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Who doesn’t love to celebrate love? It’s a wonderful thing! With Valentine’s Day a week away I’m sure many of you have already begun at least thinking about your plans for V-Day. Are you planning on going out for dinner, or staying home for a romantic home cooked dinner? Many local restaurants are extending their Dine-Out menu‘s until the 14th so lover’s can enjoy a 3 course dinner for less. As always Boston Pizza across Canada offer a heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day with $1 of every pizza going towards charity. For those planning to stay home I have a little recipe for a pasta dish to share with you that’s quite simple and so flavourful. Maybe you can even slurp together your pasta a’la Lady & the Tramp.

This is a recipe that I was first introduced to by my boyfriends Grandmother. We beg her to make it for us every time we go to her house. I’ve changed the recipe a bit to make it my own. I promise you this pasta dinner recipe will knock your Valentine’s socks off!

Grandma Z’s Pasta

1 1/2 cups of sun-dried tomatoes

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 small sweet onion chopped

1 clove garlic chopped

2 handfuls of spinach

1 cup milk

1 small tub of Philadelphia cream cheese

1 package fettuccine noodles or egg noodles


In large wok fry onions, mushroom,garlic and spinach with a touch of olive oil or butter. When browned slowly add cream cheese, working it in as it melts. Add sun-dried tomatoes. Slowly add in milk to make the sauce less thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer and stir for 5-10 minutes. Add to pasta and mix together. Et Voila!

I have tried every single time I’ve made this dish to take a good photo of what the sauce looks like and I can never do it justice. Just trust me when I say that this is the best pasta EVER!

Hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love and good food!

Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs. It’s a wonderful herb to use practically any season. Add it into mashed potatoes, toss in on a massive oven roast and voila instant earthy flavour. I like to buy it fresh and then dry it out myself. As with most herbs, it lasts a really long time as well. Here is my recipe for Rosemary Cheddar biscuits. These little biscuits are great for a side dish during family dinners or with a warm bowl of homemade soup. Not only do they taste heavenly out of the oven, they also fill your home with an intoxicating holiday aroma.

Rosemary Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups All Purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp sugar – white, brown or demerara
2 tbsp rosemary chopped – preferably fresh
1 cup aged cheddar cheese
1 whole stick of melted butter
1 cup buttermilk

1. Melt butter in microwave and set out for 5 minutes to cool down.
2. Add buttermilk to melted butter and stir. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar with a wire whisk. Add rosemary and shredded cheese and whisk ingredients.
4. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and combine with spatula.
5. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Yields 10 – 12 biscuits.
6. Bake biscuits on middle rack for 12 – 14 mins. until tops are golden brown. Brush a little butter or margarine on stop of biscuits while fresh out of the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy.

Do you shop at certain grocery stores for the prices, brands, quality or certain products? Do you drive half way across town just because one store offers the tastiest cut of meat, or unique sauces? Usually I shop anywhere from big box Sav-on Foods to the Kitsilano Capers Market. Different stores have different items to offer that are often unique to that them. I’ve complied a list of my favourite store food finds from various Canadian grocers, these items are on my “must get” list whenever I stop at these stores. I will feature a different grocery store in each ‘Grocery Store Gold’ segment. Also, I’ll keep adding more as I discover them.

Today’s feature grocery store is ‘The Real Canadian Superstore’. They are a favourite of mine mainly because of their low-priced food that is actually outstanding quality. Their President’s Choice Line of products is a culinary adventure as they are constantly discovering new recipes from around the world and bringing them to our Canadian stores. Not to mentioned their Joe Fresh line of clothing helps you get your groceries and a new wardrobe all in one stop. Here’s what to add to your grocery list next time your shopping at Superstore.

Maple Balsamic Vinegrette – Maybe it’s the Canadian in me but this balsamic maple salad dressing is simply delicious. Everytime I have guests over I usually dress my salads with it and they are immediately asking what kind of dressing it is. The maple taste is subtle and compliments the creamy balsamic flavour. I usually put it on a spinach salad with a variety of veggies but it can be used on any type of lettuce really. I haven’t yet tried it in cooking but I have a feeling that it would be excellent to saute some meat in as well.

PC Vegetable Lasagna with 7 Cheeses – This is another must pick up whenever I got to Superstore. You would think that perhaps a veggie lasagna would be lacking in heartiness without the meat but you don’t miss it. It’s packed full of vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, corn, spinach and onions. The cheeses are creamy and substantial and it’s a fabulous way to get your vegetables. It’s a definite must try

PC Splendido Rose’ Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce – This is my ‘go to’ pasta sauce. Instead of spaghetti night after spaghetti night I find this is a tasty change that is always a hit. I usually fry up onions and white mushrooms then add the pasta sauce. Add some fried chorizo and add to some boiled tortelinni and voila delicious alternative to a spaghetti dinner. Don’t make the mistake of buying the lighter option of the sauce from the PC Blue Menu though, it lacks flavour. This sauce to be kept refrigerated, you can find it in the deli section.

PC Thai Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Skewers – This is another delicious product from the President’s Choice line of products. They are easy enough to make and come seasoned. I typically fry them in a pan, bending the wooden skewers to make it easier to flip. This can be great as a appetizers for a party or a dinner, accompanied with rice and salad. They don’t take long to cook and are a fast meal idea.

PC Red Velvet Cheesecake – This isn’t a hard sell, most people can’t resist a slice of cheesecake. This soft and creamy cake goes well any season. Superstore has a wide variety of cakes and desserts, including freshly baked doughnuts. Their sugared jelly centered is a personal favourite. I’m also hoping that this holiday season Superstore brings back their Candy Cane Peppermint Cheesecake.

PC Thai Sauces – The PC line of Thai products is well done. Nothing too spicy which works easily for family dinners. The Yellow and Green curry sauces are similar to those found at most Thai restaurants and can be whipped up rather quickly into a meal accompanied with PC Jasmine rice. Another excellent product is their frozen Thai meals, I find that the yellow curry meal with chicken is the best as the green one includes shrimp that gets a bit watery when cooked in the microwave.

The Superstores own house brand is incredible quality at the best price, their produce department is usually excellent as well has a variety fruit and vegetables for all cuisine. One of the only downsides to shopping at Superstore is that you have to plunk $1 into the cart, which can be inconvenient because I don’t always have a loonie on me. Overall I give The Real Canadian Superstore 4/5 Grocery carts.