Charcuterie Board in 3 Easy Steps

Charcuterie (shar-Kyoo-ter-ee) is a French word for smoked, dry-cured, or cooked meats. From simple things like ham, sausage, salami, and bacon to more artisan hand-crafted things like pâté, duck confit, rillettes, and terrines. These all fall under the broad range of charcuterie. For me and many of you out there, a charcuterie board is always a perfect choice for entertaining, especially during the holidays! As an added bonus, there’s no cooking involved!

Charcuterie is pretty trendy right now, but has been around for a very long time … as in before refrigeration! It’s a classic way of preserving meats with a rich culinary history. To start, simply grab a slate, board, or platter and follow our 3-step Charcuterie Guide so you, too, can feast like a gourmand and entertain with ease this holiday season!



charcuterie board meatsPALACIOS SPANISH CHORIZO : Dry-cured sausage smoked with Paprika. DELI

NIMAN RANCH PROSCIUTTO: Dry-cured with Sicilian sea salt. MEAT

HERITAGE FARMS SOPRESSATA: Coarsely ground, sweet or spicy. MEAT

SERRANO HAM: Extremely flavorful, air-dried Spanish ham. DELI

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS PÂTÉ DE CAMPAGNE: Pork pâté with garlic and spices. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

FRA’ MANI CALABRESE: Salami with wild fennel, sweet & hot Calabrian pepperoncini, and chili flakes. DELI

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS SAUCISSON SEC AUX CÈPES: Sliced air-dried sausage with porcini mushrooms. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

LA NAVA JAMÓN IBÉRICO: A treasure from Spain. DELI

NIMAN RANCH CAPOCCOLLO: Corsican pork cut. MEAT

PRO TIP: Start with 3 to 5 choices that represent varying forms, textures, and flavors, such as smoked, dry cured, firm, delicate, creamy, or salty. How much to buy? About 2 oz per person.


SOMETHING SALTY: It’s nice to balance all of that meaty goodness with something salty or acidic, like cornichons or briny pickles, mustard, and chutney. Don’t forget to add a handful of nuts as well, like Marcona almonds.

DLM ITALIAN MINI TOASTS: Perfect for any charcuterie tray. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

SOMETHING SWEET: Now, time to layer in a little sweetness to truly cover all the bases. We love adding in fruit, like grapes, California dried figs, and a Bosc or Holiday Pear. It really is that simple.

RAINCOAST CRISPS: Subtle sweetness with a delightful crunch. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

 


INVITE CHEESE TO THE PARTY: By adding cheese to your charcuterie board selection, it opens up a whole world of flavors and textures that go beautifully with wine. Just like choosing the charcuterie, think about varying the texture and flavors of cheeses from buttery to nutty, creamy to hard. The possibilities are endless and frankly that is the fun!

CHEESEMONGER PRO TIP: “When selecting cheeses for my charcuterie boards, I think of a rhyme I once learned. Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue. Make this your motto and you’ll have the framework for the perfect cheese board.” —Maritza Crowdy, The DLM Cheese Shop Manager, Springboro

Tiny Bubbles

Occasions to break out the sparkling wine evoke much anticipation and result in special memories for many people, whether celebrating a special anniversary, a new beginning, or a toast at a holiday gathering. “Bubbles” are a happy beverage and they pair beautifully with darn near any dish! We believe that all sparkling wine in any number of varying styles and originating regions can be a magical addition to any meal or event. Here are a few of our favorites!

Laurent-Perrier

A great value, this is from the historic city of Reims, France. Dry and elegant with a nose of bread dough yeast and a long finish.

Schramsberg Brut Rosé

Long the standard bearer of super well-made American bubbly, this is the consummate apéritif. Dry with wonderful strawberry and apricot notes; pairs well with smoked salmon dishes.

Dr. L Riesling

Yes, sparkling Riesling!  A bright, clean sparkling wine that is ultra-charming and super affordable!

Veuve Clicquot Rosé

A French favorite, this is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and a touch of Chardonnay creating a fruity, full-bodied expression of the Veuve Clicquot style and perfect with an oyster platter.

La Marca Prosecco

An Italian sparkling wine that is quite dry and refreshing with dried apple, honeysuckle, and peach fruits.

Gruet Brut

Made in the French-style with a hint of dough mid-palate, this New Mexico favorite is crisp and sophisticated with apple and citrus flavor.

