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Mamma Mia!

So as I alluded to in my last post, we cooked Italian food tonight in class! Now I’m fourth-generation Italian (my beloved Nana came over from Sicily in 1914, and my other great-grandparents at different times), so I do know a thing or two about Italian cooking. I was trying to channel my grandmas and my mom when I was in class, so I hope that helped my group out in making our dishes!
We made lots and lots of pasta, which was of course good, except I would have liked to have cooked more meaty dishes. That’s because in Italy, pasta isn’t ever really a main course, but instead a "Primo Piatto" (first dish). My favorites are chicken saltimbocca (recipe below) and the perennial Italian-American favorite, chicken parmesan. So that would have been nice, but, alas, we spent the whole night making sauces.

The sauces we made were marinara, pesto, and alfredo, and they all were pretty delicious. I love making pesto in the summer when our fresh basil plant at home is in full bloom, and it’s so easy to make! The marinara we made was a bit un-traditional, because it was spicier than I would normally make and we added sugar! I definitely should have tasted it before adding those ingredients… Our alfredo had some trouble thickening, so we added lots of extra cheese! That’s never a problem for me, though. Oh, speaking of that, here are my rules for Italian cooking, if you were curious.

  • You can never have too much basil.

  • You can never have too much garlic.

  • And, most importantly, you can never have too much CHEESE!

Anyways, enough talking, more pictures! Mmmmmmm, though not as delicious as the homeland, I’ll admit :).

Till next time… happy eating! I hear we’re going across the Pacific to Asia next week, so I’m definitely excited!
Recipe of the Week: Chicken Saltimbocca: Saltimbocca translates to "jumps in the mouth," and this is such a flavorful dish it will do just that! It’s also really easy to make, and is a delicious addition to any meal you want to prepare. Use frozen spinach and dry it off really well – it’ll make everything much easier to work with and you won’t have to worry about sandy spinach leaves!
I just realized all of these recipes have prosciutto in them, so I’ll try to switch it up next week, especially for those who can’t eat/don’t like prosciutto!

Andrew Freddo ’10

Chemistry and Biology, Class of 2010

My name is Andrew, and I am beginning what looks to be a busy and exciting senior year! I’m originally from New Jersey, and always try to give my friends here at Caltech a taste of my East Coast roots. Outside of my chemistry and biology classes, I enjoy cooking (Italian food, of course!), giving admissions tours, writing food reviews with fellow blogger Dannah, and catching up with my favorite TV shows. Academically, this year will truly be a culmination of my first three at Caltech. I am currently applying for combined MD/PhD programs (also knows as MSTPs ? Medical Scientist Training Programs). In addition to juggling my sets and exams, I’m going to be visiting many schools around the country to interview for their programs. I’ll definitely be logging lots of frequent flier miles, snapping lots of pictures, and learning a lot about medical and graduate school!