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Calling all Campers!

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Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to start making all those fun plans: family vacations, cookouts, and camp. The Culinary Center has quite the schedule to keep kids and teens busy this summer, learning new kitchen skills and exploring a world of flavor. We have camps for our Petite Chefs (grades 1-3), Junior Chefs (grades 4-6), and Teens (ages 12 & up).  Here are a few of our favorites:

Fantasy Camp
Petite Chefs (grades 1–3)
June 13–June 17 • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
These fun, creative menus are inspired by themes such as: The Wild West, Blue Ribbon Fair Favorites, Dinosaurs, Pirates & Mermaids, and Star Wars!

Around the World
Junior Chefs (grades 4–6)
July 18–July 22 • 9:00–11:30 a.m.
We’ll travel around the culinary world celebrating foods from these diverse countries: France, China, Italy, and England. We’ll conclude the week with a Mystery Basket Day where our young chefs will use their cooking skills to create their very own dishes.

Santa Cruzin’
Teens (ages 12 & up)
Sherry Monaghan • Thursday, July 7
Take a 2½-hour fantasy vacation in this class while you tap into these easy, breezy recipes that will excite your taste buds with a variety of flavors. Tostada Omelette & Seabreeze Spuds; Green Thang Smoothie; Chill Out Turkey-Bacon-Avocado Wrap; Wiki Wiki Pineapple Burger; and Lemon Drop Cookies.

View our complete schedule of classes, for kids and adults, by visiting our Culinary Center or online.



National Grilled Cheese Day – Everyday!


This past Tuesday, April 12, was National Grilled Cheese Day – a holiday I think can (and should) be celebrate more than once a year. The cheesy-buttery-crispy combination of a well-made grilled cheese sandwich is hard to beat and provides near instantaneous satisfaction to the beholder.

This weeknight, comfort-food classic has received quite a few face lifts over the years,  and the Sandwich Station has a number of unique variations of their own. The next time you’re feeling a little cheesy, stop by and try one of our different grilled cheese variations (a new one for almost every day of the week!):

This week we’re featuring our Kimchi Grilled Cheese (save $1 through Tuesday, April 19). We add the classically smooth flavor of Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar Cheddar with kimchi (a spicy fermented cabbage condiment) 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. So rich and decadent, you might want to split it with a buddy.

You can’t go wrong with The BCT: DLM Uncured Bacon, Cheddar, and tomato.

Or try our best selling Crazy Ludwig slathered with our Jarlsberg Dip and Bavarian ham all piled on our rustic Farmhouse Bread. YUM!

If you’re really feeling the need, the need for cheese, try the Trifecta. Barber’s Cheddar, Emmenthal Swiss, and DLM Fresh Mozzarella stacked on buttered DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread for melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.


Dinner Inspiration on the Run



When I am out of ideas for dinner and in a hurry, I simply stand at our salad bar waiting for inspiration. Fast dinner ideas like stir-fry, all sorts of pasta add-ins, taco or fajita bar, and many other options for side veggies or fruit salads can be found right here.  Dinner last night is a good example.

I grilled some chicken and the rest was supplied by our salad bar. I tossed some spinach and arugula with roasted beets, crumbled blue cheese, and toasted pecans with DLM’s Housemade Raspberry Vinaigrette. I also threw some broccoli and cauliflower florets in a high-heat oven and roasted them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Voila! Dinner.

The key here for dinner is the time saved on washing, peeling, & chopping all of the veggies and fruits! Plus you only have to buy the quantity you need no matter how small.

See you at the salad bar!



Just a Classic Lunch


Whether it’s bringing lunch to someone who is on the mend or serving a crowd of folks with varied tastes, I have the perfect answer on what to bring: DLM Old Fashioned Chicken Salad.

DLM is Dayton’s expert on all things chicken salad. We’ve been making fresh, from-scratch chicken salads every day in our kitchens for decades.   So, why is this particular salad one of my favorites to recommend and serve? One reason is that it has no onions or any other “weird” stuff in it like bell peppers  that is not child or grandma friendly. 

Another nostalgic reason is that I grew up eating this particular version at my favorite Windy City department store (cough-cough Marshall Field’s). It was on the menu in The Walnut Room stuffed into a croissant or served in a big scoop on a salad plate complete with canned peaches and a nest of fried shoestring potatoes

Grab this salad from our Deli and maybe some fresh fruit and croissants. Throw it together with a couple of your own touches and voila- a perfect lunch.

Come into DLM and get prepared for April and May with all of the parties, luncheons, graduations, and everything else in between with some help from DLM.


Au Gratin Update

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What’s not to like? Rich, cheesy sauce and tender potatoes baked up till bubbly and golden brown. It has been one of our best sellers for years. While I don’t like to change a good thing, a couple of the original ingredients in that dish were not “real” (aka. processed cheese food). I know that some folks like that creamy, orange type of look & taste, but it was a dish many of us here at DLM were not proud of.

