Classic Strawberry Shortcake & 3 More Fruitful Endeavors

Nothing says summer like a layered strawberry shortcake with ripe berries and real whipped cream. Our Vera Jane’s Shortcakes, which are Made Right Here, are truly a DLM Difference. They are just the right size and aren’t overly sweet, so they hold up well with summer’s ripest berries and fruits.

So let’s forget the Twinkie-like sponge cakes and that gloppy red dye glaze. With our Vera Jane’s Shortcakes by your side and some fresh ingredients, your summer shortcake options are plentiful. Here are a few ideas from the classic strawberry to other fruitful endeavors.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Lemon Blueberry Shortcake

Peaches, Caramel, & Cream Shortcake

Tropical Fruit Shortcake

Pro Tips

• Another combo you can try is some fresh lime juice with a little honey or agave nectar to help create a little more juice for your cut fruit or berries.
• Try variations in whipped cream by adding a generous dollop of mascarpone cheese (try Vermont Creamery’s) or some malted milk powder for a different flavor profile. Or, switch it up by replacing the cream with yogurt.

Bite-Sized Ways to Celebrate Your 2020 Grad

We realize the class of 2020’s school year isn’t ending as anyone would have expected. In lieu of those grandiose grad parties, you will likely be instead focusing on a nice intimate dinner and celebration with your household. With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some bite-sized options for celebrating your grad and making them feel special.

Killer Brownie® Mini Trays

These pre-packed 7-inch trays come with four different Killer Brownie® flavors quartered and ready to dig in. Available in stores.

Laura’s Cookies

Whether you choose traditional grad cap designs or have something custom in mind, perhaps with your grad’s school colors, Laura and team have you covered. Minimum custom order is one dozen. 72-Hour Notice.

 

Graduation Cupcakes

With a number of cupcake and icing flavors to choose from, we are happy to bring something to life for your grad and customize it with an icing color and sprinkles with a nod to their alma mater. 24-Hour Notice.

Mini Sandwich Tray

Did you know that our Deli can customize a small size tray of our Mini Sandwiches with your choice of croissants or mini rolls, meat, and cheese. For sandwiches, choose from a variety of lunch meats, cheeses, or DLM Deli salads, such as Tuna, Egg, Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad, or Chicken Pecan. Vegetarian option available. Minimum 10 mini sandwiches per order. 24-Hour Notice.

Grad Cakes

Just because you aren’t having a big party doesn’t mean the tradition of a celebratory cake has to be cancelled too. Check out some of our smaller sizes, like a quarter sheet or an 8-inch round cake. Both are perfect for a more intimate gathering. With this size, we can still accommodate photo printing and custom messaging. 24-Hour Notice.

 

20 Years of Laura’s Cookies: Get to Know Laura

For 30+ years, my five sisters, sister-in-law, and I have been baking Christmas cookies together. Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving we gather at my brother’s home, which my parents built themselves in 1954, and we bake dozens and dozens of cookies. When we first started our tradition, we had about a dozen different recipes that we made every year, but we were always looking for new recipes to add.

At least 25 years ago, my younger sister, Beth, shared a cookie recipe with me. She thought that it might be a good one to add to our Christmas baking list. It was a rolled cookie dough, but the taste reminded her of a drop sugar cookie that our mom would make for us. I loved the cookie dough, but I didn’t care for the royal icing that accompanied the recipe. The thick, soft sugar cookie did not seem to be enhanced by the hard, tasteless royal icing.

So, I developed my own special almond flavored frosting to complement the cookie. We decided that this combination was the ultimate “comfort cookie” and Laura’s Cookies was born. We soon referred to the cookie as the ultimate “comfort cookie”.

How did Laura’s Cookies develop from there?

In 1993 I moved to Dayton from Morristown, NJ. In the fall of 1999, I left my position as administrative director of surgical services at Miami Valley Hospital. I had been in hospital administration for my entire professional career (17 years) and decided that I wanted to move in a new direction with my career. What that direction would be, I had absolutely no idea.

