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Catering for Rosh Hashanah

By Sara White September 08, 2016

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L’Shanah Tovah! Rosh Hashanah is upon us once again, and it’s time to start planning your High Holiday celebrations. To make your life easier, Creative Entertaining Catering has an assortment of delicious appetizers, sides, and main courses to make sure your gathering has everything it needs.

This year, try our Mediterranean Chopped Salad or our new Honey Roasted Beets as a side with our Mahogany Chicken w/Figs & Cranberry.

For a full menu, as well as additional information about our holiday catering service, see our full Rosh Hashanah Catering Menu here. Special Order deadline is Saturday, September 24th.


Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not Kosher establishments.





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Labor Day Barbecue Ideas

By Sara White September 02, 2016

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Labor Day Weekend marks the last long weekend of the summer. The school year has started, and it’s time to say goodbye to those lazy summer days. There’s no better way to end the summer than with a big backyard barbecue.

Here are some ideas for changing up your BBQ this weekend:

Fire up the Grill

For the main course, spice things up with seasoned burgers and kabobs that are ready to grill. Stop by our meat department and try our Berkshire Black Pork burgers — made with only premium heritage pork from 100% Berkshire Black pigs — in spicy flavors, such as Hot Sausage with Peppers and Onions or Chipotle Cheese. Also select from seasoned patties made with Certified Angus Prime Beef and turkey burgers  For hot dogs, our Berkshire Black Franks are ready in just a few minutes on a hot grill.

Summer Sides

Stop by our deli to pick up your favorite summer sides and salads. From our new Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw or Red, White & Blue Potato Salad to old favorites such as All Natural Cole Slaw and Homemade Potato Salad, there are options for everyone at your party.

Don’t Forget the Produce

You can’t have a cook-out without some sweet, juicy watermelon. Enjoy it as is, or incorporate it into exciting new salads, salsas or sweet treats using this recipe for Watermelon Blueberry Pops or any of these great ways to serve watermelon.

Find new ways to enjoy the bounty of tomatoes in the produce department, from panzanella salad to homemade Bloody Marys. Or savor summer tomatoes well into the fall by making your own homemade ketchup in a slow-cooker!

No Time to Cook?

If you’ve decided last minute to host a Labor Day get together, we’ve got you covered there as well! Our Hot Bar has plenty of BBQ Favorites like Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs, and Mom’s Baked Beans, all hot and ready to serve so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking up the last of the summer sun.






4th of July Roundup

By Dena Zigun July 02, 2016

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Happy 4th of July from Roche Bros.!

You know summer is in full swing when July 4th is upon us! At Roche Bros., we have everything you need to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends.

From that sweet and tangy BBQ flavor to desserts in patriotic shapes and colors, here are our suggestions to make your Fourth of July special:


Heating Things Up

If you’re looking to heat things up by firing up the grill – or want a little spice at your cookout – we have all the special items you need to  your BBQ.

For the main course, offer our Certified Angus Prime Grinds and Fenway Franks.

Don’t forget to stop in the bakery for the rolls! And look for gluten-free BBQ options in the grocery aisle.

Make it a Rib Fest with all sorts of fresh ribs in our meat department, with your favorite barbecue sauce. You can also find grill-ready ribs – and a wide array of other marinated meats from chicken thighs to skirt steak – in our meat case. Or bring home a ready-to-go BBQ from Our Kitchen with our Signature Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips or  St. Louis BBQ Ribs! Just heat and serve, without even lighting up the grill.

Add some real cache to your stars-and-stripes celebration with our Chef Ready Lobster Tails. Try them plain or marinated, with your choice of Lemon Rosemary, Lime Vinaigrette, Roasted Garlic, Sweet Teriyaki or Sriracha BBQ.


Show off your cooking skills by grilling vegetables to enjoy on the side. From corn on the cob grilled in the husk to rainbow grilled vegetables on skewers, you really can’t go wrong.

Or pick up some ready-to-go side dishes from Our Kitchen. Try some long-time BBQ favorites, such as Mom’s Baked Beans, mac and cheese and cole slaw. Or change it up with roasted fingerling potatoes, mango salad or vegetables with pesto.

When you’re ready for a toast, check out our primer on pairing your grilled meats with wines to enhance their flavor.


Playing it Cool

With the sun beating down, some of your guests will surely want to play it cool. Make sure you have these crisp, cool options available for them to enjoy:

Salads: Always a crowd-pleaser, find Bud Roche’s original recipe Homemade Potato Salad in our deli department.

