Top Food Finds for February

As we embark on this month’s exploration of top food finds, you’ll find incredible food and beverages from around the world. Some of which are exciting new arrivals, like our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, while others are DLM signature favorites, like our Flat Chicken®, that are too good not to spotlight. Whether you discover new finds or dive into old favorites, we hope you find this selection of food finds as one of our most delicious yet!

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1. Yield Coffee Roasters Coffee

Working alongside farmers, Yield Coffee Roasters works to discover the best coffee. They’re focused on roasting each coffee to achieve its maximum flavor potential, while highlighting the farmers, families, and communities these outstanding coffees represent. Yield works to truly get to know the farmers, helping to create a sustainable economy for the areas from which they get these beans. Currently, they are using a portion of their coffee sales to construct bathrooms for families in need. So as you sip your Yield Coffee with breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or with dessert, know that what you’re enjoying is much more than just a good ol’ cup of joe. Enjoy coffee varieties from these growing regions: Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

2. Hartzler Family Dairy Single Serves

The Hartzler family believes in processing the milk from their cows as minimally as possible as nature intended, without hormones, chemical pesticides, or herbicides used on the farm. The result of this philosophy is a delicious one—milk that’s rich, creamy, and a favorite for many. And when their single-serve milk came on the market, we just had to bring them in. In addition to their current lineup of scrumptious flavors, like Orange Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate, they’ve recently released a new variety that has stolen our hearts—Black Raspberry! Reminiscent of one of the top flavors from a local ice cream shop, this milk is decadent and a dessert in itself.

3. Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil lovers know there’s something truly special about this time of the year—the arrival of the fresh, new, novello olive oils. And our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is an amazing representation of the classic novello flavors and aromatics. The alluring aromas of grass and nuts are reflected in the oil’s flavor. As you taste it, an explosion of freshness first greets your palate and then it finishes with a flavorful, peppery bite. And where do we get such an extraordinary olive oil? Like many of the products in our DLM line, we have farming friends who we work with to produce the best product for you to enjoy. And this includes the Zanetti family. Located in Tuscany, Italy, the Zanetti family farm grows the olives used to make our Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. The fruit of their labor is harvested once a year during a small window. Most of the oil will be stored and bottled as needed for our line here at DLM, but a select amount is sent to us as the new, or novello, harvest for you to enjoy. It’s only distinguished as novello for a limited time, so be sure to try it while it’s here! To savor every drop of this luxurious oil, we recommend drizzling over DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella and tomatoes, soup, stew, pizza, DLM Gelato, seafood, steak, vegetables, or pasta. You can also add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, or dried herbs and use the olive oil as a dip for DLM Artisan Bread. And we can’t forget about one of our favorite uses, pesto. This combination of bright olive oil, lots of fresh basil, salty Parmigiano-Reggiano, and rich pine nuts is absolutely delicious! Get Chef Carrie’s recipe for pesto here.

4. Enzo’s Table Biscotti

Taking a look behind the scenes at Enzo’s Table, you’ll find folks who are passionate about sharing the bountiful harvest of California’s San Joaquin Valley. From fruits and nuts to handcrafted pesto and jam, they pour their hearts into all of their endeavors. We’re proud to carry a variety of their products, including Enzo’s Table Biscotti. This biscotti is hand-rolled with premium ingredients, and then twice-baked to achieve the classic biscotti crunch. Whether you choose to enjoy these cookies dunked in coffee, espresso, or alongside a glass of wine, you’re sure to love their selection. Varieties include Traditional Almond, Good Food Awards winner Chocolate Almond, Almond Anise, and Pistachio Cranberry.

5. Runamok Maple Syrup

There’s maple syrup and then there’s good maple syrup. Runamok Maple’s passion for creating pure maple syrup shines in every drop of this golden goodness. They pay close attention to every step of the production process, starting with the environment and the trees themselves. Certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association, Runamok has installed solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint, preserved the surrounding habitat so that migratory birds have a safe home, and used compostable cups to cut down on plastic in landfills. Mid-winter, the maple trees are carefully tapped allowing the sap to run out as the temperature gradually rises in the spring. Once the sap is harvested, it’s transported to the sugarhouse where it’s concentrated through a reverse osmosis machine and boiled down to syrup. Once it reaches the right concentration, the syrup is filtered and stored in barrels. During this process, the syrup is tasted, and the best of the best is marked as Sugarmaker’s Cut. This syrup is the best of the season and usually reserved for friends and family of those who work for Runamok, but it’s now available for you to enjoy! For a twist on this rich syrup, try Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup. As the syrup ages in recently emptied Bourbon barrels, it draws in the deep Bourbon flavor without alcohol. Enjoy these syrups over a towering stack of pancakes or add some to cocktails for a kiss of sweetness.

