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Merry Christmas!

By Dena Zigun December 20, 2014

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Happy Holidays!
Christmas is just a few days away and now is the time to gather everything you need to make your holiday feast festive, delicious and as stress-free as possible.

Whether you’re hoping to make everything from scratch or don’t want to lift a finger – or anything in between – here are our top recommendations for festivities that will wow your family and your guests at every turn.

Setting the Stage
When your guests arrive, welcome them with a floral display that creates a festive atmosphere. Visit our floral department for advice, ready-made holiday bouquets, a traditional pointsettia or special custom arrangement. For a change of pace, order a bright fruit or vegetable arrangement from Blossoms by Roche Bros. They’re ready to eat, too, and you don’t have to chop a thing!

Your guests will certainly appreciate the finger foods you have waiting when they arrive. Elevate your Christmas celebration with shrimp cocktail and baked brie, along with a platter of cheeses, including traditional English Stilton and our new Winter Warmer Cheddar.

Make it easy to get things started with family favorites, such as our hors d’oeuvres plates, buffalo chicken tenders and made-to-order sushi platters. For your dip display, serve long-time favorites – Buffalo Chicken Dip and 7-Layer Dip – alongside new additions, such as our delicious new Caramelized French Onion Dip and Three Bean Queso Dip.

The Starring Role
Spectacular options for the centerpiece of your meal abound. We are featuring Berkshire Black Pork, Tomahawk Rib Steaks and Roasts, and several varieties of ham. Your guests will remember Our Signature Honey Crunch Ham and Turkey year after year!
Try our recipe for Christmas Standing Rib Roast Au Jus with Oven-Seared Mushrooms. Flavored with garlic and herbs, this standout entrée is sure to be the star of your celebration.
If you want to spend the whole event with your family and friends, check out the entrees in our Chef’s Case. From poached lemon-dill salmon to almond-crust chicken breast, we have main courses ready to fill the center of your holiday plate. Just heat and serve.

Supporting Sides
Serve holiday sides in all colors to give dimension to the plate. From our Harvest Kale Salad to Creamed Spinach, the green options are plentiful from Our Kitchen. Saute fresh broccolini with garlic, olive oil and crushed red pepper for a green side with a spicy kick, or steam French green beans and lace them with crushed almonds on top for a bit of crunch.
Cook with squash for something sweet and satisfying in orange, or bring home our own Butternut Squash to make it easy. For something new, try our latest additions to the side dish menu: Swiss Chard with Beets, with deep red and green hues, and Toasted Nutty Orzo, which adds texture.
All bright colors aside, everyone will be looking for potatoes in all forms. Cheddar Baked, Mashed, Yukon Gold Horseradish or Roasted Fingerlings … whatever way you serve them, leftovers are unlikely unless you plan for them!

Santa’s Favorites
You’ll want to have enough cookies left for everyone on Christmas Day, even after Santa has his fill of cookies and milk the night before! Pick up one of our Holiday Cookie Platters or bake up your own gingerbread, sugar or pinwheel cookies.
Your dessert table will shine with our Chocolate Ganache Christmas Tree or Winter Wonderland Cakes. Make it a white Christmas, no matter what the weather, with your choice of white chocolate desserts, or sweet and spicy with Gingerbread Trifle from our bakery.
If you’re baking gluten free for yourself or friends, check out our Christmas Grocery List customized just for you before heading to the store.

We are here to serve all of your holiday needs until 6pm on Dec. 24th and we will be closed on Dec. 25th. We wish a happy holiday to all of you from the Roche Bros. family!





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Holiday Dinners Dunn Easy

By Dena Zigun December 15, 2014

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Getting your dinner done deliciously is no small task. That’s why Roche Bros. Corporate Culinary Innovation Chef, Brian Dunn, has again teamed up with 105.7 WROR for the Holiday Season to help make your holidays special and stress-free.  How?  After an hour of commercial free music for your ride home starting each weekday at 5pm, Brian will be giving his Dinner’s Dunn tip of the day at 5:55pm!  Then visit this page to get more tips, links to recipes, and other holiday helpers.