I took full advantage of the assessment programs and career development sessions offered by a local career development firm. Through this experience. I found out a few things about myself. Most significantly, I seemed to have education/work experiences, skill sets, and a self-awareness of my strengths and weaknesses that indicated a potential to be a successful small business owner. I was intrigued—but what business could I start?

A one hour informational session by a representative of the local Small Business Administration led to me taking a 10-week SBA class at Sinclair Community College. The main goal of the course was to help individuals develop a “business plan.” So, I needed to identify what my business was going to be.

I had a few more expansive food business ideas, but the instructor was wise to inform me that my ability to secure financing would probably be slim. So, I scaled it back to a cookie baking business. Each week I would bring a variety of cookies to get feedback from my classmates and instructor. The “Comfort Cookies” (now known as “Laura’s Cookies”) became the most requested for “repeat” tastings.

At the end of the class I had a fairly decent business plan on paper; I just needed to figure out how to get it started. My primary challenge was to find a place to bake and sell my cookies.

Enter Dorothy Lane Market. How did you cross paths with DLM?

As a pet-owner, I needed to find a kitchen facility to bake in. I also needed an outlet to sell my cookies. This was 20 years ago. One of my book club friends had a relationship with Dorothy Lane Market through Scott Fox, DLM VP of Bakery. Through the friend, I was able to get a meeting with Scott. I met with him, explained that I had a cookie that everyone seemed to really like, but that I needed a place to bake. Scott expressed interest and shared that DLM likes to promote quality  “local” products. He asked me to bring in a sample.

A day later, I brought in 2-3 dozen “Laura’s Cookies” in different shapes. We met in the OAK Bakery manager’s office (a very pregnant Shelley Eberle). There are two things about this meeting that I will never forget. The first is Shelley opening the container, biting into a cookie, and then turning around in her chair exclaiming “this is the best cookie that I have ever had!” Scott tasted one and he agreed with Shelley, and asked if he could have samples to share with more folks at DLM. He called the next day and asked me when I could start baking!

What is it about Laura’s Cookies that you think makes them special?

I think that it is the fact that the cookies are both visually appealing and that they taste delicious. I trust Scott Fox when he tells me that he has never seen or tasted a cookie that even comes close to a Laura’s Cookie. They are truly unique.

Has the recipe changed at all over the years?

The only thing that has changed is that the “trans fats” have been removed from the ingredients. P.S. Don’t even ask about nutritional value. There is none. Just remember that everything is good in moderation!

When you first started, did you ever imagine Laura’s Cookies would have grown into what it is today?

Honestly, no (insert laughter). My informal business plan when I started was to make enough cookies to cover my living expenses, save for retirement, take a couple vacations a year, and maybe have a couple of employees.

Fast forward to 2020 and 5,337,000+ cookies later. Laura’s Cookies has a huge fan base, an amazing team, a new production facility, and I get to take those vacations!

Why exclusive to DLM?

Laura’s Cookies has been an exclusive product to Dorothy Lane Market from the beginning. DLM allowed me afterhours access to the bakery production area if I agreed to sell the cookies exclusively through their bakeries. Laura’s Cookies has become one of the DLM “destination products” as they aren’t available anywhere else. It has been a win-win relationship.

Sweetest memories over the past 20 years?

I think my favorite sweet memories are those shared with me by customers. Laura’s Cookies have become an essential part of so many people’s lives and celebrations. Major life events have been made even more special with Laura’s Cookies. Innumerable grandchildren have been delighted when a grandparent arrives with Laura’s Cookies in hand. Corporate clients look forward to holiday gift boxes of Laura’s Cookies. A gift of a single Laura’s Cookie can brighten someone’s day. It truly brings me joy to know that there is most assuredly “a happy memory in every bite”.

