Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s officially May and, this year, we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home. Celebrate with friends and family in true social distancing fashion by shopping for the same list of items and enjoying them together on a video chat. Here are our suggestions:

Enjoy an array of chips and dips: Everyone likes chips and dips, especially on Cinco de Mayo. From fresh guacamole and salsa to mouthwatering 7 layer dip and more, Our Kitchen has your favorite Mexican-style dips covered. Or pick up fresh avocados, plum tomatoes, onions, and cilantro to make your own.

Don’t forget the chips! Try locally made Mi Nina All-Natural Tortilla Chips, or take it up a notch with our homemade chips.

Set up a make-your-own taco bar: Make tacos multiple ways with a taco bar. Serve up pulled chicken made with our Chipotle Paprika Rub, fresh tilapia or cod coated in our Blackening Rub, and Certified Angus Beef ® brand Natural ground beef sourced by Niman Ranch. For toppings, there are many options, including fresh guacamole, sliced jalapeño, shredded cheese and lettuce, corn, diced onions and more. Make a mixture of hard and soft shell tacos for even more variety.

Spice up your salads: Grab a prepared Cuban Black Bean Salad from Our Kitchen or make your own with chopped peppers, onions, cilantro, and lime. Try a spicy corn salad with corn with paprika, cayenne, lime juice and some mayonnaise. Or turn the taco bar into a taco salad bar with extra greens and veggies.

Then grab your favorite beer or mix up a margarita and have a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Beyond Basic: Chicken

The right combination of herbs and spices can take an otherwise plain meat like chicken and elevate it into a mouthwatering and healthy dish.

Bell & Evans has been providing the highest quality, naturally-raised poultry to upscale markets on the East coast, like Brothers Marketplace, since 1890. An old fashioned, family-owned company that believes in both clean ingredients and the humane treatment of their poultry.

Their chickens are never given antibiotics or growth hormones, fed a 100% vegetarian diet and never animal by-products, bakery goods or brewery grains, and are humanely raised and compassionately handled throughout their lives. Plus, their chicken is 100% air-chilled, meaning there is no retained water and no added water, yielding a tender, more flavorful chicken.

Here are some of our favorite ways to take your healthy meals up a notch:

Create a mouthwatering meal with new and exciting flavors by experimenting with Brothers Marketplace Spices & Rubs to make Berbere Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils, Baharat Roasted Chicken, or Curried Chicken Salad.

Make your own marinade using Hot, Cranberry Apple Cider, or Riesling vinegar from American Vinegar Works.  Made, aged and bottled in Lowell, MA using craft American ciders, wines, and brews, these vinegars will transform your cooking and cocktails. Naturally fermented and never filtered, they combine traditional production methods from the 1800’s and top of the line ingredients to deliver novel complex flavors. Discover your favorite combination for marinating chicken when you try this recipe.

Or go with something more traditional and marinate boneless chicken breasts overnight in Brothers Marketplace Extra Virgin Olive Oil, our No-Salt Lemon Pepper and a blend of your favorite fresh herbs, and then toss them on the grill. Serve with sautéed kale, or on top of a mixed green salad.

Find all of the ingredients you need for these recipes at your local Brothers Marketplace. Enjoy!

Curried Chicken Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Tbsp Brothers Marketplace Curry
  • 3 split chicken breasts (on bone with skin) approximately 2-2 ½ lbs
  • 2 tbsp Brothers Marketplace Organic EVOO
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup currants (raisins can be substituted)
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely sliced (pale green and white portions only)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet tray with parchment paper
  • Place chicken breasts on the lined pan. Rub with Brothers Marketplace EVOO and ½ tsp salt & pepper
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and Brothers Marketplace Curry. Stir in currants, peanuts, and scallions.
  • Remove skin and bones from chicken. Cut into small cubes and toss with the curry mayonnaise

 

