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Al dente means different things to different people, especially American versus Italian people and also Italian-American people. The folks in Little Italy in New York City, and other American cities with strong Italian immigrant populations like Chicago and San Francisco, changed the landscape of al dente over 100 or more years ago.

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The chill of winter is a thing of the past and misty mornings, playful days, buzzing bees, blooming flowers, fields of clover and that annual Irish feeling are upon us. This month's Bella Sun Luci Recipe Contest Honorable Mention Prize Winner is being given to Chef Sarah Mahan Lee for her California Style Sun Dried Tomato and Mushroom Soda Bread!

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Hardy Scarborough sent in his recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Hot Wings and Gorgonzola Ranch with our sun dried tomatoes in both the tossing sauce and dipping sauce, adding sweet, rich notes to a marching band of flavors. Don’t be afraid to tackle this recipe at your Super Bowl party or give it a shot at all of your get togethers because this is a real winner for any occasion.

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This recipe is a labor of love and you may learn a few new techniques, but don’t let this deter you from taking some time to make up a delicious batch of these bagels. This recipe is perfect for a slow Sunday or rainy day inside with the kids.

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One of the funnest experiences of my career was inventing, producing and presenting to a live audience a brand new culinary creation using our sun dried tomatoes and several other local ingredients, for this competition.

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Happy December! The holidays are upon us, the spirit is in full swing and if you're in search for an appetizer to impress guests with at your next soiree, we have just the crispy, crunchy, cheesy, sun dried tomato'ey and luscious dish for you to wow with!

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We have collected our favorite sides to accompany your turkey this Thanksgiving! From classic mash potatoes with sun dried tomatoes to an elegant cranberry orange arancini each dish will impress your family and friends this holiday season.

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As the holidays approach, this month's honorable mention recipe, submitted to our contest  by chef Kim Van Dunk, is a way to add a special, fun, unique and delicious touch to your dinner parties!

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Chef Kelly Mapes skillet hot dish compliments the cooler weather autumn nights bring as fall begins. With sautéed butternut squash, portabella mushrooms, and roasted pine nuts this dish is accompanied robust flavors of sun dried tomatoes and sun dried tomato pesto served with the Italian staple polenta. Delicious flavor in each bite this skillet hot dish is perfect for cozy night in.

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We are excited to announce our recipe contest winners from our 2021 contest! There were so many great recipes it was a challenge to select our final winners, and there were so many that came very, very close!

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June is one of the most meaningful months in the life of a chef and especially here at the Bella Sun Luci villa. It's the official beginning of the grilling season, our recipe contest deadline draws ever nearer, and we showcase the final honorable mention recipe from the 9th Annual Recipe Contest!

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Chef Peters prepared an Italian Potato Salad that is quintessential for your Memorial Day barbecue or summer picnic! Creamy and sharp thanks to the red potatoes and plentiful stone ground mustard; this salad is light and nothing less than flavorful. High expectations were held for this recipe and did it impress the entire test kitchen crew!

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At Bella Sun Luci our team is more like family, gathering around the kitchen to collaborate or having a work family luncheon isn’t uncommon. Whether you are gathering together or staying apart to celebrate the foods of the Mediterranean this May we have designed a charcuterie board so delicious it will entice all appetites to graze.

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Chef Richie

About Chef Richie

As corporate chef for Bella Sun Luci, Richard "Chef Richie" Hirshen, whose culinary career spans more than 30 years, plays an instrumental role in product development, recipe creation, and cooking demonstrations.

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