For Monday, December 15th, the Tip of the day is..

Hanukkah begins tomorrow, and Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional way to celebrate the miracle of the oil. There are plenty of amazing Latkes recipes out there, but for a different twist on this tradition, try frying pancakes made from other vegetables, like my Sweet Potatoes Latke recipe. For a little extra something, try serving with Spiced Apple Butter and Sour Cream!


For Tuesday, December 16th, the Tip of the Day is…

Appetizers are a must for holiday entertaining. One of my favorite easy and impressive appetizers is Individual Baked Brie bites.  Find the recipe on RocheBros.com. And if you’d like a little help for your holiday parties, Roche Bros. offers a great selection of appetizer platters sure to delight your guests


For Wednesday, December 17th, the Tip of the Day is..

Today is the last full day to place your christmas dinner order with Roche Brothers Creative Entertaining. With full dinners featuring ham, prime rib, and roast leg of lamb, we make Christmas dinner worry free and delicious. You can also order appetizers, sides, or desserts from Roche Brothers’ kitchen to ensure a full table, including favorites like our Butternut Squash, Mashed Potatoes, or holiday specialties like Candied Yams and even soups!


 For Thursday, December 18th, the Tip of the Day is…

With so many great options available, choosing the main dish for your holiday dinner can be a challenge. One of my new favorites is Berkshire Black pork. This 300 year old heritage breed is renowned for its richness, texture, marbling, juciness, tenderness and overall depth of flavor. Some call it the “kobe beef of pork!” Pick up Berkshire Black Pork for your Holiday Dinner at Roche Bros., and choose from selections such as Frenched Racks, Boneless Pork Roast, or the impressive Tomahawk Pork Roast – a restaurant style, long bone cut.


For Friday, December 19th, the Tip of the Day is…

Food makes a great gift during the holiday season.  Fudge is one of my favorites – easy to make and store, and delicious to eat! Visit RocheBros.com to find a fudge recipe so easy you can make it in the microwave! You’ll also find all the cookie tins and other gift giving essentials at your local Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms.


For Monday, December 22nd, the Tip of the Day is…

One of the best parts of any holiday meal is the dessert! Roche brother’s bakery departments have great choices including trifles- layers of whipped cream, pudding, and seasonal fillings that are beautiful and delicious. If you’re baking, elevate your dessert by using authentic vanilla from madagascar. Try mixing some into your homemade whipped cream for a little extra flavor!


For Tuesday, December 23rd, the Tip of the Day is…

We are getting close to Christmas day so make sure you have all your sides ready to go. Pick up prepared soups and sides from Roche Brothers kitchen to help round out your meal and take stress off of same day cooking. One of my favorites? Horseradish mashed potatoes- a perfect pairing for roast beef.

Stay tuned to WROR, follow Chef Dunn @Dinners_Dunn on Twitter, or visit this page every day to get all of the Holidays Dunn!





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Happy Hanukah!

By Dena Zigun December 13, 2014

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The first candle lighting for Hanukah this year is on Tuesday, Dec. 16th, and Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are ready to help you enjoy the eight-night holiday.

As the Hanukah story goes, an amount of olive oil that was expected to keep the ancient menorah lit for only one day lasted for eight full days.

Celebrate this miracle in a special way this Hanukah by using olive oil in new ways. Try a few types of olive oil and taste the differences between them. Add spices and herbs and serve with bread as an appetizer, or coat your favorite root vegetables and roast them in the oven.

For dessert, bake olive oil into our new recipe for Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake! The olive oil keeps the cake moist, while also lending a peppery, spicy flavor.

When frying up potato latkes, many traditional chefs use olive oil for that, too. We recommend experimenting with other oils that can withstand high-heat frying. Peanut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil and other vegetable oils are good bets.

It’s fun to get the kids involved in forming the shredded potato mixture into pancakes – just be sure they keep a distance from the pan filled with hot oil.

For a twist, use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes in our recipe for Sweet Potato Latkes with Apple Butter. The recipe calls for frying them in vegetable oil. You can also try coconut oil for a new flavor and experience!

