Reliving the Party: The Food & Wine Show

After DLM throws the annual Food & Wine Show, we spend more than a couple of days reviewing all of the pieces that make this event so special. It’s been a week and I thought I’d share a couple of fun facts.

• We were thrilled that the “Big Chill” waited until this week so we could get over 600 folks through our doors for the start of the party in less than 15 minutes!

• Happy to report that all fingers are accounted for after shucking 1,000 oysters and cutting 1,000+ pieces of sushi.

• Our servers happily trayed and presented over 4,400 individual hors d’oeuvres.

• We made batch after batch of cheese risotto finishing it in a 90 lb wheel of Grana Padano, which is similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano.

• We had a wonderful representation this year of wine regions and varietals. From rare connoisseur picks to everyday delights, there was truly something for everybody.

• We hope everyone enjoyed the live jazz music from band leader Mike and his mates. This year he celebrated 20 years of entertaining our guests during the show.

• We’re thankful for our 140 associates who help us put this together and make it successful every single year.

Thank you to all who attended this year’s show and to those who helped make this event unforgettable. Mark your calendars for the 2020 Food & Wine Show, happening Thursday, November 5. We are now ready for the holidays to begin!

Thanksgiving 3 Ways

I love all the November food magazines, blogs, and chefs all claiming they have finally found the best way to cook a turkey. Truth is, there is no one and only best way to cook it. Deciding on the desired end results will help the home cook figure out which particular cooking method can get them there.

Lots of families want the whole roasted bird as the centerpiece of their holiday table. While others want crispy, crackly skin with juicy tender meat inside, sans the stress of carving at the table. Some of us want a simple method that yields easy clean up, with just enough breast meat leftover for sandwiches. Others are in it for the adventure! Whatever you’re looking for, here are three ideas for how to prepare your Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey.

 

 

1. The Traditional Whole Roasted Turkey

Step 1: Remove the neck and gizzards and discard or place in the bottom of the roasting pan if you desire. Rinse the turkey, drain well, and pat dry.

Step 2: Rub skin with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season well with Kosher salt and DLM Grilling & Seasoning Rub.

Step 3: Fill the cavity with celery, onion, and a quartered lemon. Add an inch of water to the pan and roast covered (uncover at end to lightly brown).

Step 4: Pull when meat thermometer reads 165ºF in the thigh. Let turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. It’s that simple! Hint: If turkey is too large to fit in your pan, see No. 3 below for a Spatchcocked Turkey.

2. Turkey Breast

We all know that dark meat is the most flavorful, but for those white meat fans, roasting a turkey breast is just the ticket.

Step 1: Try rubbing it with an herb butter, either making your own or using our DLM Herb Butter from The DLM Cheese Shop. Rub all over the outside and even tuck some under the skin!

Step 2: Choose a pan that’s slightly larger than your breast. Add about an inch of liquid to it. Try DLM Premium Turkey Broth or channel your inner Ina Garten and use white wine.

Step 3: Cook low and slow to keep meat from drying out. Preheat oven to 325ºF and cook until it reaches 165ºF.

2. Spatchcocked

The benefits are plenty—cut down on cooking time and maximize that crispy skin!

Step 1: Remove turkey’s backbone using a good pair of kitchen shears. Or, ask our Meat department associates to do this for you. Flatten turkey in pan, breast-side up, pushing down on breast bones. Pull thighs outward.

Step 2: Rub with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper on both sides! Or, use a dry brine for extra crispy skin. Sit turkey uncovered overnight in the fridge.

Step 3: Cook to 165ºF. To carve, remove legs and wings and slice breast meat, paying attention to cut away from breastbone.

