Cooking a turkey does not have to be a challenge. Watch me demo my top turkey tips on YouTube!
We recommend a DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Follow these instructions to preserve its naturally tender and juicy gourmet flavor, and you will be on your way to the best turkey you have ever tasted.
1) Preheat oven to 325°F.
2) Remove turkey from plastic bag.
3) Remove giblets and neck from body and neck cavity.
4) Rinse turkey and pat dry.
5) Rub turkey liberally inside and out with salt and favorite spices.
6) Brush with butter or olive oil if desired.
7) Unstuffed turkeys tend to be more moist, so the preferred method is to cook the dressing in a separate pan.
1) Place turkey in a roasting pan. Breast side up for best table presentation. Breast side down for juiciest white meat.
2) Roast until turkey’s internal temperature is 165°F (making sure that thermometer is not touching a bone).
3) Remove from oven, loosely tent with foil, and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
4) If using a cooking bag, please follow the cooking bag instructions and cook until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached.
Watch my tips for cooking the perfect turkey on YouTube:
Sometimes, the stress is not in the preparation of the turkey, but in all the details. We have all the components of a classic holiday dinner and together we can create the Thanksgiving feast of your dreams!
Our Kitchens are really busy right now making real Mashed Potatoes made with cream and whole butter, Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing full of celery and onions, and let’s not forget the best selling Cranberry-Orange Walnut Relish! Our chefs slowly simmer Turkey Gravy (no lumps!), Roasted Root Vegetables, steamed Green Beans Amandine, and bake your favorite rolls. From the first bite of our DLM Homemade Dips to the last bite of pumpkin pie, your Thanksgiving celebration will the best tasting and most memorable dinner yet.
Check out our holiday menus next time you come in and forget stressing out this holiday season! Don’t be afraid to talk turkey with some of our knowledgeable associates. They can help you place a special order so you can leave your worries to us.
Sit back, give thanks, and enjoy your family—it’s the best part of life!
Check out our new Grilled Cheese Menu at our sandwich stations—whatever you choose, we promise it will be cheesy, toasty, and delicious!
The Kimchi has Cheddar and kimchi together for a flavor combination that might sound a little weird but is unbelievably delicious.
The Mac Daddy is the ultimate indulgence—Cheddar cheese, a slab of our Encrusted Macaroni and Cheese, and DLM Uncured Bacon all sandwiched together and grilled to perfection.
Back by popular demand is our classic Croque Monsieur, a French-style grilled cheese with Gruyère, béchamel, and French ham.
You might want to go with The BCT: DLM Uncured Bacon, Cheddar, and tomato.
Or try our best selling Crazy Ludwig slathered with our Jarlsberg Dip and Bavarian ham.
Fall weather brings on soup season, and here at DLM we make them everyday from scratch. Not frozen, canned, or in a vacuumed sealed bag. Just our excellent, high-quality ingredients and a little time. You can find a good variety served hot at our soup stations or find even more of a selection in two sizes ready to take home and enjoy. I like to buy my favorites and freeze them so I can always have something on hand that is comforting and delicious!
Here are a couple of my favorites to try this month.
Black Bean Pumpkin — Black beans and pumpkin are simmered with a little ham and finished with a little Spanish Sherry making this soup deliciously different.
Minnesota Style Turkey & Wild Rice — Midwestern classic – a thick and hearty wild rice soup made with our local turkey and slivered almonds.
Butternut Squash — A gorgeous and delicious vegan soup made with butternut squash and a splash of DLM’s own apple cider.
Italian Wedding Soup — Our famous meatballs (only smaller) and tender pasta make this soup a family favorite.
Split Pea and Bacon — A rich and satisfying soup slowly simmered with DLM Uncured Bacon that is practically a meal in itself! Enjoy!
After months of experimenting with a variety of gluten-free doughs and crusts that would work in our Naples-Style ovens, we found the one in our own backyard.
Flavor comes first here at DLM, so many doughs didn’t make it past step #1. Next was the challenge of getting a GF dough that would not only survive in a 700+ degree oven without scorching the bottom, but have the ability to be both delicate and have a chewy texture distinctive in Naples-Style crusts. It was a lot to ask for.
Note to self — count on your good friends! Chef Liz at Wheat Penny Oven and Barmakes beautiful California-style pizzas that are simply delicious from scratch. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining there, go! Liz has had an incredible cooking career and the fact that we have her in Dayton now is like winning the lottery for local food culture. She has spent months refining her gluten-free dough and was generous enough to work with us to make it happen “DLM style.”
We think you will love having the gluten-free option so much that we are even going to sell the par-baked crusts for you to take home and make your own glorious gluten-free pizza at home. Thanks Liz!
No time to pack a lunch? Grab a DLM Lunchbox — they’re perfect in both size and content! This cute and recyclable lunchbox will fit into a backpack, briefcase, or the newest Vera Bradley tote. You might have to wrestle one away from your children to enjoy one for yourself.
