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Top Ways to Make Your Memorial Day Fresh and Local

By Sara White May 17, 2017

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It’s time for the official weekend to start off your summer BBQ season!

Make your Memorial Day menu local and flavorful with these fresh ideas:

Change up your burgers.

Start your beef burgers with high-quality meat, such as our USDA Choice Ground Beef or Laura’s Lean Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef. Add unique toppings, such as fried onions, sweet mango chutney or herbed goat cheese. Don’t miss our new Berkshire Black Pork Burgers, made fresh daily in the store! Try all four flavors: Sweet Sausage with Peppers & Onions; Hot Sausage with Peppers & Onions; Chipotle and Cheese; and Sweet Sausage with Broccoli Rabe.

Feature local cheeses on your cheeseboard.

Upon arrival, tempt your guests with cheeses that are made right here in Massachusetts, including Smith’s Farmstead Gouda from Winchedon, Mass., and Shy Brothers Farm Hannahbells in plain or shallot flavor. Or create a cheeseboard with options that hail from all over New England with our guide to Making a New England Cheese Board.

Choose new salads as side dishes.

Keep everyone coming back to the buffet table for more sides with bright, flavorful salads they’ve never had before, in addition to our popular homemade potato salad. Stop by the deli for the latest new choices: Tuscan Two-Bean, Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw and Homemade Red, White and Blue Potato Salad. And from Our Kitchen, try Thai-inspired Mango Salad and Sweet and Sour Carrot Salad.

Grill your fruits and veggies.

The grill brings out the flavors of fruits and veggies for sides that match well with grilled and barbecued main courses. Read our Guide to Grilling Vegetables for tips and suggestions. Try grilling fruit kabobs with watermelon and pineapple. Serve them on the skewer for dessert, or take it off and mix it with feta and fresh mint for a refreshing salad.

Celebrate with fresh seafood off the boat.

Fresh fish from New England waters is fit for marinating and grilling. And so is seafood, such as oysters or our Chef-Ready Lobster Tails. Pick up shrimp skewers that are all set for throwing on the grill, and shrimp cocktail to eat while the grill is heating up!

Keep it sweet in red, white and blue.

Make your Memorial Day parties patriotic with a bit of red, white and blue! Decorate mini bowls of vanilla ice cream with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, or top our pastry shells with the same. And serve stripes with berry kabobs, all lined up on a platter, plus fresh whipped cream for dipping.

As always, our bakery is prepared for your celebration with flag cakes, red, white and blue trifles and more.

Enjoy cold New England beer.

Sit back with an ice-cold New England Beer! Select from a wide array, from Jack’s Abby to Harpoon IPA, at Roche Bros. stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and now Downtown Crossing. (Find great wine options, too, using our Guide to Pairings for the Grill!)

 

Wishing you a great start to the summer from all of us at Roche Bros!

 

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Mother’s Day

By Sara White May 07, 2017

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Flowers for Mother’s Day: This Mother’s Day, show mom your appreciation for everything she does all year long! Start her day with a beautiful floral arrangement. Stop by our floral department for bouquets of all sorts, or ask a floral designer for help in creating something in your mom’s favorite colors.

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry French Toast Bake: Assemble a sweet Blueberry French Toast Bake the day before and sneak it in the oven the next morning before mom wakes up.

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Polenta Breakfast Casserole: Surprise mom with a savory breakfast casserole with smoky bacon and creamy polenta.

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Seared Sea Scallop Salad: Feature a main entree salad topped with seared fresh Foley scallops. You’ll be sure to impress mom with your culinary skills!

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Lemon Mousse: These individual Lemon Mousse desserts will make mom feel special, along with everyone else at your celebration!

Bakery Desserts: Stop by our bakery for ready-to-serve desserts that mom will love! From Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Torte garnished with white chocolate curls and pastries to cookies and cupcakes, we have what you need to make the day sweet.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: Make your own chocolate-dipped strawberries! Melt milk, dark or white chocolate in a double boiler on the stove. Dip the strawberries and line them on a cookie sheet with parchment. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens. And if you don’t have time to make your own, we have them ready for you to take home.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Roche Bros.!