 

The Amazing Rotisserie Chicken

I have to take the opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite meal shortcuts, the DLM Rotisserie Chicken. This ready-to-eat superstar is found in the Meat department. As a mom and a sometimes frantic home cook, the simple preparation of roasted chicken gives me an amazing amount of quick meal possibilities. Here are a few suggestions:

Thai Peanut Noodles

Pull chicken off the bone and slice into thin strips. Toss the strips with some pasta (I like either rice noodles or spaghetti for this). Add to it any of these mix-ins: Thai peanut or sweet chili sauce, a splash of soy sauce, julienned carrots, diced green onions, and chopped DLM Extra-Large Peanuts.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Shred chicken and set aside. In a soup pot, sauté a small amount of soup veggie starters, such as chopped onion, celery, and carrots, in a little Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil until soft. Add several cups of your favorite stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Add a package of tortellini and the shredded chicken; let simmer until tender. Serve with some crusty DLM Artisan Farmhouse Bread.

One Pan Chicken Enchiladas

In a non-stick skillet, layer your favorite enchilada sauce, a couple corn tortillas, and a container of DLM Roasted Tomatillo Salsa. Top with shredded DLM Rotisserie Chicken and some shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Cover and gently simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a delicious cheesy crust and serve with a little sour cream and a dollop of DLM Homemade Guacamole.

Chopped Chicken Salad

Grab your favorite bagged leaf salad (I like a spinach and arugula mix) and toss in some shredded DLM Rotisserie Chicken. Throw in a couple of your favorite add-ins, such as drained black beans, diced jicama, green onions, chopped tomatoes, shredded Cheddar, and crunchy tortilla strips. Then, toss it all together with ranch dressing and a dollop of your favorite DLM Salsa.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Shred the DLM Rotisserie Chicken and mix it up with some of our DLM Original Barbecue Sauce. Gently reheat if necessary and pile into our Bakery’s Golden Hamburger Buns. Try it topped with briny pickles, smoked Gouda, or our Homestyle Coleslaw.

Fall for this Apple Crisp!

Nothing tastes (and smells) more like fall than apple crisp bubbling away in your oven. And because we receive a bounty of produce from our Love Local farmers this time of year, we like to make this dish with local apples. With so many varieties of apples and so many versions of apple crisp recipes, I thought I’d give a shout out to one we made for the Local Harvest Dinner a couple years back.

Get this apple-solutely delicious recipe here!

Tender, slightly sweet, and warmly spiced apples pair perfectly with the crispy, crumbly topping. Apple crisp provides all the satisfying notes of apple pie, but is much simpler to make and is the perfect choice for feeding a crowd. Try it topped with a little local cream from Snowville or some DLM Gelato.

Fermented Faves

Eating in The Alps is so much fun! With all that cheese, sausage, braised meats, and noodles, you need a pop of bright flavor and acidity to keep it in balance. The natural accompaniments that you’ll find rely on fermentation, which both packs a powerful punch and has health benefits.

Some of our faves include:

  • Henstenberg Traditional German Barrel Pickles
  • Maille Cornichons
  • Hengstenberg Red Cabbage
  • DLM Bulk Sauerkraut
  • Krazy Kraut Krazy Currey

Taste of Thailand

What is it about Thai food that has so many of us enthralled? I can answer that with four words—hot, sour, salty, and sweet. In most Thai dishes you can find some kind of combination of all of these taste components. In addition to the contrast of flavors, you’ll also find a contrast of textures. How fun is that? Think for example of bright herbal soups, savory curries, crunchy salads, slurpy noodles, spicy dips, and beautiful tropical fruit to name a few.

Grab your Produce Passport and get ready to dive into the world of delicious Thai Produce!

Street food found in Thailand is some of the best in the world. Some favorites from my travels include spring rolls, grilled satay, salty fish cakes, and sweet sticky rice in baggies along with the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Lucky for us, it’s easier nowadays than in years past to find the ingredients to recreate excellent Thai food in your own kitchen. Rice and mung bean noodles, curry pastes, coconut milk, fish sauce, and chili sauce are now common and you need to find some room for them in your pantry. Along with some fresh veggies and a variety of proteins, a taste of Thailand can be yours! So challenge yourself to roll up your sleeves and explore the incredible flavors that the cuisine of Thailand has to offer.

