The Last Hurrah of Summer … Really?

I used to be one of those people who stopped wearing white pants after Labor Day. Were you?

With Labor Day weekend comes lots of melancholy about saying goodbye to summer. No more stolen moments at the neighborhood pool, eating on the patio, and no more tomatoes, corn on the cob, peaches, hot dogs, potato salad, farmers’ markets … get the picture?

Don’t be bummed because in reality it is far too early to say goodbye! I think that just because school has started for most, everyone wants FALL right away. I mean c’mon, Halloween is already in stores! I want to start cooking fall foods like rich, braised dishes, big pots of chili, and apple pies. I want to pull out all of my cozy sweaters and wear darker lipstick.

But as far as the weather goes, it couldn’t be more perfect. My two favorite outdoor months here in Ohio are September and October. Perfect for hayrides, gorgeous sunsets, dinners eating outside, farmers’ markets, hikes, and many more to list here.

Be an unwritten rule breaker! Wear white whenever you darn well want to. Celebrate with your friends and family on all of those glorious local tomatoes, peppers, and  corn that are abundant, and frankly, perfect right now. In fact, DLM still have amazing local produce here well into October. So don’t rush it!

If you must, go ahead and drink your PSL in shorts and flip flops!

The Perfect Quick Bite: Fire-Roasted Appetizers

You’ve likely seen folks walking around our store with a glass of wine in hand and returning to the Wine Bar to lightly graze. Our Wine Bars are more popular than ever, as people gather for wine tastings and other events and often grab a quick bite from various departments around the store. We’re really excited to give you another reason to join in with this crowd—our newly debuted Fire-Roasted Appetizers at our Naples-Style Pizza Station (at DLM Washington Square and Springboro only).

We use the very same oven with an open flame where we cook our Naples-Style Pizza to create the quick bites that you can enjoy whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a wine tasting. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Caprese: Blistered tomatoes served alongside pesto and burrata.

DLM Meatballs: Served in a tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano.

Tikka Cauliflower Charred: Cauliflower in a Tikka Masala sauce with cilantro.

Warm Marinated Olives: Greek olives marinated in olive oil with lemon and rosemary.

Hot Goat Cheese Dip: Kalamata olives and capers in tomato sauce with fresh goat cheese.

Blistered Shishito: Fresh shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

Bite into the Hatch Hype: 5 Hatch Chile Recipes

Fire up the roaster and get ready—the much-anticipated Hatch Chiles are here and we are celebrating their arrival in the most delicious ways at DLM, including the 5 Hatch chile recipes below! But first, let’s talk about these prized chiles.

Hatch Chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch Valley, New Mexico, and have a one-of-a-kind flavor with a mild to medium heat. These peppers are grown along the beautiful Rio Grande River, where the rich soil and climate create the perfect conditions for this beautiful chile. The intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a unique flavor. When roasted, that flavor displays its full glory!

I can imagine the wonderful aroma of them roasting just by thinking about these peppers. Speaking of roasting, we’ve rolled out our custom super-sized roaster and the roasting team will be bringing it to each store at various times throughout the Hatch season, so make sure to stop by and take in the aroma yourself if you see us in action.

You’ll also notice that life is pretty spicy around here those last three weeks of August as recipes throughout DLM feature Hatch Chiles as a key ingredient, so be sure to try them all. Come get a little pep in your step and see for yourself what all the Hatch hype is about. You can get them raw or freshly roasted by the quart. Then, let your imagination and creativity go hot wild. We did with the five Hatch chile recipes below!

5 Hatch Chile Recipes

1. Hatch Chile, Chicken, & Chorizo Pasta

2. Cheesy Hatch Chile Bean Dip

3. Hatch Chile Country Gravy

4. Hatch Chile Con Queso

5. Hatch Chile Elotes

 

Curds + Hops: Tips for Pairing Beer and Cheese

Most may find that wine and cheese go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Both are two of life’s great culinary pleasures. But on a hot summer day, the taste of a cheese that’s very salty and full of fat will be left hanging on your palate, which begs the question: have you ever considered pairing your cheese with a nice cold beer? Let’s trade in those fruits and tannins for some malts and hops instead, as beer and cheese are natural partners with equally wide ranges of possible flavors.

The first thing to consider when pairing cheese and beer is the same principle that holds true when pairing it with any other food: match the intensity of the beer with the intensity of the cheese. Set aside your doubts—taste is subjective and not everyone’s taste buds are the same. That said, you can’t pair any cheese with any beer and expect pure bliss. Cheers with beer and add a little curd to your hop with these tips.

