This Valentine’s Day, thanks to Fresh & Easy, I’m planning our dinner menu around a recipe that my husband loves, Penne alla Vodka. Yes, it might be a bit heavy on the garlic, but he absolutely adores it and I enjoy preparing it. It reminds me of a modern twist on my grandmother’s traditional “Sunday gravy” or marinara which I have many fond memories. As a child I would stand in her kitchen making this our weekly ritual. When prepared with the freshest ingredients, I can’t help not to feel an authentic culinary celebration of sorts.
It also just makes my heart happy.
Fresh & Easy makes preparing Italian food just that: fresh AND easy. Their vision is to create a “modern convenience,” which adds something very special to this classic recipe. The tomatoes might not be picked from my grandmother’s vine, but they are organic and locally grown which I love.
So are the herbs that heighten the flavor with every savory bite. The space is always very welcoming, feeling more like a neighborhood farmers’ market than a traditional grocery store which I happen to appreciate when shopping.
Chocolate, roses, and wine…oh, my!
But dinner doesn’t end with the Penne alla Vodka. I’ll be sure to grab some freshly baked bread so hubs can properly sop up the remaining sauce, a bold bottle of their house red wine, and a nice bouquet of these rustic colored Ecuadorian roses for the table since I feel like being a little extra fancy. I’m sure there will be a cupcake somewhere in my basket as well.
With Valentine’s Day falling on Saturday this year, I can’t help but get excited to have both Tot and Hubs in the kitchen donning aprons to help prep for our special dinner. Of course we’ll have music on in the background, so I’m positive at one point we’ll have an impromptu dance party slash lip-sync contest while singing into our wooden spoons. Then we will sit down to dine on the feast we made.
This of course, is exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about. Spending time with those you love the most. Thank you, Fresh & Easy for making it even more special. #onestoploveshop
Photo credits: Nicole Standley + Bradley Hawks
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