Curious about curries? Learn about the different types and how to use them!

Noodle on These 3 Recipes:

1. Pad Thai

2. Yum Woon Sen

3. Chicken Pad See Ew

 

Curry Paste 101: Cook with Curry Paste at Home

Thai curries are a mainstay of traditional Thai cuisine and one of the easiest dishes to make at home. There are three main types of Thai curries—red, yellow, and green—which are categorized by the color of the curry paste. They all share some common ingredients, but the addition of different types of chilies, spices, and herbs add to the overall color and flavor. It’s the color of the chili that imparts each signature hue to the paste, and each curry paste has its own distinct flavor.

It should come as no surprise that red curry is made with the addition of several red chilies, while green curry is made with green chilies, and yellow curry is made with yellow chilies. In Thailand, these chilies have slightly different taste characteristics in addition to their colors. Over time, however, other ingredients have also been added to the curry pastes to enhance each recipe, making them even more distinct from one another.

Red Curry Paste

The most common (and versatile). It’s used in a variety of dishes usually with the addition of coconut milk, making the flavor a little spicy and sweet. Try with vegetables, chicken, salmon, or tofu.

Yellow Curry Paste

The mildest out of the three, it’s the fresh turmeric and sometimes cumin that give it that beautiful color. Try with a little coconut cream and simmer it with some mild white fish or chicken.

Green Curry Paste

Made with green chilies, this curry paste is so flavorful! Lots of cilantro, basil, and Kaffir lime helps round out the spice level. Try it with fish, shrimp, zucchini, or chicken.

When it comes to Thai cuisine, it’s important to refer to both the dish and the curry paste used to make it. As we celebrate Thai cuisine, we hope you feel adventurous to explore with curry pastes in your kitchen! Keep reading for some ideas of how to integrate curry pastes when cooking at home:

Ideas for Using Curry Pastes

Curries and Stews

Probably the most common use for Thai curry paste is in curries and stews. Cook the curry paste in a little oil first to bring out its flavors, then coat proteins — like chicken, pork, or tofu — and vegetables with the warmed paste. Then add stock, coconut milk, or a little of both before slow cooking until it’s flavorful and tender.

Salad Dressing

For a spicy salad dressing, blend Thai curry into a basic vinaigrette or whisk it into yogurt or mayonnaise for a creamier salad dressing. Use this dressing for green salads, cold noodle salads, or even as a dip for raw vegetables. Make sure to balance out your dressing with some acid, like vinegar or lime juice, and some sweetener if needed.

Marinades

Mix a small amount with some vegetable oil and a splash of lime juice. Brush meat or let sit in marinade briefly before cooking. A good starting point would be to try yellow for chicken, green for fish, and red for beef.

Seafood

Thai curry paste can add tons of flavor to seafood dishes, especially more mild-tasting seafood, like white fish or shrimp. Spread it on fish before roasting or steaming, or use it in the saucy base of a mussels or clam dish.

Noodles

Make a Thai curry sauce and serve it over noodles instead of rice for a change of pace. You can also use Thai curry as a base for stir-fried noodles; just thin it out with some broth or coconut milk before you toss everything together.

Soups

The beauty of soups that use Thai curry paste is that you usually don’t have to simmer them for very long since the paste is so flavorful by itself. Many soups combine Thai curry with coconut milk since the milk adds richness and tempers the spiciness of the paste

Looking for a Finished Thai Sauce?

Cooking with curry paste is something that every home cook can do! But if you still find it intimidating or you just want to enjoy the pleasure of a finished sauce, we also recommend a new product to Dorothy Lane Market. It’s a line of authentic Thai sauces created by Watcharee Limanon, a culinary artist from Bangkok. Made from all-natural ingredients, these gluten-free sauces are a great way to prepare authentic Thai dishes at home, whether you choose their Thai Peanut Sauce, Thai Yellow Curry Sauce, Thai Green Curry Sauce, or Thai Massaman Curry Sauce.

