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10 Ways to Give Your Thanksgiving Traditions a Twist

By Sara White November 21, 2015

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with all of your family and friends’ favorite traditions – plus some updates that will surely become next year’s signature dish.

Here are our top tips for giving your classic Thanksgiving traditions a new twist:


Modern takes on your holiday bird. If your turkey recipe needs an update, try cooking it a different way this year. Braise it to ensure it stays moist or brine it in a bag. Or stuff it with our Roasted Chestnut Mushroom Fennel Stuffing!

Other special entrees to go with your turkey. Give your turkey an entrée partner with a homemade beef roast or a Berkshire Black Pork Roast. Or poach a side of salmon with lemon and fresh herbs.

Side dishes that steal the show. In addition to mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, serve standout side dishes with flair, such as spicy sweet potatoes with chipotle, butternut squash with spinach and walnuts or roasted cauliflower with red onions and fresh thyme.

New fall salads. Lighten up – and brighten up – your spread with our new Kale Quinoa Cinnamon Apple Salad and Roasted Squash, Orzo & Fig Salad, available in the deli.

Cranberry sauce made at home. Thanksgiving isn’t the same without cranberry sauce! Make it yourself with this recipe this year, or stop by for some Cranberry Orange Relish, made fresh in our kitchen.

Hard cider to go with your meal. Pair your turkey dinner with effervescent, slightly sweet, hard apple cider. Select from a wide array of options at Roche Bros. in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley.

Not the usual cheese and crackers. Elevate your prep-party apps with our new Sour Cherry Cheese Topper. Made with crunchy crumbles of buttery sweet Effie’s Oatcakes, almonds and Dalmatia Sour Cherry Spread, this cheese enhancer is available with Brie or Vermont Farmstead Lille. Also try a Pumpkin Spice Party Torta.

Succulents in your flower arrangements. From beautiful rosettes in shades of greens and purples to prickly aloe to cacti, succulents add elegance to your holiday floral decor. Check out our top recommendations for how to use them.

Make it organic or gluten free. It’s easier to make your Thanksgiving organic or gluten-free with Your Guide to an Organic Thanksgiving and Your Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Grocery List.

Something sweet with pumpkin or ginger … or both.

Along with your traditional pumpkin pie, offer our pumpkin baby cakes and pumpkin cream cheese rolls. For a warm and spicy update on the usual, enjoy our new recipe for Gluten-Free Gingered Pumpkin Pie.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us at Roche Bros.!





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Your Guide to an Organic Thanksgiving

By Sara White November 19, 2015

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Now more than ever, each Roche Bros. location is stocked full of organic items for you to choose. From the produce department to the grocery aisles, here are our top tips for making your search for organics easy.


From Full Circle Organic and Olivia’s to Earthbound Farms and Happy Valley, if your family chooses organic produce, Roche Bros. has dozens of offerings for you.

This Thanksgiving, roast organic fingerling potatoes or yams with fresh herbs and olive oil. Select organic acorn and butternut squash for a silky soup that celebrates fall. Buy the butternut squash already peeled to save time in the kitchen! Also try it in our recipe for Wild Rice Stuffing with Butternut Squash.

Sauté organic portabella mushrooms with fresh thyme, onions and butter for a healthy side dish. Complement the earthy flavors with a rich casserole made with organic green beans or combination of broccoli and cauliflower.

Why do some families choose organic produce from Roche Bros.?  According to the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), fruits and vegetables that are labeled and sold as organic are grown without using most pesticides or fertilizers with synthetic ingredients; there is no irradiation treatment; seeds and transplants are chemical-free; the fertilizer is natural. Choosing organics can help lower your exposure to these compounds and help protect farm workers and ecosystems.

When you are looking for organic offerings, keep an eye out for our organic logo in specially marked sections in the produce department, or search “organic” in the produce department of our online shopping app.

Turkey and Other Meat Options

Stop by the Roche Bros. meat department for your organic holiday turkey and other meats.

We are proud to offer whole organic turkeys from Plainville. This healthy, minimally processed choice for your holiday bird is grown free-range with no antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet containing grains that are certified organic. Certified organic grains are free of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, not using any genetically modified organisms, and grown on farmland that has been chemical free for at least three years.

Also find a host of organic meat offerings to add to your holiday table, including certified organic chicken from Bell & Evans and Laura’s Lean Grass Fed Organic Beef.

