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!

Give the Gift of a Culinary Adventure

Cooking classes, interactive food, wine dinners, and themed events make excellent gifts for anyone who is really into food or wants to be. Do you have someone like that in your life? Make their day with a DLM Gift Card. Your friends, family, and colleagues can choose classes that fit their interests and their schedules.

Our Winter/Spring Schedule is hot off the press, so come and pick one up at your favorite DLM location. Or easier still, you can view them all at your convenience online, anytime. Be sure to register early as classes fill quickly. https://www.dorothylane.com/classes/

We have plenty of comfort food classes to help you survive the winter months—including one on how to use that Instant Pot Santa will leave for you under the tree. We’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with both an indulgent Valentine’s Day Dinner and our popular food and wine class, Girls’ Night Out; Galentine’s Day. Many of our students will be rolling up their sleeves, learning how to make pasta from scratch and excellent pie. We’ll explore through wine and food the French Alps, regional Italy, Eastern Europe, Spain and Latin America. Or just come in and relax for one of our Seafood Suppers on Friday nights in the early Spring.

We think sharing good food is at the heart of every memorable occasion, so come and join us as we celebrate the love of food and the pleasure of sharing it.

Register here for the Culinary Center’s Winter/Spring classes:  https://www.dorothylane.com/classes/

3 Steps to Feast Like a Gourmand with Charcuterie

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, it’s 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!



PALACIOS 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 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 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

Always in Style: Our Heavenly Ham®

Food trends come and go, but having this main course centerpiece never goes out of style. Whether you are serving brunch, lunch, or a traditional sit-down dinner—a Heavenly Ham from Dorothy Lane Market is simply delicious.

During my childhood, the ham was a must-have at family celebrations. At Christmas, we ate it with cherry sauce. For Easter, we decorated it with maraschino cherries and pineapple rings. For dad’s birthday, mom let me stand on the kitchen stool and stick cloves into it. The beauty of the Heavenly Ham® is that it’s ready to rock as-is with or without the accouterments.

Even if you’re serving prime rib, this classic will give your holiday meal-planning a serious boost. Pull it out at breakfast. For lunch, nothing beats a Heavenly Ham® sandwich along with a few Deli salads, like our Classic Potato or Homestyle Macaroni. As a cook with a lot on her plate, the best part for me is the stress-free pleasure of a Heavenly Ham®.

HOW TO ORDER YOUR HEAVENLY HAM

When choosing a Heavenly Ham®, we suggest to plan on 1/2 to 3/4 lbs per person. Although we carry Heavenly Ham® in stores, it’s such a hit that it flies off the shelves. To ensure one at your store of choice, reserve your ham in our Meat department or online!
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HEAVENLY HAM SERVING TIPS

Serve at room temperature or heat by placing it, with the foil slightly opened at the top, in a 250°F oven for 45 minutes to one hour. If only a few slices are needed, heat them in a skillet for 2-3 minutes. To carve, use a sharp knife to make a lengthwise cross across the ham next to the bone (for a whole ham, start at the butt end). This cut releases the spiral-cut slices. To release remaining slices, loosen meat from bone.

Get Nutty This Winter!

This week, a  new flavor of Marcona almonds will be available in The DLM Cheese Shop and it’s right in time for the holidays — truffle! Every one that is familiar with Marcona almonds already know how good they are. If you aren’t familiar – Marcona Almonds, also sometimes referred to as the Queen of Almonds, are imported from Spain. They have a distinctive shape that are flatter, rounder, and a little sweeter than the Californian variety. First they are blanched, than roasted in olive oil, and finished with a good dosing of sea salt resulting in a crispy texture that is just plain delicious.

A couple of years ago we tossed them in our blend of Herbes de Provence and knew we had a hit on our hands. Truffle flavored Marcona almonds are here just in time for the holidays! They’re so perfect as-is with a glass of Champagne. Or, pile a handful onto a charcuterie platter or as a pairing with a wedge of your favorite cheese. Stop by and try our newest addition to the lineup.

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.

Take a Trip to Funky Town—Burgundy Truffles

Arriving soon: Burgundy Truffles will be available tomorrow, November 16!