Baharat Roasted Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Brothers Marketplace Baharat
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pita bread (to serve)
  • Coriander (to serve)
  • Plain yogurt (to serve)

DIRECTIONS

  • Cut each thigh into strips and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and Baharat. Mix well and leave to marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour (up to 6 hours)
  • Using two metal skewers, thread a quarter of the meat onto the skewers, Repeat, making 4 pairs of skewers in total. *Make sure that chicken is packed tightly
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Sear skewers in a hot frying pan, and then transfer to the oven. Roast until golden and cooked (160 degrees internal temperature)
  • Remove from oven and let rest for five minutes
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the chicken, and serve in pita pocket with coriander and yogurt

 

Berbere Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils

INGREDIENTS

LENTILS

  • 1 cup French Green lentils (do not use a split lentil!)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 2-3 tbsp Brothers Marketplace Berbere
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp Brothers Marketplace Organic EVOO

CHICKEN

  • 6 skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2-3 tbsp Brothers Marketplace Berbere
  • Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In heavy pot or Dutch oven, sauté diced onion, carrots, garlic, and ginger in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add lentils, diced tomatoes, 1 tbsp salt and 3 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Cover pot, turn heat to low and let cook until al dente, approximately 30 minutes
  • Salt all sides of chicken with salt and pepper
  • Generously rub each piece with Berbere
  • Heat 1 tbsp of EVOO in a skillet on medium high heat, placing chicken skin side down and sear until crispy and golden, about 6-8 minutes. Turn chicken over, reduce heat to medium and sear for 2-3 minutes. Place in oven until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (10-15 minutes)
  • Serve chicken over bed of the Ethiopian lentils

Plant-Based Cooking With Our Own Beans & Grains

Make all-natural beans, rice, and grains part of your kitchen with Brothers Marketplace Beans & Grains.

Packed locally, these new additions to our shelves add plant-based nutrients and new flavors to your home cooking.

Here is our primer on what’s available and some great ways to enjoy them:

Beans
Nutty, buttery Garbanzo Beans, also known as chickpeas, become smooth, creamy hummus with lemon, olive oil, salt, garlic and tahini. Or roast them in the oven with spices for a high-nutrient snack.

Add silky Cannellini Beans to salads, soups, and stews, or turn them into a protein-packed dip for crackers or veggies.

One helpful tip: soaking beans overnight reduces the cooking time and disperses some of the compounds that can cause gas.

Split Peas, the dried, peeled, and split seeds of peas, are best known for the soup by the same name. A light, green Split Pea Soup with bacon crumbles makes a beautiful spring appetizer. You can also turn them into a variation on hummus or add them to salads and falafel.

Lentils come in all sorts of varieties and a wide array of colors. The most common variety, Brown Lentils bring an earthy, mild flavor. They take only 20-30 minutes to cook and hold their shape nicely in soups, curries, and other side dishes.

Petite French Lentils, also known as Puy lentils, are green in color and offer a robust, slightly peppery flavor. Ready in 25 minutes, they keep a firm texture that makes them ready for salads and other side dishes.

Black Lentils are protein packed and versatile. Spice them with cumin and add a dollop of yogurt and some fresh mint leaves for a Mediterranean–inspired side dish. Or braise them on the stove with chopped onions, carrots, celery and fresh thyme.

Sweet, nutty, Crimson Lentils fall in the mid-range for cooking time at around 30 minutes. They tend to get mushy when cooked, which makes them a great base for Indian dals – with flavors of red chili, coriander, cumin, turmeric and ginger – curry dishes, and Middle Eastern-style lentil soup.

If you prefer a blend, add the Autumn Lentil Blend in warm fall colors to soups, stews and sides. Mix them into a side dish with sweet potatoes and spinach.

Rice
In addition to nutrient-rich, nutty staples like short and long grain brown rice, try our Wild Rice Blend, as a side dish for fish or chicken. Add dried cranberries, pecans, and a blend of dried herbs.

