Geeking Out Over Cookbooks

I have a cookbook problem. I’ll admit it. It’s been going on for longer than I care to admit. Gone are the days of just buying a book for 1 recipe. I have gotten much smarter over the years with buying only the new ones that offer something truly different whether it’s recipes, techniques, history, or just good food stories. My purchasing of cook books has slowed down a little because now I spend an amazing amount of time reading recipes on the computer. I know that a lot of great recipes are “free” on the internet, but it is not the same thing. I still find myself craving books! I want to hold them, read them, cook from them, and most importantly share them.

I love paging through ones that belonged to my mom. Seeing her handwriting makes me miss her even more. I like trying to find that one recipe in an old book on my shelves that I haven’t looked at in a while. Opening it up, I can tell which recipe pages were more well-loved and it brings back warm memories of a certain time and place.

What’s really cool is that I just so happen to work with a bunch of people who have the same problem. In fact, our last staff meeting we had a potluck of our favorite “vintage” recipes. Needless to say, we had a ball! I am not sure we will ever be able to compete with Amazon in selling books, but the one thing we can do is use our passion to help you find some true gems.

We’ve put together a curated cookbook selection at the Culinary Center. Some are the most popular and trending new releases, others are tried and true favorites that offer something special, and a few are obscure gems that we would love to share with you. One thing is certain, all of them have a good reason for being there and taking up shelf space.

Come visit us at the Culinary Center–we can geek out together!

Edmond Fallot’s Mustard Paradise

There are few condiments as tantalizing as mustard. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like it for that matter. Smothered on a brat with sauerkraut, slathered on pastrami and rye, incorporated into a sauce and drizzled on asparagus … its tangy flavor makes your nose tingle and taste buds want more.

Combine this innate human need for mustard with our love for French food and you can understand why we were so excited to visit the home of one of the world’s great mustard traditions in the fabled wine and gastronomy region of Burgundy, France. The address: La Moutarderie Edmond Fallot, in the town of Beaune. The charming Fallot Mustard factory is just a stone’s throw from the Hospices de Beaune where aficionados, collectors, and wine geeks from around the globe gather annually in November for the famous wine auction and festival.

I first got to know Marc Désarménien nearly 20 years ago at the International Fancy Food Show in New York. Ever since, we’ve carried his family’s mustard, and I’ve always been a huge fan. Marc’s grandfather, Edmond Fallot, bought this mustard factory in 1928, which had been established since 1840. I asked Marc if he came from a long line of Burgundians, and he quipped non with his definitive French accent.

He shared that Edmond grew up in an unremarkable town in the east part of France, but loved good food as a young man, so moved to Beaune for the simple reason that he wanted to eat well—my kind of guy!

Edmond moved to Beaune and began to work in the town’s little mustard factory in the 1920s. He eventually took over the business, made it his own, and prospered. Edmond’s son-in-law Roger took the reins right after WWII and Edmond’s grandson Marc has headed up the firm since 1994.

As we toured his sparkling clean factory and tasted some extraordinary mustard, Marc and his colleague Caroline explained some amazing facts about mustard. While Dijon is capital of France’s famous Burgundy region and the namesake of the famous mustard, “Dijon mustard” today simply refers to a recipe. Interestingly, most of the world’s mustard seeds come from Canada and the U.S.

Dijon mustard indeed was created in the city bearing its name. Legend has it that Jean Naigeon replaced the usual ingredient of vinegar in the recipe with verjuice, the acidic juice of unripe grapes, which was a plentiful and inexpensive (at the time) leftover from the wine harvest. The use of verjuice gave the mustard a better flavor. Although verjuice is ideal as a liquid base for mustard, many Dijon mustards today, however, are made with inexpensive vinegar.

With a nod to tradition, Marc is resurrecting the glory days of Burgundian mustard by using French grown mustard seeds and white wine from Burgundy in his Burgundy Mustard IGP (IGP translates as Protected Geographical Indication). This is the single most balanced and pleasurable taste of mustard I’ve ever had!

Speaking of taste, the varieties of Fallot mustard will never leave you wanting. At the tasting room, you’ll see a wall covered with photos of many of France’s great chefs, both upcoming and famous. Mark has collaborated with many of them to create pairings and flavors of his mustards.

Try our Chicken Fricassee recipe featuring Edmond Fallot Tarragon Dijon Mustard!

We have chosen several including my favorites the Burgundy IGP, Tarragon, and Blackcurrant. My wife, who is a great cook, also loves the Walnut and standard Dijon. She incorporates these mustards in vinaigrettes, sauces, and other ways several times a week … and I’m a happy consumer of these sublime flavors! For good eating at home these cold winter months, make Edmond Fallot Mustards a regular feature at your table.

 

HONEY & BALSAMIC. A hit on Heavenly Ham®!

BURGUNDY IGP. The king of them all! Try this with any recipe calling for mustard.

WALNUT. Serve on winter meats, such as lamb shanks, roasts, and prime rib.

BLACKCURRANT. Excellent with duck, especialy pan-seared duck breast.

BASIL. Use a teaspoon in a vinaigrette for a Caprese salad or tossed with sliced ripe tomatoes.

TARRAGON. Perfect accompaniment to DLM Chicken Thighs.

DIJON. Superb on a DLM Baguette with French ham and butter.

GREEN PEPPERCORN. Try glazed on duBreton pork loin.

PROVENÇAL. Brush liberally on salmon just as you finish grilling.

