Category Archives: Dorothy Lane Market

BLPeach – Summer’s Hottest Sandwich

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I been going crazy over our seasonal sandwich—the BLPeach. Think of your favorite BLT sandwich all dressed up for late July!

Instead of tomatoes, our sandwich stations slice ripe, fleshy peaches and layer them on top of crisp DLM Uncured Bacon.The foundation of this short seasonal sandwich is our toasted 10 -Grain Bread. To make it extra delicious, we added some fresh basil pesto to the mayo to give it an herbal green dose of flavor. The whole thing is finished with a handful of arugula.

Stop by our sandwich stations and get one before the peach season is over!

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Be sure to check our Peach Party recipe page to see other traditional, and some not so traditional, uses for this summery fruit.

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Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director

Edible Ohio Valley at the Culinary Center

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We had a blast hosting Edible Ohio Valley magazine’s Swingin’ Down the Lane on Monday night.

Food writers, local chefs, artisan producers, and local food lovers came together for a fun evening highlighting DLM’s local produce. The menu included Gazpacho, Turkey Curry Canapés, Heirloom Brushcetta with Whipped Feta, Peach & Prosciutto Naples-Style Pizza, Watermelon Salad, and Sweet-Hot Meatballs.

Stop by and grab the summer issue-it’s complimentary!

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Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director

Ratatouille

carrie-cooks-banner-672blog2 The movie Ratatouille instantly came into my mind this morning when I walked past our display of local produce. It was brimming with so many ripe heirloom tomatoes, yellow summer squash, deep green zucchini, and vibrant purple eggplants that it suddenly stuck me: I have to make that infamous dish from the movie!

I wanted to make it do-able and under an hour, start to finish. You will need a mandoline, an adjustable blade slicer, or better yet a sharp knife and a steady hand. The secret to this dish is uniform, thin slices. Plus using DLM Original Marinara sauce as a base makes it not only faster to put together but perfectly well seasoned.

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 Click here for my version of Ratatouille’s Ratatouille.

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Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director

The DLM Culinary Center Now Carries Rifle!

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We are so excited about carrying Rifle, a unique company that features original hand painted illustrations with a kind of retro feel. Rifle is well known in the gift category with some of their most popular items like calendars and greeting cards. We fell in love with their recipe tins and recipe cards that have a vintage look that we just had to have. The lost art of handwritten recipes are coming back in full force thanks to pinterest. A recipe tin full of family favorites makes a perfect, thoughtful and quite frankly irreplaceable wedding gift. Come check these adorable items out for yourself!

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Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director

You Can Count on Accurate Pricing at DLM

At Dorothy Lane Market, we always pride ourselves on going the extra mile to ensure not only that we’re bringing you the best products, but that we bring it to you with integrity. That integrity starts with the people who we choose to do business with and the ingredients we select for all the food we make. And it carries through with each step through our store and all the way to your dinner table.

That’s why we welcome local auditors into our stores when they make their annual visit to evaluate our compliance in price verification. These highly trained weights and measures inspectors test commercial scanners, weighing, and measuring devices throughout the store. These can be anything from the scales at the deli and meat counters to those at the check-out stations that weigh your produce. The inspectors also evaluate packaged goods and will verify that what consumers are paying for is the net weight of the product and not the packaging.

We’re proud to report that our most recent certificate of achievement for 100% compliance in price verification was issued to us by the Montgomery County Auditor in April 2015. Over the years, we’ve consistently scored top marks.

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We take pricing accuracy seriously year-round, as it’s our job and responsibility to our customers to do just that. We routinely conduct aisle audits to verify that prices on shelves match what shows up at the register. We also monitor the calibration of our scales. So when you shop at DLM, rest assured that you are paying for what we promise to the best of our knowledge. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Feeling Wilted? Sip on This!