With the same whole-grain benefits as brown rice, Himalayan Red Rice has a more complex, nuttier, earthy flavor. Enjoy it in salads and pilaf. Try it with thyme and mushrooms or tart cherries.

Chinese Black Rice is also known as Emperor’s Rice or forbidden rice. It was previously reserved only for the Chinese emperor due to its superior health benefits and high level of antioxidants, and therefore a “forbidden” food for everyone else. Add crunchy almonds and chopped onions to this rich, sweet rice and serve with seafood. Or use it as a base for a Thai salad with mangos and cilantro.

For creamy risottos of all sorts, select Arborio Rice, which releases starches when liquid is added slowly, for that rich risotto texture.

Other Grains
Quinoa is a complete, gluten-free protein that functions like a grain but is actually a seed. It takes less time to cook than many other grains, just 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it before cooking to remove any bitterness.

Use it as a side dish for tacos, in stuffed peppers, or as a replacement for pasta in a salad.

In addition to the usual white variety, try Red Quinoa. Rich in taste, a little chewy and a bit nuttier, red quinoa works well in cold salads.

Fluffy, crunchy, Tricolor Quinoa is a blend of white, black and red quinoa, making for a bright side dish or base for a chicken or shrimp dish.

Also known as pearl couscous, Giant Israeli Couscous, is made from wheat flour. Toss with vinaigrette, feta, chopped cucumbers, and mint for a fresh salad. Turn it into a spicy main course with crushed red pepper, pan-seared chicken, and fresh herbs.

Fine Bulgur Wheat is made of hulled winter wheat berries that are then processed to remove some of the bran. Then they are steamed, dried, and finely cracked. It’s the base of Middle-Eastern tabbouleh, with chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. For a different variation, make it into a summer salad with zucchini, summer squash and basil.

Our grain selection also includes two types of Chia Seeds, white and black. A great source of heart-healthy omega-3s, chia seeds can be mixed with coconut milk for a creamy pudding — ready in time for tomorrow’s breakfast — added to muffins, or blended into smoothies.

Brothers Marketplace Round-Up

We’re all spending a little more time in the house these days. Make the best of staying at home this Easter and Passover by getting creative in the kitchen. Discover new flavors and include fun ingredients from our line of Brothers Marketplace products. All of our items are prepared how you would make them, if you had the time.

NEW!

Introducing Brothers Marketplace‘s new line of candy! We only use the best ingredients with plant-based dyes for color and NO high-fructose corn syrup. Available in some vegan-friendly options and USDA Certified Organic selections. Discover Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops, Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Yogurt Raisins, plus vegan-friendly Jolly Beans, Sunny Bears, Yummy Gummy Mix and more.

Products You Already Love

Ice Cream: Handcrafted locally in small batches using real wholesome ingredients. We never use corn syrup, artificial colors or sweeteners. Available in Very Vanilla, Crazy Good Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel Fudge, Peanut Butter Power, and Cookie Monstah.

Honey & Bee Pollen: Produced by second generation bee keepers, our Raw Honey is harvested from a local family-owned apiary. Local Raw Honey and Raw Bee Pollen naturally contains enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that may help with seasonal allergies. Add to salads, smoothies, yogurt, and toast with honey.

Applesauce: Locally made from New England grown apples, we keep our Brothers Marketplace Applesauce old-school: 1 ingredient, no added sugar, preservatives, or chemicals. Enjoy as a snack, paired with pork, or use it as a replacement for butter and oil in your cooking.

Pasta & Pizza Sauces: Organic plum tomatoes, organic sweet basil, traditional flavors. Both of our Brothers Marketplace Pasta & Pizza Sauces are certified organic, GMO free and produced locally with no added sugar. Enjoy the made from scratch flavor of our pasta sauce over our Imported Italian Pasta.