 

Feast like a Gourmand with Duck

Looking for an alternative to everyday protein choices? Let’s talk about duck. When I was a kid, my only experience with duck was a whole roasted one that was usually greasy, overcooked, and drowned in overly sweet orange or cherry sauce. Did you have the same?

My experience and attitude changed when I first tasted Pekin duck in Chinatown as a teenager. I couldn’t get enough of it and then promptly fell in love with hoisin sauce. Fast forward to the 70s and 80s when duck was suddenly everywhere—from California-style pizzas to amazing chopped salads.

At DLM, we carry Culver Duck from Middlebury, IN. Their ducks are antibiotic free, sustainably raised, fed a vegetarian diet, and are free roaming. We like their strict standards as the quality really shines through in the flavor.

What has changed since my early experiences with duck is how easy it is now for the home cook to actually prepare it without having to roast the whole thing and smoke up the house. We carry smoked and fully cooked breasts along with legs and whole or half birds. So whether it’s the main dish, tossed in a salad, or carved tableside, branch out a little bit and taste how good duck can be.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

  • Try smoked duck breast sliced thin on your next charcuterie platter. A boneless breast can cook up in 15 minutes or so and is simply delicious. As an added bonus, that skin gets so darn crispy it’s almost addicting!
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t brag about the recipe-ready duck confit. It’s wicked good and so much time is saved by getting it already perfectly cooked. Heat in a hot pan and voilà, so much flavor.
  • Try shredding a little duck confit over a winter salad or stir into a bubbling pot of lentils or beans for added depth of flavor.

Get Our Duck & Wild Rice Salad Recipe Here!

Bring on the Bacon at BaconFest

Sure, there’s the tantalizing aroma of bacon cooking that draws bacon-lovers from near and far. When we think of bacon here at DLM, our senses are not only awakened, but our minds start to swirl with all of the bacon-licious possibilities. With that said, at BaconFest, happening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 & 27, at all DLM locations, Happiness is Bacon … Lots of Bacon. And we’re not holding back at this year’s BaconFest.

At BaconFest, we’ll be sizzling with bacon (DLM Uncured Bacon, which of course is nitrate and nitrite free) at every turn. You’ll find products we carry and foods we make that will be bursting with bacon. Look for favorites like our Bakery’s Bourbon-Salted Chocolate Bacon and Bacon Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread; the Meat department’s When Pigs Fly, a poblano pepper stuffed with smoked pork, Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, DLM Cheddar Bacon Gourmet Burgers, and specialty items, like Glier’s Bacon Goetta; and the Deli’s Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw and Pine Club Pasta Salad. Also during BaconFest, you can add bacon for free to any order from the Sandwich Station, Jack’s Grill, or our Naples-Style Pizza oven!

Thirsty? Head on over to our Wine & Beer department as we’ll be teaming up with Crooked Handle Brewing to offer a Dig the Pig Bacon Beer they’ve developed for DLM. We’re also excited to have representatives from Flying Pig Marathon visiting during select times at BaconFest alongside coffee roaster Rooted Grounds. They’ll be featuring the Pig Roast, a whole bean coffee with $1 from each Rooted Grounds Pig Roast benefiting the Flying Pig Charities. As you can see, bacon knows no limits!

8 Ways to Bite Into Our Citrus Celebration

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! Crank up the vitamin C volume and vivid colors—come celebrate citrus with us this January! We consider ourselves so lucky to be able to flood our stores with the beauty of all the colorful citrus we bring in this time of year. We have some of the freshest flavors from jumbo navels to Texas red grapefruit. We love how all the varieties of citrus are bursting with colors and will bring wonderful flavor as well as provide many health benefits during these cold winter months. Here are eight ways to bite into our Citrus Celebration (and don’t hesitate to enjoy some of the many citrus samples and recipes we’ll be featuring).

1. NAVEL ORANGES. These are the sweetest you can find, providing ample amounts of vitamin C for an added bonus!

2. CARA CARA PINK NAVELS. Among some of the prettiest citrus, these have a pink flesh and extremely sweet taste.

3. BLOOD ORANGES With an unmistakable deep red flesh and dangerously sweet taste, you won’t be able to resist! Both this variety and the Cara Cara are great low-acid options with the same healthful benefits as a Navel orange. To really unleash the flavor of a blood orange, try the Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.

4. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE. It’s made from the juiciest Valencia oranges and is made fresh in our Produce departments. We love it because it is extremely smooth to taste and is ultra fresh. We will also treat you with Cara Cara and Blood Orange Juice throughout this celebration, which is a true treat.

5. SWEET SCARLETTS TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT. These are the most colorful of all ruby grapefruits. These luscious grapefruits are grown in Texas where the hot sunny days and cool nights help these Texas reds become as sweet as can be.

6. PUMELO. This is a very large citrus that’s similar to grapefruit. It’s a Vietnamese staple and used in many dishes. Health benefits include boosting immunity (thanks to that vitamin C), improving digestion, and lowering blood pressure.

7. SPANISH CLEMENTINES. These sweet and easy-to-peel treats are a wonderful option for a great breakfast or snack option.


8. SUMO CITRUS. Coming later this month! First developed in Japan, these are now grown on family farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Loaded with vitamin C, these will sure to be the citrus star! It sets itself ahead of the pack in popularity due to its easy peel and low acid levels. Because it’s low in acidity, it’s a great option for those with a sensitive stomach.


Looking to add some citrus zing to make you sing? Try this Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.