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EXPLORE NEW ENGLAND EATS

New Englanders have a fierce loyalty for their home towns and their patriotic history. Between the cordial quirkiness of the small towns, the buzz of big city Boston, old fishing ports, stunning architecture, plus the great outdoors—road tripping through New England is a must, especially as the beginning notes of summer are starting to play in May. We get it—miles and miles of gorgeous coastlines, picturesque lighthouses, quaint towns, and tons of outdoor activities. But let’s talk about the food—think succulent seafood from the land of lobster, as well as plump, briny oysters and clams for days. So many lobster and clam shacks, so little time! You’ll also find a plethora of local farmers’ markets (and Maine blueberries), renowned cheesemakers, breweries, and bakeries with whoopie pies piled high. What’s not to like? As we gear up for Lobstermania, May 29, we’ll be celebrating New England foods and recipes all month! So come get a taste of how delicious summer can be with these New England eats.

>Get our New England Eats checklist here!

Naples-Style Pizza: The DLM Difference

When we first sought to bring an authentic pizza experience to DLM, we looked no further than the pizza-making style of Naples, Italy. But to achieve a Naples-style Pizza, we knew that technique, ingredients, and cooking methods were key. Here is what distinguishes our Naples-Style Pizza eating experience, available at DLM Washington Square and Springboro.

  • Toppings include our DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, in addition to other accompaniments, which are from our store.
  • The dough for our crust comes from our DLM Bakehouse, where our cadre of artisan bakers are masters of dough and make it fresh daily. The crust has great flavor with a texture that is crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside (Gluten-free crust is available upon request).
  • Our talented pizza makers hand-stretch the dough to a perfect tradizionale size (11 inches) or bambino (8 inches) and they always arrange toppings in the right proportions, baking them in specially designed ovens that obtain temperatures over 1,000°F.
  • Our housemade red sauce is Made Right Here using ingredients indicative of a Neapolitan pizza.

Naples-style pizza can be ordered by phone or in stores at DLM Springboro and Washington Square. View our full menu here!

In addition, place an order with our “Naples-Style Pizza by DLM” App, downloadable on iTunes or the Google Play Store. NEW, now available on DoorDash!

Top 10 Food Finds for April

This month’s selection of Top Food Finds takes us on a culinary adventure around the world. We’ll explore Italian delicacies, New Zealand classics, Greek-inspired appetizers, locally made favorites, and more!

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1. Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Marshmallows

We’re entering bonfire season, and as we ready our backyards and firepits for this glorious time of the year we also want to take a look into our kitchens and pantries for those classic foods enjoyed around a campfire, including s’mores. There’s something so satisfying about biting into this nostalgic treat. The crave-worthy combination of crunchy graham crackers, melty chocolate, and an ooey, gooey toasted marshmallow is delightfully messy and so fun to eat! Create the ultimate s’more with Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Marshmallows. These gourmet sweets aren’t your average fluffy treat as they’re handmade in small batches with all-natural ingredients, giving them an ultra-squishy texture and wonderfully fresh flavor. Varieties include Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Caramel. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

2. The Tipsy Pickle

Over the years, pickles have become culinary stars in their own right. And The Tipsy Pickle turns the ordinary selection, typically brined in a blend of vinegar, pickling spices, and dill, upside down with their incredible line of artisan, hand-crafted pickles. Working in collaboration with Vermont’s leading brewers and distillers, The Tipsy Pickle creates unique pickles boasting plenty of boozy flavor. During the pickle-making process, all the alcohol is cooked out making these pickles safe for all ages. Stack these slices on your burgers, sandwiches, or enjoy on their own! Choose from Heady, Hart Bread N Butter, Maple Breakfast Stout, Maple Bourbon Whiskey, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum pickles. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

3. Kiwi Kuisines Savory Pies

Run by a retired professional rugby player, Kiwi Kuisines was born out of a craving for traditional New Zealand meat pies. These pies are made using all-natural ingredients that are free from artificial flavors and preservatives. And that lack of additives allows the flavors of the meats, cheeses, and veggies to come through in the most delicious way.

