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Celebrating Hanukah

By Sara White December 06, 2017

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With Hanukah kicking off on Tuesday, Dec. 12th, Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are ready to help you enjoy the eight-night holiday.

One of the most symbolic things in the Hanukah story is oil. That’s because one day’s worth of oil kept the ancient temple’s menorah lit for a miraculous eight days.

In addition to traditional potato latkes, made with russet potatoes and fried in oil, celebrate with some of these great ways to cook with olive oil:

If you want to serve the traditional foods without all the mess and time in your kitchen, stop by the Roche Bros. deli for traditional choices from potato pancakes to chopped liver. Our Kitchen is cooking up nostalgic favorites, including chicken soup with matzo balls, brisket, noodle kugel, and our homemade potato latkes, as well as new items such as almond-crusted chicken. Be sure to bring home apple sauce and sour cream to go with them, or change it up by making your own fruit compote with apples and pears.

We will have traditional Hanukah items available in our stores through to the last night of Hanukah.

Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not kosher establishments, but we do have an assortment of kosher grocery items from manufacturers including Kedem, Manischewitz, Paskesz and Rokeach. Find them in the grocery aisle!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful celebration of the Festival of Lights!

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A Thanksgiving to Remember

By Dena Zigun November 15, 2017

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From timeless classics to fresh new takes on turkey and all the fixings, here is our guide to Thanksgiving recipes that will keep your family and friends coming back for seconds.

 Your Holiday Bird

For a traditional holiday centerpiece, try our recipe for Honey-Glazed Roasted Turkey with Lemon-Sage Gravy. Roast a whole turkey, stuffed with sage, celery, onion and lemon and glazed with a sweet honey-lemon blend. Reduce the drippings for an earthy lemon-sage gravy.

Or give your holiday meal a contemporary twist with Turkey Breast with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce. With boneless, skinless turkey breasts, spend less time waiting for the turkey to cook and enjoy moist meat with unexpected flavors with this tasty turkey recipe served with an updated cranberry sauce with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar.

Or stuff your turkey breast with a flavorful blend of baby spinach, bratwurst sausage, fresh chives, thyme, panko bread crumbs and grated Romano cheese in our recipe for Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Breast.

 

Standout Sides

For many of us, the side dishes are the star of the Thanksgiving show.

Roast butternut squash with green beans and mushrooms, and serve with a red wine vinaigrette flavored with fresh basil and chopped shallots in Roasted Butternut Squash, Green Beans & Mushrooms with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette.

Complement your whole turkey with a baked Roasted Chestnut, Mushroom & Fennel Stuffing that highlights firm, rich cremini mushrooms and the sweet anise flavor of fennel.

Or try a take on stuffing with rye bread, butternut squash, wild rice, and pecans in our recipe for Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Stuffing.

Use shrimp to add variety to your holiday side dishes with this simple, delicious, and out-of-the-ordinary recipe for Slow Cooker Shrimp, Asparagus & Mushroom Farro Risotto.

Or turn rhubarb – the classic, seasonal pie ingredient – into the star of a savory Rhubarb Wild Rice Pilaf with a touch of honey and crunchy sliced almonds on top.

 

A Sweet Finale

End the evening with an impressive Pumpkin Pot de Crème in individual ramekins served with compote made with fresh, local cranberries and spiced whipped cream on top.

Or keep it simple with Pumpkin Pie Roll-Ups made with crescent dinner rolls from the dairy section and a few fundamental baking ingredients, including as pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and sugar.

Feature Granny Smith apples in individual Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies, and serve with vanilla bean ice cream.

Make a centerpiece dessert with rustic creations that capitalize on local apples and cranberries, and the warm, comforting flavors of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in this Apple Cobbler with Salted Caramel Drizzle.

Or give a classic pumpkin pie a twofold update with gluten-free crust and crystallized ginger in this Gluten-Free Gingered Pumpkin Pie.

Happy Cooking from all of us at Roche Bros!

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

By Sara White June 26, 2017

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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!

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Brunch For Dad

By Sara White June 16, 2017

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Kick off your Father’s Day celebration with brunch for dad at home. The wide selection of Stonewall Kitchen pancake mixes and syrups in out grocery aisle make it easy to cook up tart and tangy cranberry-orange pancakes, rich and decadent double chocolate pancakes and more. Top your light and fluffy breakfast with complementary syrups, from Maine Maple to Cinnamon Apple. And serve with smoky Roche Bros. Bacon on the side.

 

Layer up a local hand-boiled, hand-seeded and hand-flipped Finagle a Bagel with Ducktrap Smoked Salmon fit for a king — sourced through their own farms and then brined and smoked – plus whipped cream cheese, slices of avocado and crisp romaine lettuce. Complete your menu with new soups from Our Kitchen: sweet blueberry, zesty roasted red pepper and gouda and Maryland crab.

Wake dad up for the big day with Green Mountain Coffee, iced or hot. This coffee is about the personal relationships with its farmers. The coffee is tasted and evaluated up to seven times before it reaches your cup. Their green coffee beans are carefully stored in burlap or jute bags to preserve their flavor, dryness and integrity. And they test the beans to help ensure their quality before they are roasted.

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Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day

By Sara White June 06, 2017

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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:

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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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.

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Top 5 Things Dad Wants to Eat on Father’s Day

By Sara White June 03, 2017

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It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, and that means it’s time to thank dad for everything he does for you all year round!

Here are our top five ways to treat dad with food (and drink):

 

1) Special cuts of meat

This Father’s Day, we are offering the finest Certified Angus Beef® brand Angus beef available in special thick cuts. This beef is a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select beef, boasting incredible flavor, tenderness and juiciness in every bite.

For something different, serve top-of-the-line Kobe beef burgers or our exclusive Berkshire Black Premium Sausages, made with only premium pork from 100% Berkshire.

 

2) Oysters, lobster and more seafood

Fresh, succulent seafood will wow dad with every bite. Display a beautiful selection of oysters from all over New England.

This shellfish is a special element of any meal, no matter how you serve them. Dad will love them raw, with lemon, shallot vinegar, cocktail sauce or hot sauce.

Or fry up a few oysters to serve on top of steak. For other Surf and Turf pairings, consider a Chef-Ready Lobster Tail or large, grilled shrimp.

 

3) Potatoes, any way you slice them

Serve dad’s favorite potatoes on the side. After all, meat and potatoes are a classic match. Mash them, fry them or turn them into homemade chips.

Add some color and a bit more veggie to the plate. Show dad your skills on the grill by grilling up asparagus, zucchini and other summer produce!

 

4) A hearty breakfast

Let dad sleep in a bit while you make breakfast! Fry up some eggs, and serve with avocado and salsa. Make them sunny-side up, with hash browns and bacon. Take home pancake mix from Stonewall Kitchen and make golden pancakes with maple syrup, or enjoy a quiche, straight from our kitchen.

 

5) A cold drink

Start the day off with iced coffee and finish it by offering dad a glass of red wine to go with his steak or a local New England beer.

(Stop by Roche Bros. in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley for your beer and wine selections.)

 

We wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day 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.

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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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