Bella Sun Luci; The Taste of Italy

One thing I learned growing up in an Italian family is that the great care that went into creating a meal was a reflection of the love of those doing the cooking.  This was evident in each and every painstakingly meticulous detail, including where each ingredient was obtained. 

It's not that my family had a lot of money but,  they were able to have huge gardens and grow the most amazing selection of vegetables and herbs.  We always had fresh tomatoes, peppers and basil; Italian staples that served to make homemade sauce, soups and other scrumptious dishes.   Everything was fresh and oh so good!

Sadly times have changed and due to circumstance none of us are able to maintain a garden.  I do continue to desire the fresh, simple ingredients that were a part of my childhood. 

This weekend I had the opportunity to bring back some fond childhood memories with Mooney Farms assortment of fresh sun dried tomato products.  




Mooney Farms is a three generation family-run farm based in  northern California.  In 1987 the family sold their Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs at Price Club South San Francisco for the first time.  The products sold out in record speed and history was made.

Simple ingredients such as; fresh sun dried tomatoes, pure 100% olive oil, garlic and a winning combination of spices that are not fully disclosed; it's a secret, really take Bella Sun Luci over the top.  Absolutely delicious!

 I  added the Sun Dried Tomato Halves with Italian herbs to a can of diced tomatoes, which I then added to pasta.  It tasted fantastic, very authentic.   I have also been adding the Sun Dried tomatoes to salads.  

You can find some really awesome recipes on Mooney Farms site.



Mooney Farms carries an assortment of sun dried tomato products that also includes: Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with Whole Pine Nuts, Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta, Julienne Cut Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Basil and more.  They also offer dry sun dried tomatoes which I have been eating right out of the bag.

In spite of their growth, Mooney farms remains true to their values and their products continue to be made using their tried and true technique of slowly drying their tomatoes in the sun.

I love the taste of everything and like I mentioned the ingredients are pure and simple, however, the products do contain sulfites for color protection, this may pose a problem for those with sulfite sensitivity.

Interesting fact: Ounce per ounce sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than raw tomatoes.  That's pretty impressive.

You can find Bella Sun Luci at Whole Foods, Cosco, etc. you will also be able to purchase the products at Mooney Farms.com.





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54 comments:

~dab said...

I like this recipe: http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/italian-calzone-with-ricotta-spinach-olives-sun-dried-tomatoes

Crystal said...

i like the Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip

http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/warm-artichoke-spinach-dip

puye said...

I like the Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip

http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/warm-artichoke-spinach-dip
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sweetheart said...

I like the picnic pasta salad...so simple

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Lysa "Sugar" Davis said...

I LUV Sundried tomatoes and the dollar off coupon was great!

carolwegs said...

I would like to try one of the meat marinades.
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freddie said...

I would love to try the Sun Dried Tomato Risotto. dwelchert@yahoo.com

~dab said...

I like this recipe http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/bellas-italian-stuffed-eggplant

frugalmommieof2 said...

The California Extra Virgin Olive Oil looks like it would be very good.

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Anonymous said...

The Smoked Turkey and Sun Dried Tomato Wrap sounds good to me!

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barbara.montyj said...

I so love this - Dinner for Two Gift Basket.
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Moneezzy (: said...

The recipe that caught my eye was the Smoked Turkey and Sun Dried Tomato Wrap

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furygirl3132 said...

The Macaroni and Sun Dried Tomato Gratin with Sharp Cheddar looks and sounds delicious! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

Eloise
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Anonymous said...

The sundried tomato corn muffins sound interesting. Would love to try making them.

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Fawn said...

I think the Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna recipe looks delicious!

skkorman said...

The Sunny Artichoke Salad sounds great to me!

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Laura H. said...

Those are some scrumptious-looking recipes! I love artichoke-spinach dip so I can't wait to try the Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip recipe.

bored2quickly said...

I like the warm artichoke spinach dip! That is my favorite! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
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Rajee said...

http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/bellas-mediterranean-green-beans

lisa said...

Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip

maxfate said...

The Sun Dried Tomato Risotto sounds great!

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Shannon E. said...

The California Extra Virgin Olive Oil catches my eye! =D

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h. mcnaron said...

Not seeing rafflecopter? Please enter me- love sundried tomatoes!

Cindy M said...

Would really like to try the California Extra Virgin Olive Oil- we use olive oil alot in our house.
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Cindy M said...

Rafflecopter not appearing. I'd love to enter this contest.
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Fiona said...

Cannot see Rafflecopter :-(
Also, is contest open to Canada?

Tamara B. said...

I like their Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna recipe

Priscilla said...

Would probably absolutely love Spinach. I am a spinach and ricotta lover.

KatieRox4You said...

I love their gourmet marinade basket...perfect for a Christmas gift :)

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carole said...

like to try the pesto pizza

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EmmaPeel said...

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Anonymous said...

I would love to try just the sun dried tomatoes (I have never tried these before)
vickie
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Amanda Jorjorian said...

Summer Salmon Cakes with Lime Aioli recipe sounds great!

EmmaPeel said...

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John Billiris said...

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I think the Cactus Salad looks interesting!

Kathleen Conner said...

I was looking at the gift baskets, and thought the Mediterranean Pantry might be a good present.

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katfam95 said...

I'd love to make the Sun Dried Tomato Risotto.

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Mosaic317 said...

I LOVE sun dried tomatoes and I can not wait to try some of the recipes on the website. I found a coupon too! SCORE!

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Jemmy said...

I like the recipe for sunny artichoke salad

wendy said...

the tomato bruchetta looks good!

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Terra said...

I would like to try the sun-dried tomato risotto

Anonymous said...

I would really like to try the California Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut



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cpage2323 said...

lemon rosemary olive oil cake!! yum!

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catrinkaleigh said...

I love their gourmet marinade gift basket
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Anonymous said...

I am a follower.

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Jennifer Pickett said...

I wold love to try the Bella Sun Carne Asada Meat Marinade and their California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. (snarkymiss at live dot com)

Lana Bradstream said...

I would love to try the Italian Calzone with Ricotta, Spinach, Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes.
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Chisum Crew said...

This sounds delish: Warm Artichoke-Spinach Dip

http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/recipe/warm-artichoke-spinach-dip

Raffle Copter: happi shopr

kathy pease said...

i like the Picnic Pasta Salad recipe

mary said...

i think the Smoked Turkey and Sun Dried Tomato Wrap recipe sounds yummy

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kat said...

I really like the Gourmet Marinade Basket. A great gift.
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ruslady said...

Italian Calzone with Ricotta, Spinach, Olives, & Sun Dried Tomatoes
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barb hunt said...

Thanks for the great contest!
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c allen said...

i want to try the Bella Sun Carne Asada Meat Marinade thanks crystal l allen

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