3 Ways to Deck Your Table

Deck your table this holiday season the DLM way! Whether you are looking to play up the classic elegance that shimmers and shines with U.S.D.A. Prime Rib as the star of the table; tapping into nostalgic favorites that never go out of style (think Heavenly Ham and Hartzler Dairy Eggnog), or are hosting a cozy brunch, we’ve assembled three ways to deck your table!

Classic Elegance

Get out the china, light the candles, and enjoy a fabulous feast with your loved ones. We’re talking DLM USDA Prime Rib (don’t be fooled by the imposters), oysters on the half shell, and a decadent appetizer with caviar (get the recipe for DLM Brioche with Caviar here). Add a beautiful spread of pastries along with stollen for dessert.

Reserve your USDA Prime Rib here!

USDA Prime Rib: Less than 2% of cattle receive the top grade of “USDA Prime” making this well-marbled, juicy, tender roast something to celebrate.

Stollen: Made in accordance to German law, we carry Servatii Pastry Shop’s beautiful stollen, chock-full of dried fruit, golden raisins, and nuts.

Pâtisserie: Eat with your eyes as you peer into our pâtisserie case. A few of these beauties add an instant elegance to any affair.

Get the Recipe: For a classy appetizer, try DLM Brioche with Caviar.

Oysters on the Half Shell: Every week, we showcase a new haul of varieties. Especially for the holidays, we recommend contacting our Seafood department to reserve your desired amount.

Retro Renaissance

These are the timeless classics that never go out of style. Think spiral-sliced, fully cooked Heavenly Ham®, decadent Hartzler Egg Nog, a platter of deviled eggs, and a fruit cake that’s so good, you would never dream of re-gifting. Don’t forget that age-old classic Waldorf Salad. — Get the recipe here!

Reserve your Heavenly Ham® here!

Fruit Cake: From our friends at Servatii, this European-style fruit cake is bright with flavors from candied fruits, nuts, rum, and a citrus zest.

Get the Recipe: This Waldorf Salad is truly an exercise in simplicity.

Mandarin Orange Salad: These sweet ingredients harken to a classic family recipe. Available in our Deli.

Heavenly Ham®This fully cooked, honey-glazed, and spiral-sliced ham is a tradition worth keeping.

Hartzler Egg Nog: The local dairy’s glass-bottle egg nog is one of our highly anticipated holiday items!

Brunch Bliss

Stay in your pajamas for a fun-filled family brunch as you gather for the holidays! Load up on our Made Right Here breakfast pastries (think ooey, gooey Cinnamon Rolls), pile on the DLM Uncured Bacon, and check out our recipe for a Smoked Salmon & Everything Spice Strata and the Ultimate Champagne Cocktail.

Breakfast Pastries: Made Right Here every day, look for a selection of scones, Danishes, pecan rolls, filled croissants, and cinnamon rolls. To guarantee yours, call our Bakery.

Get the Recipe: Add a festive touch with this Ultimate Champagne Cocktail.

Blueberry Pound Loaf: Dense and rich, this is Made Right Here and full of blueberries. Look for it in our Bakery.

Get the Recipe: Give that holiday breakfast casserole a new twist with this Smoked Salmon & Everything Spice Strata.

Bring on the Bacon: No nitrates or nitrites, DLM Uncured Bacon is a must for any brunch feast.

Reliving the Party: The Food & Wine Show

After DLM throws the annual Food & Wine Show, we spend more than a couple of days reviewing all of the pieces that make this event so special. Now that we’ve had time to look back, I thought I’d share some fun Food & Wine Show facts!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best in Class Cheese Available at DLM

Rogue River Blue, out of Oregon, was previously the most celebrated cheese of the United States. Now, it’s the most celebrated cheese in the WORLD, announced by the World Cheese Awards, and we are proud to carry this best in class cheese while supplies last in The DLM Cheese Shop.

Rogue River Blue is a seasonal treasure of the winter holidays. Made in very limited quantities by Rogue Creamery out of Oregon and released each year during the fall, this decadent blue brings happiness to its fans for a few glorious months. Handcrafted using organic cow’s milk, Rogue River Blue is cave-aged for 9 to 11 months before it is delicately wrapped in pear-brandy-soaked Syrah grape leaves from the Rogue Valley. Don’t think this beautiful presentation is just for appearances, either! This striking gift-wrap also provides a stunning and transformative flavor profile.

You can expect the Rogue River blue to provide an intoxicating array of flavors that include pear, clove, blackberry, vanilla, hazelnut, cocoa, and even a touch of bacon. (I mean, who doesn’t love bacon nowadays?)

So how does one enjoy the best cheese in the world?
You can savor it after dinner with a touch of port or make it the center of an epic cheese plate. Generally blue cheeses pair best with bold reds, later harvest whites, or your favorite port. If beers are more your style, look for something malty and bold such as a stout, porter, or a barley wine. Whatever you choose, make sure it has some muscle because this beauty comes with a punch!

Look for this award-winning cheese in The DLM Cheese Shop while supplies last.

