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Labor Day Barbecue Ideas

By Dena Zigun August 30, 2018

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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. Or offer a menu of homemade kabobs with different marinades, proteins and vegetables. Make several choices for your gathering or give guests of all ages the chance to mix and match their own. It’s a fun way to please even the pickiest eaters.

Stop by our meat department for our Certified Angus Prime Grinds. We offer Prime Grinds as 85% and 90% lean ground beef, and made into Pub Burgers, Sliders, and six mouth-watering flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Onion & Pepper, Bacon, Bacon & Cheddar, Cracked Black Pepper and Steakbomb. With a combination of Pepperoni, Onions, Green and Red Peppers, Mushrooms and Provolone, Steakbomb is prime burger meets pizza meets Italian sub, all rolled into one. And try our newest flavors, Beef Chorizo and our Capri Burger, with Sundried Tomatoes, Basil & Mozzarella.

For hot dogs, find Kayem Fenway Franks and Monster Dogs in the deli.

Summer Sides

Stop by our deli to pick up your favorite summer sides and salads. From our own Homemade Seafood Salad  or Red 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

On the side, savor sweet summer corn on the grill with a variety of flavorful toppings. Cover with a creamy mayo with parmesan and basil or go Mexican style with queso fresco and chipotle chile powder.

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!

For dessert, feature juicy berries, with a blend of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries without covering up their naturally sweet flavors! Bring a touch of sophistication the berries with zabaglione – an Italian whipped custard sauce – and serve in a martini glass. Bring home a new S’mores Pie from Our Bakery and heat it up in the oven or on the grill.

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.

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.

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Celebrate July 4th With Food In Red, White & Blue

By Berit Bancroft June 26, 2018

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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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Celebrating Dad on Father’s Day

By Berit Bancroft June 13, 2018

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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, jumbo shrimp cocktail or jumbo kind crab legs. 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 Downtown Crossing, Marshfield, Sudbury, Wellesley, West Roxbury, and Westwood.

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Brunch For Dad

By Berit Bancroft June 11, 2018

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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. Serve up slices of our Signature Quiche and Pecan Sticky Buns to go with it.

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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Mother’s Day

By Dena Zigun May 08, 2018

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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 a chocolatey Heart Shaped Chocolate Decadence Cake 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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Passover Menu Tips and Choices

By Dena Zigun March 23, 2018

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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 begins on the evening of March 30 with the first seder and continues through April 7.

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. Try our almond crusted or orange honey glazed chicken breasts to go with it.

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 with plain or spinach stuffing, 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. The order deadline is Tuesday, March 27th for pick-up beginning Thursday, March 29th, 2018, or you can place special orders through the end of Passover.

Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not kosher establishments.

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Easter Celebrations Any Time of Day

By Dena Zigun March 22, 2018

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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:

 

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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 Mediterranean Chopped Salad, with fresh lemon juice and flat leaf parsley, 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 mashed potatoes or roasted fingerling potatoes. Or replace your usual potato side dish with cauliflower au gratin, simmered in fresh cream and Parmesan cheese. 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. Serve up one of Toni’s Anisette Platters from our bakery, and pair it with Easter Cupcakes and European Bar Cakes decorated for Easter.

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 sweet and tangy with our Lemon Meringue Pie.

Happy Easter from all of us at Roche Bros.!

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Sweet and Special Ways to Say ‘Be Mine’

By Dena Zigun February 07, 2018

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Say it with flowers: From traditional red roses to a cyclamen with heart-shaped leaves to bunches of tulips in cheerful colors, our floral department is stocked with ways to show your love. Find all sorts of gifts for everyone you care about, including Valentine’s Day balloons and TY Beanie Babies, too.

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. With specialties such as Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips and Seafood Stuffed Lobster Tails and side dishes, including roasted Brussels sprouts and individual potato gratin towers, all you have to do is heat and serve … and spend more time with your company!

Show off in your kitchen with Surf and Turf: Pair fresh seafood – such as Alaskan jumbo king crab legs or pan-seared scallops with a roasted or grilled Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin for a mouthwatering combination that is sure to be savored.