Fudge Sauce: Handcrafted in small batches locally in Northampton, MA, our Brothers Marketplace Hot Fudge Sauce contains only clean ingredients – NO artificial colors, NO artificial flavors, and NO corn syrup. Our ooey, gooey, fudgy sauce isn’t just for ice cream. Use as a topping for your cupcakes, a dip for fresh fruit, or drizzle over a warm piece of pie.

Organic Soups: Ready to heat and serve, our certified USDA organic soups are just what you and your family need to warm up during the colder months. Enjoy our Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Tomato & Cauliflower Soup, the Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Yellow Split Pea Soup or our Vegan Tortilla Soup. More flavors coming soon including Chicken & Wild Rice, Tomato Basil, Root Vegetable & Kale, Cajun-Style Chicken Stew with Ham, Beef Stew, and Sweet & Savory Butternut Squash.

Gluten-Free Entrees: We now have certified gluten-free meals for two! Select from Mac & Cheese, Stuffed Shells, Lasagna Roll-Ups, and Spinach & Cheese Manicotti. Our entrees are handcrafted in small batches, giving you scratch baked flavor without the work.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic Vinegar: Imported straight from Italy, our EVOO is smooth with a fruit flavor and a slight peppery finish. Also imported from Italy, our certified organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is aged 3 years in oak, cherry and walnut barrels.

Dipping Oils: Pure olive oil infused with our blend of fresh herbs and spices for delicious and versatile oils packed with flavor. Produced locally and hand crafted in small batches exclusively for Brothers Marketplace. Try these flavorful infused oils as a dip for your favorite baguette or foccacia, or drizzle over crisp greens, toss with pasta, and as a marinade. Available in Herbs de Provence, Italian Herb, Moroccan, and Garlic Parmesan with more flavors on the way.

Pastas: Our artisan pasta varieties are imported straight from Italy and made with only two ingredients (100% Durum Wheat Semolina and Water), using a bronze die cut and slowly dried at low temperature to ensure taste, texture and flavor. Available in Rigatoni, Torcetti, Penne, and Fusilli.

Beans & Grains: Packed locally, these new additions to our shelves add plant-based nutrients and new flavors to your home cooking. Available in nearly 20 varieties, our all-natural beans, grains, and rice will become a kitchen staple.

Crackers: Made from traditional stone ground wheat, our Stoned Wheat crackers are a simple crunchy and toasty canvas. For more delicate cheeses or pate, Brothers Olive Oil and Sea Salt crackers are a traditional water cracker, light in texture and crisp in taste – playing the best supporting role for your favorite topping stars! Our crackers are also non-GMO verified, certified Vegan, and Kosher Pareve, handcrafted locally in small batches.

Cheeses: Our Brothers Marketplace cheeses are handcrafted locally in small batches with no antibiotics or growth hormones. Enjoy our 18 Month Reserve Cheddar or Colby Jack Cheese on a burger or panini, as part of a cheese board, with wine, and grated over chili and nachos.

Spices & Dry Rubs: Blended locally, our rubs and spices are not only wonderful for dry marinating meats, but are also delicious on your grilled vegetables. Add mouthwatering flavor to your home cooking using our 20 new varieties bursting with global inspiration. Bring the tastes of the Middle East, North Africa or Asia to a weeknight dinner. Read more about our dry rubs and spices here.

Everything Bagel Bonanza: The newest addition to our locally blended seasonings, our Everything Bagel Bonanza is the topping you need in your life. Sprinkle on your bagel, english muffin, or toast or get creative and top your burger, salad, and veggies. And, if you’re feeling inspired, bake your own everything bagels from scratch!

Baking Mixes: The right ingredients become irresistible creations, and we’ve carefully selected the best ones for our mixes. Made using top quality flours, sugar, and spices that are free from artificial colors and preservatives, our locally produced baking mixes are made with clean ingredients and are a great way to finish off any celebration. Try one or all of our mixes: Lemon Squares, Banana Bread, Molten Lava Cake, Pecan Maple Shortbread, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, and White Chocolate Coconut Brownies.