Pumpkin Checklist

Fall is here, which means bonfires, football, and pumpkin EVERYTHING! We’re big fans of this seasonal flavor and the wide variety of yummy pumpkin products available, so we’ve compiled a list of pumpkin must-haves to get your pumpkin fix. Let’s face it, is fall even fall without pumpkin treats?

How many of these pumpkin goodies have you tried?

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13 Must-Make Gluten-Free Recipes

Whether you’re looking to step into the world of gluten free, or you’re looking for new recipes to add to your repertoire, these mouthwatering gluten-free recipes are ones you’re sure to love.

1. Pumpkin & Ginger Spiced Muffins

2. Butternut Squash Soup with Garam Masala, Yogurt, and Lime

3. Instant Pot/Multicooker Steel-Cut Apple-Spiced Oats

4. Gluten-Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

5. Gluten-Free Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette

6. Pad Thai

7. Gluten-Free Graham Crackers

8. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Burgers

9. Best-Ever Gluten-Free Brownies

10. Hasselback Butternut Squash

11. Iced Lemon Cookies

12. Braised Bacon Kale with Roasted Vegetables

13. Nuts About Chocolate Clusters

 

The Hills Are Alive with Alpine Cheese & Wine

We are taking a trek through The Alps with this month’s Food Explorer theme, and I couldn’t be more excited about the amount of food and drink hailing from this area. What exactly makes up The Alps? It’s more than the mountainous and picturesque Austrian countryside depicted in The Sound of Music. You’ll find the following countries as specified by The Alpine Convention, which exists to oversee the sustainable development of The Alps: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland. With that in mind, grab your picnic basket and enjoy some of my favorite wines and cheeses from this area and keep reading for more food inspiration!

Alpine Cheeses

EMMI CHEESE FONDUE BLEND

With 70% of the Switzerland’s agriculture made of pastures and the majority of the farmers having fewer than 30 cows, Emmi contracts for the milk and this easy-toprepare, velvety Alpine herdsman originated fondue is one of the prizes! Dip in crusty bread, fruit, meat, or vegetables.

ALP BLOSSOM

Inspired by its home in western Austria’s “hay belt,” it’s both a feast for the palate and eyes. Its coating of flowers include marigold, rose petals, lavender, and chervil. It’s rich, full-bodied flavor has hints of umami and a slight sweetness to the finish.

CRUCOLO

Made by a single producer at the mouth of the Val Campelle in Trentino, Italy. It’s smooth, creamy, and slightly tangy, pairing well with cured meats and a hearty wine.

PRÉSIDENT EMMENTAL SWISS

The old tradition using pure cow’s milk and a maturation period of at least four months allows Emmental to develop into a mild, slightly nutty tasting cheese.

COMTÉ ST. ANTOINE GRUYÈRE 

This cheese is made in the cooperative dairies of the Jura Mountains and aged for 18 to 22 months in the renowned caves of Marcel Petite Fort St. Antoine. It’s smooth with assertive flavor and particularly good with a white wine from the Savoie, such as Abymes.

Alpine Wines

ABYMES VIN DE SAVOIE 

Savoie is located in eastern France, very close to the Swiss border near Lake Geneva. Made from the grape Jacquère, this wine is extremely vibrant and crisp, with a dry finish. It’s a very pleasing wine perfect for lunch or light dinner dishes.

DÖNNHOFF RIESLING TROCKEN

The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region of southwestern Germany 250 years ago and Helmut, who took over from his father in 1966, makes simply breathtaking wine! This dry wine is extremely balanced with flavor nuances and speaks to Helmut’s personal philosophy for wine making. “I express myself clearly and so do my wines,” he says.

MÜLLER-CATOIR RIESLING

From one of the grand old estates in Germany, this wine is easily one of the best white wines in the world! Amazing complexity, with ample fruit, minerality, and very well-balanced acidity.

BOTTEGA VINAIA TEROLDEGO ROTALIANO

From Trentino, Italy, this wine is dry, full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, well-rounded finish that seems to be wrapped in raspberries! Wonderful paired with roast chicken, grilled meats, or a charcuterie board.

ELENA WALCH VIGNA CASTEL RINGBERG PINOT GRIGIO

Castel Ringberg is the hotel and restaurant that the Walch family owns near their vineyards in Italy. This single vineyard Pinot Grigio is easily the most intense, wellstructured, vibrant Pinot Grigio we have ever had. No watered-down version here!

NIGL FREHEIT GRÜNER VELTLINER

Tucked deep in the Krems Valley in Austria is Nigl, easily one of our favorite producers. They’ve been farming this land for over 200 years! Stunning vibrancy, minerality, and length in this dry wine that is lovely on its own, but best with food.

The 21st Annual Food & Wine Show

We like to think that our Food & Wine Show is the perfect kickoff to a celebratory season to come, and this year is certainly no exception. For one night, DLM Springboro transforms into the stage of a spectacular gustatory experience and it’s hard to believe that it started 21 years ago. We hope that each year, just like a fine wine, it keeps getting better and better.

