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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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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…and this month, The Mexican Land of the Sun Diet.

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A Gateway Science Museum Benefit Evening

Mooney Farms recently donated a delicious dinner to the Gateway Science Museum benefit for ten guests to enjoy the tastes of the Mediterranean with Chef Richie as the main event – delighting guests with his entertaining stories and beautiful presentation of the evening’s menu. The gorgeous flower arrangements were arranged by Pamela Walters of La Petite Flowers here in Chico, California – as always, they were perfect for the occasion.

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A fusion of Central and South American, Caribbean (notice the word BEAN is in the word Caribbean!) and Mediterranean cuisines, this super-simple, quick and easy, hearty, vegetarian (actually vegan) and gluten free stew is the perfect antidote to a cold winter day.

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