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Monti Carlo is a Puerto Rican food TV personality, food writer, and special events chef. Catch our Senior Food Editor doing her best not to talk with her mouth full on Netflix, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Tastemade, PBS, and (of course) all over Budget Bytes!
Overhead shot of panzanella salad in a white bowl with wood serving spoons next to it.


This panzanella salad is a quick and delicious way to use up day-old bread, ripe tomatoes, and other summer produce. For the ultimate convenience, you can even prep the ingredients ahead of time.

Overhead shot of peach galette surrounded by fresh peaches and leaves.

Peach Galette

This stunning peach galette is stupid-easy to make. It's my favorite way to showcase succulent summer peaches. You can use my simple three-ingredient pie dough recipe for the crust or opt for store-bought pie...

Overhead view of a bowl of sofrito with a wooden spoon.

How To Make Sofrito

Sofrito is the aromatic flavor base of many Caribbean dishes. It's budget-friendly, easy to make, and pure magic in almost any savory recipe.

Air fryer grilled cheese being pulled apart by two hands.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

The secret to the crunchiest, gooiest, air-fryer grilled cheese is to first use a seasoned butter and parmesan cheese spread on the outside of your bread.