Month: August 2019

In the Kitchen: Savory Prune Chicken

This flavor-packed dinner entrée features Bella Viva Orchards’ Dried Prunes made savory with briny capers, green olives, fresh garden herbs and earthy bay leaves. Your family and friends will love this dish. We’re sure it’ll make them feel indulged. Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutesMarinate Time: 8 to 24 hoursCook Time: about 30 minutesTotal Time: Marinate time plus 45 minutes (approximately) Marinade Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts6 plump garlic cloves, minced2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon¼ cup brandy (Optional but suggested)¼ cup good-quality red wine vinegar¼ cup olive oil½ teaspoon Kosher salt½ teaspoon freshly ground

Pineapple: Aloha in Every Bite!

Grab your ukulele, turn up the Don Ho music and transport yourself to the tropics with Bella Viva Orchards’ sweet Pineapple. These golden treats make a great anytime snack or a sunny addition to your breakfast, dessert and even dinner repertoire. Pineapple is a source of dietary fiber, potassium, iron and calcium. And as with all of our fruits and nuts, it’s GMO free. While it may taste like candy, Pineapple is linked to a number of health benefits, including the reduction of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, digestive problems, inflammation and the formation of free radicals, which is linked to cancer. Experts also

Peaches and Nectarines: Our Pride and Joy!

We love summertime here in the Central Valley! The long, warm days bring us sweet Peaches and Nectarines that are grown and harvested from our very own trees. We’re humbly proud of these beautiful bright gems that we dry in our own drying yard. These sweet and nutritious stone fruits are among our favorites and we’re sure you’ll love ‘em too!  Beyond being delicious, fuzzy-skinned Peaches and their smooth-skinned Nectarine cousins can help fend off cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic conditions. Compounds found in these fruits may help promote healthier cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation and obesity-related illnesses. They’re sources of vitamins C and A,

In the Kitchen: Stuffed Peaches and Nectarines

This recipe featuring Bella Viva Orchards’ Dried Peaches and Nectarines crowned with chopped Pistachio Kernels makes a sweet and pretty treat. The taste of summer is in each bite! Yields: 12 treats Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 11 minutes (10 minutes for fruit, 1 minute for syrup) Total Time: About 1 hour Ingredients: 6 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Peaches (any variety, see note) 6 Bella Viva Orchards Dried Nectarines (any variety, see note) 1 cup water 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ cup white sugar 4 ounces mascarpone, room temperature ⅓ cup Bella Viva Orchards Pistachio Kernels Instructions: In a medium saucepan,