Month: July 2015

Maria’s Italian Christmas Cookies

Description Lynnea of San Diego, California shared this recipe in the Bella Viva Bake Off. This recipe came to America with her husband’s mother, Maria Theolinda Conchetta Lombardi in the early 1900. Ingredients: Filling: 1/2 lb. Bella Viva dried apricots, chopped medium fine 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped medium fine 3 Tbsp. apricot jam 1-2 Tbsp. rum Instructions Prepare pie crust dough for 2 double crust pies. Set aside. Mix filling ingredients with enough rum to thin moderately (1-2 Tbsp.) Roll out pie crust dough and cut into 3 circles. Place 1 rounded tsp. filling onto each circle and fold to

Nectarines – July 2015

Nectarines – A Deliciously Sweet, California Treat! The nectarine harvest is underway in our Bella Viva Orchards! Radiant colors marked with sun kissed spots let us know that the fruit is bursting with flavor and loaded with sweetness. We hand pick our nectarines, which allows us to closely monitor the fruit until they reach peak ripeness; a task that requires much more attention to detail while enduring the current drought conditions coupled with the recent high temperatures we are experiencing here in California. After the harvest, our proprietary drying process begins within 24 hours to ensure the best flavor and texture possible for our