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Easter Celebrations Any Time of Day

By Dena Zigun April 13, 2017

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Welcome Easter – and finally a glimpse of spring – with bursts of color and texture from our in-store floral shop. Come with your ideas and design the centerpiece you have in mind, or pick up something seasonal arranged by our floral designers.

Get creative with a mix of your own festive ideas and some favorites from our kitchen for brunch, dinner or a dessert display:

 

Beautiful Brunch

Whether served seated or buffet style, Easter brunch is fun … to make and to share. Toast to the holiday with a fizzy and fruity brunch cocktail. Simply mix a puree of fresh peaches or berries with white sparkling wine. Or serve traditional mimosas.

Make eggs the feature, with a frittata or quiche. French toast casserole is easy to make the day before and heat it up the next day. Arrange slices of French bread in a buttered baking dish with a mixture of eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also make it in two layers, with marmalade, preserves or cream cheese as filling.

Complement your brunch menu with light, healthy sides from Our Kitchen, such as Broccoli and Chicken Sausage Pasta Salad and English Peas with Pearl Onions, and fresh seafood, such as shrimp cocktail and mini crab cakes.

For a sweet finish, bring home our mini cinnamon rolls and serve this recipe for Chocolate Eggs in a Nest. For the middle of the table, stop by the produce department for a crystal bowl of fresh cut fruit.

A Dinner Tradition

For a traditional, memorable main course for dinner, make Our Signature Honey Crunch Ham the centerpiece of your table. It’s been a fixture on tables throughout New England for years.  Or try something else for this year’s entree. Select Our Honey Crunch Turkey – with the same special glaze and crunch as the ham – boneless turkey breast, spiral cut ham, prime rib or roasted boneless leg of lamb.

Make your own main course, such as rack of lamb encrusted with pistachios or roast leg of lamb with rosemary. Or glaze ham with a cherry glaze or maple mustard.

Turn your entree into a complete meal with potatoes! Make a potato creation of your own or try our potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes or roasted fingerling potatoes. Serve turkey with our maple glazed carrots and seasonal pesto vegetables.

 

Just Desserts

Keep it sweet with an all-desserts celebration in the afternoon or evening. Lots of little sweets are always enticing. Select from more than 30 choices at our Cookie Table, from biscotti to shortbread and much more.

For the centerpiece, choose from our Coconut Cake with silky, fresh pastry cream with natural coconut flavor and covered with shredded coconut or our own handmade Ricotta Pie. Go chocolate with our hand-decorated Chocolate Easter Egg Cake or feature lemon cream between three layers of yellow cake in our Limoncello Cake, topped with crunchy crumb topping.

Happy Easter from all of us at Roche Bros.!

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Meatless Meal Ideas for Lenten Fridays

By Sara White April 07, 2017

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There’s no need for boring meals on these last Fridays during lent. Add a twist to your meatless repertoire in the kitchen with our new recipe roundup:

 

Grilled Cilantro-Lime Fish Tacos

With flaky grilled fish wrapped in a warm tortilla with a squeeze of lime, this popular street food is easy to make at home. Get creative with your toppings. Try avocado crema, pico de gallo or corn salsa.

Falafel Waffles

Falafel – a Middle Eastern street food that’s popular across the globe – takes on an unexpected shape in the form of savory waffles packed with chickpeas, parsley and spices and topped with a Mediterranean Salad.

Mini Lasagna Cups

Easy to assemble and customize, these Mini Lasagna Cups are family-approved. Make it your own by adding vegetable fillings, such as zucchini and summer squash or onions and peppers.

Open-Faced Butternut Squash & Kale Omelet

This healthy omelet is filled with hearty, nutrient-rich vegetables. It makes a colorful choice for a breakfast-for-dinner night. Change up the veggies – it’s also great with sweet potatoes, beets, bell peppers and many others. And pair it with a Blueberry French Toast Bake.

Cornflake-Crusted Fish Sticks

Go for homemade fish sticks with a crunchy cornflake crust. Select from fresh fish in our seafood department from our partner Foley Fish, such as cod or haddock.

