Watermelon Cucumber Caprese Salad

    Whether you are going to a Fourth of July party, or hosting yourself, figuring out what to bring can be pretty tough! Want something fun, fruity, tasty, and best of all EASY! Try out our recipe for watermelon cucumber caprese salad! As always, you are sure to find all of the ingredients at our locations. Let us know how you liked it, and be sure to send us in YOUR favorite recipes too!

 

Ingredients:

 

3 ¼  cups of watermelon

2 ¼ cups of cucumber

¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil 

Salt & Pepper

½ cup of mint leaves

¾  cup of feta

 

Directions:

 

  1. Start by cutting your watermelon into smaller cubes
  2. Chop your cucumber into four halves
  3. Take a large mixing bowl and put in your watermelon and strawberries first. Next toss in your olive oil and feta cheese. 
  4. Top with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Put in the refrigerator. Right before you are ready to serve, add your mint leaves and enjoy!

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Tips for Cookouts This Season

    Now that it’s officially grilling season and the weather is on our side, it’s natural to want to gather with friends and family. To enjoy the sunshine safety, adhere to Covid precautions, such as wearing a face covering and sanitizing often, and respect socially distanced guidelines. One way you can do this if you are having a socially distanced cookout, is to serve foods that minimize cross-contamination. Don’t worry, we’ve either got the product to make the food yourself, or you can place a catering order for contactless curbside pick-up at both of our locations! 

 

  • Set up chairs 6ft apart, before guests arrive
  • “Seat” per party. In other words, keep your germs with those you’ve already been spending time with. 
  • Set up a Build Your Own Burger or Hot Dog Bar (Pro tip: have hand sanitizer located on both ends)
  • Individually wrapped subs and sandwiches 
  • Kabobs (meat, fruit, and vegetable) 
  • Fresh fruit cups 
  • When it comes to shared items like salads, dips, and platters, we recommend having a similar strategy to your “Build Your Own…” concept. (No double dipping!) 
  • Seafood Station: Set up each seafood in its own container with its own utensil. 
  • If possible, opt for single-serving packages of pretzels, chips, etc. so everyone gets their own. Not possible? Serve in a bowl and with a utensil.
  • For desserts, such as cookies, try to individually package these if possible!
  • Leave drinks in coolers to reduce traffic in and out of the house. Or better yet, Bring Your Own Cooler (BYOC)! 
  • Have trash containers outside to also limit people going inside. 
  • * We recommend that every dish has its own designated serving utensil and that sanitizer is readily available. Pro tip: offer guests plastic gloves to use while handling or serving themselves food 

Game Time! 

Who doesn’t love a good game or two with family or friends, especially with the kids! Here are some fun activities that provide a safe social distance.

For the adults:

  • Cornhole 
  • Bocce
  • Croquet
  • Mini Golf
  • LadderBall

 

For the grandkids:

  • Chalk
  • Water balloons
  • Hopscotch
  • Hula hoop
  • Bubbles
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Simon Says

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Tasty Crepes

   We can’t believe it’s already the middle of May! Craving something sweet or savory, but not sure what to make? Try out this really tasty crepe batter recipe, and add your own twist to it. As always, ingredients can be found right at Romas! Make sure to share your results with us. 

 

Ingredients:

2 eggs

½ cup milk 

¼ tsp salt

½ cup of water

1 cup of flour

1 ½  tbsp butter

 

Recipe:

  1. Start off by mixing together your flour and eggs in a bowl. 
  2. Slowly add in your water and milk. Keep mixing until smooth, and then add your salt and butter. Continue to mix until there are no lumps.
  3. Put a tiny bit of oil into a pan, and take ¼ cup of your batter and place it into a pan. Make sure the batter is even amongst the whole pan.
  4. Let the crepe cook until the bottom side is light brown. This should only take a couple of minutes. Then flip it and cook the other side until it is also a light brown. 
  5. Next, you can add some toppings or ingredients inside the crepe. We have listed some crepe ideas below!

