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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.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries crop

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!







Treats and Flowers for a Sweet Valentine’s Day

By Sara White February 11, 2016

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Show your love this Valentine’s Day with sweet treats, beautiful flowers and other fun touches for anyone special in your life.

Say ‘Be Mine’ with …

Roses for your Valentine: From a dozen in red tied with a bow to a vase full in any color, all of our roses are guaranteed to last for 5 days. That means more time for that special someone in your life to enjoy them!

A wide array of bright flowers and gifts: In addition to roses, select from colorful tulips, cyclamen plants, with their classic heart-shaped leaves, a bouquet of mini spray roses and much more in the floral department. For “Daddy’s Little Sweetheart,” don’t miss our great assortment of TY Beanie Babies and Valentine’s balloons.

Something baked and sweet: Our Bakery is offering desserts from the heart … from heart-shaped almond raspberry shortbreads to raspberry or chocolate dessert mousse hearts to share. And fine some enticing gluten-free choices in the grocery aisles, too.

Heart-shaped candies in all sorts of fun formations: Get creative with irresistible ideas for using Valentine candies, from cookies to lollipop bouquets!

Bouquets of fruit or veggies: For a gift that is beautiful, healthy and tempting, treat your sweetheart to a fresh arrangement of fruit or veggies from Blossoms by Roche Bros. Order these bouquets at least 24 hours in advance from Roche Bros. in Burlington, Millis, Mashpee, Easton and Downtown Crossing.

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





Your New Year’s Celebration Made Easy

By Sara White December 27, 2015

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Eat and enjoy at your New Year’s celebration with our ideas for great finger food and appetizers that are easy, festive and fun to eat:

  1. Serve skewers with fresh mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes and fresh basil, with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on top.
  2. Pick up seafood appetizers in Roche Bros. seafood department. From mini-crab cakes to fried calamari rings, we have fresh seafood apps for everyone at your party.
  3. Speaking of seafood, include seafood stuffed mushrooms in your spread. Find them in the seafood department, or make your own with our recipe for Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms.
  4. Spread boursin cheese on endive. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and fresh parsley.
  5. Stop by Roche Bros. Kitchen for appetizer platters of fig & brie poppers or beef au poivre wrapped in asparagus. For an Asian themed station, try our new Asian Appetizer Sampler, with crab rangoon, spring rolls and pork dumplings with duck sauce.
  6. Assemble slices of smoked salmon on rice crackers with cream cheese and a sprig of dill. For half the batch, replace the cracker with a cucumber round!
  7. Medjool dates with melting cheese and bacon! Remove the pits of medjool dates. Fill the dates with goat cheese or gorgonzola. Wrap in bacon and bake.
  8. Roast lamb bites in the oven and pair them with mint jelly. Before cooking, marinate the lamb in olive oil, fresh-squeezed lemon, rosemary and thyme. Pair it with mint jelly.
  9. Make-your-own or bring home deviled eggs. We’re offering truffled deviled eggs in packs of 5. For a twist on the classic, hard boil the eggs, remove the cooked yolks and blend with avocado and a little hot sauce instead of mayonnaise.
  10. Visit Roche Bros. Kitchen for sweet & sour meatballs by the pound. Or buy frozen meatballs to heat and serve with a choice of sauces: marinara, honey Dijon and buffalo!
  11. Slice a 1-lb. Kielbasa and cover it in a pot with ½ cup of ketchup and ½ cup of brown sugar. Heat on the stove until the sauce turns to a syrup and serve.
  12. Bake up olive puffs! Wrap a pitted kalamata olive in crescent dough. Then, bake until golden brown and they’re ready to serve.
  13. Layer baguette slices with sliced pears and gorgonzola. Melt the cheese in the oven. Top with dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.
  14. Take popcorn up a notch with a popcorn bar, set up with a wide array of toppings. Assemble individual bowls with sea salt, Italian seasoning, chili powder, cinnamon sugar, M&Ms, grated cheese and more!
  15. Wrap prosciutto around cantaloupe balls, and serve with a toothpick.

From all of us at Roche Bros., we wish you a Happy 2016!





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Top 10 Ways to Add Flair to Your Christmas Celebrations

By Sara White December 19, 2015

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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 seafood sliders to stuffed mushrooms, your celebration will be great from the first bite with tempting finger food ready and waiting – and easy to find in the Seafood Department and in Our Kitchen. Also, choose from a wide variety of our own dips, including the popular Seven-Layer and melt-in-your-mouth Caramelized Onion.

Turn your cheese display into something festive … and minty.

Your cheese board will be merry with Sartori Peppermint Parmesan, English Stilton Cheeses and baked brie in a wide assortment of flavors from apricot to apple pie.

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.

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 Potato & Brussels Sprouts Hash to Rosemary Root Vegetables.

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.


Bake up some little sweets.

Bite-size sweets and treats make dessert exciting, and they’re fun to make, too. Try our new recipe for Apricot Linzer Cookies. Or make chocolate mousse and serve it in mini shot glasses 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 Sara White December 06, 2015

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With Hanukah kicking off tonight, Sunday, Dec. 6th, 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:

For more information on these ideas and other ways to use olive oil this holiday, check out our article in The Jewish Advocate: Beyond latkes: 5 creative ways to cook with oil for Chanukah

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 the last night of Hanukah on Dec. 13th.

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!






Our Holiday Menu

By Sara White December 04, 2015

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This holiday season, relax and enjoy time with your family while we do all the hard work in the kitchen! Our Roche Bros. holiday meals are a great solution to all your holiday meals and gathering. Be it our Oven Roasted Turkey, or our Sliced Spiral Ham, or our Roast Prime Rib, you can be assured our homestyle dinners mide right in Our Kitchen will bring back fond memories of dining together with family at Grandma’s holiday table.  Our meals come ready to enjoy, so you can serve up to 10 guests without having to worry. See our 2015 Holiday Menu here and be sure to place your order by noon on Friday December 18th for pick-up on Thursday, December 24th!