Known as the “Autumn Truffle”, the season is dependent on the weather, is available from Europe from September through January, and now you can get your hands on them yourselves. Come and ask for them in our Produce department. We will be happy to get it for you.

Although the Burgundy truffle is similar in appearance to the Italian black winter truffle, they are very different. The Burgundy truffle does have a black exterior, but inside the color ranges from dark brown to a light tan. More importantly, this truffle has a more delicate flavor that is best enjoyed when thinly sliced or freshly grated over simple prepared dishes like pasta, eggs, risotto or mashed potatoes. The exquisite taste has a toasted hazelnut like flavor and a lighter, gentler aroma than Italian black winter truffles.

I love to hear or read about how folks describe the taste and smell of truffles, for it is very difficult to pin down. Some words that are tossed around are meaty, earthy, musky, and pungent. But the one I like best is funky. For me, it’s like an umami perfume bomb of mushroomy goodness that just begs for a shared dining experience and maybe a good glass of wine.

If you’ve never tasted a truffle, this one is a great one to begin with. Why not start this Thanksgiving? Try shaving a small amount on top of hot buttered mashed potatoes right before serving and make everyone at the table sigh with delight.  Or whip up a decadent breakfast or brunch with lightly scrambled eggs or omelet topped with a little truffle while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Naturally, a glass of Champagne would be a perfect pairing to go along with all of this. What a nice way to start the day that begins and ends with really good food and family.

Your Guide to Classic Steak Cuts

Last week, George Punter and I taught a food and wine pairing class called The Great American Steakhouse. We pulled out all the stops with a classic throwback menu of Clams Casino, Wedge Salad, Steak au Poivre, Hand-Cut French Fries, and Chocolate Mousse, plus wine pairings that were simply stunning. Needless to say we all had a blast, but we did spend quite a lot of time just talking steak.

Rib-Eye
Rib-eye

I pulled out all of our tender steak cuts and we discussed each of their attributes. If you are always buying and ordering the same cut, I would like to challenge you to break out and try a couple different ones. Different steak cuts vary in textures, looks, moisture & fat content, and obviously price.

Rib-eyes tend to be the choice of most serious steak lovers. Plenty of tender meat and lots of flavor, it is sometimes called a Tomahawk Steak with the rib bone attached, or Beef Rib Steak, Saratoga Steak, or Cowboy Steak. In my kitchen, I don’t mess around too much with this cut because you are paying for all of its natural, big flavor. Enjoy it simply well-seasoned with some good sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. And a glass of California Cabernet. 🙂

NY Strip Steak
NY Strip Steak

Although Strip Steaks have less visible fat, I enjoy the firmer, slightly chewier texture better when I am in the mood for serious steak. This particular cut was made famous by Delmonico’s, an NYC restaurant founded in 1827. This restaurant offered a short loin as one of their signature dishes, and so the cut became known in the East Coast area as the Delmonico Steak. New York Strip, another name, is cut from the short loin part of the sirloin and has a fine-grained texture that has enough fat to produce lots of flavor but tends to not be as tender as a ribeye.

Call it what you want, Filet, Filet Mignon, Tenderloin, or Châteaubriand, it’s unbelievably tender and buttery on both texture and flavor. It also happens to be one of the leanest types of steak cuts. Since fat = flavor here, this is the steak I like to serve with some kind of full-flavored sauce (béarnaise or green peppercorn) or mount with some herb butter to ramp up its flavor.

 

Porterhouse

The Porterhouse is a thick, bone-in steak where you get the best of the strip steak on one side and filet on the other all in one cut. (The T-Bone is the smaller, thinner cut version.) A fun steak to share or carve at the table as one of these can easily feed 2-3 people! I like to grill this one for special occasions, seasoned well and drizzled with some Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

 

Top Sirloin

 

Love all sorts of rubs and marinades? Then Top Sirloin is for you. I tend to think of this steak cut as the unsung hero. Although it is naturally a bit tougher than the other tender cuts of steak, its grainy texture and leanness will more than make up for it in its overall flavor and price point. This cut benefits from the added fat a marinade can provide or the flavor boost from your favorite rub. I love it for steak salads and sandwiches, plus it can serve a crowd (or my family) who all want steak but are on a budget.