Lighter Beers are Best with Lighter Cheeses. Pale lagers or wheats tend to pair nicely with lighter, fresh cheeses such as DLM Handmade Mozzarella, burrata, or chèvre. Try this: LIFT from MadTree Brewing Co. paired with a fresh chèvre from Laura Chenel. The crisp and refreshing hint of orange from LIFT marries with the rich-tasting, bright, citrusy tang of the Laura Chenel. It’s like the icing on top of a cupcake!

Stronger Cheeses Deserve a Stronger Beer. My favorite pairings include a decadent blue cheese like our Champignon Grand Noir with a rich stout like Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide. The salty and creamy experience of the Grand Noir melds so well with the sweet, smoky goodness that the Yeti has to offer.

Hoppy Beers Lift Buttery, Floral Cheeses. Now, I didn’t forget about you hop-heads! If you’re anything like me, then your go-to is a nice, juicy IPA, like New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger. Match that with the key notes of buttery, floral goodness from the Comté Saint Antoine Gruyère. This is a young cheese with an old soul but somehow an IPA just brings out a refreshing and citrus life that it didn’t have before.

In the end, tasting is believing so don’t take my word for it and try some combinations for yourself. Grab your favorite cheese, try it with a variety of beer, and give it a whirl!

DLM at 70: A Culture of Good Food & People

People ask what the secret sauce is to DLM. Sure, there’s that touch of gourmet in addition to the everyday infused throughout every department (and no, it wasn’t always that way). There’s the friendly carryout who knows your kid’s name and never hesitates to offer the protection of an umbrella on a rainy day. There’s also the robust network of gourmands from faraway lands and local farmers whose bounty can be found at DLM.

But at the core of everything we do, there’s our history, which we hold near and dear. It’s real and rooted in humble beginnings built on friendship, hard work, and an unwavering sense of community; it’s not perfect, but it’s our history. We are proud of it and it has influenced much of who we are today, 70 years later.

We took a minute to reflect on that history and what has shaped the DLM culture, from cultivating a passion toward exploring good food to growing a family of associates, with many who have been here 25+ years. So take a minute to soak that in with the video below.

And to all of our customers and the community at large, thank you! Please  join us this weekend as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary at our 70th Anniversary Carnival happening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, followed by our DLM Good Neighbor 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Local Sweet Corn 5 Ways

It’s the heat of the summer and sweet corn is in full swing from our Love Local friend Ray Brentlinger. We could eat sweet corn just about every night for dinner! Are you with me? Don’t deprive yourself of this summer staple just because you had it earlier this week. Here are 5 ideas for how to add some flavorful flair to your local sweet corn to take this easy breezy summer side dish in a new direction!

Thai-Glazed
We love Thai-style street corn because it’s both sweet and a little sour. Mix reduced coconut cream with a little lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Brush on your corn and enjoy!

Bhutta
This Indian-style street corn is booming with flavor! Coat corn with melted ghee and season with chile powder for a classic Bhutta. Or, try sprinkling on Tandoori Masala from the Teeny Tiny Spice Company.

Bacon & Mustard
Bacon-lovers, get ready! Mix cooked and crumbled DLM Uncured Bacon with a dollop of DLM Mustard. Then, combine this with softened butter and slather all over your corn on the cob. Any leftover bacon-mustard butter? It’s also awesome on your favorite burger or DLM Bratwurst.

Elote
Elote-style is the famed Mexican-Style Street Corn. Mix mayo and sour cream together with a squeeze of fresh lime. Slick your corn with a layer of the sauce and sprinkle on cotija cheese, chile powder, and finish with cilantro.

Herb
Mix chopped fresh basil or a dollop of pesto into softened butter. This works well with other fresh, summer herbs, like chervil, tarragon, or thyme! Your summer taste buds will thank you!

Leave Perfection Alone with This Tomato Sandwich

The classic tomato sandwich is simple. You start with fresh white bread and slather on a good mayo. Then comes the ripest local tomatoes you can get your hands on with a sprinkle of salt. Voila! Introducing our sandwich of the month for August!

Yes, it would be delicious on all sorts of bread, like DLM Sourdough or Classic 10-Grain. Of course bacon would be good but that makes it another sandwich all together. How about adding avocado or sprouts or lettuce or all sorts of other possibilities? I’ll admit it was hard to restrain myself. but I’m so glad I did.

So come by the month of August and watch us make your sandwich with DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread and Duke’s Mayo (a southern staple) on both sides. Then we cut thick slabs of our ripe, local heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt on them.

That’s it. So why all the hoopala? Some folks wait all year for the taste of this. One bite you will think to yourself, “Oh, I get it now.” Grab some extra napkins because you will need them. It is really summer simplified on a sandwich!