Month: November 2015

Bella Viva Pecan Stuffing

Pecan Stuffing: This recipe comes to us from my family to yours just in time for Thanksgiving, thank you grandma Joan for sharing. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for larger gatherings, just keep the ratios the same. I prefer to leave out the butter because Bella Viva Pecans are so rich and buttery. The box of Mrs. Cubbinson’s can also be substituted for fresh cubed bread but be sure to toast it and add additional seasoning. For drier stuffing use 2 cups of broth and for wetter stuffing use 3-4 cups. Ingredients: ½ tube Jimmy Dean sage sausage ½ tube Jimmy

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Congratulations to Nerine A. from Texas for winning first prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! Her Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are to die for. We enjoyed their scrumptious combination of textures and flavors. The crumbly outside is complimented by the moist inside; which is made possible by a generous wallop of yogurt. To top it all off, the dried blueberries and yogurt come together to create a delicious gummy texture and a wonderful blend of tart and sweet flavors. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (one stick) salted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 2

Sweet and Salty Fig Bars

Congratulations to Debra D. for winning second prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! Her sweet and salty fig bars were delicious. We enjoyed the unique blend of flavors and the buttery rich taste. The beauty of this recipe is you can mix and match any dried fruit and nuts, such as: raisins, dates, prunes, apricots or cherries. Ingredients: ¾ cup dried figs ¾ cup water ½ cup butter (coconut oil might work, haven’t tested yet) 3 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1¼ cup blanched almond flour ⅛ teaspoon baking soda ¾ cup chopped walnuts (or more) sea salt or Himalayan salt

Harvest Apple Pie

Congratulations to Janeen T. of Illinois for winning third prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! This apple pie is loaded with fruit. We love the sweet fruity taste and the occasional crunch from the walnuts. Ingredients: Crust: 1 heaping cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 rounded Tablespoons Crisco shortening Ice water Filling: 1/4 cup Golden Thompson Seedless Raisins 1/4 cup dried cranberries Soak 30 minutes in water then drain off water 1/4 chopped walnuts Assortment of Granny Smith, Macintosh, and Jonathan Apples 3-4 of each depending on size of apples–chop finely 2/3 cup sugar 4 tablespoons flour 2/3 teaspoon

Apricot Habañero Jam

Congratulations to Gail H. from Tennessee for winning third prize in the 2015 Bella Viva Recipe Contest! This was by far the most unique recipe we received for the contest. Who would have thought to combine our dried apricots with peppers and vinegar? We loved spreading this jam over bagels with cream cheese. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups Bella Viva Dried Apricots 1 large orange or yellow bell pepper (1 to 1 ¼ cup) 4-5 habañero peppers (adjust as needed for your taste) 2 cups white vinegar 6 cups granulated sugar 3 ounces and 1 tablespoon Certo liquid pectin Instructions In dishwasher, sterilize 4 pint

Persimmons – November 2015

Bella Viva Dried Persimmons: This time of year always brings joy and excitement to all of us at Bella Viva. ‘Tis the season to give thanks, spend time with friends and family, eat great food and send gifts to your loved ones. We’ve been working diligently to provide a variety of delectable gift baskets, trays and crates; available just in time for the holiday season. We take great pride in our beautiful, bountiful and nutritious gift offerings. If you are looking for a jolly old time, come down December 5th for the Hughson Christmas Festival. During the parade and Santa’s tree lighting, we will