Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Bella Sun Luci Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Today I'm going to be raving on about sun-dried tomatoes, a topic that makes me smile. For quite a few years I used to make my own dried tomatoes, and I still have the food dehydrator to show for it. That was before my beloved Costco started carrying these enormous jars of award winning sun-dried tomatoes for a price that's so ridiculously low, I can't even remember it. (Edit - checked the price when I was at Costco and it's $7.39 for two pounds of sun-dried tomatoes!) The tomatoes come from Mooney Farms, a California company which also makes pesto, pasta sauce, and marinades featuring sun-dried tomatoes. If there's no Costco where you live, this same brand comes in smaller jars at my grocery store.

That jar is a whole lot of sun-dried tomatoes, but these will stay good in the refrigerator for months and months. They come packed in oil, but if you're squeamish about fat content, you can rinse the oil off with hot water. Sun-dried tomatoes are such a versatile ingredient that there are endless ways to use them. Here are two great recipes featuring sun-dried tomatoes that I've posted in the past. Check after the photos for some sun-dried tomato recipes from other food bloggers, then get yourself some sun-dried tomatoes!

To see the other products I've recommended check out Kalyn's Kitchen Picks.

This is amazingly delicious Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto spread on whole wheat pita. I just thawed out some of this which had been frozen since last summer, and it was awesome.

More Sun-Dried Tomato Delights:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients.)
Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade from Andrea's Recipes
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus from Pinch My Salt
Asparagus and Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, and Basil from Lucullian Delights
Cheddar and Sun-Dried Tomato Muffins from French Kitchen in America
Mom's Summer Squash Recipe from Simply Recipes
Pasta with Shrimp, Peas, Artichoke Hearts, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from The Blog That Ate Manhattan
Arrabiatta Sauce from What's For Lunch Honey?

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  1. I will have to look for those at Costco. Sounds like a bargain. The pesto looks great!

  2. Maria, this is the same pesto I served to you and Kym when you came to dinner! I ate some the next day on roasted veggies, just fantastic.

  3. I just saw these at Costco yesterday but I wasn't sure if they were good and afraid they might be too much. But next time maybe I'll buy a jar. Thanks for the suggestion Kalyn!

  4. this looks really yummy! i will have to look for these.

  5. Yes, that pesto is fantastic! I think it would be good on anything.

  6. Rachel and Amy, they are awesome! Every food blogger should have a jar of these in the fridge!

    Maria, you're right. I need to make some more of that pesto! I think I have one or two little containers of it left in the freezer.

  7. I adore sun dried tomatoes! They are one of my 5 top ingredients to have on hand. They just make everything taste so much better!

  8. I love sun-dried tomatoes. Thanks for the recommendation and the recipes! I have to try and find those jars.

    BTW, I tagged you for a meme on 7 random facts about yourself. My post is at:

    I hope you don't mind. :)

  9. You can never have too big a jar of sun-dried tomatoes! Well, that's my position! :):)

  10. I remember that sun-dried tomato pesto recipe! I really need to try it. I'm constantly amazed at how many delicious, original recipes you come up with--and how much you cook in general. You're such an inspiration, but at the same time I have to admit you kinda make me feel like a slug in the kitchen, too. : )

    Thanks, as always, for taking the time to include all the links to other great sounding recipes in your posts. I love that I can just save one post to and know that there are oodles more related recipes attached. Okay, I can't believe I just typed the word oodles. I'd better stop now.

  11. Jenndz, me too. They are good in everything!

    Maricar, thanks for thinking of me. I will write to you about it.

    Farmgirl, you are so sweet, but you are NOT a slug in the kitchen. You make bread! You make pizza! I never make complicated things like that (although I keep threatening to try.) During school I actually cook on Saturday and Sunday and maybe one week night, that's all. The rest of the time I eat leftovers! I do cook more in the summer, but mostly simple things. I'm glad you like the recipe links. I like finding them when I have time.

  12. Sher, didn't mean to skip you! I agree completely with your sun-dried tomato philosophy.

  13. I think that's even the same brand I used. Looks very familiar. I've been using sun-dried tomatoes as a stuffing for whole chicken with garlic, rosemary and thyme.

  14. Mimi, I knew we were thinking alike! (Great minds and all that stuff.)

  15. This stuff is amazing!!!! my personal favorite is the Bella Sun Luci pesto, which i can honestly eat right out of the jar! I don't have a Costco near me, but i pick up my sun dried tomato pesto at my Safeway! along with their whole tomatoes and halves in Olive Oil!


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