27 September 2011

Or otherwise known as? Heaven in a box.

Yet another one of my fabulous September sponsors..and you guys? When Kimberley, who works at the family-owned Italian food company Tantillo, emailed me about a sponsorship, I immediately jumped on it. I mean, who doesn't love Italian food? I know, right? That's what I said too.

Keep reading below for the interview, a giveaway and an amazing recipe that Bob and I made with some of the items we received.

If you're not hungry now? You're gonna be.

1. So, tell us a little bit about yourself!
Well, I'm an Italian girl through and through. I've been surrounded by the culture since the day I was born. I love Italian food. No really, I love it. If I could, I would eat pasta every single day. I majored in Public Relations in the hopes of one day helping my parents expand their company. And now, here we are!

2. You work for an awesome company, huh? Do tell!
We are awesome! Tantillo Foods started about 18 years ago and is a family run business, but we are not your average mom & pop operation. All of us have a hand in the business to help to keep it growing more and more every year. Our product line started with a delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil and now we have five different varieties of oil, two different vinegars, four marinara sauces, and two juices! We are always trying to think outside the box and come up with new products to help bring our consumers the best tastes of Italy. We strive everyday to deliver not only the finest quality ingredients, but to offer the most affordable price points we can.

3. How long have you been involved with this company and in what capacity?
I started working with my parents right out of college- there's no turning back now!

4. What are your favorite items and what would you recommend to others?
The OIL! I seriously don't think I could possibly cook without it. Butter doesn't exist in my house, I use the oil for everything. Our new Mediterranean blend is my favorite. Besides my love for olive oil, I do genuinely love and enjoy all of our products and use them all the time. My 14 month old loves the sauce! Such a good Italian boy!

5. A giveaway, you say?
Yes! Hang tight for a little review first...
Hi guys, it's me again. Jenni. The owner of this blog. Ya know... the one who doesn't cook. That doesn't mean that I have a problem eating, however.

Here's what Kim sent us to review from Tantillo Foods:
Or otherwise known as? Heaven in a box.

Bob makes this fabulous oh-so-yummy {it's seriously my new favorite and I can eat it everyday until I die} meal called Chicken Fresco. And in order to make said meal, these are most of the items that you need...
First? Let me share the recipe with you!

Chicken Fresco
  • Chicken breast {we use 3-4}
  • 1/2 oz of balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Roma or vine ripened tomatoes {we use Italian Roma... yum.}
  • 6-8 oz. of white wine
  • 1 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 5 oz. heavy cream
  • 1/3 stick butter
  • Fresh basil
Cooking Instructions:
  • Marinade the chicken in balsamic vinegar for about 30 minutes {we make a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing and use that as a marinade!}
  • Saute chicken in enough olive oil just to keep the pan and chicken coated. Saute chicken until cooked; and plate.
  • Place your slices of tomato on top of chicken breast.
  • Sauce As follows;
  • Combine white wine, lemon juice, in a sauce pan over low-medium heat until warm and almost boil;
  • Lower heat to low. Add heavy whipping cream, and simmer for about 3 minutes to thicken the sauce, now add your cubed butter, whisking all ingredients together constantly. Once sauce is hot and thicker consistency, pull from stove top and top over the plated chicken.
  • Fresh Basil on top of the chicken.
We {I keep saying that, sorry honey}... Bob tends to make the sauce while the chicken is marinading just to give it a little more time to thicken.
While Bob was doing that, want to know what I made with the Tantillo Garlic Dipping Oil?
I'm quite the cook, eh? ;) Hey, but I did make the side dish! You can really eat this meal with any of your favorite side dishes: mashed potatoes, asparagus, etc. But we eat it with brown rice and fresh steamed broccoli.

But it's not just plain brown rice. No. What fun it that? Here's what I put in it...
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 large tomato; diced
  • broccoli florets; chopped
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chicken Fresco sauce & basil to taste
When all is said and done, this is what the rice looks like...
And the rest of the meal? YUM.
We topped the chicken with the Tantillo Balsamic Bliss and OMG. Heaven.
Mmmmm, with some wine? This is seriously the greatest meal EVER.

Hungry yet?

Okay, back to the Tantillo giveaway...
One lucky winner will receive the Mediterranean Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Balsamic Bliss, a lemon juice, and a Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce.

If you would like to receive these "heaven in a box" items, all you need to do is leave a comment with your name and email address! That's it!

This giveaway ends on September 29th at 11pm EST and the winner will be announced on September 30th.

Good luck! Oh, and please let me know if you plan to make this recipe!

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Katie @ Loves of Life said...

Hi. its me. And that meal had me drooling. lovesoflife@hotmail.com

kjarvis2213 said...

Looks very yummy. Would love to try it.

Unknown said...

We love Italian! What a great giveaway :) homeiswithyoublog@gmail.com

Chelsea said...

Italian food is definitely my favorite. I mean seriously, who could go wrong with spaghetti?!


Andrea said...

Love anything that has to do with food :)


Jenni said...

September 29th is my anniversary...I would love to win and maybe make my husband dinner...that would be a shock!


gwennythepooh said...

I think I'd definitely have to try it - I don't use balsamic vinegar very much so this would give me a great reason to try it with a quality ingredient:)

Mary said...

Wow - that looks amazing! Pick ME!!


