I fail to understand the bezier system in CD

I'm an Illustrator user just starting out with CD and theres a basic thing that I dont understand how to accomplish.

I want to create a number of nodes and then convert one of them to a curve by pulling out two bezier handles from one the node.

In illustrator, I would use the pen tool to create the anchor points and then click on one of them using the convert anchor point tool to pull out the bezier handles.

Whats the equivalent method in CD?

I realize that this is a really basic question, but I looked at several tutorials and they only discussed other methods of creating curved lines.

(Such as pulling out the handles WHILE creating the node using the pen tool. Or using the fillet option, thus creating two separate nodes.)

Can someone help me out?