A few early memories stand out. When I first started, a former neighbor would go to the DLM Oakwood Bakery and stand near the case. She would casually point out my cookies to other customers, telling them how tasty they were and encouraging them to “try one!” I think our biggest marketing strategy has been the cookie itself with how it looks to the eye and tastes in the mouth.

I wasn’t in business more than a month when a DLM Washington Square associate came back into the production area to tell me about a customer interaction that she had just had. The customer was standing in front of the Bakery counter and kept saying to herself,  “I can’t believe that I’m doing this.” The associate asked if there was anything that she could do for her. The customer then explained that she lived in the Cincinnati area, but had been to Dayton the previous day. She had stopped at DLM and saw the Laura’s Cookies for the first time. She had bought three different shapes and didn’t even make it out of the DLM parking lot before they were gone. She made a special trip to Dayton and DLM the next day … for some more Laura’s Cookies!

Now, tell us more about THE Laura—you.

You really want to know more about me? When friends introduce me to someone new, it normally goes something like this:

“Do you ever go to Dorothy Lane Market?”
“Yes.”
“Have you ever had a Laura’s Cookie?”
“Yes,” or sometimes “No.”
“This,” they say, pointing at me “is THE Laura of Laura’s Cookies!” 

Invariably whether the individual has had a cookie or not, I end up telling my story. What I really want to say is …I’m more than just “THE” Laura.

So, I love to read both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve been a member of a book club since 1996 and, yes, we discuss the book before we get too deep into the wine! I love to travel. I enjoy photographing my travel adventures; perhaps a bit to the extreme. In fact, my nickname from my family is “clicky, clicky” as they are always trying to hurry me along. I enjoy live theater performances and movies. I’m a fairly accomplished gardener. It only took me 25 years to get my two-bit garden to have something in bloom from crocus to chrysanthemum! I am a National Public Radio and Podcast nerd. I know a little bit about a lot of things. Except Laura’s Cookies, I know a lot about Laura’s Cookies after 20 years.

Mother’s Day Checklist

With Mother’s Day coming up Sunday, May 10, we wanted to pull together of 7 ways to make mom’s day special this year. I think we can all agree that she deserves the best.

1. Say it With Flowers & Plants

With spring in the air, brighten mom’s day (and home) with a bouquet of bright flowers, a hanging basket of flowers, Boston ferns, tasteful topiaries, or sophisticated succulents. Plus, weather permitting, we will be featuring an outdoor register this weekend so you can stop by and grab a gift for mom (Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

2. Mother’s Day Card

Our Home & Gift specialist has curated a creative selection of beautiful cards for the mom in your life as you look for the words to express gratitude.

3. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Let mom know just how sweet she is with this treat! We will have pre-packed boxes brimming with Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. Each comes with nine juicy strawberries that have been dipped in decadent milk or white chocolate and then rolled in an assortment of toppings. While supplies last.

 

4. Bring the Spa Home: DLM Bath Bombs & Salts

Let’s face it, moms are real-life superheroes! With all of the daily hustle and bustle, they deserve time to unwind and pamper themselves. Our locally made DLM Bath Bombs & Bath Salts provide a spa-like experience mom can enjoy from the comfort of home!

5. Kids’ Club Mother’s Day Cake Kit

This year we’ve made a decision to evolve our traditional Kids’ Club Mother’s Day Cake Decorating so you can enjoy it at home with your children. We are featuring cake decorating kits that come with a 6-inch white or chocolate cake, three icing colors, and a variety of sprinkles. While supplies last.

6. Make Mom Brunch

From a Smoked Salmon Strata to the perfect omelet and homemade cinnamon rolls, here are some brunch recipes for Mother’s Day. Get cooking with these brunch recipes! 

