Elements of a Great Thanksgiving Feast

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The countdown is on. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and  as the panic begins to set in, rest easy, as DLM’s Chef Carrie has your back. DLM’s recipe database is robust, filled with chef-driven and Flavor First recipes that speak to DLM’s core standards. In preparation for the great feast, Chef Carrie dove spatula first into the recipe trove and combed through hundreds of appetizers, side dishes, and drink recipes to hand-pick her favorites to share with you. If you are looking to bring a unique twist to the table this year for the great feast, check ’em out for yourself. 

appetizersPeople often associate the Thanksgiving meal with the traditional dinner where turkey and all the trimmings are served. But Chef Carrie says that there’s no reason why the culinary delight can’t start with appetizers. If you are hosting, this will provide a little something to tide over everyone’s appetites (and keep them out of the kitchen) while you put the finishing touches on dinner.


Sides-Landing-Page-ImageTired of the same ol’ mashed potatoes? Looking for a stuffing recipe with a new flavor profile? Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving at your home or are attending the great feast at someone else’s and bringing an accompaniment to the meal, sides are very likely on your mind. See below for some of Chef Carrie’s favorite takes on Thanksgiving side dishes.



Nothing says “Thanksgiving” like a delicious DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey, brought to us by New Carlisle-based Bowman & Landes. The turkeys are free of added antibiotics and growth promotants, and are 100% vegetarian fed—no animal by-products in the feed!

There’s a number of cooking method’s to prepare a turkey and each family seems to have their own spin. But here’s how Chef Carrie recommends preparing your DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey!

View the recipe or watch the video.


Set the stage for a delightful meal with a festive drink or bottle of wine to ignite a fun-filled atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to be playful with the presentation and add fresh fruit, such as fresh blueberries, apples, lemons, or cranberries to punches and ciders.


As you are busily making your holiday plans this season, breathe a sigh of relief as our team of expert bakers have been ramping up our pie baking. We take our pie baking seriously and it all starts with keeping quality front of mind and making pies we’d be happy to serve our own families (and many of us do!). Just like any good family recipe, many of our recipes have been perfected over the years until the flavor yields ultimate satisfaction with each bite.

These pies also are made using the freshest ingredients when possible, like fresh-cracked eggs, sugar, and whole cream. Our Grandma Tobias Pies and fruit pies are made with an all-butter crust (sans the hydrogenated oils).

Visit the Bakery and grab a pie to take to your gathering!

Looking to wow your guest with a festive table? View five tablescaping tips from a pro.