7 Days of DLM

We all realize how important it is to sit down with your loved ones and share a meal. In fact, it’s so important that the Food Marketing Institute Foundation has called attention to it by declaring September National Family Meals Month™ in an effort to bring families together at the table not only to share good food, but to make connections with one another. We see it as a good time to focus on what DLM and you do best together—feeding your family with foods that we are all proud of. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together meal ideas for “7 Days of DLM” to offer easy ways to bring breakfast, lunch, and dinner to your table so that you can enjoy more time with your crew.FamilyMealsMonth

Share What’s on Your Plate!

With National Family Meals Month™, a nationwide movement encouraging families to eat one more meal together at home each week, in full swing, we want to see how you bring your family together at the table with food from DLM. What are some of your favorite DLM tips and tricks to ease meal prep so you can juggle it all? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use #FamilyMealsMonth.

 

 


Monday

Breakfast: Start off the week with the best intentions. Top whole grain oatmeal with some seasonal fruit or a touch of brown sugar. In the mornings, you’ll find hot oatmeal in place of our Soup Station. You can also grab pre-made Overnight Oats and Chia Bowls from our Grab ‘n Go.
Lunch: We’ve done all the salad prep with an assortment of ready-made salads pre-packed with even the dressing included, such as Sal

mon Niçoise and Classic Cobb.
Dinner: Back to work and after school activities with no time to prep dinner? No worries! Skip the drive-thru and grab a pre-assembled What’s for Dinner bag (available at DLM Washington Square & Oakwood) featuring fresh-cooked veggies, an entrée, and a side dish.

Tuesday

Breakfast: Grab a Frittata made at our Naples-Style Pizza station (at DLM Springboro and Washington Square only).
Lunch: Get a sandwich hot off our press at the DLM Sandwich Station. Try our best selling Little Ed’s Big Reuben. For the kids, grab our pre-assembled lunch box featuring a sandwich, apple, string cheese, raisins, and snack crackers.
Dinner: Racing to get it all done? Have Jack’s Grill do the cooking while you shop for other things. Pick your protein from the Meat or Seafood case, and we’ll grill it at no extra charge.

Wednesday

Breakfast: For a quick morning treat, indulge in an almond croissant with your favorite yogurt.
Lunch: Eat like a Parisan with a French-style Ficelle sandwich. Round it out with our Snack Packs, featuring pre-portioned cups with things like cut vegetables and hummus, cubed meat and cheese, and more.
Dinner: Craving a healthy dinner in less than 30 minutes? Grab a Crispy Dijon Tilapia Fillet from our Seafood department and simply sauté or bake. Skip the chopping and pick up prepped veggies from our Produce department, like shredded Brussels sprouts.

Thursday

Breakfast: Steve Evans Country Breakfast Sausage and a few of Dale Filbrun’s Morning Sun Organic Farm Organic Eggs with a side of toasted Farmhouse Bread.
Lunch: Every day, we cut the fresh fruit and vegetables found on the DLM Salad Bar, so come bring your salad creation to life.
Dinner: It’s pasta night! Simmer some of our pre-cooked Momma Mia Meatballs, located in Gourmet Takeaway, in DLM Pasta or Original Marinara Sauce. Top with a little shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano and grab our ready-to-bake DLM Garlic Bread from our Bakery.

Friday

Breakfast: Pop a slice or two of DLM Classic 10-Grain Bread into the toaster and slather with DLM Organic Peanut Butter and a drizzle of local DLM 100% Pure Honey.
Lunch: A steaming bowl of Made Right Here soup from the DLM Soup Station is just the ticket, like fan favorite Curry Turkey.
Dinner: Fire up the grill and head over to our Meat department where you’ll find Gourmet Burgers like the Palmer Burger, Buffalo Blue Chicken Burger, and even a Black Bean Burger for a flavorful twist.