7. Don’t forget about Dinner, too!

Bigeye Tuna is a wild caught fish that comes from the deep waters of Hawaii. Sustainably caught, we love this fish for its high fat content and beautiful reddish-pink meat. You can’t go wrong whether you grill, broil, sauté, or enjoy sashimi style. Look for it now in our Seafood department while supplies last! Plus, check out Chef Carrie’s recipe for Madeira-Style Tuna Steaks!  Looking for other Mother’s Day dinner ideas? Check out our Alaskan King Crab and U.S.D.A. Prime Filets.

5 Epic Gourmet Grilled Cheese Ideas

A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? As if! If you’re anything like me, then a grilled cheese sandwich was probably the first thing you learned to cook by yourself using the pre-wrapped cheese slices that shall remain unnamed. The time is now to elevate this classic, cheesy, comforting goodness to gourmet status.

To start, you can take that old tried-and-true grilled cheese sandwich up a notch (or ten) by exploring a world of cheeses. The possibilities are endless! From the spicy, tangy flavors of goat cheeses, like Humboldt Fog, to the smooth, velvety flavors of the Comté Saint-Antoine Gruyère, we’ve got five sure-fire ways to elevate you to grilled cheese gourmand status:

FOGGY BOTTOM

Raisin Walnut Bread meets Humboldt Fog goat cheese and a few slices of Prosciutto di Parma for a delightfully salty-creamy bite.

CAPRESE

This layered favorite is a take on the caprese salad: DLM Handmade Mozzarella, thinly sliced Roma tomato, fresh basil leaves, and Ciabatta Bread.

THE RETRO

The retro flavor of DLM Pimento Cheese Dip pairs perfectly with DLM Uncured Bacon. Pile between buttered slices of Farmhouse Bread.

DELISH

Sweet yet savory, this sandwich calls for slices of Deer Creek’s The Doe stacked between slices of Sesame Seed Bread that is slathered with apricot preserves.

THE ULTIMATE

Comté St. Antoine Gruyère and Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar piled onto our classic Unbleached White Sandwich Bread. So simple and so delicious!

The DLM Difference

Frequently, visitors from out of town tell me they miss us. Others say it’s a major reason why they love living here. I ask why. People tell me “we trust you. Others gush “the food is so good!” The best one is “the people are wonderful.”

What is the DLM Difference? We strive to make a difference, but different from what? The word “difference” begs a comparison. Are we talking adversarilly about DLM vs other markets? No, actually. It’s a noble task to feed others, and the biz is mostly populated by good people.

The DLM Difference isn’t about us or them. It is about you! It’s the difference we want to make in your life. We want to give you a special experience where you meet nice people and find good food … really good food. Shopping DLM is a source of joy, not drudgery. Simply put, we aspire to make your life better. Our company’s mission begins, “To make our customers happy.”

Even in the simplest ways, we want to make a difference, whether you’re coming in for a quick cup of coffee, getting a healthy salad, buying a loaf of bread, or filling a cart to feed your family. Maybe it’s just to pick up a treat, say a brownie.

A DEEPER DIVE

Take, for example, that cup of coffee. Maybe it was from Hacienda La Minita in Costa Rica. You savor its aroma and flavor. Why is it so good? Ask one of our Coffee Bar Managers, Amy, Holli, or Chris, as they just went to Costa Rica in January, not just visiting the plantation, but even picking the beans!

Everybody admires our salad bar thanks to Bertha at Oakwood, Loretta at Washington Square, and Connie at Springboro. They come in early and begin selecting, cleaning, chopping, and producing multi-colored edible works of art, composed of organic lettuces, nutrient-packed vegetables, exotic microgreens, and eye-popping garnishments.

We are willing to do the hard work to make a difference. Consider our DLM Artisan Bread, like our Sourdough … oh my, it’s so good! But it takes a lot of work and expertise to make it so. We have a talented team of artisans who mix from the best flours, hand-shape, and bake on the hot hearth of our juggernaut European bread oven. Great bread is also the foundation (crust) of great pizza. We studied pizza for years before creating our Naples-Style Pizza. This involved installing the specialized hearth ovens, creating the right dough, and stretching our own fresh mozzarella.

