Hello!So for those of you following already with my “Senior Spotlight” blog, I don’t need to introduce myself. But for the rest of you just seeing a cool new blog on Caltech Admissions and wondering what it’s all about, welcome! I’m Andrew Freddo, a senior who has the privilege this term of taking Cooking Basics. It’s conducted/taught by Tom Mannion, who is such an AMAZING resource! In addition to this class, he is a go-to guy for almost whatever you want, frequently opens up his home for students to use for events (like the Super Bowl and March Madness).
So cooking class… every Wednesday we embark on another culinary adventure, with the guidance of our friendly (undergraduate!) Teaching Assistants. They help us through the new recipes and techniques we need to learn. Though I’m a seasoned vet in the kitchen when it comes to Italian food, I’m excited to use this opportunity to expand my palate!
Anyway, enough talking, more cooking! This week, we made a delicious spread. The theme was “seeds, grains, and legumes,” which sounds kind of random at first but when you make things such as risotto and baked beans, it’s delicious! We also made battered shrimp dipped in a honey mustard-horseradish sauce and corn bread. So basically… we didn’t go hungry!
Is your mouth watering yet? Well, enjoy these pictures below!
I’m hungry again just looking at these pictures (though I just ate lunch!). Well I have to wait till next week for another class, but in the mean-time, keep on cooking!
Oh, and I’ll post one of MY favorite recipes each week from my own cooking experience. I’m partial to Giada de Laurentiis on the Food Network, so many of them are hers :).
Pasta with Toasted Breadcrumbs: use any type of pasta with ridges in it (rotini or farfalle work great!), and you can omit the prosciutto if you’re vegetarian or don’t have it on hand. This is such a great meal to make when you don’t have time to make a meal, and so much better than those jarred sauces. Just boil some pasta, toast some breadcrumbs, and mix! Delicious!
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.