 

6. Molino Verrini Flour

Something extraordinary happens when you combine the knowledge and experience of four generations of millers and the best wheat grown in Emilia-Romagna—it’s flour perfection. Over the years, the Verrini family, of Molino Verrini, has been producing the highest quality flours in Emilia-Romagna, each carefully crafted and designated for specific uses. Molino Verrini Type 00 Flour, distinguished by its low gluten content and super fine grind, is an excellent choice for fresh pasta as the fine grind allows you to roll the dough to extreme thinness. This flour also makes delicious pizza dough, desserts, wraps, focaccia, and bomboloni Italian donuts. Molino Verrini Type 1 Flour is rich in fibers, proteins, and minerals, containing a small amount of bran and wheat germ. This harmonious combination gives rise to a flour with a heartier aroma and flavor than the Type 00. Use this flour as you would the Type 00. Made by grinding Italian organic wheat, Molino Verrini Organic Type 0 Wheat Flour is high in protein and gluten making it the ideal choice for creating traditional and hard bread, biscuits, and tarts.

 

7. DLM Flat Chicken®

There’s a good reason why DLM Flat Chicken® is one of our signature items and a dinner go-to, and it all starts with the chicken itself. We’re proud to use DLM Natural Chicken that’s air-chilled, free-roaming, and never administered antibiotics. The result is a more flavorful chicken with a great, firm texture. Partially de-boning the chicken, leaving only the wing and drumstick bones, and marinating it in a variety of sauces and seasonings, we’ve taken the prep work out of creating a delicious main dish. Simply cook on the grill or pop in the oven, and enjoy this easy-to-make, not to mention delicious, dish!

 

8. Exotic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such versatile ingredients, contributing lots of umami to the flavor of the dish as well as a hearty, meaty texture and richness. And these exotic mushrooms are a must-try for mushroom lovers. Coming to us from Guided By Mushrooms right here in Dayton, this variety includes oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut. Oyster mushrooms have a unique, almost seafood-like flavor, making it a great choice for adding to soups, chowders, and stir-fry. Lion’s mane, in addition to being beneficial health-wise, is often used as a substitute in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Its flavor and texture is similar to lobster or crab—meaty, tender, and delicate. Chestnut mushrooms taste like mild Shittakes. Along with a meaty texture, these mushrooms have a rich, earthy, and nutty flavor.

9. Le Pithivier

Peering into our pâtisserie case, you’re met with a array of stunning creations that are Made Right Here by our incredibly talented Pâtisserie team. This group of chefs knows that when it comes to world-class pastries, there are no shortcuts. From ingredients, like European-style butter and local organic eggs, and technique to presentation and flavor, they make sure each and every detail is perfect. One of our seasonal favorites, Le Pithivier, has a history that’s as delicious as the pastry itself. Our pâtisserie chefs begin this French Mardi Gras classic by crafting a delicate puff pastry. It’s then filled with our signature almond cream and brûléed. Be sure to grab one from our Bakery for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration, or have it shipped via shop.dorothylane.com.

10. Farin’ UP Mixes

Although their packaging is dressed with whimsical illustrations, the mixes inside are the real deal. They’re produced in Luxemburg by the Miller family whose mills have been in operation since 1704. The 11th generation owner, Louis, has traveled the world and developed these artisanal baking mixes using his family’s milling traditions. Whether you choose to enjoy Le Fantastique Belgian Waffles Mix, made with pearl sugar that melts and caramelizes when cooked, J’adore les Pancakes Mix, perfectly fluffy and ready to sop up all of that glorious maple syrup, Le Tasty Cookies Mix, which makes the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, or Le Delicious Brownies Mix, pure chocolatey goodness, you’re sure to enjoy the authentic recipes and flavors each mix delivers.

And this month, we couldn’t resist adding a bonus food find! Look for this cheese in The DLM Cheese Shop while supplies last!

