Okay, here's the deal. I've always wanted to expand my knowledge into the pastry side of our world. Sure, I can handle the basics, but I'd really love to learn to work with chocolate, pastillage, and pulled sugar properly. I've messed around with it at home, and I'm considering taking a night course offered by a local college. I have had bad experiences with this route before... the basically useless cake decorating course taught by the "professional" who figures the epitome is a teddy bear cake piped over in multicolored rosettes.. So, recognising that there is a limit to my free time, what's the best way to get a good handle on the basics? Do I go for the night course?