The Groceries

Throughout our grocery aisles, find the organic items you need for everything from savory sides to sweet dessert.

We have Full Circle Organic Cranberry Sauce for a classic side by itself, Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin Puree is perfect for this Gluten-Free Gingered Pumpkin Pie recipe, and organic baking mixes and flours for any finishing touch you have in mind.

Bring our handy organic grocery list to lead you through the aisles and ensure you get home with everything you need for the Thanksgiving feast!

Enjoy Thanksgiving the organic way at Roche Bros.!





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Tzimmes, Kugel, and Kreplach, Oh My! Deciphering Dishes in Our Stores This Weekend

By Sara White September 11, 2015

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Tzimmes? Kugel? Kreplach?  What are all these dishes and treats you’re seeing in our store this weekend with names you can’t decipher?

Some of them look inviting, while others can hardly be identified, even upon closer inspection. Then, you find the name of the dish and you’re truly stumped.

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins Sunday evening, and all of these foods are traditional for of the holiday.

Here is Roche Bros. primer on what these traditional dishes are all about and why you should try them, whether you celebrate the holiday or not:


From Our Kitchen:

Tzimmes – This sweet, stew-like mixture of slightly mashed carrots, sweet & white potatoes, dried apricots and prunes is served as a side dish. Tzimmes is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey. The name comes from the Yiddish words that mean “for” (tzim) and “eating” (esn).

Kasha Varnishkas – Kasha is buckwheat groats, which are cooked like a grain and mixed with bow tie pasta. It’s mixed with slow-cooked onions.

Potato Kugel – Kugel is a baked sweet or savory pudding made with eggs and a starch, such as potato or noodles. Potato kugel is offered as a side dish at Rosh Hashanah. Sweet noodle kugel is typically served when breaking the Yom Kippur fast. The word kugel, from Middle High German times, means sphere, globe or ball. It’s likely that the Yiddish name referred to the round, puffed-up way that the dish was formerly served. It’s now more common to make them in square or rectangular pans.

Gefilte Fish – Gefilte fish, derived from the Yiddish word for “stuffed fish,” is made from mixture of poached white fishes that are ground, mixed with a variety of spices and boiled. It’s served cold, as an appetizer, with horseradish. It’s popular not only for the Jewish New Year, but also during other holidays.

Matzo Balls (a.k.a. Knaidlach) – The Yiddish word for dumpling is Knaidlach, but in the store, you’ll see the more common name, “Matzo balls.” These dumplings made with matzo meal and eggs are formed into balls and cooked in boiling water. You’ll find them in chicken soup with, or in place of, noodles.


From Our Deli

Knishes – A snack or side of Eastern European origin, knishes are made of puff pastry dough filled with beef or potato.

Kreplach – Dropped in soup or pan-fried, kreplach are the Jewish take on a wonton or ravioli. These small dumplings consist of pasta filled with ground meat, mashed potato or other filling.


From Our Bakery

Mandel Bread – Meaning literally “almond bread,” this crunchy almond cookie is basically the Jewish version of biscotti. You’ll sometimes find them with chocolate chips.

Rugelach – These baked treats, usually filled with fruit preserves and nuts, are made in a crescent shape, with a triangle of dough wrapped around the filling. The name comes from a Yiddish root word related to “twist” so Rugelach is defined, essentially, as “little twists,” based on their shape.

Kichel – This light airy cookie is made with egg and sugar. One cookie is a Kichel, and the plural is Kichlach. They are made by rolling out the dough into a flat, cracker-like thickness, and cutting it into diamond shapes.

Taiglach – Knotted nuggets of dough boiled in honey, Taiglach is the plural for the Yiddish word “teigel,” which means “little dough.”


If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we wish you happy new year filled with wonderful flavors and food. If not, we hope you take this opportunity to try something new!






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Rosh Hashanah – Favorites and New Finds for your Table

By Dena Zigun September 10, 2015

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While the beginning of the new Jewish calendar is an important holiday, it just wouldn’t be Rosh Hashanah without family, friends, and a few favorite foods – both symbolic and delicious.  Try a sampling of the wide variety of apples in-season, paired with local raw varietal honey.  Welcome your holiday guests with traditional favorites including cocktail-sized potato pancakes, chopped liver, kishke, and beef kreplach from our Deli, or a new classic-in-the-making, like our Cheese Shop’s Baked Brie with Apples and Honey.