The DLM Lunchbox is filled with smart choices that not only make mom happy, but the kids as well. Each box has a freshly made sandwich using our high quality ingredients and our freshly baked Unbleached White Sandwich Bread or Classic 10-Grain Bread but are sized slightly smaller than our overstuffed Deli Famous Sandwiches. We have three to choose from: Ham and Cheddar; Turkey and Cheddar; or Classic PB & J using DLM Organic Peanut Butter and sweet DLM Strawberry Preserves. Nestled alongside is a crisp Red Delicious apple, string cheese, whole grain Cheddar cheese goldfish, and a box of raisins.
Next time you or your family is in need of a healthy lunch on the run, come in and grab a couple of our Lunchboxes. They are packed and ready to go when you are!
When the “dog days of summer” hit, sometimes it’s hard to even think about heating up your kitchen or grill. Forgo the stress and join the rest of us in the air conditioning! Pick out some of our well-seasoned, prepared foods for an easy meal without any undo stress or effort. With lots of Love Local and gluten free options, a DLM dinner can be yours tonight!
Fresh Zucchini Fritters
Have you tried these yet? They sell fast and here’s why — garden fresh zucchini, lemon zest, and ricotta cheese that we shape by hand and flash fry for the ultimate summer fritter. I serve them as a side dish at home but they make a great canapé topped with crème fraîche and smoked salmon or trout. Simple, light, and luscious and perfect with grilled fish or chicken,
Take a short cut and avoid the heat and humidity by picking out your favorite perfectly grilled vegetables right here! These are handy to have around. Try layering them on a sandwich slathered with DLM Hummus, throw them in our DLM Original Marinara Sauce, or toss them with a little balsamic vinegar topped with fresh goat cheese. So many delicious options that can help answer the constant question — what’s there to eat?
Black Pepper Marinated Half Chicken
We marinate and roast off Ed Hill’s local chicken in a delicious black pepper marinade. Take this home and serve hot or cold — it’s moist, tender, and ready to eat. Reheat briefly and serve it with locally grown corn on the cob. I like to pull it off the bone and use it for cold Chinese chicken salads.
After four months of renovation, DLM unveiled its state-of-the-art Culinary Center located at 6161 Far Hills Ave. DLM chose to renovate their School of Cooking from the ground up, giving a modern, clean feel to the new facility that can now hold up to 64 guests.
The DLM Culinary Center is available for private events, parties, and team building sessions. With summer classes beginning in June, the DLM Culinary Center will offer more than 40 cooking classes and several kids’ cooking camps during the three-month schedule.
Please join us for an open house on Friday, June 20 any time between 3–7 p.m., where light refreshments will be served. Look for special pricing on our new lines of fantastic merchandise!
Our regular DLM Culinary Center hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For complete details of classes and availability, please visit
Farro and Roasted Mushrooms
Nutty and good-for-you whole grain farro is tossed with slow-roasted fresh mushrooms for a side dish that sings with earthy flavor. I like it served room temperature, but this could be heated up for a side dish alongside a charred steak or tossed cold into your favorite lettuce salad.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad
We are Dayton’s expert on all things Chicken Salad- making several varieties from scratch every day in our kitchens. So why add another one? One reason is because we’ve listened to a couple folks who have requested no onions. Another nostalgic reason is that I grew up eating this particular version at my favorite Windy City department store. It has that old fashioned creamy and rich texture with no “weird” stuff in it like onions, bell peppers, or anything else that is not child or grandma friendly.
These fun individual potatoes are cut like an accordion on purpose! All those edges lend a crisp texture outside, while remaining tender and moist on the inside. We drizzle Yukon gold potatoes with clarified butter and season with sea salt and black pepper — perfect with whatever you are serving for dinner tonight!
Pecorino Kale Salad
Fresh kale lightly tossed with Pecorino Romano cheese, toasted almonds, and sweet black currants. We dress this healthy salad lightly with DLM’s Organic Olive Oil and organic lemon juice. This salad is just so good I keep eating it. I love when food is not only good for you, but delicious!
Dill Pickle Dip
OK, I admit that I get extremely disappointed when my lunch doesn’t automatically come with a pickle. And I like a little hamburger patty with layers of dill pickles on it. If you are with me here on the pickle planet, this dip has your name all over it! Briny, vinegary, and just plain delicious — try it with pretzels or your favorite potato chip!
Individual Turkey Meatloaf
A family favorite recipe, we take our local fresh turkey and create a mini meatloaf that is perfectly sized and ready right now for dinner. They reheat beautifully and make a killer meatloaf sandwich when sliced. We’ve topped them with DLM’s own ketchup for a taste that will please everyone.
Come in and ask for a taste — it’s going to be a delicious month!