We have a serious group of curry lovers here at DLM. Our Curry Turkey Soup has a fan club that is serious about that flavorful soup! So when I tasted this new item from Boar’s Head, I knew we had to carry it in our Deli. Stop by and ask for a free sample. I think its amazing!
It’s called Madrasala Curry Chicken and its made with oven-roasted boneless, skinless chicken breast. So naturally it’s high in protein and low in fat. It is then coated with a heady mix of Indian-inspired spices like cumin, chile, turmeric, and ginger. Let’s just say that it’s not shy in the flavor department.
Just eating it by itself is so good! If you need an idea for an amazing sandwich, try this: DLM Raisin Walnut Bread slathered with some scallion cream cheese and Major Grey’s Chutney. Top with some peppery arugula and voilà – a seriously delicious and flavorful sandwich!
You just have to stop and listen to really know what’s abuzz in the food world. What’s in season? What’s tickling the curiosity of chefs? And what’s delicious right now? I had the pleasure of being involved with a conversation like that with all of the brilliant directors here at DLM, whom I greatly admire and respect. They make DLM shine in so many ways, including forming valuable relationships with passionate food and drink purveyors near and far. They aren’t afraid to stop and smell the roses (or taste that latest French cheese, in some cases).
We were thinking about this time of year and the food, drink, and even flowers that are surrounding us. As we spoke about the local strawberry bounty, wild Copper River King Salmon (yes, it’s here), and brilliant blooms, our minds swirled with the color pink—also the color of rosé—and all its glory.
Local Strawberry Sensation
“There’s something about local strawberries that just makes me smile,” says Michelle Mayhew, Produce director at Dorothy Lane Market. We’re excited this year to feature the bounty of new Love Local friends, the VanMeter family. Their strawberry farm is located on 100 rolling acres in Clarkson, KY, and is a labor of love for the whole family. “Danny and Trish want to teach their children values of hard work, so they are all involved with collecting the fruit of their labor,” says Michelle, noting that Danny is a member of the Strawberry Grower’s Association of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley.
Alaska Copper River Wild King Salmon Makes its Splash
Alaska Copper River Wild King Salmon is one of the most sought-after salmons and it’s finally here, coming to us fresh from Alaska. ‘”I’m Coming Home’ is the tune played by Mother Nature beckoning the return of the fish to the headwaters of their birth,” says Jack Gridley, VP of Meat & Seafood. Its prized flavor is attributed to the high Omega-3 oil content as the fish builds up fat to give them energy to travel the long spawning journey up the Copper River.
Fleur to Adore
May started strong with Italian Heather, and with each week, even more splashy blooms have continued to fill our stores. And then, just when we thought it couldn’t get much better, our locally grown bouquet season really kicked into gear. It’s easy to see why there’s so much fleur to adore!
Rosé all May
“It’s like springtime in a bottle,” Todd Templin, VP of Beer, Wine, & The Cheese Shop, has been known to say of the sure as the sun arrival of rosé to our stores each spring. We look forward to its bright fruits, crisp acids, and generally dry finish. The mere mention of rosé, aka the pink wine, elicits many smiles.
This is my favorite time of year—I can fling open the kitchen window and invite the balmy air to swirl, reminding me of the pleasures of the garden, lazy evenings on the porch swing, birdsong in the morning, and signs of life refreshing itself. One of the first things I do to mark the season is to establish my potted culinary herbs in a sunny window.
I always choose organically grown herbs, like the Organic Potted Herbs we carry in the Floral Department. I think the organic herbs taste better and I like that they’re ethically grown and nutritionally sound. Two basil plants are a must because I love fresh pesto and it’s so easy to make. In addition, we’ll also have mint, chives, parsley, thyme, and oregano.
While I’m admittedly a casual cook, I seldom prepare a dish in the spring that doesn’t include at least one culinary herb from my window garden. When the honeydew melons are ripe, I pluck a stem of mint, strip the leaves, slice in strips, and sprinkle over a wedge of melon. The fruit is cold and sweet making the mint a refreshing counterpoint. The experience of preparing this also is pure pleasure as the act of stripping the mint releases its essential oils, adding an artful dimension to an ordinary morning.
Flavored vinegars are a cinch to make with fresh herbs, even for the modest cook. Pour two cups of white wine vinegar in a clean jar, add ½ cup of assorted fresh herbs, shake well, and set the jar in a cool, dry place for ten days. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth into a clean jar and cap tightly. The herb vinegar should keep for about six months at room temperature, ready to jazz up a variety of dishes!
