Many Moods of Mustards

With Oktoberfest upon us, it is time to get serious about mustard!

Plain and simple – I love mustard. When I was a kid I hated both ketchup and mayonnaise, and believe it or not, all forms of frosting too! One of my favorite after-school snacks was a piece of ham slathered with mustard and rolled around a pickle. Mustard has been a constant condiment that has always had a home with me. Nowadays, there is always a minimum of 3 kinds in my home refrigerator, although on average it runs closer to 5.

Being a native Chicagoan, good ol’ Yellow Mustard is a staple in my fridge—I even keep a spare one in my pantry. There is simply no other that will work on a Chicago style hot dog or a burnt bratwurst at my house. Plus, it’s indispensable for American potato salad along with my mother-in-law’s salad dressing, a family classic.

While in culinary school, I learned how important and versatile Dijon Mustard can be. Way beyond a simple ham and cheese sandwich, there are sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes, and so many more recipes make that jar living in your fridge a powerhouse of creative ideas just waiting for you to open the lid.

Whole Grain Mustard can do things that other mustards can’t – texture being an important and distinctive feature. Whether you are coating a rack of lamb or spreading it on top of a country pâté, it not only adds that acidic brightness of mustard flavor, but also a pop of crunch that is unmistakable. Visibly it helps add interest and it informs the diner that mustard is an integral part of the dish.

Being a traveler has added a bevy of other mustards to my arsenal that are delicious and truly unique. I love the German Extra Hot Mustard for its wicked bite, Provence Mustard for any cheese and charcuterie tray I am whipping up, and Tarragon Mustard for anything with poultry to name a few. Stop by our mustard aisle and broaden your culinary horizons.

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Recipe Hacks for Family Meals Month!

September is National Family Meals Month™, and we want to help you make connections with one another while sharing great food! Making family dinner doesn’t have to mean long hours in the kitchen. We have taken most of the work out of prepping dinner so that you can spend more time with your family, and less time in the kitchen. Here are some meal ideas that are sure to please the whole gang!

 

Chicken Asiago

Heat an Asiago Encrusted Chicken Breast from Gourmet Takeaway and serve over DLM Barilotti Pasta. Top it all off with DLM Original Marinara Sauce and grated Cello Aged Asiago cheese.

 

 

 

Turkey Hot Shots

Simmer DLM Sliced Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast from the Deli in DLM Homestyle Turkey Gravy, and pile it high with DLM Mashed Potatoes on DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread.

 

 

 

Flat Italian Chicken™ & Potatoes

Baked Mediterranean Flat Chicken™ with diced Idaho Baking Potatoes and Fresh White Onions drizzled with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is a one-pan wonder.

 

 

 

Grass-Fed Beef Tacos with Quinoa

Cook DLM Grass-Fed Ground Beef with Frontera New Mexico Taco Skillet Sauce, stuff it in Nuevo Leon Flour Tortillas, and top with  DLM All-Natural Mild Salsa. Serve with Southwest Quinoa.

That’s So Cheesy!

Get ready for an ooey, gooey time next Thursday at our Springboro store for the DLM Cheese Show. If you love cheese and haven’t been to this yet, you need to come! First off it’s a great deal at $50 bucks (or $25 with 2500 points). There are so many things to try, all featuring a world of different cheeses. Plus, did I mention there is BOTH wine and beer too?!

Some of my favorites this year are a Raclette Station, where we scrape off bubbling, toasty cheese onto our farmhouse bread with some other goodies thrown in, like your choice of crispy, roasted potatoes, pickled onions and gherkins, and a Macaroni and Cheese Bar with not one, but two different types of this cheesy delight.

Our Grilled Cheese Station, which will feature a few of our favorites, is not one to miss. The Trifecta, our best-selling grilled cheese made with Barber’s Cheddar, Emmental, and DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, and a melty sandwich with Brie and local turkey are tasty eats at this stop. Visit the Charcuterie Station, which is overflowing with salami, prosciutto, pâtés, and olives.

Several fun and unique cheesy appetizers will be coming out of our kitchen, pairing up cheese with all sorts fun ingredients, like quince, chorizo, Hatch Chiles, hot honey, and even chocolate!

Hope to see you there!

 

Check out our gallery of images below of past highlights, and be sure to purchase your tickets now so you can cheese out with us on Thursday, September 13 at the Cheese Show!

 

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.

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.

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!

World-Renowned Cookware Now Available!

Loved by chefs all over the world, Staub Cookware’s enamel coating makes it indestructible, highly chip resistant, and keeps it from discoloring. Unlike other enamel cast iron companies, Staub interior surfaces are black so they’re not prone to stain, scratch, or discolor.

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The cast iron retains heat, keeping the dish warm long after it’s been taken out of the oven or off the stove. It cooks food evenly, making the end result more consistent in texture and taste. The special ceramic bottom also makes it possible for use on all types of heating surfaces. We like it because you can take it straight from the oven or cooktop to the table.

Being a favorite of novice chefs and skilled professionals, it makes a great additional to any kitchen. We like to think of Staub as heirloom cookware that can be handed down for future generations of good cooks.

Spumoni Love

I grew up eating Spumoni ice cream. It was a common item in our freezer at home, as well as, a pretty standard dessert offering at local Chicagoland diners and family-run Italian restaurants. Sometimes, my Dad would buy the “box” of Neapolitan ice cream instead and in my humble opinion, it was never as good! I would have to wait until the next time we bought another “box” of ice cream for my favorite flavor to come around again.

Why is it so good? Three BIG flavors—cherry, pistachio, and chocolate. That’s why. As an added bonus depending on which brand you bought, other goodies could be in there too, like candied cherries, rum, orange peel, almonds, and chocolate chips or flakes. The flavors were usually swirled together so you got a little of each with every spoonful.

Moving around a lot as an adult and settling into Ohio, I’ve entered a no-Spumoni zone (gasp). This week, I’m excited to share the recipe for one of my favorite frozen desserts—my easy to make Ice Cream Spumoni Squares, which you can make in advance. So whether or not you can actually find a good Spumoni ice cream, now, you can “make” it yourself and create some memories of your own!

Get the recipe >>> Ice Cream Spumoni Squares Recipe