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It’s February and love is in the air!!! Chef Richie says, I <3 You!! If there had been a recipe contest submission for beef heart this year, I’d be tempted to honorably mention it this month (it’s actually really good if done right…we used to grill it at Augusta’s in Berkeley a lifetime ago, served with sweet balsamic reduction gravy). Alas, nobody has thought to add sun dried tomatoes to actual heart. So instead, I’ll honorably mention some other lovey dovey food.

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If you are planning to invite friends and family over to watch the big game on Sunday, you might be trying to figure out a menu for your guests. We have some ideas that are both easy and delicious so you won’t be in the kitchen the whole afternoon! Football fans of all ages will love this line up of delicious appetizers and main dishes.

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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!

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Hello fellow food enthusiasts! Chef Richie here, at your culinary service. This is the first blog in a monthly series, to discuss several recipe entries (not entrées) from our 2016 recipe contest that merit honorable mention. The first recipe in this series is…drumroll please…Chef Aleksu Hillerstrom’s Mediterranean Quinoa, Feta, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad…perfectly timed for the still hot days of summer. Chef Aleksu has followed some of the inside info I hint about below regarding how I look at recipe contest entries, and although this dish didn’t “make the podium”, it was under consideration and the entire taste panel liked it a lot.

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October 2016 Mooney Farms/Bella Sun Luci Recipe Contest Honorable Mention Blog, Chef Richie Says! Hello fellow food enthusiasts! Chef Richie here, at your culinary service. The second recipe in this series is…drum roll please…Sun Dried Tomato Carbonara, submitted by Leah Canino. Congratulations Chef Leah! Very nice work!

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Chicken, a naturally healthy food when grilled or baked, is a staple in many households. It is a great source of protein, rich in potassium and calcium. It also contains no carbohydrates, according to National Chicken Council.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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