But why stop at the kitchen door? The use of fresh culinary herbs is limited only by the imagination. Tired tootsies? A friend of mine makes a tea with a handful of basil leaves, pours it in a basin, and soaks her feet. Basil contains a natural anti-inflammatory that will ease aches while the aroma soothes the senses. Mosquitoes a bother? Rub enough thyme between your palms to release the essential oils—the scent acts as a natural repellent. Most importantly, don’t wait for a recipe or a remedy to enjoy your fresh herbs. Pluck a leaf from the nearest plant as you go about your day, bruise between your fingers. Then breathe. Relax. Appreciate.
The month of May certainly has brought a whirlwind of events to celebrate, with everything from the Cinco de Derby, to Mother’s Day, and now a Royal Wedding. It’s also time to celebrate the graduating class of 2018, and our Housewares department is just the ticket as we strive to find the perfect pairings to help you entertain. So here’s my A-list of spring favorites, featuring three design-forward companies—Sophistiplate, Hester & Cook, and Simply Baked. These companies are releasing on-trend products that bring back the thrill of entertaining.
For anyone who loves to play with patterns and colors, (hands up, that would be me!) you can mix and match these paper goods to create a multitude of tablescapes and infuse personality into your party décor.
Start with table runners, place mats, and serving paper from the husband & wife team of Nashville-based Hester & Cook. Next, layer inSophistiplate, an Italian-designed tableware company offering their signature wavy-edged Petalo bowls & plates. Sprinkle in even more sophistication with Simply Baked, which was founded by two Oregon entrepreneurs who believe in the art of entertaining. I love their little cups, frilly cocktail picks, and sparklers. Not only can you directly bake in these cups, but they also double for serving crudités, small bites, and party favors! Their cocktail picks add whimsy & elegance. After all, what’s a party without a dressed up drink in hand?
After a long winter, gatherings have moved outdoors. The lights are strung over the patio, and neighborhoods are filled with sounds of laughter, kids playing, and warm, late night conversations. The time to entertain is now, so why not mix stripes and dots, or bold colors with wood grain and pops of glitzy gold? Let’s get this party started and watch those grad caps fly!
Peggy Neary, DLM Culinary Center manager, appeared on Living Dayton, showcasing the most delightfully elegant platter filled with an array of tea sandwiches and sharing how to make a few. Each sandwich was cut neatly and Peggy explained how afternoon tea is generally served with lighter fare, such as tea sandwiches. Below are some of her favorite tea sandwich recipes. Use them for any number of events, such as a bridal or baby shower or a tea party, including one to celebrate the highly anticipated royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
1. Cheddar Chutney Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 24 tea sandwiches)
9-oz jar Major Grey’s Chutney (about ½ cup), pieces chopped
½ lb Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar Cheese, grated coarsely (about 2 cups)
½ cup sour cream
3 oz cream cheese, softened
12 slices DLM Raisin Walnut Bread
½ cup minced fresh parsley
6 Slices DLM Oven Roasted or Wood Smoked Turkey Breast
In a bowl stir together chutney, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste until combined well to make a Cheddar chutney. Spread Cheddar chutney on all 12 slices of bread. Place a slice of turkey on 6 slices of the bread. Make 6 sandwiches with filling, turkey, and bread, pressing together gently. Trim crusts and cut into quarters. Spread edges with soft butter and coat edges with chopped parsley. Sandwiches may be made 2 hours ahead, wrapped in plastic wrap, and chilled.
2.Garden Party Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 32 tea sandwiches)
1 thin cucumber
16 slices DLM white sandwich bread
4 oz fresh unsalted butter
1 to 2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper
Peel cucumber and slice in paper-thin rounds. Salt rounds lightly and place in colander for 15 minutes to drain. Press to release water; pat dry with paper towels. Spread slices bread with softened butter. Put two layers of cucumber slices on bottom slice, sprinkle with finely chopped mint, salt and pepper to taste and top with another buttered slice. Press lightly with palm of hand. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters. Serve with points facing up!
3. Checkerboard Tea Sandwiches
Filling ideas: For an easy filling, visit our Deli and pick up DLM Tuna Salad, *Chicken Pecan Salad, *Old Fashioned Chicken Salad, or our Made Right Here Egg Salad. *mince these salads for a finer sandwich filling.
Garnish ideas: Spear each sandwich with an olive, pickle slice, or small cherry tomato and line up on platter like a checkerboard.
4. Smoked Salmon, Caper and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)
5½ oz cream cheese
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp capers, drained, finely chopped
8 slices whole wheat bread, lightly buttered
8 slices smoked salmon
Mix the cream cheese, red onion, and capers together in a bowl. Spread this mixture onto four slices of the bread. Top with the smoked salmon and close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters.
