Picnic Perfect: 3 New Deli Summer Sides

Our Deli has always been our pride and joy. There are so many classics as well as fun, modern sides that you just can’t find anywhere else. Why are we simply the best? Flavor. We don’t skimp on quality ingredients or take shortcuts as they are all Made Right Here in our Kitchens and you can taste it in every bite. Take our Classic Potato Salad for instance. We steam the potatoes fresh and use Hellmann’s mayo because we believe it just tastes better. Yes, we’ve spent a lot of time blind tasting a variety of mayonnaise, including one made from scratch, and Hellmann’s won, hands down! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our Chicken Salad as well, using freshly poached DLM Air-Chilled Chicken. In addition to these classic mainstays, get ready to make a little more room at your next picnic for these summery additions!

Lowcountry Coleslaw

Nothing says summer side dish more than coleslaw, and we have a feeling that this one is going to be a hit! No mayo in this one—just bright flavors that are perfect for an outdoor picnic. Made with green cabbage tossed with some diced carrots in a dressing that’s not too sweet and has a little kick from fresh ginger and jalapeño.

Avocado Salad

It’s not guacamole! Big chunks of fresh avocado and sweet grape tomatoes are tossed in a housemade lime vinaigrette made with fresh cilantro, garlic, and a smidge of DLM Classic Dijon Mustard. Added bonus? It’s VEGAN.

Lemon Pasta Salad

This clean and simple pasta salad screams summer. We toss al dente orecchiette with fresh lemon, basil, and a touch of roasted garlic. Try it served at room temperature as a base for grilled chicken or fish.

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.

 

Smart Substitutions When Cooking

Since it’s a little bit more complicated these days just to run out every time we are missing an ingredient, why not challenge your cooking skills and learn about making smart substitutions? With all of us cooking more at home and having a better stocked pantry, more than likely, you might have something in your kitchen that’ll work when you are missing an ingredient.

Here are some guidelines or suggestions to keep in mind when you need to swap out an ingredient. As you’re making your substitutions, there are a couple of important things to always keep in mind no matter what the ingredient is—flavor and texture. Cooking tends to be way more forgiving than baking does when you need to substitute an ingredient or two. But just like in life, learning to adapt and rise to the challenge can make life only more delicious. Enjoy and have fun in the kitchen with these smart substitutions by your side.

 

Herbs and Spices

A good rule of thumb to follow is that for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, substitute 1 teaspoon of dried. Remember that dried herbs are more potent than fresh, so use sparingly. Herbs tend to fall into 2 categories, tender or sturdy. Tender includes bright, light floral herbs that are typically used fresh, like basil, chives, and cilantro to name a few.  Sturdy herbs tend to be more savory and are commonly found dried because of their oil content. These herbs include bay leaf, oregano, and thyme. For better substitute choices, stay within the same group or try similar flavors. For example, try subbing mint for basil or dried thyme for marjoram. Or try similar flavors, like onion or garlic powder with a little parsley as a replacement for chives.

Spices tend to fall into categories with similar or shared flavors. Here are a couple groupings: baking, like allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, fragrant spices, like fennel, saffron, cardamom, and coriander, warm or peppery varieties,  like chili powders, cumin, ginger, and mustard powder, and earthy types, like onion, garlic, and turmeric. The spices in each of those categories complement one another and can easily be swapped for one another.

 

Oils and Fats

Oils and fats are categorized by cooking properties based on either low smoke points or high smoke points. The low smoke point fats burn quickly and tend to be more solid, meaning that they perform best when using low-heat cooking methods, like sautéing. These fats include butter, bacon fat, margarine, and vegetable shortening. High smoke point fats, like canola oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, and vegetable oil are best suited for high-heat cooking, such as frying. Pick one that will perform the way you want it to.

Dairy

Think about grouping dairy items based on texture. Sour cream, crème fraîche, and yogurt have similar textures and would make a good substitutes for one another. Buttermilk is easy to replicate with lemon juice or vinegar and milk. (1 Tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar for every cup of milk.)

No butter left? Try using oil for pan frying or sautéing instead. If you’re looking to add richness to a finished dish, try drizzling in a little cream.  

When subbing cheeses, be sure to look for varieties with similar textures. A good example of this would be switching out a Cheddar with a Gouda or Jarlsberg, all of which have similar textures.

 

Stock or Broth

Both help add flavor, but more importantly they add liquid. Of course you can substitute water, but in doing so you may also be diluting the flavor. I like using Better than Bouillon, a jar of reassurance that once opened lives quite contently in your fridge. It comes in a variety of flavors like beef, chicken and vegetable. White wine can also be handy for this, or try seasoning water with a little soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, or vinegar.

 

Produce

Different types of produce can be substituted based on the flavor and texture. Many root vegetables can be switched around with one another and will work well in almost any recipe. Greens can be divided into 2 categories, tender or firm. Some good examples of firm are escarole, kale, and turnip greens. Tender greens include mesclun, mâche, and spinach.