Share sweets with your sweetheart: Our Bakery is offering desserts from the heart … from heart-shaped all-butter shortbreads with pink sugar to a chocolate heart truffle cake to share. Find individual heart-shaped tarts with fresh raspberries and heart-shaped tarts with a bright blend of fresh fruit for a group. Add a chocolate-dipped strawberry or mini chocolate heart to the plate.

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

Or give a gift of organic shortbread cookies from Rustic Bakery in pink and white boxes.

Toast with something sparkling. At select stores, choose from a wide variety of sparkling wines for a special way to say cheers with your Valentine, such as Tattinger Brut La Francaise, Ruffino Prosecco and many others. Select from other fine beer and wine, including biodynamic and organic wines 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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Top 10 Ways to Add Flair to Your Christmas Celebrations

By Dena Zigun December 19, 2017

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It’s time for festive celebrations with friends, family and, of course, great food. Create new signatures that everyone will enjoy and remember with these tips:

 

Have quick bites ready when your guests arrive.

From bacon-wrapped fingerling potatoes to mini beef or chicken wellingtons, your celebration will be great from the first bite with tempting finger food ready and waiting – and easy to find in Our Kitchen. Also, choose from a wide variety of our own dips, including the popular Seven-Layer and Spinach & Artichoke selections.

Turn your cheese display into something festive and fruity!

Your cheese board will be merry with our Ready to Bake Brie topped with your choice of Apricot, Cinnamon Apple, or Fig & Ginger and wrapped in puff pastry.

Deepen flavor with fresh herbs.

Whether you’re serving a spiral cut ham, a Frenched rack of Berkshire Black pork or another show-stopping main course, give it flavor with fresh herbs. Add springs of thyme, sage or rosemary when you’re cooking meat or vegetables.

Make-your-own sauce.

Turn your home-cooked meal into a restaurant quality centerpiece with simply prepared homemade sauces. Make your sauce in the same pan you used to braise the meat, and deglaze the pan with stock or wine to get all the rich, flavorful bits into the finished product. Check out 4 tips for a better sauce in our Tidbits Magazine. Or change up a classic rib roast with a hot horseradish cream and a zip sauce, the sort of steak sauce you find in restaurants.

Elevate your menu by adding flavorful jams to your recipes.

Take your usual holiday recipes to a new level by stirring in some sweet or savory jam. Add a few spoonfuls of Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Onion Jam on the side of your cheese and crackers display, or use it to glaze green beans or carrots. For something sweet, fill butter cookies with Black Raspberry Jam or blend it with Balsamic Vinegar for a quick-and-easy sauce for pork or chicken.

Choose something new and seasonal for a standout side dish.

Serve your main course on top of mashed potatoes that aren’t basic. Add horseradish and roasted garlic or try our recipe for Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Mashed Potatoes. Find new twists on holiday sides made in our kitchen and ready-to-go, from Wild Rice & Kale Stuffing to Cauliflower Gratinee.

Make it fun for the kids.

The children at your celebration will have smiles on their faces – and will eat well, too – when you serve pizza cut into festive shapes with cookie cutters! Set up a cookie-decorating table to keep them busy while the food is cooking, with gingerbread cookies, icing and a variety of candies.

Give the day a sweet and spicy punch.

Get ready to toast with holiday punch! Stir up something sweet and sparkly with pear puree and Prosecco. A red wine punch with brandy, raspberries, oranges and lemons is sure to please a crowd. Or make it warm and spicy with apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.

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Bake up some little sweets.

Bite-size sweets and treats make dessert exciting, and they’re fun to make, too. Try our recipe for Apricot Linzer Cookies. Or make mini chocolate mousse cheesecakes and serve them with whipped cream and crushed peppermints on top!

Serve sweet, warm gingerbread … your way.

There’s something nostalgic about gingerbread. Find one type to add to your dessert table or serve a mix of gingerbread treats, from a loaf cake to trifle, with a trip to our bakery.

 

From all of us at Roche Bros., we wish you wonderful holiday celebrations!

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Celebrating Hanukah

By Dena Zigun 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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