The Steak & Stout pie features slow-roasted, stout marinated beef, tender carrots, and onions wrapped in a buttery and flaky crust. As you enjoy the Roast Lamb Pie, you’re met with fragrant rosemary, garlic, and mint seasoned lamb combined with mixed vegetables, potatoes, and a luscious gravy tucked in a flax and whole wheat pastry crust. The Chicken Curry variety is filled with a creamy curry ragout studded with tender pieces of chicken and veggies. Chicken Portabella mixes roasted chicken with a Portabella mushroom sauce and American Cheddar cheese for a savory and delectable bite. The Ham, Bacon, Egg, & Cheese incorporates breakfast classics in this pie that’s perfect for kick starting your day. In the Spicy Veggie, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, and a white Cheddar cheese sauce mingle with just enough spice to give it some zing. MEAT DEPARTMENT

 

4. Akropolis Pastries Mini Phyllo Rolls

Thanks to Akropolis Pastries, you can enjoy authentic Greek flavors from the comfort of your home. The hand-crafted phyllo pastries Akropolis began making in their small bakery café were adored by many and became so popular that Akropolis decided to expand their delicious empire.

We’re excited to share Akropolis Pastries Mini Phyllo Rolls with you. Layer upon layer of delicate homemade phyllo dough stuffed with a variety of savory fillings, including spinach, feta, ricotta, and roasted red peppers. As these pastries bake, the phyllo dough gets delightfully crisp and flaky, the perfect counterpoint to the creamy filling. Enjoy these bites as appetizers or a light snack. FROZEN DEPARTMENT

 

5. Fired Up Pizza Heat & Eat Gourmet Pizza

What do you get when you combine a talented chef with a resumé that includes working in Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and a passion for bringing people together over delicious food? Fired Up Pizza. Locally run in Columbus, OH, by chef Michael Rice, Fired Up Pizza crafts pizzas using imported flour and tomatoes. Their wood fired oven was designed in France, specifically for Fired Up Pizza, allowing them to produce top-of-the-line pizzas for you to enjoy.

And now you can enjoy these pizzas without travelling to Columbus. The heat & eat gourmet pizza selections are partially cooked in wood fired ovens, frozen, and ready for you to pop in your oven for a quick and easy dinner. FROZEN DEPARTMENT

 

6. Leoncini Prosciutto di Parma

Over the years a few of us at DLM have visited the Leoncini production plant, thanks to our friends the Gallo Family who import Leoncini hams into the US. The plant is in a town called Langhirano in the province of Parma, just a short drive from the Italian food Mecca of Bologna. It’s an impressive site to see the skilled artisans at work in pristine conditions; deboning, forming, salting, applying lard, and then storing the hams. There they rest for many months of hibernation where the the salt works its wonders interacting with the enzymes in the ham as it loses moisture and gains flavor. Leoncini is a proud multi-generational family business with a focus on tradition and quality. They are one of the few who control the entire process of making prosciutto. (Larger Prosciutto producers in Parma commonly farm out the delicate process of deboning.) Leoncini is authentic through and through, exclusively using Italian raised pigs.

The quality of Leoncini Prosciutto di Parma is evident from the moment it hits your lips. Ask for it sliced very thin and let it come to room temperature before eating. It’s sweet, delicate, and fragrant with just a hint of salt, wonderful as is, or along with fruits, on sandwiches, and on pizza. (It is the ham we use on our “Rocket Ham” Naples style pizza. We prefer putting the ham on pizza after it bakes.) Yes, maybe you can find “Prosciutto” on just any corner, but the real deal from Leoncini is a top food find. DELI DEPARTMENT

 

7. Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Over the years we’ve had the great fortune to travel to Italy several times to find new and exciting foods to bring back to DLM. Often, our home base is Tuscany. Our good friend and partner Alex Zanetti has graciously hosted us at his villa in the small medieval town of Lucignano. The rolling hills of this part of Tuscany are home to the olive trees that produce our signature Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Made exclusively of Tuscan olives, it’s virgin pressed and bottled within a few miles of the olive groves. Its distinctive peppery notes are indicative of Tuscan oils and makes it our go-to olive oil for vinaigrettes, sauces, or simply drizzled over grilled meats or pasta dishes. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

 

8. DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

 

Modena is one of our favorite food cities in Europe, a land of fast cars and big flavors. A few years ago, we spent an afternoon with Maria Livia touring her family’s estate where they produce their wonderful balsamic vinegars. She makes our DLM Balsamic Vinegars, including Aunt Angie’s Balsamic Vinegar, which is great for everyday use. Best of all, Maria creates our DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. It’s a blend that we chose on site with Maria and we are extremely proud to put our name on it. We think you will love its richness, depth, and complexity. GROCERY DEPARTMENT

9. Fagottini di Pollo

It feels like just yesterday that we traveled to Tuscany to study age-old techniques with hands-on training from Italian butchers. We did so to bring gorgeous oven-ready Italian specialties to our Meat department. One of those, our Fagottini di Pollo features boneless air-chilled chicken thighs seasoned simply with savory spices like rosemary, sage, salt, pepper, and garlic, then wrapped in DLM Uncured Bacon. Get a taste of Italy with this main dish! MEAT DEPARTMENT

10. Pecorino Toscano Stagionato D.O.P.

Between the breathtaking Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea lies a picturesque pasture where flocks of sheep that are to be milked for Pecorino Toscano graze. Made with only whole milk from these sheep, Pecorino Toscano is a cheese to be savored. Compared to other Pecorino cheeses, this particular variety is briefly salted lending itself to have a more delicate, sweet flavor. It’s aged for at least four months, giving the cheese a golden hue and a brittle texture. Pecorino Toscano is a great addition to your antipasto tray or cheese board alongside fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, and honey. THE CHEESE SHOP

 

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Top 10 Food Finds for March

We hope you brought your appetite because this month’s list of Top 10 Food Finds is one you won’t want to miss! Indulge in Made Right Here creations, award-winning products, umami-filled favorites, and trending bites. Dive into the rest of our selection below!

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1. Lopaus Point Waffles

Locally based in Columbus, OH, Lopaus Point Waffles makes extraordinary gluten-free waffles. The name is derived from the city in which founder Stacie Skinner grew up. They make their waffles in small batches and then flash freeze them shortly after being produced to provide the freshest product possible. This local company has recently risen in fame beyond their local stardom as they were featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s Healthy Living OList for the month of January! Flavors include Wild Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Flax.

2. St. Elmo Steak House Sauces

A landmark in downtown Indianapolis, St. Elmo Steak House is the oldest steakhouse in the area that’s still in its original 1902 location. They have a classic menu of delicious steaks, seafood, and pork chops. One of the most ordered dishes on their menu is the shrimp cocktail that was made famous by their super spicy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce. Loaded with fresh horseradish, this sauce packs a punch! And now you can enjoy this mouth watering sauce at home. Another sauce that has a nice kick is the Creamy Horseradish, which pairs perfectly with steak and roast beef. The Horseradish that gives these delectable sauces their signature kick is also a nice way to spice up your bloody Mary, potato salad, or any number of dishes. Try St. Elmo Remoulade with crab cakes, seafood, or even as a spread on sandwiches. For a gourmet touch, try the Truffle Dijonnaise. Made with Dijon, truffle, and a touch of honey, this sauce filled with umami is excellent on sandwiches, burgers, or even fries.

3. Crab Cakes

There’s something irresistible about fresh crab cakes, especially when crab is the shining star. We combine sweet, tender pieces of lump crab meat with flavorful Dijon mustard, fresh parsley, breadcrumbs, bright lemon zest, and just enough mayonnaise to hold it all together. Grab a few from our Seafood department and cook them up for dinner tonight!

4. Stuffed Foods Appetizers

Sometimes, the best dinners are the ones made entirely of snacks! And we always like to have some handy in our freezer in case that appetizer craving strikes. Stuffed Foods appetizers are tasty bites reminiscent of classic dishes, but with a tasty spin. For you cheese-lovers, you’ll love their  Mac & Cheese Bites, oozing melty cheese and perfectly cooked pasta, and Asiago Arancini, which is made with Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses combined with creamy white wine risotto. More varieties of these craveable morsels include Buffalo Chicken Poppers, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, and Spinach Artichoke Poppers.

5. Sandwich Station Sandwiches

There are a lot of details that need to be mastered in order to achieve sandwich excellence, and we like to think the sandwiches from our Sandwich Station are some of the best of the best. We’ll start at the base—DLM Artisan Bread. Made Right Here in our Bakehouse by our skilled bakers, each variety is carefully hand crafted and baked to golden perfection. The result is a chewy and flavorful crust that houses a moist, airy interior. Next we pile on an assortment of high quality meats and cheeses, followed by fresh produce from our Produce department. From the Paesano Pesto Chicken, filled with DLM Grilled Italian Chicken Breast, DLM Fresh Mozzarella, fresh basil pesto, and roasted red bell pepper on Farmhouse Bread, to the Cuban Social Club, made with DLM Smoked Pork, DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, Emmental Swiss, dill pickle chips, and yellow mustard on a Hoagie Bun, we work to create a memorable food experience that’s full of extraordinary flavors. Check out our full menu of Famous Deli Sandwiches!

6. Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans

With all of the pantry cooking trends happening right now, the blogs and websites of various chefs and food-centric companies are focusing on a key ingredient—beans. But there is a certain brand of bean that folks can’t stop raving about, and that’s Rancho Gordo. But why the huge following? Each variety of Rancho Gordo’s heirloom beans is unique, showcasing different flavors, colors, and textures. Whether you choose to enjoy the creamy and stunning color of the Vaquero or the mild flavor and unique look of the Flageolet, these beans are culinary show stoppers. Get our recipes for Pasta e Fagioli, Flageolet Salad with Lemon, Radishes, and Roasted Tomatoes, and Cassoulet Beans in Savory Tomato Sauce.

7. Thursday Cottage Handmade Lemon Curd

With an award-winning selection of products, England-based Thursday Cottage creates nothing but the best. Their curds are made in small batches using quality fruits. Our favorite of their line is the Lemon Curd. Made with lemon, sugar, fresh pasteurized free-range eggs, and pure country butter, this curd is rich, velvety smooth, and beautifully bright. We love this as a topping for scones, biscuits, or the DLM French Blueberry Loaf! Get our recipe for French Blueberry Loaf with Mascarpone & Lemon Curd Sauce.

8. Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta

Appropriately named for this company’s rustic pasta making techniques, Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta is well-known for their flavorful and diverse pasta varieties. Using only the finest semolina flour sourced from the best durum wheat they carefully create each pasta shape. From there, the pasta is left to slowly dry, giving it a rough texture that’s perfect for holding onto all sorts of tasty sauces. From farfalle to spaghetti, the pasta-bilities are endless.

9. TRUFF Pasta Sauce

TRUFF has taken over the world of hot sauces, delivering incredible truffle flavor in a well-balanced, perfectly spiced hot sauce. Now, they’re trying their hand at making pasta sauces, and it’s a smashing success. Made with a mouthwatering blend of tomatoes, herbs, black truffle, and TRUFF® Chili Blend, TRUFF Black Truffle Pomodoro is filled with fresh flavors and umami goodness. If you’re looking for more of that signature TRUFF spice, you’ll love TRUFF Black Truffle Arrabbiata. This luscious sauce is similar to Pomodoro, but with the addition of red peppers. The generous amount of this spice gives the Arrabbiata a nice kick and a craveable quality. Both of these sauces are excellent on a variety of pastas, used in lasagna, ladled over meatballs, or sopped up with DLM Garlic Bread.

10. Lobster Cakes

So you’ve heard of crab cakes (and don’t worry, those aren’t going anywhere), but have you tasted a Lobster Cake? The rich, buttery flavors of fresh lobster steal the show and rightly so. You can find these pre-made in our Seafood department so you can pan-fry at home. Or, ask for us to prepare one at Jack’s Grill.

Meal Ideas Made Easy with Gourmet Takeaway

At DLM, we aren’t just your pantry. We’re also an extension of your Kitchen when you need us to be. You’ve likely heard us say the words “Made Right Here” or seen them stickered on a DLM package. These are words that mean something to us and guide us in a number of departments. Take for instance our Gourmet Takeaway selection, brimming with ready-made possibilities. When you peer into this case, you’re greeted with an entire visual menu of chef-driven recipes that are ready to heat and eat. From sides like Twice-Baked Potatoes that are stunningly swirled on top, to entrées like Roasted Beef Tenderloin, featuring USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, your eyes will dance with delight looking over these delightful meal ideas. As you stand there, you’ll also see a state-of-the-art Kitchen on the other side of the counter that’s bustling with amazing people who are chopping, poaching, baking, searing, and sautéing real food (our Oakwood Kitchen is the only one not visible from the retail floor).

We use ingredients we are not only proud of but that taste good—this is what we call a Flavor First food mentality. “We use the foods we sell in our stores,” says Chef Carrie Walters, DLM Culinary Director, citing that when local tomatoes are available, you’ll see those intertwined. Her counterpart, DLM Food Service Director Jason Belcher, elaborates on the proteins. “DLM Air-Chilled Chicken, USDA Prime DLM Natural Beef, and sustainably caught salmon or farm-raised the right way” are all at play when you view the selection of ready-made entrées in our Gourmet Takeaway, like best-seller Asiago Encrusted Chicken. “It’s Made Right Here by our Kitchen staff every day,” he says with confidence and pride.

GETTING TO KNOW “AUNT DOROTHY”

We often use the words “Aunt Dorothy” when talking about the home-cooked foods streaming from our Kitchens. But who is Aunt Dorothy? DLM Springboro’s Kitchen Manager Jessica Prior says it best. “Aunt Dorothy is all of us,” referring to her cooking professional comrades at all of the Kitchens. “We take a lot of pride in cooking it, so we make it look beautiful, too,” Prior says, noting that the “wow” first impression is what they strive for when a customer steps up to admire the selection.

Each store’s Kitchen works closely with the Deli managers so that they can keep the selection as fresh as possible each day, and making more as needed. As you go from one store to another, you’ll likely notice not only consistency in the selection but also in the taste and recipes behind it all. That is where Chef Carrie comes in.

To know Chef Carrie is a cool thing. She isn’t the type of chef who relishes in always repeating familiar favorites. She is on trend and is constantly experimenting to take us to that next great food find here at DLM. In her free time, she enjoys jetting across the globe to experience new foods, cultures, and top restaurants. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her pouring over food magazines, staying connected with local restauranteurs, and popping up on the local food scene’s industry events like this past year’s TedxDaytonSalon focused on conversations about food. She channels all that inspiration into the vast selection of prepared foods here at DLM, as well as sharing her recipes and expertise with you either through cooking classes at the DLM Culinary Center or on the pages of Table! For her, the thrill is in the discovery. “It’s exciting for me to see new things in the case and watch our customers fall in love with something new that they try,” says Chef Carrie.

So as you peer into the Gourmet Takeaway case, know that at some point there was a very elaborate tasting and exploration process behind what you see, likely headed up by Chef Carrie. Take that Asiago Encrusted Chicken for example. We tested several different iterations before we landed on one. After a recipe is selected, the ingredients are mainly sourced from the same foods we sell to you and our cooking professionals use classic cooking methods every day to bring those recipes to life. Now that’s Made Right Here the right way.

5 MEAL IDEAS FROM GOURMET TAKEAWAY

With all of the good food that is already prepared here at DLM, why not look at them as sources for not only meal ideas but as components of dinner? These Made Right Here dishes are made with high quality ingredients and can save you so much time in the kitchen!

We encourage you to stand in front of our Gourmet Takeaway case and come up with your own dinner plans. Here are a couple of our favorite meal ideas.

1. MADRAS CHICKEN CURRY

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Marinated & Grilled Italian Chicken Breast, sliced (Gourmet Takeaway)
Fresh Grilled Vegetables, pick your favorites and slice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Bollywood Cauliflower Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce (Grocery)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice in rows. Heat until hot, about 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sauce in a pot over low heat. Place chicken, veggies, and cauliflower rice on a plate and top with curry sauce.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 3 hours
Time saved: 2 hours and 40 minutes

 

2. TEXMEX PORK

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Chile-Rubbed Pork Loin (Gourmet Takeaway)
Southwest Quinoa (Deli)
Mazunte Roasted Tomato Salsa (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. On a foil-lined sheet pan, heat pork loin slices until hot, about 7-10 minutes. Place quinoa in center of plate and top with sliced pork. Spoon salsa on top.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 45-50 minutes
Time saved: 30-35 minutes

 

3. CHICKEN WITH ARUGULA

INGREDIENTS:
Asiago Encrusted Chicken (Gourmet Takeaway)
Arugula (Produce)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Lemon (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place chicken on a foil-lined sheet pan. Place in oven and cook until hot, about 10-12 minutes. In a bowl, toss the arugula with the vinaigrette and tomatoes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Top chicken with salad right before serving and place a wedge of lemon for seasoning on plate.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 40 minutes
Time saved: 20 minutes

 

4. SALMON NIÇOISE

meal ideas

INGREDIENTS:
Green Beans Amandine (Gourmet Takeaway)
Grape tomatoes (Produce)
Hard boiled eggs (Deli)
Grilled Salmon (Gourmet Takeaway)
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes with Rosemary (Gourmet Takeaway)
Olives (Deli)
DLM Dijon Vinaigrette (Deli)

DIRECTIONS:
Cut the green beans, tomatoes, and eggs into smaller pieces. Plate salmon in center of plate and scatter the beans, tomatoes, potatoes, olives, and eggs around it. Drizzle with dressing and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Total time: 15 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour

 

5. FIESTA DINNER

INGREDIENTS:
Cilantro Lime Rice (Gourmet Takeaway)
Carne Asada (Gourmet Takeaway)
Elote-Style Corn Salad (Deli)
DLM Pico de Gallo (Produce)
Mazunte Tostadas, broken into smaller pieces (Produce)

DIRECTIONS:
Heat rice in microwave until hot. Sauté Carne Asada strips briefly in a little oil until hot. Plate the rice and steak. Serve with the Elote-Style Corn Salad, DLM Pico de Gallo, and some tostadas.

Total time: 20 minutes
Total time when made from scratch: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Time saved: 1 hour and 10 minutes

 

Head to our Gourmet Takeaway case to discover more meal ideas!

Holiday Cozy Comforts: Charcuterie at Home

After all the shopping, planning, cooking, wrapping, and decorating, it’s finally time to close the door and dig into cozy time spent with your loved ones to enjoy it all. This is why I like to balance out my more elaborate meals with some no-stress, no-cooking ideas to have on tap for the holidays. Not quite ready for dinner or don’t feel like making another fussy meal? Open up a good bottle of wine and set out a charcuterie board with some holiday touches. Happy holidays to you (and me)!

 

4 STEPS TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD

STEP 1: Start by placing small bowls or ramekins on your board or platter. These are for things like nuts, olives, mustards, dips, etc. We like to use Marcona Almonds, Edmond Fallot Mustard, and L’Épicurien Jams.

STEP 2: Place your cheeses and crackers or flatbreads that pair together near them. When choosing your cheeses, think about varying the textures and flavors from buttery to nutty, creamy to hard. DLM Cheesemonger Maritza Cuellar-Crowdy has a fun way to set the framework for her board. “… I think of a rhyme I once learned. Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue.” Some of our go-to selections include Parmigiano-Reggiano that’s complex in flavor and studded with crunchy crystals, bold, sharp Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar, velvety and creamy Saint Angel Brie, Le Papillon Roquefort, which has a big personality and wonderful flavor, and bright, tangy Laura Chenel Fresh Chévre.

STEP 3: Add cured meats. We recommend using a variety of Alexian Pâté, Columbus-based North Country Charcuterie, Niman Ranch Charctuerie, Trois Petits Cochons Saucisson Sec Sausage, Fra’ Mani Soppressata, and Prosciutto di Parma.

STEP 4: Place dried or fresh fruits (like grapes, berries, and pomegranate), pickled veggies, and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Fill any gaps and arrange to your liking so that a variety of colors and textures show through. It makes eating all the more fun!

 

Look for gourmet gifts that ship, like our Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

Sandwich Station: The DLM Difference

The best sandwiches are a sum of all of their parts, so it makes perfectly good sense that our Sandwich Stations craft a lot of amazing sandwiches. We’ve got the best bread in town (learn about our Artisan Bread), our meats and cheeses are of the highest quality, and we source many of our fresh toppings right from our store.

The quality of all of these sandwich components is a big reason why I’m so happy that we recently brought in some really cool new ovens to our Sandwich Stations that elevate the overall experience. These special ovens use a high-heat convection that not only provides a more consistent heat, but also toasts that DLM Artisan Bread for a more fragrant and delicate crunch. Meanwhile, the proteins inside reach just the right temperature and the cheese melts to a bubbly brownness that’ll make you swoon! This is achieved without smashing the bread or squishing the ingredients, giving rise to a more impressive sandwich.

While we were at it, we also decided to revamp our long-standing menu, which was in need of a makeover. Look for new sandwiches as well as avocado toast and customize it just the way you like it. All of these changes pave the way for a more enhanced experience. Stop by our Sandwich Station and taste the DLM Difference in every bite.

Check out the full Famous Deli Sandwiches menu here!

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 culinary skills and learn about making smart substitutions when cooking? 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 when cooking by your side. Also, be sure to keep your pantry fully stocked with our guide to the prepared pantry!

 

Smart Substitutions When Cooking

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.

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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.

Roasting Chicken: Tips for a Perfectly Roasted Bird

Roasting 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.

 

Roasting 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. We wanted to give you a few recipes 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.

RECIPES TO SAVOR

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!