Pancake & Waffle Mix: Our Pancake & Waffle mix is produced locally using only top quality milled wheat and malt flours free from artificial colors and preservatives (gluten-free also available). Just add eggs, milk, and a bit of butter for your griddle and breakfast is served!

Fudge: Made using our own secret recipe, Brothers Marketplace fudge is a delicious and decadent treat you can enjoy any time. Available in classic flavors like chocolate, chocolate walnut, cookies & cream, and peanut butter or mouthwatering seasonal flavors like raspberry lemonade and s’mores.

Chocolate Covered Items: Pretzels, graham crackers, cookies and more covered in milk or dark chocolate for an on-the-go delight.

Sweets & Flowers

A creamy, all-natural Vanilla Bean Cheesecake made with pure Madagascar vanilla beans and a crushed Amoretti cookie crust for your Easter dessert. Sweet, gooey coconut macaroons to finish off your Passover Seder. And a bright, colorful arrangement of spring flowers for your holiday centerpiece.

Visit Brothers Marketplace for the finishing touches you need for your holiday celebrations.

Easter Desserts

Sweeten your Easter celebration with something traditional from our bakery, such as a Ricotta Pie, a Classic Tiramisu Torte or a platter of Lobster Tails, with crisp pastry filled with luscious cream. Add half moons to your dessert display, festively decorated for the holiday.

Pair a rich, decadent Chocolate Nightmare Cake with our store-made fresh, whipped cream, and serve it alongside a beautiful Fresh Fruit Tart, filled with a rainbow of cut fruit and berries, and also available in individual size.

Select from our own, slightly tart and creamy Key Lime Pie and your choice of scratch-baked, local pies from Delectable Desires Pastries in West Roxbury, Mass. In 2007, Carlene O’Garro founded the bakery in her home in Mattapan, making cake and pie for friends and family with a touch of her family’s Caribbean roots. Choose between 5” and 10” sizes in flavors such as Blueberry, Very Berry, and Caramel Apple.

*Place your Easter Catering order by Monday, April 6th for pick up on Saturday, April 11th or sooner.

Passover Sweets

Enjoy your Passover Seder and sweets throughout the 8-day holiday with unleavened treats from our bakery.

From cookies to brownies to linzer tarts, find a selection of Kosher for Passover treats from Molly’s in each store, such as:
Raspberry Roll: Yellow cake envelops a sweet raspberry filling to create a beautiful roll.
Rainbow Cookies: Kids and adults alike will enjoy these iconic, striped cookies covered in chocolate.
Coconut Macaroons: With sweet, shredded coconut, one of the most popular desserts for Passover – and beyond.
*Brothers Marketplace is not a Kosher establishment.

Holiday Floral Arrangements

Welcome your guests with spring floral arrangements in bright, seasonal colors. Find arrangements ready-to-go in our floral departments, or we would be happy to help you create something custom in your own vase.

Fill clear vases with tulips in pink, purple, yellow and orange, or a mixture of them all. Take your decorated Easter eggs and place them in a basket, with a few bright yellow daffodils.

Pick up or arrange your own bouquet of cut flowers, including blue and white hydrangea, and pink and yellow ranunculus. And select from spring potted bulb plants, with Easter lilies, colorful tulips, fragrant hyacinth or bright daffodils.

We wish you a happy Easter and a happy Passover from all of us at Brothers Marketplace! Please be advised that our stores will be closed on Easter day.

Easter and Passover Celebrations

Although your gathering may be a bit smaller this year, we’re getting ready to celebrate Easter and Passover the traditional way.

For Easter, whip up a glaze for a Niman Ranch Spiral Cut Ham. All Niman Ranch meats are antibiotic and hormone free, humanely and sustainably raised by small family farmers and ranchers. Go spicy with chipotle and orange, or sweet with brown sugar and honey. Serve your ham with our braised kale or au gratin potato towers and curried cauliflower.

