Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes Review and Giveaway!

Today I have a tasty review and giveaway for you - Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes!  Yum.  I love sun-dried tomatoes, and over the winter it becomes one of those foods I forget about eating, as I normally just use them in salads (and that should tell you that I haven't been making a lot of salads lately - bad on me).  I got an email from Mooney Farms, who produces the Bella Sun Luci line of sun-dried tomatoes, offering to send me some - and send me some, they did!  Look at what arrived on my doorstep:
A bounty of sun-dried tomato products!

I might have mentioned a time or two that I don't cook much anymore - what with Jeff traveling so much, and of course the kids having made us empty-nesters a few years ago, I'm more likely to have something simple for dinner, but these actually inspired me to cook.  I know - who am I???  Of course, it helped that two of the products I received were sauces/spreads, so I didn't have to do much to make a meal, but still.  I cooked!  And it was really good.  First up, I tried the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto - I made a quiche using a recipe from their website, and then I tossed some penne pasta with it for a quick dinner:
The pasta dish (it was dark when the quiche was ready and the pictures did not do it justice, so I'm not including them).

Next, I made bruschetta, using their jarred spread - I sliced and toasted a sourdough baguette, then topped it with a little Laughing Cow cheese and the bruschetta:
This was really tasty, although I couldn't differentiate much between the taste of the pesto and the bruschetta - both were good, don't get me wrong, but I think because sun-dried tomatoes have an intense flavor, it's hard to separate the two products.

I made a spinach quiche with the julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes that were packed in olive oil and Italian herbs.  I drained and blotted off most of the oil for this one - I think the oil would be great, mixed with some vinegar for a salad dressing, but I don't like to use too much when I'm cooking:
This one, as Jeff said, is a "keeper" - the flavor combination of the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, along with some Gruyere cheese, was so good!

Bella Sun Luci sun-dried tomatoes are made in Chico, California, at family-owned Mooney Farms - it's a small business that started out with a kiwi farming operation, but expanded to sun-dried tomatoes, and they've really taken off.  Check out their website for inspiring recipes and ordering information - and they even have a recipe contest going on right now, where the winner will receive $2,500!  I know several of my readers should definitely enter it.

Mooney Farms has generously offered up two price packs for giveaway - you'll be receiving the same thing I did!  To enter, just leave me a comment saying you are in - I'll announce the winners on Friday.  U.S. only for this one.  Please make sure you leave an email address in the comments if your name is not connected to a blog.

Comments are now closed as this giveaway has ended.

FTC:  I received these products for review; Mooney Farms will provide products to the giveaway winners.


  1. WAVES HAND IN THE AIR (like she just dont care :-) and then skips away rapping...)

  2. This is one I'd really like to win! I haven't used sun dried tomatoes enough. I love regular tomatoes, and I need to try the sun dried ones. Plus, these people are practically my neighbors!

  3. I used to not even liked tomatoes, but I love sun dried tomatoes - consider me in!! Oh, and now I think I'll have to come up with a recipe for the contest - you know I love a challenge! :D

  4. This is so amazing! I never buy sun dried tomatoes anymore because my husband doesn't like them and I feel like I'm just "wasting" money on them. You should definitely keep posting your sun dried tomato excursions! Let me live vicariously!!

  5. Look at you and all your fancy cooking!!

    I like SDTs, but they always seem like such a gourmet ingredient that I don't actually buy them.

  6. That quiche looks amazing! I hadn't heard of Mooney farms and they aren't far from me. I'll have to check them out.

  7. I'm in! I love sun-dried tomatoes!

  8. Please count me in! I especially loved what you did with the Bruschetta - looks delicious.

    Thank you!

  9. I'm in! the quiche looks good!


  10. Me, me, me! I love sun-dried tomatoes :)

  11. I'm in. I love sun-dried tomatoes!

  12. I don't use sun-dried tomatoes often. This might help kick start a new habit!

  13. Pick Me! This would be amazing for a salad or an indulgent, savory pizza!

  14. I LOVE sun-dried tomatoes! My mom used to cook with them a lot when I was growing up. ksrolf@hotmail.com

  15. I want to be entered in the giveaway. conniesuit91@gmail.com

  16. I couldn't resist this one! ;)You know my email ;)

  17. I m SOOO in. Crossing my fingers (and toes and eyes!)

  18. Ooooh, count me in! I love sun-dried tomatoes in m quiches in the summer.

    P.S. I got the book the other day! Thank you again! I will publish my review once I have a chance to read it. :)