At our Food & Wine Show, Thursday, Nov. 7, you’ll have the opportunity to taste wines from around the world and from some of the best producers, and talk to knowledgeable sommeliers all while sampling chef-driven food prepared by DLM’s best. It’s truly an evening that we take great pride in hosting and infusing with our passion.

A ticket to the Food & Wine Show includes an opportunity to taste from a selection of nearly 200 fine wines and beer with a bevy of hors d’oeuvres coming from our kitchen along with ample food stations. We promise you won’t go hungry!

Cheers and I’ll see you soon!

Although the event isn’t until Nov. 7, tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 6 a.m. and they’ll sell out quickly. Limit 10 per customer.

Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services or online at www.DorothyLane.com/FoodWineShow.

Taste of Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

Noodle on These 3 Recipes:

1. Pad Thai

2. Yum Woon Sen

3. Chicken Pad See Ew

 

Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

DLM Food Explorer Viva Italia

On my first trip to Italy some years ago, I was surprised to learn that Tuscans largely ignore balsamic vinegar, and Milanese favor rice over pasta. And right in between Milan and Tuscany you find many recognizable delicacies from lasagna to Prosciutto di Parma to balsamic vinegar in the region of Reggio Emilia. Hazelnuts are a big deal in the north and hot peppers in the south.

You learn that when speaking of Italy’s great food culture, it’s impossible to describe it without putting it in a regional context. Maybe it’s the Italian connection to the land, a long culinary history, or simply local pride. In any case, discovering the regional foods of Italy is both educational and incredibly fun. Over the years, so many of us at DLM have traveled to Italy to discover its food treasures, and we’ve made it a point to bring a number of those back to you.

You see Italy’s influence at DLM in the Italian products themselves, like our Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil hailing from the hills of Tuscany or our Parmigiano-Reggiano from Modena. Other times, you’ll find its reach in the form of a technique we’ve learned from studying with Italian masters that we then replicate here, such as our DLM Handmade Mozzarella, Naples-Style Pizza, and Tuscan butcher-inspired specialty prepared meats, to name a few. As you can imagine, we could write a book on our passion for Italian food, but for the purpose of giving some focus, we are spotlighting a few regions of Italy that have inspired us the most: Tuscany, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, and Southern Italy, mainly Calabria and Sicily.

We’ll be celebrating Italy all month culminating with our Food Explorer Day taking place May 18. Join us for great fun and good Italian eating on our next stop as Food Explorers…buon appetito!

TUSCANY

FOOD

Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (GROCERY), Pane Toscano (BAKERY), Pecorino Toscano (THE DLM CHEESE SHOP), Italian Oven-Ready Meats (MEAT)

WINE

CAPPONE CHIANTI CLASSICO – Count Sebastiano Capponi is a dear friend to DLM, hailing from his lovely Tuscan estate that’s been in his family since 1524! This young-vine Chianti is named for the first ancestor of Sebastiano. It’s 100% Sangiovese, brimming with beautiful fruit and richness.

VILLA CALCINAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA – 100% Sangiovese from the best blocks of old vines near Greve in Chianti. It’s a well-structured wine that’s full of rich black fruits, leather, spice, cigar box notes, and supple tannins.

FONTALEONI VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO – A wonderfully dry, minerally, and extremely pleasing white wine from the surrounding vineyards of the hilltop town of San Gimignano.

CAMPANIA

FOOD

Naples-Style Pizza (DLM WASHINGTON SQUARE & SPRINGBORO), San Marzano Tomatoes D.O.P. (GROCERY), DLM Handmade Mozzarella (THE DLM CHEESE SHOP)

WINE

COLLI DI LAPIO ROMANO CLELIA FIANO DI AVELLINO – A white wine from the Avellino province and a varietal the Romans called Vitis Apiana, vine beloved of bees. It’s dry, lovely, and has hints of pear and hazelnut, floral tones, and a hint of minerality.

EMILIA-ROMAGNA

FOOD

Prosciutto di Parma (DELI), Mortadella (DELI), DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (GROCERY), Lasagna (GOURMET TAKEAWAY), Parmigiano-Reggiano (THE DLM CHEESE SHOP)

WINE

CASALI ROSA DI ROSA RED SPARKLING WINE – Perfect chilled with a plate of charcuterie enjoyed al fresco with its bright raspberry/blueberry fruit and soft bubbles.

LO DUCA LAMBRUSCO REGGIANO – Lambrusco does not exactly excite most after we’ve suffered so many terrible mass-produced and exported representations of this wine. However, Lo Duca is bright, semi-sweet, and has a naturally carbonated essence. Try it in a cocktail.

SOUTHERN ITALY (CALABRIA + SICILY)

FOOD

Cannoli (BAKERY), DLM Gelato (FROZEN), Scalia Anchovies (GROCERY), Marinated Anchovies (SEAFOOD BAR)

WINE

VILLA POZZI NERO D’AVOLA – The Pozzi family is a fifth-generation winemaking family located on the island of Sicily.

DONNAFUGATA ANTHILIA BIANCO – An amazingly crisp, minerally, and vibrant white wine blend from Sicily that’s perfect for light seafood dishes, salad, or poultry.