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.
FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!
FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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.
FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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.
FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!
FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!
FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!
FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!
FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, THE TIP OF THE DAY IS . . .
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!