And that brownie? Yes, it has to be a Killer Brownie®, of course! Our famous triple-layer brownie is so popular that this very month we are opening a brand new facility. We feature our Killer Brownie® not just in our stores, but now distribute it throughout the country.

FOOD LOVERS UNITE

Not surprisingly, we also do business with people who think as we do and who have passion: people whose mission in life is to cultivate the sweetest pineapple, grow the healthiest chicken, or churn-out the most indulgent butter. There are many more ways you experience the DLM Difference. One other quick example is our entire Seafood department. Some people come for our seafood alone. Want to chat about fishing families in Alaska? Species of salmon? Fat content? Recipes? Cooking methods? Let’s do it!

We are a place for people who love food. And that’s the engine that drives the DLM Difference. Join us this year as we explore some of our favorite points of difference each month and highlight these great products. We love what we do. We love serving you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference.

DLM Difference No. 1: FRESH SEAFOOD

DLM Difference No. 2: AUTHENTIC COFFEE

DLM Difference No. 3: VERA JANE’S SHORTCAKES

DLM Difference No. 4: USDA Prime DLM Ribeye Steak

Check back in the months to come for more in-depth highlights select DLM Differences. 

Think Pink With Ruby

The biggest innovation that’s happened with chocolate in the past 80 years is here, and we couldn’t be more excited to have some fun with it. We all know and love white, milk, and dark chocolate, but now there is a fourth variation on the horizon and it’s unlike any other we’ve ever tasted. Ruby cocoa has subtle berry notes intertwined into its melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flavor.

Ruby launched across the globe in 2018 in limited quantities, only appearing in the U.S. market in more recent months. “What you taste and see comes from the cocoa bean,” says Miriam Madrigal with Barry Callebaut Chocolate, explaining that the unique flavor and color of ruby is all natural. Some fresh cocoa beans are more white inside, but a vast majority are a dark reddish pink color. Through a different way of processing the beans, ruby cocoa was created. Once you add a bit of milk and sugar to the process, the color moves into a stunning pink direction.

The DLM Pâtisserie has created two scrumptious, limited-edition desserts utilizing ruby, which will make an appearance the first few weeks of February. Ruby Cocoa Rocky Road Bars start with a no-bake cookie crust, which is topped with a mixture of toasted almonds, pistachios, housemade marshmallows, freeze-dried raspberries, and shortbread cookies folded within the ruby chocolate. We’re also featuring a Ruby Ganache Tart, composed of pistachios in a gluten-free crust, ruby chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream, toasted pistachios, and ruby chocolate curls. In addition, our dear friend Ghyslain has made some limited-edition ruby creations to be featured at DLM, including the Ruby Slipper!

20 Years of Partnering with Ghyslain Chocolatier

There’s something to be said about a long-lasting business relationship in this industry that feels more like a well-oiled friendship. It was nearly 20 years ago that Ghyslain Maurais, chef and renowned chocolatier, crossed paths with DLM’S Scott Fox, VP of Bakery & Coffee Bar. “It’s been quite a ride,” says Ghyslain. Watching the two interact, you can see that friendship at play as they jest and riff off one another’s creativity. Scott looks back on the start of it all around this time in 1999, and he knew that he had found a gem, not just in finding a unique product to bring to Dorothy Lane Market but in linking arms with a brilliant local partner with world class experience.

A ONE-IN-A-MILLION FOOD & FRIEND FIND

Ghyslain Chocolates are stunning handpainted creations, many with a flavored ganache encased inside. Each is truly as spectacular as Ghyslain himself. Born in Québec City, Ghyslain spent several years as the head chef for the Québec ambassador at the Canadian Embassy in London and also in New York City. After using his vacation time to expand his knowledge and study chocolate making in Zürich, his creativity was truly unleashed in new ways at the embassy.

