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Too Hot to Cook?

By Sara White July 27, 2016

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It’s hot and humid out with temperatures in the 90s, and that means turning on the oven for a long stretch of time is about the last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day.

Here are our top tips for eating (and we mean enjoying great food) without the heat:


Make dinner without turning on the oven or stove: Some of the best summer meals focus on the freshest produce. Enjoy tomatoes off the vine in chilled gazpacho. Blend 2 chopped tomatoes with 1 cucumber, 2 peppers in your choice of colors, 3 stalks of celery and 1 small onion. Add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic. Season to taste with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Top your gazpacho with fresh crab meat or lobster, or a few slices of avocado.

These late summer days are a perfect excuse for a Caprese Salad made with our Homemade Mozzarella or a Panzanella Salad with chopped tomatoes, cubes of crusty Italian bread and red wine vinaigrette.

Celebrate summer Asian style! Set up all the fixins’ for lettuce wraps so everyone can make their own. Include rice noodles, fresh basil and mint, thinly sliced carrot sticks, cucumber and scallions. Add cooked shrimp, available in our seafood department, or precooked grilled chicken. For sauces, something spicy such as Sriracha and a ponzu sauce should do the trick!

For a crisp, cool plate that’s fit for a meal, follow our new guide to making a flavorful and filling salad: The Anatomy of a Great Summer Salad.

Pick up complete BBQ and deli meals that are ready to go: In Roche Bros. Kitchen, we deal with the hot stoves and ovens so you don’t have to! Stop by to pick up everything you need for a BBQ. We have BBQ chicken leg quarters, pulled pork and ribs, ready to heat (just briefly, and only if you really want to) and serve.

Try our wide selection of fresh salads, including our new Chef-Crafted Salads with fresh greens and chef-inspired dressings, and great salad choices that include rainbow carrots and white and green asparagus. At our deli, find high-quality deli meats ready to go from Dietz & Watson, Plainville and many others, or choose what you want and we’ll cut it to order. With our home-cooked turkey and roast beef on fresh bread, served with our own potato salad on the side, you won’t even miss a hot meal!

Have fun with recipes that need the freezer: When you  need something icy cold that everyone will love, make homemade ice pops! For a juicy, fruity, thirst quencher, add frozen berries and mango pieces to fresh orange juice and freeze. Use black or green tea as a base for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up. Add fresh lemon and honey before freezing. For a creamy dessert treat, blend fruit (or even some chocolate!) with yogurt, coconut milk or ice cream.

Keep it simple with a sheet of frozen grapes or blueberries. For an added twist, coat grapes in sugar before freezing. Or complement their natural sweetness by spicing them up with Asian Five Spice Powder.

Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own, we have a wide selection of frozen treats waiting for you in the grocery aisle!





Your Memorial Day Menu Round-Up

By Dena Zigun May 21, 2014

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It’s Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 26! That means it’s time to invite your friends and family over and fire up the grill.
As always, Roche Bros. has all the staples and special touches you need to enjoy this chance to kick-off the summer.
Whether you want to make your own BBQ from scratch or you need to get a whole barbecue spread on the table in no time at all, Roche Bros. Kitchen has everything you need to make your holiday celebration delicious.
Here are our tips for your Memorial Day Menu:

The Grill
For the main course, the options are virtually endless.

Burgers and Hot Dogs: It’s not a cookout without burgers and hot dogs! Keep your backyard barbecue simple and delicious by making burgers with USDA Choice Ground Beef or Laura’s Lean Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef.

Serve burgers that will be your most gourmet guests’ dream 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 mouth-watering flavored patties: Mushroom & Swiss, Cheddar Cheese, Onion & Pepper, Bacon & Cheddar, and Cracked Black Pepper.

And enjoy a taste of Fenway in your own backyard, with Fenway Franks, new in our deli department.

Stop by the bakery department for all the buns you need to make your burgers and hot dogs complete, and find condiments in the grocery aisle.

True Barbecue Taste: Feature barbecue flavors with our wide selection of fresh ribs or Bell and Evans Chicken Breasts slathered with Sweet Baby Ray’s Award-Winning Barbecue Sauce from our grocery department.

You can also buy grill-ready ribs from Roche Bros. meat case, with your choice of sauces. Or bring home a ready-to-go BBQ from Our Kitchen with BBQ Pulled Pork, St. Louis BBQ Ribs and BBQ Jumbo Chicken Leg Quarters! Just heat and serve, without even lighting up the grill.

Marinated Main Courses: The key to delicious grilled meat is the marinade, which not only keeps it tender and juicy, but also makes for healthier grilling. You can make a simple marinade with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and a hint of honey. It’s great on vegetables or steak. Or give it an Asian flavor for grilled chicken or salmon with soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime, crushed red pepper and brown sugar.

Don’t have the time to make your own? Try our wide-array of marinated Grill-Ready Kebabs. With your choice of teriyaki garlic, bourbon, lemon pepper, lemon garlic or Cajun, and all types of meat to choose from, you can easily please all of your guests’ palates.

Appetizers, Sides & Salads
To ensure that no one goes hungry while the grill is heating up, make sure you have some Honeystung Drummies warmed up from our wing bar.

And you’ll need an array of fresh vegetables with a choice of dips. Save some time in making your crudite platter with the pre-chopped vegetables, available in our produce department.
For dips, Our Kitchen’s Guacamole, Seven-Layer Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip are always big hits. And enhance your cheese and crackers display with Our Own Homemade Cheese Spreads.

For salads, Bud Roche’s original-recipe handmade potato salad has been a staple for many years, alongside newer options, such as our Aegean Pasta Salad, both available in the deli.
And the gourmet Memorial Day side dishes made fresh daily in Our Kitchen include everything from Chickemama Salad to Grilled Cauliflower with Tomatoes.

The Sweet Tooth
For dessert, how about a selection of cookies? From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin, you really can’t go wrong.

Make dessert patriotic with our Flag Decorated Cake or Fresh Fruit Tart, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.
Or take your pick of our popular Trifles, with your choice of new Black Forest, new Lemon Berry, Chocolate or Strawberry Shortcake.
Of course, you know it’s a great barbecue when seeds of watermelon are sprinkled all over the deck. Don’t forget to pick one up in the produce department!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Roche Bros.