Viva Towels: Get Closer to Your Food Giveaway {Ends 11/19}



When I first got married, my husband and I always purchased the cheapest paper towels we could find but we often found that we went through the roll so fast.  We decided to try a different brand to see if we could get better life out of our paper towels so it wouldn't be so costly.  We just randomly choose Kleenex Viva Towels.  I do not know how we accidentally choose what I think are the best paper towels out there but we did and have never gone back.

We have used them for everything!  I love them for their softness, absorbency, and many uses.  A normal paper towel is too rough to be used on your hands, face, or anything other than spills.  My favorite thing to do with Viva Paper Towels is to use them for homemade baby wipesViva Towels are so soft that they are softer than most name brand baby wipes and with just a few natural ingredients, I do not have to worry about the harshness of the chemicals in baby wipes either.  A roll of Viva Towels makes enough baby wipes to fill 4 or 5 boxes of baby wipes.  This is much cheaper than buying them!

Right now, Viva and Sunny Anderson are working together to provide families with great recipes that will cause the whole family to want to get together.  The economy is hard for all of us so people are doing more and more of their gatherings at home to cut down the cost.  Viva understands that and has decided to make that easy by giving you lots of great recipes and by making towels that are great for cleanup!
Viva is also hosting a wonderful sweepstakes right now on the Food Network.  You can enter to win a trip to the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival and meet Sunny Anderson. 

Some of my favorite recipes from Viva are their Fork Free recipes.  These are going to be great for the holidays because they are simple, easy, and fast.  You can find my favorite below:

The Viva Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients
For the Bruschetta:

* 1 1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
* salt
* 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


Directions

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.

*To see great recipes from Sunny Anderson and some videos visit FoodNetwork.com




WIN IT!!!


The Winner is #7 - Cdziuba
 
Thank you, Viva for sponsoring this great giveaway for my readers! 


Disclosure: This review is based on my own honest unbiased opinion of Viva Towels. You may or may not agree with my opinion. I was sent product free of charge to review. No one from Viva was involved in the writing of this post.

77 comments:

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