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, of course, so you don’t have to deal with the mess in your kitchen. Don’t forget to stop by the grocery aisle for 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 from Dec. 12th through the last night of Hanukah on Dec. 24th.

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!

We wish you and your family a wonderful eight nights of the festival of lights!






A Thanksgiving to Remember

By Dena Zigun November 22, 2014

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Celebrate Thanksgiving this year with a feast that will create memories for your entire family and all of your guests.

Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are here to help you with all of the food and grocery items you need, whether you’re cooking it up in your kitchen or bringing it home ready to go from ours.


The Main Event
Your choices for turkey abound, from Roche Bros. Farm Fresh Whole Turkeys to Plainville Organic Turkeys to Butterball Frozen Whole Turkeys.

Our meat department is also stocked with your choice of ham, from spiral cut to semi-boneless to chef-carved.
This year is the right time to discover our signature Roche Bros. Honey Crunch Turkey and Ham, flame-glazed in a sweet blend of honey, brown sugar and spices!

From rib roasts to chicken to steaks, don’t hesitate to ask us about other exciting meat options at the service meat case!


Highlights on the Sidelines
For many of your friends and family around the holiday table, it’s the side dishes that make the meal special.
Bring our primer on Cooking with Squash to your favorite Roche Bros. store and find something new to make with this seasonable vegetable, or pick up Our Kitchen’s Famous Butternut Squash. For the best in seasonings, find everything you need with world-class spices from Morton & Bassett in the grocery aisle.

Your guests certainly expect stuffing, and we have plenty of ways to meet that expectation! Our new recipe for Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Stuffing is a twist on the tradition that will soon become a family favorite. Or take the stuffing off your to-do list with one of Our Kitchen’s homemade creations: Chestnut Stuffing with Sausage or Apple Cornbread Stuffing with Bacon and Caramelized Onions.

Turkey also pairs beautifully with a creamy risotto with sweet or earthy vegetable and herb accents. For a different presentation, pick risotto up in the form of risotto cakes. For something healthy and light to balance things out, serve our Harvest Kale Salad and Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts and Parmesan.


Make it a Party
When friends and family are hanging out, watching the game and parade and waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven, be sure to have plenty of finger food available for them to snack on.

From Hors D’Oeuvres Plates to Shrimp Cocktail to ready-to-go vegetable and dip platters, Roche Bros. has what you need to make your guests happy while they can already smell the feast you’re cooking in the kitchen.

For your cheese platter, add one of our very own new, local Roche Bros. associate-made cheeses, Winter Warmer Cheddar or Chocolate Stout Cheddar, or pick up a ready-to-serve Gourmet Cheese Board right in the cheese department.


The Sweet Display
Take a nice, long break after the main meal so everyone can save some room for dessert!

Make a statement with Our Bakery’s  Fresh Trifle Bowls, in flavors ranging from pumpkin or gingerbread to strawberry or chocolate, and our signature Mile-High Apple Pie. Surround them with cookies or apple cider donuts for guests who just want a bite. And pick up a fresh-cut fruit bowl or tray in the produce department.

Make your own pumpkin pie or brownies, cake and cookies. If you have gluten-free guests, don’t forget to bring our gluten-free Thanksgiving grocery list with you!

And for organic options for the holiday in every department, check out our organic Thanksgiving round-up.

From everyone at Roche Bros., we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!






Get Your Holidays Dunn with Roche Bros.!

By Dena Zigun November 21, 2014

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Want some tips to simplify your life this holiday season while getting your dinner done deliciously?   This year, Roche Bros. Corporate Culinary Innovation Chef, Brian Dunn, is teaming up with 105.7 WROR to help make your holidays special and stress-free.  How?  Tune in to 105.7 each weekday at 5pm for a commercial free ride home with great music.  At 5:55pm, listen for the Dinner’s Dunn report for a new tip each day.  Then visit this page to get more tips, links to recipes, and other holiday helpers.