It’s also a great time to try something new! Serve up the new salads from Our Kitchen. Select from spicy, sweet Mango Salad,  Kale Caprese Salad that’s a fresh twist on a classic, Sweet and Sour Rainbow Salad and White and Green Asparagus Salad.

Dips: Our Kitchen’s Guacamole, Seven-Layer Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip go well with crackers, chips and your crudite platter.

Cheese: For the holiday festivities, why not make your own cheese board? Roche Bros.’ cheese department has everything you need. A traditional French cheese board includes four cheeses: one made with sheep’s milk, one made with cow’s milk, one goat cheese and one blue cheese.

Try Locatelli Pecorino Romano, President Brie, Chavrie Goat Cheese and Salemville Amish Blue. Or ask an expert for suggestions in the cheese department. Add grapes, almonds and a bit of honey and your cheese board is complete.

And if don’t have the time, don’t worry! We have plenty of time to make a cheese board for you, so come to Roche Bros. to pick one up.


Finishing Sweet

We’re celebrating red, white and blue with an array of Patriotic Desserts in our bakery that are ready for you to bring home! From cakes to tarts to trifles, we have an option for everyone.

Use that sweet final moment to keep things cool with sliced watermelon and popsicles in all colors. On a holiday at this time of year, you’ll need enough frozen delights for kids and grown-ups alike.

Extend the party a little bit longer by circling the grill and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores. We have many choices for graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate throughout the grocery department. For a new twist on this campfire tradition, try our new recipe for “Adult S’mores,” with local ingredients from Vermont!

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Roche Bros.!american_flag_photo





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Celebrate July 4th with Food in Red, White & Blue

By Sara White June 22, 2016

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This July 4th weekend, get patriotic all the way down to the food on your plate with our fun, delicious and colorful food and drink ideas.

Start by decorating your table with a red and white gingham table cloth. Tie your white napkins in red and blue ribbons, and don’t forget flowers to match.

Enjoy our favorite tastes of red, white and blue with these preparations for every part of your party:


Festive at the first bite: Get everyone in the mood for fireworks with easy-to-make bruschetta with tomatoes and blue cheese. Take a crusty French baguette home from our bakery. Chop up fresh tomatoes for the topping and season with salt and pepper, plus a touch of olive oil. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on top for the finish.

Fill your chip and dip plate with blue corn tortilla chips, or mix them with white. Serve with bowls of fresh salsa and sour cream.

Start your soiree with mini bowls of spicy gazpacho. Blend chopped onions, cucumbers, peppers, celery, canned tomatoes and seasonings, and top with crushed blue chips and a dollop of sour cream.


Your patriotic dinner is served: Turn burgers into fireworks of red, white and blue. Top them with a roasted red pepper, a slice of grilled, white Vidalia onion and a round of blue cheese. Or keep it simple – and spicy – with a swirl of buffalo sauce and cool ranch dressing.

Give grilled chicken a boost with freshly made strawberry-blueberry salsa on top. Chop the berries, along with fresh ginger, garlic, and onions. This salsa also goes well with white fish, such as cod or haddock.


Three cheers for spectacular side dishes: The patriotic red, white and blue potato mix in our produce department is ideal for this holiday. Roast them in the oven with salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh herbs. Stir in some sliced red peppers before roasting to make them even brighter.

Mix cherries, blueberries, pecans and scallions into red and white quinoa or wild rice. Serve warm or cold as a BBQ side.


A sweet independence: Offer stars-and-stripes yogurt parfaits as part of your Independence Day dessert. Find parfaits in our kitchen or make your own, layered in stripes with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Add a star fruit slice on the side before serving!

For another beautiful way to serve stripes, make berry kabobs. Serve with fresh whipped cream for dipping.

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


A glass of something festive: Fruity cocktails with fizz bring sparkle to your celebration. Try Prosecco or champagne with raspberries and blueberries in the glass. Or make a pitcher of white wine spritzers with seltzer, berries and a slice of star fruit on the side of the glass. Find your choice of wine at Roche Bros. in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and Downtown Crossing.

For something non-alcoholic, try our recipe for red, white and blue layered mocktails and striped ice cubes. Or replace the wine in the spritzer with white grape juice! For a fun addition, add raspberries and blueberries with the water in your ice cube trays. Use the cubes in regular or sparkling water.


Happy 4th from all of us at Roche Bros!






Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day

By Sara White June 16, 2016

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Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday and it’s time to celebrate with all of his favorite things.

