All Inspirations

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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Chefs, cooks, gourmands, gourmets and foodies of all ages, Now that fall has realllyyy fallen and fall color is in full ‘bloom’, it’s high time we stepped up our game for the holidays.

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Hello Bella Sun Luci fans and home chefs! It’s Chef Richie here wishing you a Happy Autumn! It’s a super creative and festive time of year for cooking up a storm! Congratulations to John Klopfer! John, who submitted this recipe for his delicious Acorn Squash Royal to our annual contest has won a Bella Sun Luci deluxe gift box full of our premium products as October’s Honorable Mention!

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Mooney Farms, producers of Bella Sun Luci and owned and operated by the Mooney family, began in 1987 as a kiwi farming operation in Northern California. Struggling to save the family farm during the 1980s farming crisis, the family began to sell kiwi fruit on the side of the road. Surprisingly, this generated enough cash to save the ranch and launch a whole new idea.

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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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