Vary your steak choices based on what you want on your dinner plate. Each steak cut offers different attributes and might not work for every finished dish. Remember two important things: fat = flavor and you get what you pay for!

3 Ways to Feast Like a Gourmand by Sea

It is interesting to note that our planet is more than 70% blue and that seafood is the primary source of protein to more than an estimated 3 billion people worldwide. We pride ourselves on building up a Seafood department that aims to source fish direct, which means less time spent out of water (aka ultimate freshness). Because of that, it’s so easy to feast with fresh fish and shellfish from the sea at your favorite DLM. So get on the boat and challenge yourself to start making a habit of adding more seafood to your grocery list when planning your family’s meals. We have so much to choose from and it’s the perfect way to add a little bit of variety!

Visit our beautiful, fresh Seafood cases where our experienced fishmongers are there to answer questions you may have or provide a cooking suggestion for dinner tonight. We have plenty of fresh fish and shellfish that varies day to day with even some ready-to-cook items that are pre-seasoned and ready to take home to either bake, grill, or sauté. If you are in a time crunch and don’t want to worry about cooking, head over to our Gourmet Takeaway where we have something for everyone, including Parmesan-Encrusted Tilapia, Grilled Salmon, and our best-selling Crab Cakes and Salmon Patties. With all of these possibilities swimming in your mind, our store is your oyster! Speaking of shellfish, October is one of our favorite months as the shellfish are plentiful! Keep reading for some ways to fully enjoy these flavors from the sea.

ALASKA RED KING CRAB: It’s here, but not for long! 

I know I’m not the lonely one waiting with bated breath for the fresh Alaska Red King Crab to come to DLM! Once fishing starts, we’ll be bringing in as much as we can. It’ll be a very tight window that we carry it, so get it while you can. It’s such a good excuse to indulge in something so delicious and fresh! We are excited to report that Alaska Red King Crab has arrived to us from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but once it’s gone, it’s gone, so act fast!

OYSTER HAPPY HOUR

During Oyster Happy Hour each week, we explore all the subtle differences between oysters of the East and West Coasts. Just like a wine, they develop their own merroir (characteristic taste imparted by their environment). The supply is looking strong this year, so boldly slurp or grill on the half shell. Look for Oyster Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at DLM Washington Square, and Fridays at DLM Oakwood and Springboro. View which varieties we’ll be shucking: DorothyLane.com/OysterHappyHour

CLAMBAKE BUCKETS

If you are looking for a fun dinner party idea, try one or two of our Clambake Buckets. They are perfect for friends, football, and cool nights—what more do you need? We fill a 5-gallon bucket with potatoes, fresh corn, carrots, celery, onion, Andouille sausage, clams, mussels, and shrimp. You can select either a beer or wine base. Order yours today either at our Seafood department or online at DorothyLane.com/Clambake

Easy Truffle Decadence

Fresh Truffles are seasonal and pretty pricey, but so delicious! We carry them when we can get our hands on them, so if you are a fresh truffle fan come talk to our friendly associates in our Produce departments to find out the specifics.

If you are like me and simply can’t wait for that umami flavor that fresh truffles can give dishes, both truffle oil and truffle salt can be your next best allies.

Truffle oil is best to use as a finishing oil right before you are ready to eat. I like the smaller bottles because a little goes a long way in terms of flavor. The aroma of truffle oil drizzled on the warm food hits your nose right before you get to taste it. There is nothing like it! Try drizzling on pasta, pizza, soups, and on soft scrambled eggs.

Truffle salt is fun to play around with! So delicious on popcorn, which this combination is a perfect pairing for champagne—in case you need an excuse to pop that cold bottle of bubbly. I love it on French fries, baked potatoes, or whipped potatoes made with plenty of butter. It turns the average burger into a flavor bomb! Try mixing a little in your mayo to jazz up your next roast beef or French dip sandwich.

Both truffle oil and truffle salt are naturally good with anything mushroom. It just boosts up that incredible umami flavor. The time is ripe to start savoring the delicious foods of the fall season. Get cooking!