Mrs. Carla Monti

Mrs. Carla Monti

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Black Bean Burgers ... take 1!

Black Bean Patties with Corn Relish and Avocado Cream!

Made on 01/31/12.

Variations: I made the relish with corn, cucumber, and lime juice, and used whole wheat sandwich thins for bread. I used half greek yogurt and half nonfat plain yogurt to cut the tartness in the avocado cream.

Thanks Annie's Eats!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The BF Edition!

My boyfriend, killer chef, happens to make the best midnight-breakfast-sandwiches ever! Here are some he has made for me so far :)

White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur Cupcakes!

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes!
Made on 01/25/12.

The cake part dyed pink ... can you tell I love food coloring? :)

Thanks to Foodies Kitchen! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Homemade Tagliatelle al Ragù (Bolognese)!

My biggest challenge yet: handmade pasta! Made on 01/23/12.

First off: 6 large eggs, 5 cups of all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.

Make a well 6 inches across inside the mounds of flour and crack the eggs into it, along with the olive oil.

Whisk together the eggs with a fork, slowly incorporating the flour.

The mixture slowly forms a paste.

Keep whisking away.....

Eventually it forms a ball of dough, so set it aside to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough, reflouring the surface often, until it is very thin.

Using a pizza cutter, slice off the edges to form a perfect square.

Slice thin strips.

Put all the tagliatelle together on a floured tray and leave to dry for 30 minutes at room temperature.


Drying out a little...

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and drop the pasta in for 2-5 minutes. (My boyfriend does a good job) :)

Dropping it in!

All done! Serve with Ragu alla Bolognese! and a bottle of merlot ;)

The finished plate!

Thanks to Joy The Baker! :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lemon Cupcakes!

Lemon Cupcakes!

My love affair with food coloring continues .....

Made on 01/11/12.

Thanks to My Baking Addiction!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Last night it was my parents 27th wedding anniversary. In honor of this, my boyfriend and I made dinner and here is the result: :)

Lobster tails in butter and white wine, garlic cheddar biscuits, garlic bread, green beans in olive oil, sea salt, and balsamic vinegar, portabella mushrooms in marsala wine, rib eye steaks, grilled oregano eggplant slices, and of course a lovely Italian red!

And dessert (of course!) - Mini fruit tarts and brownies.

And some Italian cakes ...

Congrats Mom & Dad!