5. Roast Beef Finger Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)
8 slices white or wheat bread
Horseradish cream (recipe following)
¼ pound DLM deli-sliced roast beef, thinly sliced
4 slices havarti cheese
1 English cucumber, peeled into paper-thin strips
Softened unsalted butter
Horseradish Cream 3 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
For horseradish cream, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Spread bread slices with softened butter. Spread one side of 4 bread slices with Horseradish Cream, and divide roast beef among bread slices. Top with a slice of cheese and remaining 4 bread slices. Trim crusts and cut each sandwich into 2 fingers, and wrap each with a cucumber strip.
As you make plans to celebrate your grad in style, know that we’re here to help with some of the prep that can make graduation party planning, well, stressful. To start, look no further than our Deli as you plan the menu for your gathering to celebrate your grad. From sandwich trays to sides and apps, you’ll see just how we can help make the food prep as easy as 1, 2, 3!
When it comes to the cake, we’ve got you covered there, too, thanks to the Love Cakes by DLM team. Graduation time is one of our favorite cake seasons as we take great pride in baking and decorating the cakes to reflect the personality of each grad. Whether you choose a sheet cake or multi-tiered cake, we can add edible images and have it reflect your grad’s alma mater or upcoming school colors.
You can either pick up a copy of FEAST, our catalog of entertaining-made-easy offerings, in stores or access it here (Click Here to View FEAST). To place an order, simply call or visit your favorite Dorothy Lane Market at least 24 hours in advance. Here, we’ve outlined a good place to start:
Set the stage with a sandwich tray so you can mix and mingle with this no-fuss stunner. Our most popular grad party picks are Mini Sandwiches (with a variety of rolls, meats, and cheeses; or Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Chicken Pecan Salad, or Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad), or The Ultimate Sandwich. Think outside the bun and get a Meat & Cheese Tray so your guests can build their own sandwich.
DIP, SLICE, NIBBLE
These crowd pleasers never go out of style. Choose from Fruit, Cheese, and Vegetable Trays to an assortment of Antipasto, a Mediterranean Hummus Appetizer Tray, Bread Bowl Dip featuring our DLM Spinach Dip, or a Mexican Appetizer.
3. THE SIDES
Round it all out with Deli salads, Made Right Here, such as our top-selling Classic Potato Salad, Pine Club Pasta Salad, Homestyle Macaroni Salad, and so many more! Although you are welcome to select from our case, we recommend placing an order if you want a specific item or for any needs over 3 lbs
4. A CAKE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR GRAD
As you make graduation party plans, let us help create something memorable for your party. The Love Cakes by DLM team invites you to stop by (Love Cakes is located behind DLM Washington Square). Or, you can call (937) 535-5719 to place an order and discuss your graduation party cake plans. Flavors & Fillings: Choose from favorites such as light and moist white, chocolate, yellow, and marble, or specialties like carrot and red velvet, all topped with buttercream icing. A filling, such as strawberry, raspberry, lemon, chocolate mousse, or ganache, can be added to any cake for an added touch.
Cinco de Mayo is a salsa party at DLM. Here’s why—back for the season are two of my favorites that we make right here, Salsa Verde and Salsa Roja. If you haven’t tried them, stop by this week and get a taste.
The Salsa Verde is made with fresh tomatillos that we roast over high heat. We add lots of organic lime juice to ramp up the bright, citrusy flavor of this salsa. Although it is pretty darn good with tortilla chips, I love it as sauce that I put over things like grilled fish (think Mahi Mahi or tilapia) or a simple grilled DLM Natural Chicken Breast garnished with a couple slices of ripe avocado. Try it over some soft scrambled eggs this weekend, you won’t’ regret it!
The Salsa Roja has a slightly sweet, smoky flavor because we roast the fresh Roma tomatoes, onions, and Poblano peppers together over high heat until they get blistered and charred. Then we pulse them all together in a food processor until slightly puréed. So of course it’s great with the regular line up chips, quesadillas, and tacos. Personally, I like this one spooned over a grilled DLM Natural Beef Skirt Steak with some warmed tortillas on the side.
Of course you can’t forget the guacamole! You can always pick up a tub of DLM Guacamole from Produce, or if you make it yourself, be sure to check out a couple of our nifty tools to help. The Ultimate 3-in-1 Tool Kit from Cookut helps you make perfect guacamole in 3 minutes, plus helps you prepare, serve, and store all in one kit! You can also help keep your guacamole fresher longer with the Guac-Lock that seals without losing flavor or color by creating an airtight seal. Olé!