Preparing a moist and tender brisket is easier than you think with these tips. Or if you prefer to focus on time with your family, Our Kitchen’s traditionally slow roasted brisket  is effortless – just heat and eat!  Along with the brisket, add our new Mahogany Chicken to your table. We oven roast it and coat it with a spiced marmalade glaze. Then we top it with figs and cranberries for a festive taste of fall.

Match your mains with sides aplenty.  Classic offerings, including roasted Brussels sprouts, vegetarian tzimmes, or butternut squash praline casserole, are available in Our Kitchen alongside new additions, such as Carrots & Cranberry Basmati Rice and Israeli Chopped Salad.

For dessert, try the recipe for simply elegant Baked Stuffed Apples with Honey-Marscarpone from our fall Tidbits Magazine, or pull out all the stops with a homemade Apple Cranberry Strudel.  Make it easy by visiting our bakery for traditional honey cake, coconut or almond macaroons, and of course your round challah.

For more inspiration, turn to our article in the Jewish Advocate for five things you might not know belong on your Rosh Hashanah table. Then head to Roche Bros. for everything you need to get your celebration underway so that you can focus your High Holidays on what really matters – family, festivity, forgiveness and a fruitful new year.  Shannah Tovah!





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Labor Day Barbecue Ideas

By Sara White September 02, 2015

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Labor Day Weekend marks the last long weekend of the summer. The school year is starting, and it’s time to say goodbye to those lazy summer days. What better way to end the summer than with a big backyard barbecue? We’ve got everything you need to finish barbecue season with a bang.

Fire up the Grill!

You can’t have a barbecue without some tasty burgers and dogs right from the grill. Stop by our meat department and pick up some of our Prime Grind Burgers, all made with Certified Angus Prime ground beef.  As for hot dogs, Berkshire Black Franks are made with only premium heritage pork from 100% Berkshire, and are ready in just a few minutes on a hot grill.

Summer Sides

Stop by our deli to pick up your favorite summer sides and salads. From our new Raviolette or  Spicy Cantina Pasta Salads to the old favorites All Natural Cole Slaw and Homemade Potato Salad, your plates (and your bellies) will be nice and full.

Don’t Forget the Watermelon!

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.






Catering for Rosh Hashanah

By Sara White August 28, 2015

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L’Shanah Tovah! Rosh Hashanah is upon us once again, and it’s time to start planning your High Holiday celebrations. To make your life easier, Creative Entertaining Catering has an assortment of delicious appetizers, sides, and main courses to make sure your gathering has everything it needs.

This year, we’ve created all sorts of new dises and sides for you to offer your guests. Try our Israeli Chopped Salad, Black Eyed Pea & Wilted Spinach, or Carrot & Cranberry Basmati Rice Pilaf as a side with our Mahogany Chicken w/Figs & Cranberry.

For a full menu, as well as additional information about our holiday catering service, see our full Rosh Hashanah Catering Menu here. Special Order deadline is Friday, September 11.


Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms are not Kosher establishments.





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

By Sara White June 17, 2015

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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.!





Making a Memorable Memorial Day Menu

By Sara White May 20, 2015

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Memorial Day is coming up on May 25th and Roche Bros. is ready with everything you need to start off your summer BBQ season.

Check out our latest suggestions for your Memorial Day Menu:


Spice up your burgers.

Begin your burger prep with our USDA Choice Ground Beef or Laura’s Lean Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef. Then, bring on the fire before you light up the coals by blending jalapeno and poblano peppers into the beef. Top them with avocado and fresh cilantro. For an Italian version, mix in basil, oregano and garlic powder, and top them with mozzarella and marinated tomatoes.

Or let us make them mouth-watering for you with our Certified Angus Beef Prime Grinds. We offer Prime Grinds as 85% and 90% lean ground beef, and made into Pub Burgers, Sliders, and five flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Onion & Pepper, Bacon & Cheddar, and Cracked Black Pepper.


Grill something different.

Find something new to cook on the grill this year. We recommend Kayem Artisan Sausages or Shepard’s Pride Lamb.

Perhaps you grill the same vegetables year after year. This Memorial Day, warm up your salad with grilled hearts of romaine lettuce, simply prepared with olive oil, salt and pepper! Eggplant takes on the smoky flavors of the fire well, too. Coat it with miso and soy sauce or marinate it in balsamic vinaigrette.