In the mid-nineties, Ghyslain was eager to make his way to the U.S. and saw a head chef position for the Ohio-based Inn at Versailles, which is heavily influenced by French culture. It was there that he met his wife Susan. The two moved to Union City, Indiana, where Susan’s family was from, and Ghyslain started making his chocolates from the kitchen of their farmhouse in 1998. Today, Ghyslain Chocolatier is a thriving business there in Indiana where he creates everything from chocolates to perfect croissants, which we also carry.

Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller caught wind of Ghyslain and wrote about him in 1999. Fox had to taste the chocolate and meet Ghyslain, and this was the start of our 20-year relationship.

20TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE HEART BOX

That very first Valentine’s Day with Ghyslain, we featured a stunning dark chocolate heart that was hand painted red and held six beautifully crafted chocolates. You can see it photographed in the 1999 article by Ann Heller. This year, to celebrate our 20th anniversary of working with Ghyslain, we are bringing the chocolate heart back, but with some special touches for the occasion.

You’ll find the chocolate heart made from ruby chocolate, an exciting new innovation in the chocolate-making world, which is aptly timed for this occasion. The inside of the heart reveals three ruby pink chocolates filled with a ruby chocolate cream and Champagne ganache, and three platinum chocolates filled with a salted caramel ganache. The 20th Anniversary Ruby Heart Box comes enclosed in a platinum box as a nod to the milestone. It’ll be available seasonally just in time for Valentine’s Day, along with some other ruby creations by Ghyslain because every good friendship is worth celebrating.

Bundt, Bundt Baby

The beauty of the bundt cake goes beyond its sleek curves. This is a cake, after all, that has to stand alone. Although it may be finished with a chocolate coating or shower of powdered sugar, depending on the flavor, the rich, moist cake must be so good that the memory of a thick coating of icing is washed away.

It’s with this challenge in mind, that the masterminds and DLM pastry chefs Amy Brown and Lindsey Lucas, have crafted an exquisite new line of DLM Bundt Cakes. True to the bravo of bundt cakes, we bake these rich, dense, moist cakes in aluminum pans.

Not only are they a sight to behold, but each unlocks a whole new flavor profile. Approximately 6-inches and one pound each, mainstay flavors will be Hummingbird and Cinnamon Walnut.

We’ll also feature a third seasonal flavor as well (like this month’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake). The size makes them perfect for a hostess gift, small get-together, or an addition to your brunch or party spread.

Cinnamon Walnut Bundt Cake

Rich coffee cake layered with brown sugar and walnut streusel.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

This delicious cake is filled with bananas, pecans, and pineapple then dusted with donut sugar!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Chocolate bundt cake with peanut butter chips encased in a peanut butter chocolate shell.

Made Right Here Bakery Favorites

When you bite into a piece of Grandma Tobias Pie or slather butter on a fluffy Bakehouse Roll, do you ever stop and ponder what “Made Right Here” really means? When it comes to the DLM Bakery’s signature holiday items, we are proud that they are made with top-notch ingredients in our very own DLM Bakehouse. So as you plan your home-cooked, hassle-free holiday, be sure to reserve these favorites for your table.

GRANDMA TOBIAS PECAN PIE

We use an all-butter crust with a traditional pecan pie filling that’s sweet, gooey, and chock-full of pecans.

BREAD BASKET

The perfect edible centerpiece, we make these beautiful bread baskets by hand that are piled high with two dozen assorted rolls.

GRANDMA TOBIAS PUMPKIN PIE

So good, it’ll impress even the most discerning mother-in-law. We start with an all-butter crust and fill it with traditional pumpkin pie filling that’s creamy and smooth to taste.

PUMPKIN CHEESE ROLL

Rich cream cheese folded between layers of pumpkin cake comprise this instant favorite.

BAKEHOUSE ROLL

Soft and pillowy, each bite of this yeast roll that’s Made Right Here melts in your mouth.