This year, thank dad with some of these fun pairings:


Bacon and Brunch

The only thing better than a big, hearty brunch is when it’s served with bacon! Pair bacon with eggs any style, or mix crumbled bacon into Egg and Veggie Muffins, baked in the oven. Wrap gorgonzola stuffed dates in bacon, or stuff bacon in your French Toast.


Steak and Seafood

Father’s Day calls for a special dinner, complete with surf and turf!  Start with an extra-thick Big Daddy Porterhouse Steak or a Tomahawk Rib Steak with a dramatic, extra-long rib bone. And pair it with a Chef-Ready Lobster Tail, oysters on the half shell or jumbo shrimp cocktail. On the side, roast asparagus or Brussels sprouts and potatoes with fresh rosemary. Or make a sauce of sautéed mushrooms, minced shallots, red wine and fresh thyme. Serve with dad’s favorite wine! 


Coffee and Cake

Make Dad’s special day sweeter with some treats from our bakery, paired with a cup of joe. Choose from cakes decorated for Father’s Day, cakes covered in whipped cream and more. For his coffee, in the morning or after dinner, make him a homemade cold brew or bring home iced coffee, ready to serve!


Balloons and Beer

Surprise dad with festive balloons in all colors, including “Happy Father’s Day” mylars, available in the floral department. And toast with a sampling of local beers from our Beer and Wine Departments at Roche Bros. in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and Downtown Crossing stores.






Top Ways to Make Your Memorial Day Fresh and Local

By Sara White May 26, 2016

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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!






Mother’s Day

By Sara White May 01, 2016

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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.


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


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!

Lemon Mousse

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 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.!






Passover Celebration and Survival Guide

By Sara White April 17, 2016

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Of course, brisket is the traditional centerpiece of the Passover Seder meal — whether it’s from Our Kitchen, or you make it yourself.

For this year’s main course, pair your brisket with a chicken dish that’s full of flavor, such as our recipe for Spiced Marinated Chicken with Orange, Fennel & Zucchini. Or keep it simple and pick up ready-to-heat chicken breasts from our kitchen with orange-honey glazed or encrusted with almonds.

For side dishes, we’re roasting Brussels sprouts and serving up the traditional holiday dishes, including tzimmes, chicken soup with matzo balls and matzo stuffing. We’re also celebrating the bounty of spring produce with white and green asparagus salad, Mediterranean chopped salad and sweet & sour carrot salad, fresh from Our Kitchen. In the deli, find chopped liver and potato pancakes for appetizers. And stop by the bakery for Kosher for Passover desserts!

(If you’re searching for your fix on the traditional holiday menu and getting ready to host your family and friends, check out our complete Passover catering menu. Be sure to order by April 20th for pick up beginning on April 21st.)

And when the leftovers from the seder are all used up, here are some ideas to keep mealtime interesting throughout the entire holiday:


Make a Matzo Pizza
It’s comfort food, Passover style! You’ll want another piece of matzo when it’s topped with a shmear of red sauce and gooey, melted mozzarella cheese. Add fresh mozzarella and basil for a Margherita Pizza or set up a make-your-own party and let everyone choose their toppings.

Fry it up
Everything is better when fried. Matzo Brei, a traditional dish made with matzo fried with eggs, is satisfying in its simplicity. Start by soaking matzo in water or milk, and breaking it into pieces. Then, fry it in a pan with eggs. Make it sweet by adding bananas and pecans or cinnamon sugar.

Experiment with eggs
Speaking of eggs, a well-known symbol used at the holiday seder, Passover is a great time to make eggs the centerpiece of dinner one night, even without matzo in the mix. Make a frittata or a scramble with herbs and your choice of vegetables. Try Shakshouka, a dish with eggs poached in a sauce containing tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, that’s typically spiced with cumin.

Pile potatoes on your plate
When bread is out of the question, play with all the great ways to cook with potatoes! Roast them with salt, fresh pepper and olive oil, or turn them into a hash-brown crust to whole a mix of vegetables and cheese.

Create new fish, meat or chicken dishes
Many truly incredible meals aren’t leavened anyway. Passover is the time to try out the fish, meat and chicken dishes you haven’t had a chance to make lately — as long as they don’t contain chometz. Bake salmon with fresh herbs, lemon and oil or chicken with figs, balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey.

Drink a glass of wine
It’s tradition to have four glasses of wine at each Passover seder. As the holiday continues, celebrate with wine selections from our stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield, Wellesley and Downtown Crossing.

(BONUS: If you’re eating gluten free, you can enjoy all of the suggestions in this guide. Just be sure to use gluten-free matzo!)