Baetje Farms Coeur de la Creme

What started about 20 years ago with a hunger for French-inspired “Pure Artisan Farmstead” goat cheese has grown into the award-winning creamery known at Baetje Farms. Like many of our farming friends, Baetje Farms believes that in order to create the best cheese, you must have the best milk coming from animals in the best physical condition. In order to achieve goat cheese perfection, the goats producing their milk receive a wealth of minerals and nutrients from organic mineral supplements, locally grown alfalfa, filtered spring water from spring fed creeks, and a natural antibiotic-free grain. In addition to a healthful diet, the goats are free to roam the pastures leading to happier and healthier goats. One of Baetje Farms award winning and most well-known cheese is the Coeur de la Creme. It’s made with simple ingredients, like goat milk, culture, rennet, and salt, giving it a clean yet tangy flavor. Look for scrumptious varieties, including Herb de Provence, Three Pepper, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Bavarian Lemon Curd, and Cranberry & Orange.

What’s for Dinner Valentine’s Edition: Surf and Turf

Why not have the best of both land and sea on your dinner plate? Classic surf and turf was popularized in the 1960s when it was featured at the restaurant that sat atop the Space Needle in Seattle during the 1962 World’s Fair. So where is the best place to get it here in Ohio? DLM of course! And our stuffed lobster tail and beef filet are so deliciously decadent!

Whether you want the best of both worlds on each dinner plate this Valentine’s Day, or you’re willing to share with your sweetie, we’ve got you covered. For the surf, we are featuring a Stuffed Lobster Tail that can be easily cooked at home (keep reading for more details about this catch)! For the turf, there’s nothing better than a DLM Natural Beef Filet Mignon, cut from a beautiful beef tenderloin. Whether you seek a classic filet prep, or something with additional flair, I’ve got you covered with prep tips, too! Just pop open the wine, play some music, and enjoy some time well spent cooking together.

For the “Surf”

Our Stuffed Lobster Tail comes oven ready to bake from our Seafood department, featuring cold water lobster tails stuffed with real crab, plenty of butter, a touch of Old Bay Seasoning tossed with Panko Bread Crumbs, and a squeeze of lemon juice. These come stuffed, but you will need to cook them when you are ready for your meal. Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Place stuffed tails on a lined pan. Drizzle with melted butter and cook for 18-22 minutes or until lobster meat is cooked through and opaque. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lemon.

For the “Turf”

The Filet Mignon cut is from DLM Natural Beef Tenderloin, and is lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones. Let me tell you, when you start with a great quality steak like this, you’re in for a treat. Don’t be intimidated by this cut of beef! Whether you pan sear, grill, or roast it, this cut is mild and tender. It doesn’t need any complicated ingredients to make it shine—just some good sea salt and a grind or two of black pepper. Either separately or together, DLM Beef Tenderloin and our Stuffed Lobster Tail make an elegant dinner that you can prepare at home. Whether you want to share is up to you!

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DLM Difference: World-Class Pâtisserie

Chef Amy Brown says it best: “There are no shortcuts in pastry.” As she explains further, her statement is true in all aspects, from ingredients and technique to presentation and flavor. The other stipulation for world-class pâtisserie? “It has to look as good as it tastes with pastry,” says Chef Amy, DLM Pâtisserie Manager. No detail is left unperfected either. From our housemade almond cream and mascarpone fillings (to name a few), to the flawless application of chocolate mirror glaze, a swirl of homemade whipped topping, and adornments like delicately shaved chocolate curls. Core ingredients range from European-style butter, local organic eggs, and chocolate sourced from our dear friend Ghyslain to local fresh fruit when available.

 

Our dynamic Pâtisserie is comprised of four extremely talented and hard-working professionals: Chef Amy, Chef Lindsey Lucas, Tina Quintanilla, and Carrie Chrisman. The vivacious laughter of this close-knit team meets with a heaping dose of creativity, resulting every day in the most vibrant (and decadently delicious) pâtisserie selection that rivals that of any big city.

You’ll love the dainty cheesecakes, elevated seasonally with varieties ranging from white chocolate raspberry to cinnamon roll. Or, the British-inspired Bakewell Tart with a sweet almond cream nestled in an all-butter crust with a layer of fresh raspberries. (Have Bakewell Tart shipped to you here!) Another seasonal favorite of ours is Le Pithivier, known as an authentically French Mardi Gras pastry. Our signature almond cream fills a delicate puff pastry that’s brûléed. No matter the day, there’s always something to fall for in our beloved Pâtisserie case.