PEARfection: 10 Reasons to Love The Holiday Pear

“Try this one,” said Michael Naumes, as he tossed me a Comice pear. “You’re gonna need a towel,” he said as I take my first bite. My first meeting with the Naumes family a few years back started just like that. We were on a search for the juiciest, sweetest, most luscious pear we could find. And that journey took me to their orchard where I found the Naumes family’s Holiday Pear, also known as the Comice pear.

We had heard rumors that there was a family in Rogue Valley, Oregon, that grew the best Comice pears and the rumors certainly were true. After that first bite, I knew we had come to the right place. We started offering these pears to our customers a few years ago and we’re excited to report that they’re back, just in time for your holiday entertaining and gifting.

Just try one and you will be hooked. They truly are the sweetest, juiciest pears around. Look for displays in the stores along with perfectly packed gift boxes

Along with being the sweetest, creamiest, most luscious pear around, the Comice pear, also know as the Holiday Pear, is quite the intriguing fruit. Here are 10 things to know about The Holiday Pear:

  1. The grading and picking process for the Naumes’ family’s Holiday Pear is tedious, but for good reason. Only 1 out of 20 pears will make this grade.
  2. The Holiday Pear received its name because they are in peak season during the holiday months.
  3. The Doyenné du Comice, as it’s known in France, was first grown near Angers in the mid-1800s.
  4. The climate in the Rogue Valley leads to perfect growing conditions of this extremely sensitive pear, making the Naumes family’s orchards true “pearfection”.
  5. The shape of the Holiday Pear is truly unique, featuring a rotund body and a short neck.
  6. As the Holiday Pear ripens, the areas of green skin color will turn a yellow hue. The rule of thumb is to check the neck for ripeness by applying gentle pressure to it with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it’s ready! Once ripeness is determined, you can refrigerate it if you want to extend that peak taste for a few days.
  7. Savor this luscious pear as an appetizer by smearing baked brie on slices of a DLM French Baguette and topping it with slices of the Holiday Pear.
  8. It’s a great addition to a cheese plate with brie, Manchego, or a Gorgonzola, like Rogue River Blue Cheese or Dolce Gorgonzola and pairing that with Marsala, Sauternes, Riesling, or Champagne.
  9. Slice it onto a salad made with mesclun spring mix or arugula, caramelized pecans, pomegranate seeds, and a blue cheese. Toss with a simple vinaigrette. Try our recipe for ‘Tis the Season Salad!
  10. The Holiday Pear makes for a wonderful dessert. Take a few scoops of DLM Madagascar Vanilla Gelato, sprinkle with cut pears, and drizzle with a warmed DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup.

4 Chocolate Bark Recipes To Gift This Season

‘Tis the season to create something sweet for those you love! One of our favorite things about Chocolate Bark is that not only is delicious to have on hand for your festive gatherings, but it’s a great gift idea if you are looking to add a homemade touch. So, without further ado, here are four chocolate bark recipes to keep you and yours holly jolly this season!

 

Minty White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: White chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, peppermint extract, green food coloring.

Almond + Sea Salt Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: Dark chocolate, slivered almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut, sea salt.

Pistachio + Dried Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: bittersweet chocolate, pistachios, dried cranberries, orange zest.

Dried Fruit + Walnut Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: Bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cherries, golden raisins.

Turkey Prep: 5 Common Questions Answered

I get it. There’s a lot going on when it comes to preparing your Thanksgiving meal and a whole turkey isn’t something that most people cook more than a few times a year. See below for my answer to some of the most common turkey prep questions that may come to mind as you ponder “how do you cook a turkey?”

If you haven’t already, reserve your DLM Free-Range Turkey now! Please remember that our turkeys are grown and not manufactured so weights may vary slightly from what you indicate.

1. Question: To Stuff or Not to Stuff?

Answer: In most modern kitchens, the answer to this debate is not to stuff. Why? Because in order to reach the safe temperature of 165°F in the center of the stuffed bird, you’ll get a completely overcooked turkey. Now, my mother-in-law will argue with me on this one until the cows come home. Her turkey is stuffed in every nook and cranny and it’s still delicious … albeit a little overcooked.

2. Question: Low Heat versus High Heat

Answer: This is a classic debate topic where both sides believe their cooking method gives the best results. High heat helps save time and adds a nice color to the outside of the bird. On the contrary, low heat slows moisture loss but takes a long time to finish. So, I like a two-fold answer to this popular cooking question: use both types! Start with high heat until you get things started then lower the heat to finish cooking the bird with more control.

