Category Archives: Dorothy Lane Market

Pay It Forward with Deliciousness!


At the DLM Culinary Center, we just love Piebox! We found this line at the Atlanta gift show a couple of years ago, and picked up their handcrafted raw pine box designed to safely—and stylishly—transport your pies. Not only that, but they’re reusable so the recipient can ‘pay it forward’ by delivering homemade goodies of their own!

 Well, this year they introduced some of their new items,  including the Cakebox, Cookiebox, and 2 sizes of unique, handcrafted leather carrying handles. The Cakebox also doubles as a two-tiered cupcake holder, and the Cookiebox has a removable divider. We just had to get them. 

Drop by and come see them! If you are a baker and love to give your goodies as a gift, this is the ultimate way to box up homemade deliciousness! piebox


Tackle Your Appetite for the Best Super Bowl Snacks!

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We’ve got you covered for the best game day snacks this weekend. Get dipping into some of our favorites, like DLM Beer Cheese and Bavarian Pretzel snack trays that will feed a crowd. Or, load up on fresh guacamole and salsa that we make right here in our produce departments.

 We’ve got our award-winning meatballs already cooked so you can just heat them up in your favorite sauce. Or, try our fresh hand-breaded chicken tenders with either honey mustard or BBQ.

 A couple of my favorite go-to snacks is our buffalo chicken dip that you can serve warm with celery sticks, or our best-selling spinach dip served in a DLM San Francisco Sourdough or Pumpernickel Bread Bowl.

Go team!guacamolesmall


Find more inspiration for Super Bowl snacks, including Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers pictured below,  on our recipe page.

Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

Love the Char!


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I am not alone in my love of all sorts of delicous  things that are slightly charred and almost blacked in spots. High heat roasting brings out the natural sweetness, and c’mon…who doesn’t love that crispy, slightly chewy flavor? From sweet potatoes to cauliflower, it’s one of the best things about eating your veggies!

This month at our Naples-style Pizza Station, don’t miss the Brussels and Balsamic! Those charred Brussels sprouts scattered on that pizza with a drizzle of our delicious balsamic  vinegar is simply a perfect pizza.


Brace Yourself for Baconfest

Bacon-lovers—step right up for the Best in Bacon at DLM for our 2016 Baconfest celebration, happening at all three DLM locations 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30-31!

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We’ll be debuting bacon-infused goodness throughout the store where bacon is the shining star (we’re talking 25+ creative bacon products and 10+ tasty demos). Just look for the Baconfest insignia and taste a number of specialties!

See all of our tasty bacon treats throughout the store!

NEW this year, register at DLM during select times and locations for the Flying Pig Marathon! We’ll have representatives from the Flying Pig Marathon to sign you up and answer questions during the following times/locations:

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11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30: Washington Square DLM
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31: Springboro DLM

Many thanks to all of our sponsors, including Pederson’s Natural Farms and DuBreton.

Cabbage Rolls = Cold-weather Comfort Food



Now that it’s finally winter, why not dine on the ultimate comfort food? Our handmade DLM Cabbage Rolls are made with fresh, whole leaf green cabbage and our high-quality ground beef. We roll them up and bake them in a mild tomato sauce.

I grew up eating them with steamed rice, but folks here in Dayton sure love them alongside our DLM Mashed Potatoes, made with real cream and butter! Either way, they are perfect for a chilly night and are sure to please everyone around your dinner table.



Decadent Bacon-Wrapped Dates: Ready Right Now!

chef_carrie_banner_672Food and Wine Show 2015-18Those dates that everyone talks about are finally available for you to purchase—and just in time for the holidays. These little guys are so addicting, they’re almost like candy! They are salty, savory, sweet, and chewy all at the same time. Fabulous for a little bite of something and great with a glass of wine or Sherry.

We’ve just finished wrapping up hundreds of dates stuffed with our real Parmigiano-Reggiano and wrapped them up tight in Honestly Better DLM Uncured Bacon. You’ll find them in our freezer section. We’ve packed 16 of them in a clear container. All you have to do is bake them up until the bacon is cooked to your liking! (Roughly at 350° for about 18-22 minutes)

Oh yeah…one more thing: Don’t forget to take the credit!


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. 

New Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

chef_carrie_banner_672IMG_2666Start your day off right by choosing the best egg white breakfast sandwich in Dayton!

Our chefs start with an Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain English Muffin  that is rubbed with a little DLM Olive Oil. Then we layer on freshly cooked  organic egg whites, steamed spinach, oven-roasted tomatoes, and a little crumbled feta cheese. It’s not only flavorful and delicious, but will help keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

So wake up and come over to your favorite DLM – they are available at our Sandwich Stations and DLM‘s Coffee Bars all day.

 Bon appétit!




Hot Chocolate!

chef_carrie_banner_672Peppermint Hot Cocoa (5 of 4)I had the pleasure of creating a recipe for our new DLM Hot Cocoa Mix. Can I tell you how much fun it was playing around in the test kitchen with hot chocolate? I wanted the classic taste of hot chocolate, which means cocoa in all its glory. Deep, rich cocoa powder makes that classic hot chocolate taste we are all familiar with. A little sugar, a pinch of salt, and natural vanilla makes our new DLM Hot Cocoa Mix full of real, delicious ingredients I am proud of.

For the vanilla, I just had to use Madagascar Vanilla Powder for 2 reasons. The first is the simplest one- flavor. It’s simply the best vanilla powder on the market. (Think vanilla extract in powder form.) Secondly, we wanted this mix to be pantry stable, so I needed all dry ingredients – this fit the bill perfectly!

I wanted a little luxury in there for the true chocolate lover. Something a little special, but not over the top because this hot chocolate is for both children and adults alike. Open up a jar and you will find real chocolate buttons in there! It’s the same imported chocolate we use for making our killer brownies. It melts beautifully and adds a velvety, luxurious texture that adds a more rich flavor than ordinary hot cocoa mixes.

Simply heat up your favorite milk and stir in a couple of tablespoons. It also tastes delicious made with coconut, almond, or soy milk. Go all out and try it topped with our homemade marshmallows.

Bring on the snow!


Food Styling Fun


image1  Yesterday in the DLM Culinary Center, a couple talented folks got together and shot several versions of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner spreads. A lot of our photography is done in natural light, so folks were passing by wondering what in the world we doing “in the dark” with all of those table settings. Between the delicious smells and the hipster Christmas music, we had a blast mocking up yummy  dinner table scenes.

I was busy in the kitchen all day roasting off a 17-lb DLM Fresh, Free-Range Turkey, a Prime Rib, a whole New York Strip Roast, plus all of the fixings of holiday dinner. Setting it up, cooking, plating, and cleaning it up is quite a production. The only bummer was no husband or children to help with all of those dishes!!

Our good friend David McKibben designed our tablescapes with his array of vintage linens, dishes, glasses, and amazing serving utensils. It was fun to watch him work as he arranged different pieces that complemented each other, and the mood, perfectly. He even whipped up some pretty amazing arrangements using various stems from our Floral Department; I learn something every time we work together.

Next up our very own photographer Jessica, who takes all of those glorious photos that have helped our Market Report, posters, and social media look so beautiful, got to work capturing the scenes. After she’s got the glamorous shots, we have Jessie, Amy, Jessica, and Nick put them all together in many forms to shape the look of DLM.

Enjoy the behind-the-scenes look, and keep your eyes open to see if you can spot the finished products over the next couple of months. 


Chef Carrie Walters
DLM Culinary Director