You can use this sauce as a basis for many dishes and also as an ingredient.
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
4 drops Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
In a heavy saucepan melt the butter over low heart do not brown.
Add the flour gradually, stirring constantly to keep the mixture smooth. Do not allow the flour to cook.
Once all the flour is blended in, gradually pour in the milk, stirring constantly with a wire whisk to keep the sauce perfectly smooth. Move the whisk around in the pan as your stir to blend the sauce at the bottom and sides.
Once all the milk has been added, add the bay leaf and cook over low heat until the sauce thickens, then remove from heat and stir in the Tabasco and salt.