3. Question: How do you Season the Turkey?

Answer: One word: BUTTER. It not only adds flavor but an amazing amount of moisture-rich fat. I like to brush the outside of the skin with melted butter, salt, and pepper. If you choose to add herbs, halved onions, or lemon, do so in the inside cavity.

4. Question: How do I Know How Big of a Turkey to Get?

Answer: A good rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 lbs per person, depending on the amount of leftovers you’d like.

5. How Long do I Cook Said Turkey?

Answer: Ultimately, your turkey is done when the meat thermometer reads 165°F. Stick the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. But here is a quick guide for how long to cook your unstuffed turkey based on its weight. But note that ovens all differ, so please don’t be afraid to pull out that meat thermometer more than once to make sure it isn’t under-cooked or over-cooked.

Approximate Roasting Times*
12–17 lbs = 3¼ to 4½ hours
18–21 lbs = 4¼ to 5¼ hours
22–24 lbs = 5¼ to 6¼ hours

*Times above are for a 350°F oven with an unstuffed turkey. To ensure that turkey is fully cooked to 165°F, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh.

10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

‘Tis the season to be … SICK. As we head into cold and flu season, our DLM Healthy Living Managers have comprised a list of their Top 10 recommended products that you should have in your “Seasonal Medicine Chest” to help you and your family get healthy and stay healthy!

1. Everyone Hand Sanitizer

As the name implies, this hand sanitizer is for EVERYONE—including those with sensitive skin because it’s made with plant extracts and pure essential oils. The small 2 oz size makes it convenient to carry in your car, purse, or briefcase when you need to wash your hands on the go. And, since it is 99.9% effective against most common germs, it gets our No. 1 spot on the list!

2. Garden of Life Elderberry Syrup

A strong immune system is crucial to staying healthy. Whether you choose the gummies or the liquid, this highly concentrated immune system support is perfect for the whole family from ages 4 and up! Made with real fruit along with echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C, it’s certified organic, non-GMO, and gluten free.

3. Boiron Oscillococcinum

While it’s hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, it’s not hard to understand that this is the best homeopathic remedy on the market to combat flu-like symptoms. Proven to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms including: fever, chills, body aches, headache, and fatigue, these quickly dissolving pellets are great for the entire family ages 2 and up! And, after a mom posted on social media how effective it was in conjunction with Elderberry Syrup, we couldn’t keep it on the shelves!

4. Garden of Life Oil of Oregano Seasonal Drops

Although this liquid herbal supplement is alcohol free, it’s not intended for children. Adults should dilute six drops into a glass of water and taken in between meals for maximum results.

5. Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol

Silver, which occurs naturally in mushrooms, has been used for centuries to foster good health. It tastes like water but works like a charm! Boost your immune system with the dropper top formula, the vertical spray, or the Kids’ Formula for children ages 4 and up. Gluten free, non-GMO, and allergen-free.

6. Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex Throat Spray

As soon as you feel that first tickle or hint of a scratchy throat, spray this peppermint-flavored super-antioxidant solution to the back of your throat (or your child’s) and repeat every half hour as necessary.

7. ManukaGuard Manuka Honey Throat & Chest Syrup

This medical-grade, alcohol-free syrup is “tough on seasonal bugs but gentle on families.” Great for everyone in the family ages 2 and up with its combination of organic apple cider vinegar, New Zealand Manuka Honey, along with olive leaf, ginger root, and licorice root extracts.

8. Quantum Health’s Thera Zinc Lozenges

Unlike traditional cough drops, these throat lozenges support your immune system as well as quell your cough. Whether you choose the Organic Elderberry flavor or the Blood Orange flavor, its special blend of organic marshmallow root, organic slippery elm, and echinacea pack a powerful punch when your body needs it most! And if you suffer from a sore throat and persistent cough, try their Meyer Lemon & Organic Honey Cough Relief Lozenges.

9. Xlear Natural Saline Sinus Spray

There’s a reason why healthcare professionals worldwide recommend XLEAR nasal sprays to their patients: it works! The winning combination of capsicum (fast-acting relief of sinus congestion), aloe (to sooth irritated nasal passages), and xylitol (to reduce swelling without steroids) is highly effective! But don’t take our word for it, XLEAR offers a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the results.

10. Traditional Medicinals Teas

Because all of their organic teas are caffeine free, a nice hot cup of Traditional Medicinals Tea is a wonderful way to end the day. Specially created by herbalists to be deliciously effective, choose the tea best suited to your specific needs. We highly recommend Breathe Easy, Gypsy Cold Care, Echinacea, and Throat Coat (with or without lemon).