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COOKING FRESH

Summer Tomatoes

RECIPES BY CHEF RICHIE HIRSHEN

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL MCCONNELL AND LINDSEY KING, COURTESY OF MOONEY FARMS

Chef Richie Hirshen, for fifteen years Corporate Chef at Bella Sun Luci, in Chico, offers these recipes from the company kitchen, all of which make use of summer tomatoes. Richie has traveled the world with owner Mary Mooney, to four continents in 2019 alone. He develops recipes and posts videos of recipe preparation on Bella Sun Luci’s YouTube channel. He also helped develop Bella Sun Luci’s Sun Dried Tomato Chipotle Topper Sauce (featured in flatbread recipe on page 33), its Dried Tomato and Mushroom Risotto, and its Teriyaki and Cracked Pepper Tomato Jerky. That last joins the company’s Hickory Smoked Tomato Jerky and Sriracha Tomato Jerky in Bella Sun Luci’s newest line of plant-based tomato jerky. Only tomatoes grown and sun-dried in California feature in the company’s product line, and three generations of the family now work in the local business.

Bruschetta Fresh Tomato Bowl
Fresh summer tomatoes make the perfect complement to crisp bruschetta.
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Baked Feta
Enjoy as an appetizer with bread, crackers, or crostini, or serve as an entrée by adding a pound of cooked noodles and tossing all together until the feta is broken up and ingredients are mixed.
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Flatbread with Sun Dried Tomato Chipotle Sauce
Make this with flatbread of choice (or use baked phyllo dough or pre-made pizza dough).
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Mediterranean Burger
This recipe by Miguel Vergara won honorable mention in Bella Sun Luci’s 9th Annual Recipe Contest, June 2021.
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