I am so excited to be sharing the news about this campaign with all of my readers. I have been a faithful Viva paper towel user now for many many years. They are extremely soft, very absorbent and cloth like picking up the worst of messes. They are thick and I love that you can rinse them and reuse also.
VIVA Towels and Food Network’s Sunny Anderson have partnered up for the Get Closer to Your Food campaign. This shows her sophisticated, yet approachable hands-on cooking style. The unmatched softness of Viva paper towels distinguishes them from other paper towels. Families are eating in more and are enjoying their time together due to the economy. It’s essential to have that perfect paper towel that’s good for preparing food and cleaning up the messy eating.
Sunny would love to share some of her fork free recipes with everyone. Have a look around Food Network to see all the great recipes and even videos of her preparing these recipes.
I am loving the Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta with Basil Oil
For the Bruschetta:
* 1 1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
* 5 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 cup)
* 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
* 1 baguette, sliced 1/4-inch thick
* 2 cloves garlic
For the Basil Oil (garnish):
* 3 cups tightly packed basil leaves
* 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
* Special Equipment: strainer, small cruet or jar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bruschetta Preparation: Place diced tomatoes on a VIVA towel and salt. Let sit for 20 minutes. Remove to a bowl and mix together with mozzarella and vinegar. Season with salt to taste. Let stand at room temperature while toasting the bread.
Place bread slices on a sheet tray in a single layer and bake until edges are golden, turning bread halfway through. Rub one side of toasted bread with raw garlic.
To assemble, place a mound of tomato mixture onto slices and drizzle with basil oil. Serve immediately.
Basil Oil Preparation: Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Drop the basil leaves into the boiling water and submerge them for 5 seconds. Remove them to the ice bath using a spider or slotted spoon. Work quickly. You don’t want the basil leaves in the boiling water for too long. Blanching the leaves and then shocking them in ice water will preserve the bright green color. Remove the basil from the water and squeeze dry using VIVA towels. You want the basil as dry as possible.
Remove basil to a blender with the oil. Puree until the mixture is well combined. Place a strainer inside a bowl. Dampen a VIVA® towel with water and line the towel inside the strainer. Pour the basil oil into the strainer. It takes awhile for the oil to strain through. You may need to squeeze it gently to help along the oil.
Pour strained basil oil into the neck of a small cruet or a small sterilized jar. Cover the jar or cruet tightly and refrigerate. Use within four days. UMMMM Yummy!
Once your finished you’ll be able to use your thick, strong Viva towel to wipe up all the messes and your hands and face. They are so durable.
You can also head on over to the Viva Diva Cafe where you can meet new people, get a lot of information and just plain have fun. When you register you can earn Diva Delights and get sent special surprises. So please be sure to check out the cafe. It’s fun and there are special offers as well!
WIN IT: One of my readers will win a one year supply of Viva Paper Towels!!!!
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RULES: Open to readers in the US only. Giveaway ends November 18,2009. Winner will be chose using random.org and will have 48 hours to confirm by email. If no confirmation in that time frame a new winner will be chose. Good luck to all entrants.
DISCLAIMER: I was contacted by a M80 to promote this campaign along with hosting a giveaway for a one year supply of Viva Paper Towels. I was not compensated in any way for this post. Recipe courtesy of Food Network’s Sunny Anderson for VIVA Towels