Skillet Salmon over Arrabbiata Pasta

Omega-3-rich salmon meets a zesty, spicy red sauce in our Skillet Salmon over Arrabbiata Pasta, with fresh basil mixed in and Parmesan sprinkled on top.

Curried-Mango Fish

Bring a hint of Caribbean heat to your dinner table with fish coated in flour and spices and cooked in an easy-to-make mango curry sauce. Serve with rice boiled in coconut milk. Use coconut flour for a gluten-free version.

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Passover Menu Tips and Choices

By Dena Zigun April 06, 2017

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Whether you want to cook a spectacular Passover dinner yourself or take the meal home with you to heat and serve – or something in between – Roche Bros. has everything you need to make this Passover a special one. This year Passover is April 10 to April 28. The first night of the holiday is celebrated on Monday, April 10.

Here’s what you need to know to plan your best seder menu yet, and to make your family’s meals throughout the whole eight-day holiday flavorful and easy:

 

Appetizers

Passover appetizers are full of tradition, and for many people, they’re the best part of the meal.

Take home Chopped Chicken Liver and Gefilte Fish, with a side of horseradish. The holiday just wouldn’t be the same without the aroma of Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls simmering on the stove.

You’ll also find all the matzo and matzo crackers you need – both regular and gluten-free – in our grocery department.

 

Entrées

Whether you make your own or bring it home, you can’t go wrong with brisket as your Passover main course.

Other traditional choices include roast chicken or turkey, and chicken breasts stuffed with matzo stuffing. Try our recipe for Whole Roasted Lemon-Thyme Chicken, with fresh-squeezed lemon and savory thyme. Find all of the main course meats you need for any recipe in Roche Bros.’ meat department – or take it with you, from Our Kitchen to your table.

 

Side Dishes

From fresh spring vegetable side dishes to traditional Passover accompaniments, your options are virtually endless.

In Our Kitchen, we’ll be roasting fingerling potatoes, as well as Brussels sprouts, and making our own Homemade Potato Kugel. We’ll be glazing carrots with maple syrup, grilling asparagus and making matzo stuffing, with mushrooms or spinach or plain and simple.

If you’re looking to make a colorful side dish, pair your chicken or brisket with a  rainbow of vegetables. Mix fresh sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, zucchini and onions, with olive oil and your choice of fresh herbs. Roast them slowly in the oven at a low temperature so they’ll come out bursting with beauty and flavor.

Dessert

Just because everyday cakes and cookies aren’t part of the Passover tradition, that doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. Roche Bros. has all sorts of great unleavened choices  to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth.

Find all flavors and sizes of macaroons in our bakery department. And steal the show with Our Own Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake. This rich, fudgy creation will be the pinnacle of your meal and wow all of your guests. Bake your own dessert centerpiece with our recipe for a light and airy Mocha-Almond Meringue Cake with rich mocha filling.

The whole meal catered for you!

If you’re looking for a home-style Passover meal without all the work, order everything you need from Roche Bros. catering service by special order.

In addition to Roast Brisket as an entree, we are offering Stuffed Matzo Chicken Breasts, Orange Honey Chicken Breasts and Roast Plainville Turkey, ready to heat and serve at home.

A full dinner for 8-10 people with the entrée of your choice includes the following: 1 pound of Chopped Chicken Liver or 8 pieces of Gefilte Fish, 3 quarts of Chicken Soup and 12 Matzo Balls, your choice of two 4-pound Side Dishes, and a Brownie and Macaroon Platter.

Happy Passover from all of us at Roche Bros!

We encourage ordering ahead to ensure availability. 

Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not kosher establishments.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Dena Zigun February 07, 2017

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Say “Be Mine” this Valentine’s Day with your choice of sweet and special touches from Roche Bros.:

Say it with flowers: From traditional red roses to a cyclamen with heart-shaped leaves and more, our floral department is stocked with ways to show your love.

Say it with fruit: Make your Valentine’s Day gifts “blossom” into something bright, healthy and tempting with beautiful fruit or vegetable arrangements from Blossoms by Roche Bros.

Impress your love by serving a romantic dinner without lifting a finger: Our chefs are behind the stove preparing everything you need to serve a romantic dinner for two. From specialties including Grilled Steak Tips and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes to elegant side dishes such as Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Pesto Roasted Vegetables, all you have to do is heat and serve … and get more time to enjoy your company!