Ideas:

  • Banana Nutella
  • Banana Caramel
  • Fresh Berries and powdered sugar
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Turkey Pesto
  • Steak & Spinach
  • Caprese
  • Ham & Cheese
  • Eggs & Sausage
  • Spinach & Chicken

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

       Rainy days call for comfort food. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a warm meal on a rainy day, while cuddled up in a blanket watching movies? Well we are providing you a recipe that is sure to satisfy your taste buds! Check out our recipe for broccoli cheddar soup below. 

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of butter

½ onion

2 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 ¾ cups of chopped up broccoli

2 cups of chicken stock

¼ cup of flour

2 cups of milk

¼ cup of butter, melted

1 cup of carrots

 

Directions:

  1. Melt the tablespoon of butter in a pan. Add onion in and let heat for about 4 ½ minutes.
  2. Add melted butter, a tsp of milk, and flour together into big saucepan and stir. Let cook for 3½ minutes.
  3. After fully mixed, add in the rest of the milk, followed by the chicken stock. Cook for about 19 minutes, or until thickened. 
  4. Add the broccoli, carrots, and onions in. Cook for 20 more minutes.
  5. Lastly, add in the cheese. 

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Earth Day

    Today is National Earth Day! There are so many little things we can do daily to celebrate our Earth, such as reduce, reuse, and recycle. Something fun you can do to celebrate our Earth today is to plant something! Whether it is flowers, fruits, or vegetables, it is a great way to get in touch with nature. We have gathered a list of the best crops to plant beginning in April, as soil is finally getting warmer. 

 

Vegetables:  

  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Beets 
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic

Flowers:

  • Pansies
  • Celandine Poppy
  • Daffodil
  • Trout Lily

Fruits:

  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

 

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Easy Spring Pasta

    It is to the point in quarantine where none of us really even know what day it is….or what else to cook for that matter! Are you running out of dinner ideas? Well you’re in luck! Try out this easy and fast pasta recipe. It requires few ingredients AND you can find them all at Roma’s! Let us know how you like it and be sure to send in your favorite recipes to us. 

 

Ingredients:

8 oz of spaghetti noodles

1 ¼ cup cherry tomatoes 

3 tablespoons of butter

5 spears of asparagus

½ cup onion

¼ cup of broth

½ tsp of salt

3 cloves of garlic

¼ tsp red pepper

Few basil leaves

Shrimp(optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Boil a large pot of water. Once boiling, add in your spaghetti noodles and cook until tender. 
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, start your vegetable mixture. In a separate pan, begin melting your butter. Once melted, add in your onion, followed by red pepper, salt, and garlic. Let sit for about 3 minutes. Next add your broth in.
  3. Now add in cut up asparagus and let it heat up for a couple of minutes. Next, add in your cherry tomatoes and let sit for a few more minutes. 
  4. Now you can mix your spaghetti in with your vegetables.
  5. Top off with a couple of basil leaves and you are all set. Enjoy!

 

Optional* For an even better taste, add a couple of shrimp pieces on top!

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Easter Egg Fun

     Easter is fastly approaching, and that means egg dyeing time! We wanted to share some fun easy ways to color eggs, without having to brave going to your local store and buying a kit. The best part, it only involves three ingredients, and your kids are sure to love this activity! Feel free to give it your own twist, and be sure to share your results with us!

Ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring, use any colors you want!
  • Hard boiled eggs

Instructions:

  1. To start, you will want to mix together ½ cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar and about 15 drops of whichever food coloring you please. 
  2. Repeat step one for each color that you want to make.
  3. You will then dip the egg into the mixture for about 4 minutes. The longer you leave the egg, the darker it will get. 
  4. Remove the egg with a spoon, and let dry. Finally, put it in the refrigerator and you are all set. It is that easy!

 

*Add a fun twist by putting stickers on the egg before submerging them in the dye!

*Another fun idea is dipping the eggs into multiple colors, for a tye dye look!

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