Lauren Chudzik said...

Definitely plan to make that!
Lauren - lchudzik(at)gmail(dot)com

Jill @ Momma Totally in Love said...

OMG drooling, I hope I win!! I never win anything, lol

Heather said...

Looks delish!!


Anonymous said...

I'm starving!
ahull-rost@cspiinc.com :)

Unknown said...

Awesome products and meal...can Bob drive 5 hours south and make it for me?


Jillian said...

Love it!

Shannon said...

that looks so good! I remember when you first posted that recipe and I saved it thinking I had to try it... Now, I REALLY have to try it!

Christie said...

YES please!


Laura said...

I have to try that recipe. It looks so nummy!



ashley said...



curtsgrl said...

I firmly believe I was Italian in a past life. Oh and I'm glad it's lunch time because the meal made me hungry and I'm going to have to added it to the menu for next month! kblrlf@yahoo.com

Olivia's Mommy said...

so want it! Javier cooks all the time, I have even given him cooking classes, so I am going to send him the recipe...but we would love the giveaway!


Thanks Lady!

Teresa said...

Looks delicious!

Teresa - JTBerry143@comcast.net

Jen said...

I'm so making your chicken fresco this week! YUM!!


Toni said...

I love to cook! This would be great. My email is jackattack623@gmail.com.

rachel said...

oh, I would love a box of heaven. thank yoU!

Andrea said...

Yum!!! That box of heaven has my italian blood pumping!


Susan said...

I love trying out new recipes and this one sounds like a winner!

Susan liblondi@optonline.net

Kim said...

looks yummy!


Erin said...

Can't wait to try it!


Linsley said...

Sounds yummy!

Stephanie Thigpen said...

mmmmm! looks de-lish! :D


Jenni said...

Wow, looks amazing!


bobbers119 said...



Brandi said...


I am married to an Italian boy...another receipe to add to the list.

molly said...

That looks yummy! I would certainly like to win that!

Rebecca said...

Yum! We use olive oil all the time! The recipe looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

Looks really good!!

Megan said...

This made me hungry and I just ate less than an hour ago, dang!

Duchess said...

Oh em gee...so delicious sounding both the products and the recipe. I'm printing it right now to add to our weekly collection!!! :)

I'd love a chance to sample since I love cooking so much :)

duchesss1010 at gmail dot com

Sarah @ Vol Family Life said...

I totally plan on making that recipe! It looks so amazing! Like, I just ate lunch and I now I am hungry again amazing! :)

itsavol {at} yahoo {dot} com

Kat said...

Looks Yummy!


Bridget said...

Looks so good


Sara Z. said...

Looks delicious! :)

Melissa said...

I will TOTALLY be trying this recipe. Looks delicious!!!

Katie said...

OMG so hungry now...thanks ;)


Danielle Westbrook said...

Pick me! Pick me! I will be making that recipe for my lovie ASAP!

Danielle Westbrook - daniellewestbrook@hotmail.com

Unknown said...


Laura said...

Yum, italian food!

staci said...

OMG...I'm suddenly starving. Oh, and I'll accept an invite for that dinner anytime...delivery is fine too.

Anonymous said...

YUM! I'm Summer at summerelaine@hotmail.com

Ashley said...

I've never heard of this brand, but I waaaaaaant that big ol bottle of Olive oil! *drool*

Ashley - laughlovelattes @ gmail.com

Shannon said...

Looks amazing!

Shannon Smith


Kendra said...

Mmmmmmm.... looks good to me.

Christina said...

This Italian girl loves to cook! 1 box please!


MrsD said...

That recipe looks great!We might try it for a weekend birthday dinner this weekend. quinn.heath@gmail.com

Miranda said...

The prize and your meal both look delicious!


The Steens said...

looks so good!!
Shannon - shannonsteen@hotmail.com

fuzzydancer said...

Would love to make that for dinner asap. Pretty sure the hubby would like it too :)



Becki said...

This inspired me to get creative with cooking. I'd love to win!

becsunshine at hotmail dot com

Pamela said...

Love Italian food!

Pam Boimel:


Kristin said...

I'm 1/4 Italian so I'm pretty sure that qualifies me to say this looks delicious.


Melissa @ Growing Up Geeky said...

My husband is Italian, and I just love Italian food!


Jamie said...

Jamie Baker

Shaun said...



Shannon said...

the recipe sounds great! thanks for sharing


Valerie1283 said...

Recipe looks delish!!

Valerie Foresta


Samantha said...

Looks delish



Jami said...

This sounds easy enough that I could do it!


Kayleigh Larkins said...

looks tasty!

kayleigh larkins
Baby and the Hounds

Courtney said...

I'm not gonna lie...that meal looks FABULOUS...I'd love to try some of their product, so here's to winning! XO
Courtney (at) baxtronlife (dot) com

Amy said...

Amy Scroggs

I'd bake a garlic bulb with the olive oil as an appetizer (drizzle the bread with some balsamic bliss) and make some eggplant parmesan for dinner with the tomato basil sauce!

Ellen said...

You've been talking about this dish for a while but I love that you posted the photos. This is seriously my dinner tonight. The chicken is marinating now. Hope it turns out as well as yours (Bob). Next, I'll hope to try it with Tantillo Olive Oil.

Mindy said...

Wow! I must make that next week, it looks amazing!


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