Friend L really wanted macaroni and cheese and went ahead and bought the materials before anyone could object. And so once again we were roped into making things that we weren’t planning to – whatever, mac and cheese is delicious.
The cheese we had wasn’t very quality–it was your Generic Supermarket Brand, but at least it’s not cheese product or cheese food. Since we were turning the cheese into mac and cheese, we didn’t feel too bad about using terrible cheese.
Proof that we’re using real cheese (although the grated cheese looks kind of like fake powder cheese in this photo). The cheese sauce recipe was found in a cookbook somewhere by someone, and it used roux (mildly cooked flour-and-water mixture) as a base–roux is French, so this must be legit.
**Protip: Get a legit pepper grinder. This way, your pepper grinder won’t break on you halfway through grinding and dump tons of peppercorns in your food. **
To make it slightly more fancy, we’re making baked mac and cheese. Baking the mac and cheese gives it a nice carmelized crust that is delicious. It also makes the flavors mix together better. Or something. The crust consituted of breadcrumbs, reall crappy powdered cheese, and garlic (because garlic is delicious).
We baked it for quite a while until we decided that we wanted to eat food already, so we turned the broiler on so the mac and cheese would crust.
The finished product:
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.