Time to bake the pie!  If you’re making your own, cooking it today will allow you to check one thing off your list, and the pie will still be perfect.  Not into baking pastry from scratch?  Roche Bros. bakery has pumpkin, pecan, apple, custard pies and more.  Regardless of who made the pie, Chef Dunn recommends topping it off with some homemade whipped cream.  It couldn’t be easier!  Just whip 1 cup of whipping cream in a mixer or by hand, until stiff peaks are just about to form.  Beat in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of confectioners sugar, and beat just until peaks form.  Try not to beat too much or you will start to make butter!


Thanksgiving is getting close – make sure you have all of your sides ready to go!  Casseroles, soups, and salads can round out the meal and offer some color and texture variety.  Picking up prepared soups and sides from Roche Bros. Kitchen can help you fill your table and take some stress out of cooking for the big day.  Chef Dunn’s favorite? Harvest Kale Salad.  Kale is very popular right now.  This salad pairs it with butternut squash, cranberries, and the right dressing for a hearty and healthy dish sure to impress.



Today is a great day to pick up the fresh produce you will need for Thursday’s dinner.  In addition to all the veggies for his side dishes, Chef Dunn likes to make sure he has fresh cranberries, fresh sage, and fresh rosemary on hand.  While dried herbs and spices can work well for certain flavors, sage and rosemary have noticeably better flavor, texture, and appearance when used fresh.  And cranberries add a pop of color and flavor whether baked into dishes or used as a ruby-red garnish.


Today is the last full day to place your dinner order with Roche Bros. Creative Entertaining.  We are happy to take your orders through noon on Saturday, November 22nd, for pickup on Wednesday, November 26th.  From oven roasted turkey dinners with all the fixings, to dinners featuring ham, prime rib, or roast leg of lamb, we can make Thanksgiving entertaining worry-free and delicious!  If you’re like Chef Dunn and prefer to make the main protein yourself, consider taking away some of the holiday stress by ordering appetizers, sides, or desserts from Roche Bros. Kitchen to ensure a full table.  Menus online here!


Order your turkey!!! Preordering your turkey from the Roche Bros. meat department is the best way to ensure that you have the right bird for you.  We have fresh, frozen, all-natural, organic, and brined options, just to name a few.  While you’re in the store pick up the grocery staples you will need to make your gravy on Thanksgiving Day.  All-natural Full Circle brand stock is delicious and a great value.  And to thicken your gravy easily, Argo cornstarch has always been Chef Dunn’s go-to!


Try some new squash!  While butternut squash is a fall favorite, Thanksgiving is a great time to try other delicious squash varieties.  One new favorite is Sweet Dumpling.  It is beautiful stuffed – a great vegetarian entree or side – and easy to prepare and serve as you can eat the skin!

Roche Bros. produce departments have an array of winter squashes on display.  Look for recipe cards in store, or try Chef Brian Dunn’s recipe for Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Truffle Mushroom Cous Cous right here!


Brine your turkey!  For a truly succulent main dish, add moisture and flavor to your turkey by soaking it in a mixture of water, salt and spices.  The Roche Bros. grocery department carries Turkey Perfect brine kits with a variety of seasoning blends so you can get the flavors just right.  Or for an even easier solution, order a pre-brined turkey from our meat department and cross another item off your list!


Even chefs use stuffing mix!  Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without stuffing.  To save time and still offer a delicious side, Roche Bros. Corporate Culinary Innovation Chef, Brian Dunn, adds mirpoix – a blend of chopped carrots, onions, and celery – and his favorite fresh sausage to the stuffing mix, adding flavor while easing stress.

Our Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms locations have all of your Thanksgiving grocery needs on display – stock up today and save time later!

Prefer to make your own stuffing from scratch?  Try our new Tidbits Magazine recipe for Wild Rice & Butternut Squash Stuffing , sure to add some flair to your Thanksgiving Dinner.


Stay tuned to WROR, follow Chef Dunn @Dinners_Dunn on Twitter, or visit this page every day to get all of the Holidays Dunn!





Foodie, Holidays, What's New