Fresh fish is fit for marinating and grilling. And so is seafood, such as oysters or our Chef-Ready Lobster Tails.

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.

You can also buy grill-ready ribs from Roche Bros. meat case, with your choice of sauces. Or take home the whole BBQ from Roche Bros. Kitchen with Bourbon Grilled Steak Tips, BBQ Pulled Pork, St. Louis BBQ Ribs and BBQ Jumbo Chicken Leg Quarters!


Satisfy guests with salads and dips.

While the grill is heating up, have chips and dips ready for snacking. Spinach and Artichoke Dip or Guacamole both go well with our in-house cooked tortilla chips. And keep your salads fresh and full of flavor with our new Blueberry & Kale Salad and Sweet Pea & Prosciutto Pasta Salad. And don’t miss our All-Natural Cole Slaw and Bud Roche’s Famous Homemade Potato Salad.


Sweeten the day in red, white & blue.

Make your Memorial Day parties patriotic with a bit of red, white and blue! Arrange blueberries and strawberries in stripes with fresh whipped cream for dessert. Or take the berries and cream and use them to decorate an Angel Food Cake from our bakery. Or choose from our Flag Decorated Cake or Fresh Fruit Tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream, and our popular Trifles.


Say cheers. Toast at your backyard BBQ with beer and wine selections from our Roche Bros. stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley. To plan your celebration, read our guides to pairings for the grill, drinking rosé and enjoying New England Beers.

From all of us at Roche Bros., we hope you have a great long weekend!



Easter Celebrations Any Time of Day

By Dena Zigun March 28, 2015

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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.

Enjoy this opportunity to relax with family and friends by ordering the entire meal from Roche Bros. Kitchen! Please place your orders by Tuesday, March 31st for pick up on Saturday, April 4th. Roche Bros. will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5th.

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. And how about a French Toast Casserole? It’s the perfect thing 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 or preserves as filling.

Spark new, creative ideas for sides with our guide to Fresh Ideas for Holiday Vegetables. From purple and white asparagus to bright golden beets, you’ll be on your way to creating your next holiday signature.  Or complement your brunch menu with light, healthy sides from Our Kitchen, such as Kale Salad with Craisins and Almonds and Grilled Cauliflower with Tomatoes.  For a sweet ending, bring home our mini cinnamon rolls and serve this recipe for Chocolate Eggs in a Nest.


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 Cheddar Baked Potatoes, Yukon Gold Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, or Roasted Rosemary Potatoes. Serve turkey with our Roasted Maple Butternut Squash and Fresh Sauteed Vegetable Medley.


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 own homemade Ricotta Pie or hand-decorated Chocolate Easter Egg Cakes for an impressive presentation.


Happy Easter from all of us at Roche Bros.!






Passover Survival & Celebration Guide!

By Dena Zigun March 24, 2015

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No one leaves behind the remaining brisket after a big Passover Seder — whether it’s from Our Kitchen, or you made it yourself. After all, it’s easier to reheat leftovers than it is to make suitable Passover food for the rest of the holiday, right?

But when you’ve had enough tzimmes and matzo ball soup for one year, we have the ideas you need to stick with unleavened eating for the whole 8-day holiday – without getting bored.

(If you’re searching for your fix on the traditional holiday menu and getting ready to host your family and friends next week, check out our complete Passover catering menu. Be sure to order by April 1.)

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 in a pan. 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 flour. Bake salmon with fresh herbs, lemon and oil or chicken with figs, balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey. Don’t have time to cook? Pick up Olive & Herb Roasted Chicken from Roche Bros. Kitchen.

Sandwich it with Matzo
The options for Matzo sandwiches are endless. Turkey from the deli. Peanut butter & sliced strawberries. Apples and melted brie. Chocolate and marshmallows for matzo s’mores!

Cook with quinoa
It seems like a grain and we eat and cook it like a grain, but in reality, gluten-free quinoa is a seed. And this seed is a complete protein that’s great to serve on Passover. Mix it with your favorite combination of meat, veggies, herbs and spices.

Drink a glass of wine
It’s tradition to have four glasses of wine at the Passover. As the holiday continues, celebrate with wine selections from our stores in Norton, Sudbury, Westwood, Marshfield and Wellesley.

(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.





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