Ship Le Pithivier for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration!

Fall in Love with Love Cakes by DLM

Our Boutique Cake Experience!

We had it all meticulously planned. Last year around this time, we had just moved Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market into a newly renovated space, located in the front of the shopping center of our Washington Square location. We were excited to reveal it to you with grand opening fanfare this past March of 2020. Although that never happened, we are still thrilled to share with you why this move was a big step for us.

Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market is more than just a grocery store cake experience. Our designers are truly artists and are eager to tackle the most creative requests to create something unique for you. Our new beautiful space gives us ample room to create. The best part is that you can see us when you stroll by. Although we are an introverted bunch, it’s rather fun having a passerby stop to admire. It’s even more fun when they step inside to check out our ever-changing cake display.

 

COME SEE US!

6147 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45459

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

CakeShop@DorothyLane.com

 

 

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER

We’d be delighted to have you stop by or call us directly at (937) 535-5719 to speak to one of our designers. We’ll happily coordinate your cake pickup either from our storefront or the DLM Bakery location of your choosing. Or, you are welcome to place an order at any DLM Bakery.

 

CAKE TRENDS FOR 2021: SMALL BUT SPECTACULAR

Although special occasion cakes this year are notably smaller in light of more intimate celebrations, these small cakes are more spectacular than ever. Our Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market designers love nothing more than to help bring your vision to life, so talk to us!

In addition to scaling cakes to smaller sizes this year or opting for cupcakes, we are noting that customers are letting their imagination go wild with their designs. We’re talking more ornate and more of a “wow” factor than ever!

 

 

WEDDING INQUIRIES

We’d love to bring your wedding cake dreams to life! Stop by, call (937) 535-5719, or email CakeShop@DorothyLane.com to arrange a take-home wedding cake tasting!

 

Meet Our Talented Cake Designers

 

Fill Your Heart with Gratitude for Those You Love with Roses

This Valentine’s Day, let’s be thankful for those who are dearest to us. Roses have long been that symbol of adoration, and it’s with gratitude in mind that we lovingly take care of these blooms from the moment they arrive. Proper hydration starts instantly, with each rose receiving a fresh cut. No need to pre-order your roses either. Simply come see us or visit DLMDriveUp.com to add roses to your next curbside order.

Fresh Flower Basic Care Tips

  1. Place fresh flowers in water as soon as possible. If they’ll be out of water for longer than one hour once you leave our store, tell us so we can wrap the stems.
  2. Beware of extreme temperatures. Fresh flowers in a hot car are doomed as are ones left exposed to the winter elements.
  3. Fill a clean vase with cold, clean water. Trim stems with sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove any foliage that will be below the water. Change water and re-cut stems every three days (don’t forget the flower food).
  4. Find the perfect spot. Place your vase in an area that is away from sunlight, heaters, or drafts. These will cause your flowers to wilt quickly

 

>> Learn more about our Floral department.

The DLM Difference: DLM A2 Milk

Perhaps there is no simpler satisfaction than that of a cold glass of milk? As a child, the sound of clinking glasses followed by the stream of milk rushing to flow and fill each glass full was always a sure sign that dinner was ready. That same nurturing feeling is evoked when pouring a glass of milk nowadays for my family.

Upon closer examination, the history of this beloved beverage can be tumultuous at times, as the industry as a whole has evolved and continues to. Virtuosos of the trade have emerged paving the way for its future. When we first tasted the golden-hued milk produced by Ohio-based Origin Milk Company, we instantly had an immense amount of respect for their milk. Like any food, we find comfort in knowing where it comes from. We learned that founder Adrian Bota’s passion for nutrition and innovation led to this game-changing milk. We love it so much, that about a year ago we introduced Dorothy Lane Market A2 Guernsey Milk to our selection. So grab a cookie (or two), pour yourself a tall glass, and keep reading to learn more about what sets this milk apart, besides its gorgeous creamy color.

>>>Add DLM A2 Guernsey Milk to your DLM Drive-Up cart here.<<<

 

Farm Fresh Milk

Adrian’s appreciation for milk goes back to his childhood as he grew up in Romania drinking milk from his family’s cows. It was when his daughter was born that he decided to embark on a humble mission to provide her with good milk, too.

