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Final Presentation: Italian Biscotti May 10, 2012

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I decided to use this recipe to share with the class for our presentation today. They look so good!

One thing that was different about making them for the class was that I had to cut them smaller to make enough to share with everyone. They kept falling apart, but I was able to salvage most of them.

-Jenny

 

Salvadorian Lunch and Trying New Things May 5, 2012

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Today I went out to lunch with my parents, and we decided to eat Salvadorian food. Although I chose to share Italian food as my culture for this project, only half of my family culture comes from there. I am also half El Salvadorian. My parents have been together for many years, practically growing up with each other, and eating lots of each other’s cultural foods. My mom and I have been talking a lot lately about Italian food for this project, and when I began telling her about the Salvadorian food I tried, she began telling me all of her favorites. When we got to the restaurant, La Santaneca on Mission Street, we ordered all of their favorites.

Pupusas

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Yuca Frita Con Chicharron

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Platanos Con Frijoles Y Crema

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Tamal De Elote Con Crema

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Everything was so good that we almost forgot to take pictures! I can’t believe I never ate half of these foods before. My favorite was the pupusas and the platanos. I also loved the yuca frita. Whenever I go to Salvadorian restaurants I always go straight for the pupusas. I was glad to try something new and learn more about this half of my culture. Talking with Glenda helped to open up my interests about Salvadorian culture, and learning more about my dad’s culture has been a great experience.

-Jenny

 

Spices and Herbs May 2, 2012

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One of the most significant things I learned about the different cuisines in our project is all the different kinds spices and herbs our cultures use. It has been really cool to realize that just by using a different herb, a whole new flavor emerges from the same old food I always eat. At the grocery store, I have found myself wandering to the aisle where they keep the spices. I could just stare at all the different kinds and think about what it is, or how it would make a certain food taste. I’ve also been buying different herbs than the usual parsley, basil, and rosemary. Maka introduced me to Dill. It has been great using dill on the vegetables I always cook and getting a new flavor. Afghan and Pakistani foods use spices that are completely different than anything that Italian or Salvadorian food would have in it. Trying all of these different spices and herbs have broadened my thinking, and my taste buds. I will continue to cook and experiment with these new found herbs and spices from around the world.

-Jenny

 

Potluck April 14, 2012

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Today our group had a potluck, we all shared dishes that we either grew up having or enjoy making now. Everything was so delicious, and we all learned about and tried foods we’ve never had before. Below will be recipes for each dish made at the potluck.

 

Potluck dishes included:

  • Pastelles
  • Pupusas
  • Tamales
  • Persohki
  • Garlic Potatoes with dill
  • Creme Brulee
  • Tiramisu
  • Crostini with Buffalo Mozzarella
  • Mushroom Raviolis with mushroom marinara
 

Ahhh! March 17, 2012

Filed under: Journal Entry — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 7:54 pm

Today I began thinking of recipes to add to the blog. I called my Nonni and my mom to ask them for the recipes of Italian dishes that I grew up loving. Unfortunately, most of the recipes of foods I wanted to include on this blog involve making everything from scratch, which involves a lot of ingredients, time and supplies that I didn’t even have. I don’t know what I’m going to do now, there are a few that I could still use by using some store bought ingredients, but my absolute favorite dish is my Nonni’s Lasagna. It’s different than the others because she makes her noodles from scratch, and she layers it many more times then any other lasagna that I’ve ever tried before, and nothing compares to her homemade dish. In fact, I don’t even eat lasagna if it isn’t hers. Regardless, many of the dishes I planned to use are going to be too difficult of recipes to include in this cookbook, but maybe I will add them to the blog later. How frustrating!

Jenny