Saturday

Breakfast: Enjoy a nice breakfast at home. Grab a DLM Quiche, such as Quiche Lorraine, and serve with fresh fruit and yogurt.
Lunch: Download our Dorothy Lane Market Naples-Style Pizza app and scroll through our menu. Make your pick and order a pizza to pick up at your specified time (from DLM Washington Square and Springboro only). Try the Rocket Ham, a Margherita pizza with prosciutto and arugula.
Dinner: Always fresh and ready, a DLM Rotisserie Chicken is a perfect ready-now choice with so
many ways to enjoy it, whether you shred and add it to a robust salad or make into BBQ chicken sandwiches topped with our Homestyle Coleslaw.

Sunday

Breakfast: Ease into the morning with pre-made breakfast sandwiches and quesadillas, which you can get from the Grab ‘n Go case or at the DLM Coffee Bar.
Lunch” You’ll be on a roll today with a creation from our Sushi Station. It’s restaurant-quality sushi that you can grab and go!
Dinner: Roast off a pre-marinated Flat Chicken™ on a sheet pan along with some new potatoes and rainbow mini carrots for a nice, easy one-pan Sunday supper.

Eat Your Greens

Never heard of Utica Greens? This is one vegetable side you should taste! This dish got its start in New York State and is common there in Italian restaurants and the local Italian communities. But now it’s having a moment in the spotlight, popping up in food magazines and trendy places throughout the U.S.

The main ingredient is escarole and if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s those greens used in Italian wedding soup. With its slightly bitter edge, it’s widely used as a salad green. If you like cooked greens, you should come by and get a sample of what this dish tastes like. There is nothing quite like it!

Think garlicky breadcrumbs, plenty of good olive oil, a healthy dose of Parmesan cheese, and meaty bits of pancetta all tangled up in blanched escarole. The secret ingredient to this dish is where it gets its spicy kick. Some pickled Italian cherry peppers are thrown in to give this dish its distinctive sweet/hot flavor profile.

All you have to do when you get them home is throw it in a hot oven to help toast up those breadcrumbs and serve hot. I like them under the broiler to get a little char on them while all the delicious breadcrumbs and Parmesan get toasty. All I need is a glass of a crisp white wine and I am one happy camper!

Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexican food—who doesn’t like it? It’s a cuisine that’s embraced worldwide. Interestingly, Mexican cuisine was the first to be awarded an UNESCO Culinary Heritage Status. As we embark on a new Food Explorer destination this month, we’re especially drawn to the cooking coming out of Oaxaca, Mexico (pronounced Wa-ha-ka).

We’re not the only ones who are slightly obsessed with Oaxacan cuisine. American chefs, restaurateurs, and cookbook authors are heavily influenced by Oaxaca, including Rick Bayless, Alice Waters, and Diana Kennedy, to name a few. It’s become quite the trendy food-lover destination bringing in tourists to the region and flooding their food markets. Although we can’t hold a candle to that experience, we’re excited to bring our interpretation of some of these food experiences to DLM.

Oaxacan cuisine has a large variety of ingredients coming from mountain areas, central valleys, southern coastline, and in and around the capital city that shares its name. Think staples like not only corn and beans, but a variety of chiles and stunning produce, seafood, chocolate, avocados, cheeses, and even the smoky mezcal that heavily influences this cuisine. Other more exotic ingredients are the delicious, but not super attractive, corn fungus called  huitlacoche (or corn smut) and a small type of grasshopper called chapulín that is full of protein and plentiful to the area.

We especially love favorites from Oaxaca, such as tlayudas, tamales, quesadillas, black beans, and Oaxacan cheese, also known as quessillo. Chocolate also is plentiful, mostly drunk hot. But the primary focus and foundation of Oaxaca cooking is mole, see page 6 for more! We’re excited to explore Oaxaca and we hope you join us for the journey.

Click here for some recipes to try at home or ways you can bite into Oaxaca, Mexico, via DLM.