Herma’s News – Valentine’s Day, Simply Italian, Cheese Savings

The heart of man is very much like the sea. It has its storms. It has its tides. And in its depths it has its pearls too. – Vincent Van Gough 

Dear Customers,

We have been receiving deliveries of merchandise and foods we know you are going to love including delicious Valentine’s Day chocolates. If you are planning on a little retail therapy at Herma’s, be sure to check out our beautiful Valentine’s Day displays. 

Valentine’s Day Bliss

In addition to chocolate for Valentine’s Day find gift items such as fragrant candles, Jellycat stuffed animals, luxurious body care, our beautifully wrapped gift certificates and so much more.

photo by Rummo Pasta

Since 1846 the Rummo family has created a durum pasta that is approved and applauded by the Italian Federation of Chefs. And for those of you that desire gluten-free pasta, corn and brown rice have been masterfully combined using steam to create a delicious and satisfying gluten-free pasta that has been praised by our customers who have tried it and returned for more. At Herma’s find over 50 types of Pasta from Rummo.

Arrabbiata Sauce with Penne Pasta

This recipe will give you a delicious meal requiring very few ingredients. In Italy, it’s the quality of the ingredients that counts.

Ingredients for two People

250 g Rummo Penne Pasta
Jar of Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce from Viani
2 garlic cloves
Parsley, to taste


Finely chop the garlic cloves. Then prep the parsley by removing the stems and finely chopping the leaves.

In a sauté pan heat olive oil, garlic and parsley stalks. After sautéing for a few minutes, add the sauce. Add salt and simmer.

Cook the Penne in a pot of abundant, salted boiling water. Drain them al dente (2 minutes prior to cooking time) and finish cooking directly in the sauté pan with the sauce from which you should first remove the parsley stems. Remove from the heat, add chopped parsley. Stir and toss to mix. Serve, adding more parsley as garnish. Buon appetito!

*Recipe is a slightly altered version of Rummo’s.

Bringing Italy to your Kitchen

At Herma’s find Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Pecorino Romano PDO, 50 types of Rummo Pasta, Pesto, Antipasto, Bruschetta, Tomato Based Sauces, Olives, Anchovies, Capers, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, much of which are imported from Italy with strict guidelines of production. Find foods that allow you to bring Italy to your kitchen which is really an adventure in itself.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

photo by The Fine Cheese Co.

Featured Cheese of the Week

Zacharie Cloutier

Zacharie Cloutier is a multi-award-winning semi-hard, raw sheep’s milk cheese created just outside of the village of Racine, Quebec. It is named in honour of one of Quebec’s earliest colonists who arrived in 1634 and it was awarded best cheese made in Quebec in 2023. Its firm paste is semi-cooked and gives off sweet aromas of butter and caramel. Its orange rind has a braided, woven zigzag pattern like that of a Manchego and it has been described as tasting of fresh hay and sunshine. Pair with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir and a dollop of quince jelly on the side.

photo by Truly Grass Fed and Clawson

25% off – From the United Kingdom

Coombe Castle Huntsman…The attractive combination of stilton and Double Gloucester is a real beauty to be showcased on a cheese and charcuterie platter. The Double Gloucester has a smooth, buttery taste, while the Stilton is tangy resulting in a unique tasting experience to enjoy alongside your charcuterie.

Coombe Castle Fiery Spice…This is a flavorful mature English cheddar that has been given a kick of green and red bell peppers, crushed chili and garlic. It is really amazing on grilled cheese, melted over nachos, blended into a chili con queso dip and grated over roasted vegetables. Pair with a nice pint of cold beer.

Truly Grass Fed Cheddars…Both their 6-month-old and 12-month-old cheddars are from Ireland and are milked from cows who roam pastures that enjoy a 95% grass-fed diet. Smooth and delicious for snacking and more.

Coming soon (maybe by this weekend)! highly recommended Kapuskasing from Ontario and award-winning Pionnier from Quebec.

The Fine Cheese Co. Crackers – fully stocked!

Harry was happy to announce that we received a large delivery of Fine Cheese Co. crackers which are more than just a vehicle for transporting cheese from plate to palate. They make the perfect partners for cheese and there are so many varieties from which to choose.

photos by Frontier Soups

Frontier Soups offer cooks a shortcut to healthy, homemade meals with soups, stews, chili and chowders. These gourmet soup mixes contain all natural ingredients and are heart healthy (low in sodium). Just add chicken, sausage, chicken broth or cream to your pot for a delicious soup. Find Frontier Soup Mix ingredients for soups like Tortilla Soup, Corn Chowder, Sausage & Lentil Soup and so much more. 

French Onion Soup Mix + Bread + Gruyere = Amazing

With black beluga lentils and sliced onions in the mix, this soup has substance and nutrition. Rich and robust on its own or extra luscious with French bread and cheese topping, this gluten free soup is hot and ready in just 50 minutes.

Savings at Herma’s – 50% off Joseph Joseph Cutting Boards and Emile Henry Bread Bakers

Sale ends Sunday, January 28th (while supply lasts, no rain checks).

We look forward to seeing you in coming days. Have a wonderful weekend.


Meredith Ender
Communication Coordinator
Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts