Cheers to Oktoberfest!

One of my favorite “food” times of the year is Oktoberfest, and I don’t have to drag myself out to a festival to enjoy all of these foods as they are all right here at DLM! We make it easy for you to throw together your very own Oktoberfest with our yummy seasonal offerings.

Having worked in the Bakery department for more than 15 years, the Bavarian Pretzel ranks right up there as one of my all-time faves. Soft, yet chewy, and topped with just enough salt, it is great warmed and paired with Beer Cheese Dip that’s Made Right Here in The DLM Cheese Shop. Or, you can’t go wrong if you slather it with some butter.

Oh and don’t even talk to me about Sauerkraut Balls, because they are just that good. When our kitchens began making these several years ago, I was happy to be one of the official taste testers (it is hard work around here)! Keep an eye out for this seasonal favorite in our Gourmet Takeaway case as well as a traditional Spätzle.

Another German-inspired food you’ll want to get your hands on is the Crazy Ludwig Sandwich, which is made to order at our Sandwich Station. We layer our Farmhouse Bread with Jarlsberg Cheese Dip and DLM Uncured Smoked Ham. We’d also be amiss to not mention the array of Brats and Sausages that we carry, which you can pile high with good sauerkraut and mustard, such as Hengstenberg German Mustard. To cap it off, you’ll want to head back to the Bakery for a Cream Puff, piped and filled fresh right here by our pastry chefs. They’ll also be debuting an apple strudel this year!

Last, but definitely not least, every Oktoberfest celebration is not complete without picking up some Great Lakes Oktoberfest brewed right here in Ohio, and other Oktoberfest beers. So gather some friends together and enjoy the transition to fall with German foods from DLM!

Recipe Hacks for Family Meals Month!

September is National Family Meals Month™, and we want to help you make connections with one another while sharing great food! Making family dinner doesn’t have to mean long hours in the kitchen. We have taken most of the work out of prepping dinner so that you can spend more time with your family, and less time in the kitchen. Here are some meal ideas that are sure to please the whole gang!

 

Chicken Asiago

Heat an Asiago Encrusted Chicken Breast from Gourmet Takeaway and serve over DLM Barilotti Pasta. Top it all off with DLM Original Marinara Sauce and grated Cello Aged Asiago cheese.

 

 

 

Turkey Hot Shots

Simmer DLM Sliced Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast from the Deli in DLM Homestyle Turkey Gravy, and pile it high with DLM Mashed Potatoes on DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread.

 

 

 

Flat Italian Chicken™ & Potatoes

Baked Mediterranean Flat Chicken™ with diced Idaho Baking Potatoes and Fresh White Onions drizzled with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is a one-pan wonder.

 

 

 

Grass-Fed Beef Tacos with Quinoa

Cook DLM Grass-Fed Ground Beef with Frontera New Mexico Taco Skillet Sauce, stuff it in Nuevo Leon Flour Tortillas, and top with  DLM All-Natural Mild Salsa. Serve with Southwest Quinoa.

The Perfect Quick Bite: Fire-Roasted Appetizers

You’ve likely seen folks walking around our store with a glass of wine in hand and returning to the Wine Bar to lightly graze. Our Wine Bars are more popular than ever, as people gather for wine tastings and other events and often grab a quick bite from various departments around the store. We’re really excited to give you another reason to join in with this crowd—our newly debuted Fire-Roasted Appetizers at our Naples-Style Pizza Station (at DLM Washington Square and Springboro only).

We use the very same oven with an open flame where we cook our Naples-Style Pizza to create the quick bites that you can enjoy whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a wine tasting. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Caprese: Blistered tomatoes served alongside pesto and burrata.

DLM Meatballs: Served in a tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano.

Tikka Cauliflower Charred: Cauliflower in a Tikka Masala sauce with cilantro.

Warm Marinated Olives: Greek olives marinated in olive oil with lemon and rosemary.

Hot Goat Cheese Dip: Kalamata olives and capers in tomato sauce with fresh goat cheese.

Blistered Shishito: Fresh shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

DLM at 70: A Culture of Good Food & People

People ask what the secret sauce is to DLM. Sure, there’s that touch of gourmet in addition to the everyday infused throughout every department (and no, it wasn’t always that way). There’s the friendly carryout who knows your kid’s name and never hesitates to offer the protection of an umbrella on a rainy day. There’s also the robust network of gourmands from faraway lands and local farmers whose bounty can be found at DLM.

But at the core of everything we do, there’s our history, which we hold near and dear. It’s real and rooted in humble beginnings built on friendship, hard work, and an unwavering sense of community; it’s not perfect, but it’s our history. We are proud of it and it has influenced much of who we are today, 70 years later.

We took a minute to reflect on that history and what has shaped the DLM culture, from cultivating a passion toward exploring good food to growing a family of associates, with many who have been here 25+ years. So take a minute to soak that in with the video below.

And to all of our customers and the community at large, thank you! Please  join us this weekend as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary at our 70th Anniversary Carnival happening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, followed by our DLM Good Neighbor 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Leave Perfection Alone with This Tomato Sandwich

The classic tomato sandwich is simple. You start with fresh white bread and slather on a good mayo. Then comes the ripest local tomatoes you can get your hands on with a sprinkle of salt. Voila! Introducing our sandwich of the month for August!

Yes, it would be delicious on all sorts of bread, like DLM Sourdough or Classic 10-Grain. Of course bacon would be good but that makes it another sandwich all together. How about adding avocado or sprouts or lettuce or all sorts of other possibilities? I’ll admit it was hard to restrain myself. but I’m so glad I did.

So come by the month of August and watch us make your sandwich with DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread and Duke’s Mayo (a southern staple) on both sides. Then we cut thick slabs of our ripe, local heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt on them.

That’s it. So why all the hoopala? Some folks wait all year for the taste of this. One bite you will think to yourself, “Oh, I get it now.” Grab some extra napkins because you will need them. It is really summer simplified on a sandwich!

Curry Lovers Unite!

We have a serious group of curry lovers here at DLM. Our Curry Turkey Soup has a fan club that is serious about that flavorful soup! So when I tasted this new item from Boar’s Head, I knew we had to carry it in our Deli. Stop by and ask for a free sample. I think its amazing!

It’s called Madrasala Curry Chicken and its made with oven-roasted boneless, skinless chicken breast. So naturally it’s high in protein and low in fat. It is then coated with a heady mix of Indian-inspired spices like cumin, chile, turmeric, and ginger. Let’s just say that it’s not shy in the flavor department.

Just eating it by itself is so good! If you need an idea for an amazing sandwich, try this: DLM Raisin Walnut Bread slathered with some scallion cream cheese and Major Grey’s Chutney. Top with some peppery arugula and voilà – a seriously delicious and flavorful sandwich!

 

5 Tea Sandwiches for a Royally Delicious Tea Party

Peggy Neary, DLM Culinary Center manager, appeared on Living Dayton, showcasing the most delightfully elegant platter filled with an array of tea sandwiches and sharing how to make a few. Each sandwich was cut neatly and Peggy explained how afternoon tea is generally served with lighter fare, such as tea sandwiches. Below are some of her favorite tea sandwich recipes. Use them for any number of events, such as a bridal or baby shower or a tea party, including one to celebrate the highly anticipated royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

1. Cheddar Chutney Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 24 tea sandwiches)

9-oz jar Major Grey’s Chutney (about ½ cup), pieces chopped
½ lb Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar Cheese, grated coarsely (about 2 cups)
½ cup sour cream
3 oz cream cheese, softened
12 slices DLM Raisin Walnut Bread
½ cup minced fresh parsley
softened butter
6 Slices DLM Oven Roasted or Wood Smoked Turkey Breast

In a bowl stir together chutney, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to taste until combined well to make a Cheddar chutney. Spread Cheddar chutney on all 12 slices of bread. Place a slice of turkey on 6 slices of the bread. Make 6 sandwiches with filling, turkey, and bread, pressing together gently. Trim crusts and cut into quarters. Spread edges with soft butter and coat edges with chopped parsley. Sandwiches may be made 2 hours ahead, wrapped in plastic wrap, and chilled.

2. Garden Party Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 32 tea sandwiches)

1 thin cucumber
16 slices DLM white sandwich bread
4 oz fresh unsalted butter
1 to 2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Peel cucumber and slice in paper-thin rounds. Salt rounds lightly and place in colander for 15 minutes to drain. Press to release water; pat dry with paper towels. Spread slices bread with softened butter. Put two layers of cucumber slices on bottom slice, sprinkle with finely chopped mint, salt and pepper to taste and top with another buttered slice. Press lightly with palm of hand. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters.  Serve with points facing up!

3. Checkerboard Tea Sandwiches

Filling ideas: For an easy filling, visit our Deli and pick up DLM Tuna Salad, *Chicken Pecan Salad, *Old Fashioned Chicken Salad, or our Made Right Here Egg Salad. *mince these salads for a finer sandwich filling.

Garnish ideas: Spear each sandwich with an olive, pickle slice, or small cherry tomato and line up on platter like a checkerboard.

4. Smoked Salmon, Caper and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)
5½ oz cream cheese
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp capers, drained, finely chopped
8 slices whole wheat bread, lightly buttered
8 slices smoked salmon

Mix the cream cheese, red onion, and capers together in a bowl. Spread this mixture onto four slices of the bread. Top with the smoked salmon and close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally and then again into quarters.

5. Roast Beef Finger Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream (Yield: Makes 16 tea sandwiches)

8 slices white or wheat bread
Horseradish cream (recipe following)
¼ pound DLM deli-sliced roast beef, thinly sliced
4 slices havarti cheese
1 English cucumber, peeled into paper-thin strips
Softened unsalted butter

Horseradish Cream
3 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp fresh grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

For horseradish cream, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Spread bread slices with softened butter. Spread one side of 4 bread slices with Horseradish Cream, and divide roast beef among bread slices. Top with a slice of cheese and remaining 4 bread slices. Trim crusts and cut each sandwich into 2 fingers, and wrap each with a cucumber strip.

 

Graduate Your Grad Party Planning

As you make plans to celebrate your grad in style, know that we’re here to help with some of the prep that can make graduation party planning, well, stressful. To start, look no further than our Deli as you plan the menu for your gathering to celebrate your grad. From sandwich trays to sides and apps, you’ll see just how we can help make the food prep as easy as 1, 2, 3!

When it comes to the cake, we’ve got you covered there, too, thanks to the Love Cakes by DLM team. Graduation time is one of our favorite cake seasons as we take great pride in baking and decorating the cakes to reflect the personality of each grad. Whether you choose a sheet cake or multi-tiered cake, we can add edible images and have it reflect your grad’s alma mater or upcoming school colors.

You can either pick up a copy of FEAST, our catalog of entertaining-made-easy offerings, in stores or access it here (Click Here to View FEAST). To place an order, simply call or visit your favorite Dorothy Lane Market at least 24 hours in advance. Here, we’ve outlined a good place to start:

  1. SANDWICH TRAYS

    Set the stage with a sandwich tray so you can mix and mingle with this no-fuss stunner. Our most popular grad party picks are Mini Sandwiches (with a variety of rolls, meats, and cheeses; or Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Chicken Pecan Salad, or Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad), or The Ultimate Sandwich. Think outside the bun and get a Meat & Cheese Tray so your guests can build their own sandwich.

  2. DIP, SLICE, NIBBLE


These crowd pleasers never go out of style. Choose from Fruit, Cheese, and Vegetable Trays to an assortment of Antipasto, a Mediterranean Hummus Appetizer Tray, Bread Bowl Dip featuring our DLM Spinach Dip, or a Mexican Appetizer.

3. THE SIDES


Round it all out with Deli salads, Made Right Here, such as our top-selling Classic Potato Salad, Pine Club Pasta Salad, Homestyle Macaroni Salad, and so many more! Although you are welcome to select from our case, we recommend placing an order if you want a specific item or for any needs over 3 lbs

4. A CAKE AS UNIQUE AS YOUR GRAD

As you make graduation party plans, let us help create something memorable for your party. The Love Cakes by DLM team invites you to stop by (Love Cakes is located behind DLM Washington Square). Or, you can call (937) 535-5719 to place an order and discuss your graduation party cake plans. Flavors & Fillings: Choose from favorites such as light and moist white, chocolate, yellow, and marble, or specialties like carrot and red velvet, all topped with buttercream icing. A filling, such as strawberry, raspberry, lemon, chocolate mousse, or ganache, can be added to any cake for an added touch.

 

Salty & Sweet: A New Breakfast Treat

Lately, I have been indulging in my favorite breakfast item at DLM. You may have seen our new line of Overnight Oats at the Deli Grab ‘n Go Case if you’ve been in the store recently. The PB & J Overnights Oats is my current favorite flavor right now because I like that salty and sweet combo of flavor.

The best part is that it’s a nutritional powerhouse! It satisfies that sweet thing I crave,  but is actually good for me and keeps me full. All of the Overnight Oats are made with Silver Palette Thick-Cut Whole Grain Oatmeal that’s blended with both nonfat Greek yogurt and almond milk. Our peanut butter and jelly “flavor” is actually made with good stuff like natural peanut butter and DLM Oregon Strawberry Preserves! We garnish the top with some salty roasted peanuts for a little crunch.

Two other flavors you should try are Chocolate Banana made with two types of chocolate, banana, and raw walnuts. Or the classic flavors of Maple Blueberry made with fresh blueberries and DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup garnished with pecans.

Do something good for yourself and grab one next time you are in!