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Your Memorial Day Menu Round-Up

By Cameron Madge May 21, 2014

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It’s Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 26! That means it’s time to invite your friends and family over and fire up the grill.
As always, Roche Bros. has all the staples and special touches you need to enjoy this chance to kick-off the summer.
Whether you want to make your own BBQ from scratch or you need to get a whole barbecue spread on the table in no time at all, Roche Bros. Kitchen has everything you need to make your holiday celebration delicious.
Here are our tips for your Memorial Day Menu:

The Grill
For the main course, the options are virtually endless.

Burgers and Hot Dogs: It’s not a cookout without burgers and hot dogs! Keep your backyard barbecue simple and delicious by making burgers with USDA Choice Ground Beef or Laura’s Lean Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef.

Serve burgers that will be your most gourmet guests’ dream with our Certified Angus Beef Prime Grinds. We offer Prime Grinds as 85% and 90% lean ground beef, and made into Pub Burgers, Sliders, and five mouth-watering flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Onion & Pepper, Bacon & Cheddar, and Cracked Black Pepper.

And enjoy a taste of Fenway in your own backyard, with Fenway Franks, new in our deli department.

Stop by the bakery department for all the buns you need to make your burgers and hot dogs complete, and find condiments in the grocery aisle.

True Barbecue Taste: Feature barbecue flavors with our wide selection of fresh ribs or Bell and Evans Chicken Breasts slathered with Sweet Baby Ray’s Award-Winning Barbecue Sauce from our grocery department.

You can also buy grill-ready ribs from Roche Bros. meat case, with your choice of sauces. Or bring home a ready-to-go BBQ from Our Kitchen with BBQ Pulled Pork, St. Louis BBQ Ribs and BBQ Jumbo Chicken Leg Quarters! Just heat and serve, without even lighting up the grill.

Marinated Main Courses: The key to delicious grilled meat is the marinade, which not only keeps it tender and juicy, but also makes for healthier grilling. You can make a simple marinade with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and a hint of honey. It’s great on vegetables or steak. Or give it an Asian flavor for grilled chicken or salmon with soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime, crushed red pepper and brown sugar.

Don’t have the time to make your own? Try our wide-array of marinated Grill-Ready Kebabs. With your choice of teriyaki garlic, bourbon, lemon pepper, lemon garlic or Cajun, and all types of meat to choose from, you can easily please all of your guests’ palates.

Appetizers, Sides & Salads
To ensure that no one goes hungry while the grill is heating up, make sure you have some Honeystung Drummies warmed up from our wing bar.

And you’ll need an array of fresh vegetables with a choice of dips. Save some time in making your crudite platter with the pre-chopped vegetables, available in our produce department.
For dips, Our Kitchen’s Guacamole, Seven-Layer Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip are always big hits. And enhance your cheese and crackers display with Our Own Homemade Cheese Spreads.

For salads, Bud Roche’s original-recipe handmade potato salad has been a staple for many years, alongside newer options, such as our Aegean Pasta Salad, both available in the deli.
And the gourmet Memorial Day side dishes made fresh daily in Our Kitchen include everything from Chickemama Salad to Grilled Cauliflower with Tomatoes.

The Sweet Tooth
For dessert, how about a selection of cookies? From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin, you really can’t go wrong.

Make dessert patriotic with our Flag Decorated Cake or Fresh Fruit Tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.
Or take your pick of our popular Trifles, with your choice of new Black Forest, new Lemon Berry, Chocolate or Strawberry Shortcake.
Of course, you know it’s a great barbecue when seeds of watermelon are sprinkled all over the deck. Don’t forget to pick one up in the produce department!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Roche Bros.

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SmartHarvest Hydroponic Lettuce

By Dena Zigun May 19, 2014

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We’re running a small pilot that could be a part of something really big!  Roche Bros. has introduced SmartHarvest Bistro Blend hydroponic lettuce – now available in our Wellesley store and at Brothers Marketplace in Weston.  Grown locally at Volante Farms in Needham using innovative retrofit shipping containers, SmartHarvest Hydroponic Lettuce offers an environmentally friendly, non-GMO, pesticide free product that is tender and bursting with flavor!

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How does the lettuce go from container to table? Everything starts with the SmartHarvest container.  Custom built from retired shipping containers (saving them from the junkyard), the folks at AquaHarvest build a special growing unit that allows for precise control of 20 different variables affecting the final product – from the exact amount of water to the right spectrum of light and balance of nutrients.  Growing in these controlled environments can save 90% of the water that traditional methods would require, and allows the lettuce to grow without need for any pesticides or GMOs.  Growing in vertical layers reduces the land footprint required by a whopping 97%.  And housing these containers at Volante Farms in Needham means the hyper-local product saves thousands of miles of transportation costs and impact.

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Bottom line, not only does SmartHarvest Lettuce taste delicious, it is a fresher, higher quality offering that gets to you faster with huge environmental savings.  Learn more at the Aqua Harvest website, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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