This milk comes from a distinct heritage breed of dairy cows known as A2 Guernsey cows. Their genetic makeup produces what is known as the A2 milk protein, which is praised for being more digestible along with superior tasting. Most conventional cow’s milks comes from Holstein cows that produce larger volumes, but contain the A1 milk protein, which is linked to lactose intolerance. “If you just leave nature alone, leave the cows alone, and don’t try to turn a cow into a factory, you get better taste, better nutrition, and better genetics,” Adrian says. It’s milk that harkens back to its original, undisturbed form before human intervention.

Just one look and you can see that this DLM A2 Guernsey Milk is something special, boasting a golden-colored milk rich with both flavor and nutrients. It also contains 35% more vitamins A & D naturally as the antibiotic & hormone free cows graze on non GMO grass pasture. The flavor echoes its rich appearance for a satisfying gulp. So when you drink DLM A2 Guernsey Milk, know that its creator has poured into it his heart, soul, and a great respect for this product for your table.

 

Drink Up

A milk this good is not only deliciously refreshing straight from the glass, but it’s also quite enjoyable with the following applications:

• Use it as the base for a good cream sauce when cooking.

• Makes a great cream for your coffee drinks (In fact, it’s what we use at the DLM Coffee Bar).

• Swirled with chocolate, this will impress even the most enthusiastic chocolate milk drinker.

The Art of Sushi

Surreal sushi starts fresh. Each day, the Sushi Station at Dorothy Lane Market starts on a clean slate for good reason. Freshness. What you see in the case was made that very same day, with no exceptions. It’s all expertly created by our skilled Sushi Chefs who are masters of their craft and take the utmost pride in this DLM Difference. Their knife skills are swift and precise, and every hand movement is intentional as they layer each roll to specification, including outstanding sushi grade fish that meets the meticulous standards of our Seafood department.

The sushi grade rice is cooked just right and made multiple times a day for the same reason—freshness. This is also why the produce is carefully selected daily, from vibrant green avocado to thinly julienned carrots and cucumber to jalapeño. The result is a rainbow of exquisitely made sushi that greets you when you peer into the case, including popular favorites like the Salmon & Tuna Rolls, Shrimp Rainbow Roll, and Nigiri. Even if you aren’t a sushi lover, it’s hard not to stop and admire. There’s so much more to this brilliant display though than the best ingredients. A few years ago, we were ready to take DLM sushi to the next level and we knew that perhaps the most important decision we could ever make when it came to elevating our sushi experience would be the talent of the Sushi Chefs themselves, and our Sushi Chefs here at DLM are the best.

Our Secret Ingredient

Sam Lim was working in Connecticut several years ago when he first learned how to make sushi from a Japanese chef. “When I first started making sushi, my teacher told me that I was born for this because I learned so fast,” Sam says. Together with Christine Lim, they take great pride in working alongside all of the Sushi Chefs here at DLM to always ensure top quality. Christine was a chocolatier prior to becoming a Sushi Chef, so precise artistic hand skills are a part of her background. It was about five years ago that she applied those skills to sushi. “He’s my teacher,” she says about Sam.

Like Sam and Christine, each of our Sushi Chefs and their sous chefs have their own story for how they learned this incredible skill. No matter which store you visit, you’ll notice a consistency with many of the featured menu items. On top of that, you’ll also see some variance depending on the chefs’ choice. As you enjoy DLM Sushi, rest assured that it was made fresh that day with great skill and care.

Sam (left) and Christine Lim spend time working at all of the DLM Sushi Stations.

Rolling with the Best

“Our sushi is not just regular market sushi. Our variety is even better than some restaurants. Everyone here tries their best every day,” Christine says, beaming with pride. “People walk over to the case and say ‘wow, this is art.'”

So as we all welcome the new year, be sure to fuel your appetite with our DLM Sushi experience. If you are a seasoned sushi eater, you are in great company. If you are new and unsure of where to start, that’s ok, too. Just let us know and we’ll gladly guide you. Enjoy!

 

Great Sushi Expectations

Looking to introduce your household to sushi or to make a date night at home? Come see what’s in our case today. Or, talk to us about a sushi tray that brings together a flavorful array of different sushi rolls to give you a variety to taste.

Check out our Sushi Tray menu!

Citrus 101: Make Your Own Sunshine

We are all ready for a refresh as we start a new year, and there’s no better way to make your own sunshine than with fresh, vibrant, and health-packed citrus! So shine on and squeeze the day!