Or, roast a boneless leg of lamb. Shepherd’s Pride lamb is antibiotic and hormone free, and raised in the US by family ranchers on natural grasses, herbs and flowers, topped off with nutrient-rich grain. All of this lamb can be traced to where it was raised and who handled it.

Marinate the leg of lamb overnight in a blend of Greek yogurt, fresh herbs, lemon and garlic. Add more fresh herbs and olive oil before roasting. Pair your lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts or a grilled vegetable medley, fresh from our kitchen.

Add to your Easter entrée options with a Brothers Marketplace Lasagna, prepared with our store-made sweet Italian sausage. Or Eggplant Parmesan, with fresh cut eggplant, hand-breaded and lightly fried, layered with provolone, mozzarella, and topped with our signature marinara sauce – a great vegetarian option! Find our Easter Menu here.

Host a brunch for the holiday, featuring fresh spring salads and quiches, such as broccoli & cheese, spinach & tomato, ham & cheese, or Quiche Lorraine. Add fresh fruit skewers to the spread. Plus, set up a make your own bagel bar with One Mighty Mill Bagels and your favorite toppings.

For your Passover seder, find a wide array of entrees from our kitchen, prepared how you would make them if you had the time.* Pair traditional, slow-roasted brisket, with an updated chicken dish, such as our secret recipe Mahogany Chicken with chopped figs and Craisins. Or order a complete Roast Brisket or Plainville Turkey Dinner in advance, complete with salad, Matzo Ball Soup, chopped liver, side dishes and dessert. View our Passover menu here. Place your order by Monday, March 30th for pick-up on Wednesday, April 8th.

Whatever you are celebrating this spring, our associates are available to help you find what you need. Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

*Brothers Marketplace is not a kosher establishment.

Spring Cheeses

Creamy and sweet. Spicy and firm. Earthy, fruity or sharp.

How do you say cheese? At our Cheese Shop, find a wide selection of artisan cheeses, including many that are handmade in New England.

This spring, stop by to select an array of local cheeses for a festive and personalized cheese board.

When creating a cheese board, think about a mix of flavors and textures. Try cheeses from different categories – soft or firm, goat’s milk or cow’s milk, sweet or spicy – and make a board with your favorites.

The goat cheese from Vermont Creamery is made with fresh goats’ milk from family farms that is turned naturally into curds overnight, drained and then shaped into logs. Or from Maine, try the Seal Cove farm chevre, crafted in the farmstead tradition, using only the high-quality milk produced from goats living on their farm.

For something pungent, select a blue cheese, such as the raw milk blue cheese handmade in the turn-of-the-century barn at Great Hill Creamery in Marlon, Mass. Unlike many blue cheese varieties, the milk is not homogenized, which means the cheese is especially smooth and fully flavored. The curd is a bit more dense and yellow than most blue cheeses because there is no bleach or food coloring added.

Go sharp with Cabot’s classic sharp cheddar, with its slight sweetness complemented by a rich, buttery tang. Or choose a cheddar from Shelburne Farms or Grafton Village, also in Vermont.

For a less traditional addition and some saltiness, add a small bowl of Salty Sea Feta from Narragansett Creamery, crafted from whole milk and sea salt. Or select a firm and flaky Maple Sriracha WindsorDale from Vermont Farmstead, hot and tangy with a touch of sweetness. It’s also a great topper for grilled chicken!

For crackers, try light and crispy Brothers Marketplace Oil and Sea Salt Crackers or gluten-free Onesto Crackers. Include some delicious charcuterie and smoked salmon and bluefish plates from Boston Smoked Fish. And add a sweet spread from Dove & Figs, in Evil Apple or Chocolate Fig Sunshine, and dried fruit from Woodstock in Providence, RI.

Pairing with a specific wine or beer, or entertaining a guest with particular taste? Our cheese shop associates are happy to help, just ask.