Show off in your kitchen with Surf and Turf: Pair fresh seafood – such as a lobster tail or grilled Wild Coho Salmon– with USDA Choice Tenderloin for a majestic combination that is sure to be savored.

As an appetizer, fill their heart with joy with our Heart Shaped Ravioli, filled with cheese or lobster. (Or make it a main course!)

Share sweets with your sweetheart: Our Bakery is offering desserts from the heart … from heart-shaped shortbreads glazed with raspberry to a chocolate heart truffle cake to share. Add a chocolate-dipped strawberry to the plate!

The grocery aisles have some enticing gluten-free choices, too.

Sprinkle the table with Hershey’s Kisses for a fun effect or give your love a box of Lake Champlain dark chocolate sea salt caramels. And make it easy to say what you really mean with Necco Sweethearts.

Toast with a ‘Chocolate-Covered Raspberry’: Enjoy a special way of saying cheers that blends Harpoon Chocolate Stout with Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic.  Also find other fine beer and wine, including from Flowers Vineyards and Winery, in our Downtown Crossing, Sudbury, West Roxbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley stores.

If you’re looking for anything else to make your Valentine’s Day celebration stand out, just ask a Roche Bros. associate. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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Making a Memorable Memorial Day Menu

By Sara White May 20, 2015

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Memorial Day is coming up and Roche Bros. is ready with everything you need to start off your summer BBQ season.

Check out our latest suggestions for your Memorial Day Menu:

 

Spice up your burgers.

Begin your burger prep with our USDA Choice Ground Beef or Laura’s Lean Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef. Then, bring on the fire before you light up the coals by blending jalapeno and poblano peppers into the beef. Top them with avocado and fresh cilantro. For an Italian version, mix in basil, oregano and garlic powder, and top them with mozzarella and marinated tomatoes.

Or let us make them mouth-watering for you 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 flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Onion & Pepper, Bacon & Cheddar, and Cracked Black Pepper.

 

Grill something different.

Find something new to cook on the grill this year. We recommend Kayem Artisan Sausages or Shepard’s Pride Lamb.

Perhaps you grill the same vegetables year after year. This Memorial Day, warm up your salad with grilled hearts of romaine lettuce, simply prepared with olive oil, salt and pepper! Eggplant takes on the smoky flavors of the fire well, too. Coat it with miso and soy sauce or marinate it in balsamic vinaigrette.

Fresh fish is fit for marinating and grilling. And so is seafood, such as oysters or our Chef-Ready Lobster Tails.

Try grilling fruit kabobs with watermelon and pineapple. Serve them on the skewer for dessert, or take it off and mix it with feta and fresh mint for a refreshing salad.

You can also buy grill-ready ribs from Roche Bros. meat case, with your choice of sauces. Or take home the whole BBQ from Roche Bros. Kitchen with Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips, BBQ Pulled Pork, St. Louis BBQ Ribs and BBQ Jumbo Chicken Leg Quarters!

 

Satisfy guests with salads and dips.

While the grill is heating up, have chips and dips ready for snacking. Spinach and Artichoke Dip or Guacamole both go well with our in-house cooked tortilla chips. And keep your salads fresh and full of flavor with our new Blueberry & Kale Salad and Sweet Pea & Prosciutto Pasta Salad. And don’t miss our All-Natural Cole Slaw and Bud Roche’s Famous Homemade Potato Salad.

 

Sweeten the day in red, white & blue.

Make your Memorial Day parties patriotic with a bit of red, white and blue! Arrange blueberries and strawberries in stripes with fresh whipped cream for dessert. Or take the berries and cream and use them to decorate an Angel Food Cake from our bakery. Or choose from our Flag Decorated Cake or Fresh Fruit Tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream, and our popular Trifles.

 

Say cheers. Toast at your backyard BBQ with beer and wine selections from our Roche Bros. stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley. To plan your celebration, read our guides to pairings for the grill, drinking rosé and enjoying New England Beers.

From all of us at Roche Bros., we hope you have a great long weekend!

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