot. There were a couple of demonstrations and then we were divided into 4 groups and set loose with some recipes.
It was kind of fun cooking on professional equipment in a big stainless steel kitchen with other people. Each group had 3-4 dishes to prepare and in the end we all sat down to a huge meal. It was all good. I learned to make a Hollandaise sauce that I also learned is 90 percent butter and 10% eggs. Certainly not good for your heart and I will not ever be making it for myself. Still, I always wondered what “Holiday Sauce” was. It’s not easy to make.
I’m also not used to cooking such large quantities. I usually make enough for one meal for one person each time.
I would say, if nothing else, it was worth the $185 for the experience and the entertainment the the opportunity to wear the spiffy chef hat.