Happy Passover from all of us at Roche Bros.

Roche Bros and Sudbury Farms sell both Kosher and non-Kosher foods.






Made in Massachusetts

By Sara White April 14, 2016

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This Patriots’ Day, celebrate with local, Massachusetts-made products! At Roche Bros., we’re proud to offer a wide array of high quality products made by vendors right here in Massachusetts. From the grocery aisles to the cheese shop and every department in between, find all sorts of products from local artisans to fill your cart.


At breakfast, spread your toast with the all-natural, no-pectin preserves from Bonnie’s Jams, brewed in small batches with just a touch of sugar.jams2

At lunchtime, dress your salad with all-natural salad dressings from Cindy’s Kitchen of Brockton. And keep that salad local with the hydroponic greens from FreshBox Farms, grown in Millis in innovative indoor farms, or the organic sprouts and microgreens from 2 Friends Farm in Attleboro.


For party appetizers, serve your guests a chip-and-dip plate that’s made in Mass., with authentic, gluten-free Mi Nina Tortilla Chips and fresh NOLA’s Salsa. Wash it all down with Spindrift Soda, made with fresh-squeezed fruit and sparkling water.



Create a Massachusetts-made cheeseboard, with Hannahbells Tiny Handmade Cheeses from Shy Bros. Farm in Westport Point, Berkshire Blue from Great Barrington, and goat cheese logs from Westfield Farms in Hubbardstown.


For dinner, select Local Harvest beef, including meat that comes from local farms, and meat pies from Centerville Pies, made in a shop on Cape Cod.  And choose from a wide array of fish locally caught on the Georges Bank of Cape Cod, from our fresh fish partner, Foley Fish.


Make sure dessert is locally sweet and handcrafted with Batch Ice Cream, made with fresh New England dairy, organic evaporated cane juice and Fair Trade chocolate and coffee. Top off the ice cream with scratch-baked cookies and brownies from Dancing Deer Baking Co.


Enjoy these Massachusetts products and many more throughout the store!





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Easter Recipe Round-Up

By Sara White March 25, 2016

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Whether you’re planning a sit-down dinner or hosting a brunch, these great recipes will bring a festive flair to your Easter celebration. Of course, if you don’t have time to cook it all yourself, visit Roche Bros. kitchen for anything from your main course to spring side dishes to beautiful, festive desserts.

Happy Easter from all of us at Roche Bros.!


The Main Course

Highlight lamb as your entrée, next to the traditional ham:

Simply Roasted Lamb with Mint Gremolata

With a fresh, spring-inspired condiment made with fresh mint, parsley, garlic and lemon, this roasted lamb recipe would make a wonderful centerpiece for your Sunday meal.


Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb with Asparagus and Mint Chimichurri

Compliments of our friends at Entwine Wines, this recipe highlights the fresh, earthy

flavors of mint, asparagus and lamb on the grill.


Spring Sides and Salads

Enjoy the flavors of spring produce on the side:

Harvest Kale Salad

Roasted butternut squash with maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg pairs with lightly dressed kale with walnuts for this standout salad.

Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries & Hazelnuts

Tangy and crunchy with only five ingredients, this side dish might become your new holiday signature.

Asparagus Almondine

This traditional side dish matches nicely with ham, lamb or any other entrée.

Rustic Smashed Potatoes

Start with this recipe for smashed potatoes and add spice with horseradish or a medley of fresh herbs.


For Brunch

Feature eggs at brunch:

Ham, Asparagus & Gruyère Strata

Start off your Easter morning with this strata. Plan on preparing the night before, as this dish requires at least four hours of refrigeration.

Eggs in a Basket

Sometimes referred to as Egg’s Nest or Sunshine Toast, these Eggs in a Basket combine a few of everyone’s favorite breakfast foods into one package.


A Fun Dessert

Alongside your ricotta pie, coconut cake and mini cakes decorated in pastel colors from Roche Bros. bakery, have fun with these dessert recipes:

Chocolate Nests

A fun activity to do with your kids this Easter, show off those decorated eggs or other holiday candies with chocolate nests!

Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

This light and lovely lemon cake is the perfect way to finish off your Easter festivities.




Exciting Ways to Use Leftovers

Keep the celebration going the next day with these great sandwiches:

Easter Egg-wich

The next morning, pair a leftover slice of ham and a simple fried egg with a zesty homemade pesto in this post-holiday sandwich.

Fried Egg Ham Pesto Sandwiches

Egg, Lamb & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Savor in the rest of the lamb with this breakfast sandwich!