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2017 Recipe Contest Winners!

The grand prize winner of our annual Bella Sun Luci recipe contest, Lauren Katz, was awarded a $2,500 cash prize for her mouthwatering Shrimp and Zoodle Pappardelle with Bella Cream Sauce. Like all of the contestants, Lauren’s original award-winning dish featured at least one Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato product as a key ingredient.

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First Runner Up - 2017 Recipe Contest

Belli amici! Cooks and chefs! Foodistas! HEY…ohhh…how ya DOIN’?!  Now that the cat’s out of the bag with the announcement of the big three winning recipes in the Bella Sun Luci recipe contest, I’m gonna talk about dishes that didn’t finish on the podium, one per month. Please feel free to talk back at me….ask any questions…I’m here for ya. These dishes are getting honorably mentioned because they too had flashes of brilliance and they might be something you’ll want to cook at home. You’ll also get an idea…or two…about how the winners get chosen so that you can win next year’s contest. To give each honoree a head start on making that happen, a Bella Sun Luci gift box full of our sun dried tomato products, our epic arbequina olive oil and our risotto mix is gonna arrive in the mail.  And this month’s gift box goes to…drrrummmrrroolllll…

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2016 Recipe Contest Winners!

Mooney Farms is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Annual Bella Sun Luci Recipe Contest! It was a great year full of delicious recipes but we have narrowed them down to just three amazing creations. Drum roll please...

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Hello fellow food enthusiasts! Chef Richie here, at your culinary service. Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it?! It’s 2017?! Let’s start this year out with a BAM! Congratulations to home chef Roxanne Chan who came up with a big bold hearty dish for our recipe contest – Slow Cooked Sicilian Lamb Shanks – very nice work chef! BRAVA! BRAVISSIMA!

Bella Sun Luci Cucina Italiano Risotto

Mooney Farms and the Bella Sun Luci brand hit a home run this year with their new line of Bella Sun Luci Cucina Italiano Risottos launched in May. The line consists of three new and unique flavors that have been a great success in trials and at early 2016 trade shows.

Chef Richie Says: Dear avocados, I’ve missed you SO MUCH! Thank you for coming back into my life! Chef Richie also says: Avocados and sun dried tomatoes together?…Turn a cook into a chef in 5 minutes!!!

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7th Honorable Mention – 2015 Recipe Contest

Chef Richie here, at your service…to share more culinary nuggets of wisdom and make the world a better place through sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, risotto and the Mediterranean diet in general.

Chef Richie here, at your service…to share more culinary nuggets of wisdom and make the world a better place through sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, risotto and the Mediterranean diet in general.

Bella’s Bites – 4th Runner Up!

Hello fellow food enthusiasts! Chef Richie here, at your culinary service. Happy Holidays!!! Tis the season to cook festive comfort food…and the next recipe from our 2016 recipe contest that merits honorable mention and a Bella Sun Luci gift box full of our “Products for Chefs” is…drumroll please…Bella’s Bites!

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5th Honorable Mention – 2015 Recipe Contest

Chef Richie here, at your service! Happy Holidays! May you be blessed by family, friends, joy and good health. Mangia bene, buona salute ed amore! And may Bella Sun Luci’s heart-healthy, exploding with flavor ingredients help you this holiday season, as I like to say, turn you from a cook into a chef!

Chef Richie here, at your service! Our first honorable mention prizewinner in our 2015 recipe contest is…are…home chefs (there are TWO this month!)…drum roll please…Paula Todora for her Cowgirl Cornbread and Marcos Gonzalez for his Sun Dried Tomato Jam!

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