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Big Easy
When the afternoon hits and I start to lose concentration, I feel like there are only two choices. Either take a nap or drink some caffeine. For me, taking a nap is never really an option—especially at work! So, I head to the DLM Coffee Bar in search of the perfect pick-me-up.
This summer, my go-to drink is our version of Vietnamese iced coffee called ‘The Big Easy.’ The DLM Coffee Bar cold brews coffee and chicory together which adds a distinctive floral, slightly wine-y flavor profile. Then it is sweetened up just like they do in Southeast Asia with a little bit of sweetened condensed milk, and poured over ice. It’s cold, refreshing, and tropically sweet. So not only do you get a lift from the caffeine, but the sugar helps to shake off the afternoon haze so you can get back on track and focused.
When the heat and the humidity starts to make you feel a little wilted, come by and try our Big Easy. It works for me every time!
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Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director

Too Hot to Cook?

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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 while you can decide which of our well-seasoned, prepared foods can become an easy meal without any undo stress  or effort. With lots of local and gluten-free options, a DLM dinner can be yours tonight!
Here are two of my current favorites that I have been bringing home:
Grilled Vegetables
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 our hummus, throw them in our in DLM Original Marinara Sauce, or toss them with a little  balsamic vinegar topped with fresh goat cheese. So many delicious options that can help the constant question –what is there to eat?
Black Pepper Marinated Half Chicken
We marinate and roast off  Ed Hill’s fresh local chicken in a delicious black pepper marinade. Take this home and serve it hot or cold- it’s moist , tender, and ready to eat. Reheat briefly and serve it with our local corn on the cob. I like to pull it off the bone and use it for cold Chinese chicken salads.

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Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director

Adding a Little Southern Charm

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Is it possible to improve upon macaroni and cheese? Here at DLM, the answer is yes!
We’ve taken our best selling Pimento Cheese, the one we make from scratch using Grafton Village Sharp Cheddar cheese, and melt it in our rich béchamel sauce.  Then we toss it with classic elbow macaroni and top with buttered breadcrumbs. I love this mac and cheese recipe! The creamy richness of the sharp cheddar, mellow sweetness of pimentos, plus a hint of smoked paprika makes a decadently delicious macaroni and cheese.  It pairs beautifully with summer favorites like BBQ ribs, grilled chicken, and local corn on the cob.  At my house, however,  we often just have it as a main course with a slightly bitter green salad and cool glass of white wine.
Like all macaroni and cheese, reheating can be fast in the microwave but take the time to reheat in the oven–it is worth the extra few minutes. The top gets bubbly brown and adds texture that makes those extra calories worth it! 

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Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director

Fantastic Feta

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We have the most amazing Corsican Feta made from 100% sheep’s milk. It has a briny, slightly salty start, but finishes with a creamy, refreshing taste. To me it just screams summer dining!

Do what the Greeks have been doing for ages–cut a thick slab and douse it with a good olive oil like our Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Simply add a small bowl of Greek Olive mix from our olive bar and a hunk of DLM’s Artisan Ciabatta Bread, and you’re ready to dine. Who needs to cook?

Or, try this feta in a traditional Greek salad. That means absolutely no lettuce of any kind, just thick chunks of ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and a little white onion. Then place that same slab-like piece of Corsican Feta right on top with the same olive oil and a fresh grind or two of black pepper and oregano. Or, be a little decadent and add some Kalamata olives and a smattering of capers. It is simply a perfect combination of flavors that folks have been enjoying for centuries!

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Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director

 

Cheering on DLM’s Sarah Ochsenbein

This weekend, on Sunday, May 31, Dorothy Lane Market and Up and Running will team up for the sixth year to host the DLM Dash 5k, with funds benefiting local food banks. For many, this will be a fun way to spend the morning. For Sarah Ochsenbein, who has worked at DLM for 13 years running our DLM in a Dash program, this Sunday will represent a milestone in her weight-loss journey as she nears a net loss of 250 lbs.

Sarah’s story is not only impressive, but it’s inspiring. This time last year, co-workers urged her to run in the DLM Dash 5K as they had started to take note of her fitness journey. But she knew she wasn’t ready and wanted to lose more.

So she kept up the momentum, literally, as her weight loss plan is centered around clean eating, portion control, and exercise. And this Sunday, she’s ready complete her first race.

As Sarah puts it: “I’m not a different person. I just feel like a better version of myself.”

We couldn’t be more excited to watch her cross the finish line this Sunday at the DLM Dash 5K.