So we gave an update to our classic Au Gratin Potatoes that I think you will love.

It still has a universal, classic taste but it’s now made with our Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar – a cheese that we believe is simply the best cheddar available. Simple, real ingredients round out that dish with an easy-to-pronounce label filled with such wholesome ingredients like milk, butter, potatoes, and now a cheese we can brag about!

If you haven’t’ tried this best-selling dish in a while, ask us for a sample. Sometimes a little change is good for you!


Easter Traditions Made Easy and Fresh


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Whether you are cooking up a storm for the spring holiday or need help with the main course or a few of the sides, we are here to help. Our Heavenly Ham® can be the centerpiece of your celebration.  Along with made-from-scratch  Au Gratin Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, or Orange-Glazed Carrots, we can help you round out your holiday table with great taste and no stress!

Having an Easter Brunch with family and friends? Don’t forget to pick up one of our quiches to go along with that Heavenly Ham®.  You might want to stop by our bakeries  and pick up some Hot Cross Buns, decorated Laura’s Cookies, or our delicious Carrot Cake for your favorite bunnies.


Food for Thought: Video With Heart

Every now and then, you come across a heartfelt video that makes you stop and think. It surprises you. We don’t do business with Masterfoods, an Australian-based food company, but we admire them for being smart enough to conduct this experiment of sorts and to share it in video form for all the world to see. It’s a great reminder of what’s really important.

What’s that, you may be wondering? Well, we’d like for you to watch it for yourself.


One Holiday Dinner I’m Not Cooking!

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 Yes, I am Irish, Yes, I grew up in Chicago and even walked in the parade almost every year. And yes, I have cooked plenty of corned beef dinners for St Patrick’s Day. But I don’t cook that dinner anymore. Why? Because DLM Corned Beef Dinners are so good! The dinner comes packaged for 2 complete with steamed new potatoes with butter, salt, pepper and fresh parsley (just like the kind I grew up with) and freshly steamed cabbage. I save hours of work on my part plus my whole house won’t smell like corned beef for an entire week! (Download the order form here and place your order by March 15 for pickup March  16-17.)

Nothing beats the long, slow, moist process of smoking. Here at DLM, we slow smoke our delicious house-cured briskets and cook them for 5 hours. They are deep mahogany in color, crusted with spices, and delicious!

I swing by the bakery and pick up a loaf of our Irish Soda Bread that is chock full of currants, and I grab one jar of clotted cream that I begrudgingly share with my family. Grab some Guinness and I am out the door. St Patrick’s Day dinner + DLM = DONE!

I’ll share a really good snack with you for if you happen to have any leftover Irish Soda Bread. Slice into ½-inch slabs and freeze. The next time you need a cup of tea, brew up a strong cup of Irish breakfast, toast or crisp up the slice in the oven, and slather with soft butter: it’s my perfect afternoon snack.

Erin Go Bragh!


Salsa City


image1Our taste testers had a blast this week sampling over 15 new varieties of fresh salsa at the DLM Culinary Center.

 We rolled up our sleeves and starting chopping all sorts of bright, fresh flavors like mango, watermelon, and crunchy red grapes, and mixed them up with fresh citrus, cilantro, and other delectable ingredients.

 Believe it or not- Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and nothing says let’s party than sharing some salsa with good friends and family. Some of these new flavors will be available at the height of the season while some others will ramp up our fresh collection available every day in our produce departments.

 Keep your eye out for classic Salsa Verde and Rioja- a roasted red salsa that we couldn’t get enough of! Both are excellent with DLM’s tortilla chips. Some of the seasonal ones are so good simply spooned over grilled fish-like swordfish or sea bass. I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready to start firing up my grill.

 Look for our newest lineup of fresh salsa’s debuting at your favorite DLM in the next couple of weeks- I think you will love them!


Just in for Spring!

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Mushroom Logs

Grow your own shiitake or oyster mushrooms at home! This at-home project will yield mushrooms for the next two years. Just soak the log for 24 hours in cold water, mist it occasionally, and watch your crop emerge once the inoculation period is reached (the inoculation period is 6 to 12 months).

 Microgreens WindowSill Gardens

These recycled steel growing boxes fit perfectly in a windowsill to enjoy at any time. They’re easy to use, fuss-free, and come in an attractive container that makes the perfect gift! The spice mix includes Japanese mibuna mustard, daikon radish, and Shungiku chrysanthemum seed, three spices that add deep flavor to any dish.

The garden kit includes Red Russian kale, mini carrot, and Tom Thumb pea seeds, three veggies that are adorably little but pack a punch.

 Strawberry and Culinary Herb Window Boxes

These modern, DIY window boxes that are simple, functional, and cute! Both the Heirloom Strawberry and the Organic Culinary Herbs kits include everything you need to grow year round, indoors or out.

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