 

 

Meat

When substituting beef, I focus on the firmness of the meat—either tough or tender. Common substitutions are using brisket instead of chuck roast, New York strip in place of rib-eye, and vice versa.

Boneless chicken breasts and boneless chicken thighs can easily be swapped for one another. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary as you make this substitution.

Subbing for ground beef? Ground chicken, pork, turkey, and even sausage can work. You may just have to adjust for seasoning and fat content.

 

 

Demystify How to Roast a Whole Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is a skill that I think everyone should have in their cooking tool belt. It has the power to pleases almost everyone. The added bonus is that it makes your kitchen smell so darn good and is the ultimate comfort food. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, it can be used for all sorts of quick meals throughout the week. Check out these 5 ideas!

I like to say that a perfectly whole roasted chicken is the true sign of a good cook. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to master this skill—just a DLM Whole Chicken and a couple of cooking rules of thumb.

Whole Roasted Chicken
The time is now to master the skill of a whole roasted chicken.

 

How to Roast a Whole Chicken: What You Need to Know

Prep. Whatever you do, don’t roast a cold, wet bird. Let the chicken come to room temp (at least 30 minutes or more). This will help the bird cook more evenly and efficiently. Make sure the skin is dry. There’s no need to rinse the chicken you buy here at DLM. Dry skin yields a crisper and more crackly roasted surface.

Seasoning. You all have heard me say this before—do not be shy with the salt and pepper! Don’t forget to add it under the wings, the back, and even inside the cavity. Other goodies can be added inside the cavity, too, like chopped herbs, garlic, onion, and even a cut lemon, but there’s something so good about a simple salt and peppered roasted chicken.

What to roast it in. There are many pans out there. My answer is to use what you have. Different pans can give you different results, but all are delicious. For example, a roasting pan with a rack allows air to circulate under the bird, which helps brown the chicken all over and is brilliant if you want to carve it tableside for that “Norman Rockwell” presentation. Using a roasting pan without a rack will yield more pan juice and is an excellent way to roast veggies simultaneously, like  onions, carrots and potatoes, for a one-pan meal. My mom used to “roast” chicken in a deep-sided, covered Dutch oven, which technically wasn’t roasting, but delicious.

Temperature. You have two choices here—low and slow or hot and fast. Low and slow will yield a very tender, fall-off-the-bone type of meat with soft and sticky skin. Roast at 300°F to 350°F for anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours.  The hot and fast method will yield a more crisp and dark golden brown exterior and a firmer, chewier meat inside. Roast at 375° to 500°F, 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the weight of the chicken.

Is it done? Use a meat thermometer. It’s the easiest and most foolproof way to be sure. You are looking for it to read 165°F when you insert it into the thickest part of thigh.

Carving. Let it rest and hang out for at least 15 minutes before cutting. I know it can be torture waiting to dig in, but don’t blow it! You want those juices to redistribute or else you’ll end up with them all over your cutting board.

Lastly, don’t be intimidated. You will quickly master this and be on a journey of good cooking for years to come. Now, what to do with the leftovers? We’ve got 5 ideas to fuel your meal planning.

Recipes to Savor From Our Family to Yours

Here we are, hunkered down at home, making the best of things. We all need to eat, so why not eat well?! Imagine a platter of steaming hot pasta. Or the aroma of a large pot of Beef Bourguignon wafting through the house. Here in this issue of TABLE, we wanted to give you a few ideas to share good food and good feelings in your home. Few pleasures in life compare to eating together, so let’s savor it—with the people we love. We wish your family happiness and good health.

Swordfish Involtini with Sicilian Tomato Salad

 

Classic Potato Gnocchi with Parmigiano Cream Sauce

 

Spaghetti with Lemon-Parmigiano Sauce

 

Prosciutto di Parma Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano

 

Savor more of our favorite recipes and meal ideas here!

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. 

Game Day Dips Snacking Playbook

Score a touchdown during the big game with this playbook of dips. You’ll find seasoned MVPs and new recruits.

Dill Dip
This classic dip is creamy, filled with fresh dill, and always in style.

Chipotle Lime Dip
Scoop it up with tortilla chips or try tossing it with coleslaw to dress up your fish tacos.

Spinach Dip
Our best-selling dip! Always an excellent choice for that party, family get-together, or to snack on while the game is playing.

New! Calabrian Dip
Made with bright and hot Calabrian chiles and Cheddar for balance, this dip is wicked good.

Bacon Dip
Chock-full of DLM Uncured Bacon, this dip is slightly smoky and great with potato chips.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
A game-day favorite! This dip is perfect for veggies or chips. Pro tip: serve warm for the ultimate experience.

DLM White Corn Tortilla Chips
Made with local non-GMO corn, these chips are the perfect vessels for your dipping needs.

Ready, Set, Snack!

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!

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