Check out some of our favorite citrus fruits below!

CALIFORNIA NAVEL ORANGES

These are the sweetest you can find, providing ample amounts of vitamin C for a bonus.

CARA CARA ORANGES

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

BLOOD ORANGES

Originating in Sicily and Spain with nine times the antioxidants compared to Navel Oranges, these have an unmistakable deep red flesh and sweet taste. Check out some of our recipes that showcase this stunning fruit, including Citrus Oven-Poached Salmon and Sicilian Citrus Salad.

SWEET SCARLETTS TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT

The most colorful of all ruby grapefruits, these are grown in Texas where the hot sunny days and cool nights help these Texas reds become as sweet as can be.

PUMMELO

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.

SPANISH CLEMENTINES

These are the sweetest you can find! Seedless and easy to peel, these are a popular favorite.

SUMO ORANGE

First developed in Japan, these are now grown on family farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Loaded with vitamin C, this is a citrus star thanks to its easy peel and low acid levels. Because of its low acid level, it’s a great option for those with a sensitive stomach.

 

As you make your way through our Produce department, be sure to look for our freshly squeezed juices!

Fresh Squeezed

There’s no better way to start your morning than with fresh juice—it’s simply a must. When you visit our Produce department and see the brightly colored DLM Orange, Grapefruit, or Blood Orange Juices, know that they are freshly squeezed! They are squeezed so fresh, sometimes I can smell that zest just standing in the store. Now that’s fresh! So cheers to your health. Choose from pints, half gallons, and gallons and feel enlivened when you sip this unpasteurized 100% fresh juice.

fresh squeezed juice

Drink up this refreshing selection of fresh squeezed juice!

 

1. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

This beautifully pink juice is freshly squeezed using either Ruby Red or Pink Grapefruits. It’s not quite as sweet as orange juice, but has a refreshing sweet and slightly sour flavor. Added bonus, grapefruit juice is heart healthy, great for weight management, and supports a healthy immune system.

2. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE

Freshly squeezed from the juiciest Valencia oranges, drink up all-natural sweetness and vitamin C! Orange juice is a mineral powerhouse with a quart containing more than 100 milligrams of magnesium! That’s a significant portion of the amount of magnesium you should be getting every day.

3. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED BLOOD ORANGE JUICE

Not only are Blood Oranges entrancingly beautiful with their crimson color within, but their flavor has great depth! When juiced, they unleash the sweetness of an orange with berry notes. Drink up or use this juice as a mixer.

Zest for Cooking

Cooking with citrus is like cooking with sunshine—it just makes me happy and adds a fresh burst of flavor. A common question that I often get at the DLM Culinary Center is when to use citrus zest vs. juice. When juice (especially lemon) is used, it adds flavor and sourness (aka acid), plus the liquid volume. Meanwhile, zest will bolster up the citrus flavor without increasing the liquid volume. Plus, it has a pure citrus flavor from the oil stored in the outside pores of the fruit. I use zest liberally in a lot of my cooking to help add a punch of flavor.

zest for cooking

HOW TO ZEST

• The best tool out there for zesting and one gadget I think everyone needs in their kitchen is the award-winning Microplane Zester, available at the DLM Culinary Center. It zests beautifully every single time. As a bonus, it does wonders for hard cheeses as well, like Parmigiano-Reggiano. We also love the Zyliss Zester, available in stores.
• Before zesting, make sure to wash and dry the fruit first. It is simply not fun to try and zest already cut fruit. Always cut and juice after you zest.
• Avoid the white pith of citrus fruits—that’s the stuff separating the colorful zest from the actual fruit. It’s too bitter and shouldn’t be used.

IDEAS FOR HOW TO USE ZEST

• Try adding to a simple vinaigrette to brighten things up.
• Add a new dimension by zesting a little bit of lemon, lime, or orange zest into your favorite muffin, sweet bread, scone, or biscuit recipe.
• Make anything fried taste “lighter” and brighter by adding right into the batter before frying, from donuts to fish.
• Put it in pasta to add a zip at the end that’ll help make flavors pop.
• Make a better pan sauce by enriching the pan drippings with a hit of both juice and some zest.
• The final step to any dish is the last taste to adjust the seasoning. Besides salt, citrus zest or juice helps brings out the flavors of other ingredients. It will make your dishes shine with flavor!

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