Let’s Take a Journey to Lowcountry

Beyond the tantalizing allure of fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, braised greens, and pimento cheese creations that beckon you to the table on a firefly-lit night, there lies a cuisine with a robust array of food eaten in season. Gather around the table with those you love as we journey into the Lowcountry of the coastal Carolinas.

Plus, this month earn Bonus Points on Lowcountry-inspired favorites with use of your Club DLM card. Get the checklist!

Cast Iron Cooking

DLM Culinary Center instructor Jack Zindorf has amassed a collection of cast iron skillets over the years—30 to be exact. And just like Jack is a well-seasoned cook, so are his skillets.

Once a piece of cast iron is cleaned up and seasoned, it may be intimidating to use. But Jack recommends to not let it just become a decoration that collects dust. “Use it and use it often,” he says, noting that the seasoning of the pan continues to deepen.

Part of the charm of these durable workhorse skillets is that they are often passed down between family members, which Jack intends to do with his one day. “When I see one, I wonder what was cooked in it, what did it make?” he says. We can’t help but wonder, too.

If you are looking to start this tradition with your family, the DLM Culinary Center is thrilled to now carry a line of cast iron from a Charleston producer called Smithey Ironworks Co. Come and check it out!

Once you have your cast iron skillet in tow, explore some of our favorite cast iron creations that will become staples in your recipe repertoire.

Cast Iron Skillet Creations

LOWCOUNTRY SHRIMP & GRITS

This classic dish combines rich and creamy grits with sweet, succulent shrimp. It’s great for breakfast or brunch!

PIMENTO CHEESE & SAUSAGE

A southern favorite takes on new life in this appetizer recipe. Serve with saltines and pickles for the ultimate eating experience.

CAST IRON PEACH COBBLER

Buttery, crumbly, and loaded with tons of sweet peaches, this recipe is a summertime favorite!

35 Reasons We Love Local

It was at the Carriage Market House where Calvin D. Mayne, an entrepreneur in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business, and Vera Pacey began their courtship before they were married in 1941. The market was abuzz with excitement, as two-wheelers stacked high with produce whizzed by. On August 12, 1948, after the birth of their son Norman, their dreams came true to open a humble market. Rooted with a sense of duty to their local community and a desire to always do the right thing, Dorothy Lane Market was born. Over the years, DLM has become known as a gourmet destination, but that dedication to local continues to stand strong by featuring local foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and more from local farmers and vendors within a morning’s drive to our stores. So come Love Local with us!

Earn Bonus Points on Love Local goodness this month when you use your Club DLM card. Get the Bonus Points list here!

1. Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn

Ray Brentlinger’s sweet corn is synonymous with summer and he’s a legend here in Dayton! In 1978, DLM began its long-standing relationship with Brentlinger’s Farm Market, located in New Carlisle. Look for this sweet corn debuting at DLM sometime around July 4. Get some scrumptious recipes using this stand-out sweet corn here!

2. Brickel Creek Organic Farm

Sue, owner of Brickel Creek Organic Farm, has always loved digging in the dirt. So much that after obtaining her master organic gardener certification, she decided to cultivate her new expertise in deeper ways. In 2007, she purchased a 69.5-acre historic farm to grow fruits and vegetables to sell at farmers’ markets and has been expanding ever since. We look forward to organic produce from Brickel Creek, from blackberries in the summer to kale, spinach, and fresh herbs all year long.

3. Guided by Mushrooms

We love the rich umami flavor that a good exotic mushroom brings to any dish. We source an exquisite collection from Dayton’s own Guided by Mushrooms, such as oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut mushrooms.

4. Foxhole Farm

Brookville-based Foxhole Farm has a mission “to live a good and happy life by growing nourishing, flavorful food for our community.” We appreciate that as well as their microgreens!

5. Grim Organic Farm

Located in Arcanum, Michael and his son grow organic vegetables, such as certified organic corn coming to us this month.

6. Peach Mountain Organics

When you meet Leslie Garcia, she is graciously humble and clearly a hard worker (as all flower farmers are). But upon further digging, you realize that she is also deeply dedicated to growing certified organic flowers. Her majestic farm, Peach Mountain Organics in Spring Valley, is filled with vibrant colors, such as the geometrically detailed and dazzling dahlias that she grows with great care. “We’ve been certified organic since 1992 and we are certified because we believe in organic so much that we want to be counted,” she says. “Flowers are beautiful and fleeting, kind of like life… It’s what I’ve done almost my entire adult life.”

7. Bowman & Landes

There’s something to be said about our DLM Free-Range Turkey, and how two local friends, DLM and Bowman & Landes Turkeys, Inc., have come together for many years. Our flock is raised locally for us in New Carlisle, Ohio. Not only is it free-range, antibiotic free, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet, but it’s also Non-GMO Project Verified.

8. 80 Acres Farms

The new age of farming is happening now, just a short trek south in Cincinnati at 80 Acres Farms. Not only do they grow year-round thanks to indoor farming techniques, but they use zero pesticides, food miles are kept to a minimum, and they use 100% renewable energy. Thanks to vertical farming techniques, they are able to grow the equivalence of a much larger traditional farm. We are grateful to partner with the passionate and brilliant minds at 80 Acres for our DLM Salad Blends, which feature curated selections of lettuces, such as frisée and red romaine, and microgreens.

9. Hartzler Family Dairy

Sure you love Hartzler’s seasonal egg nog (who doesn’t), but check our Dairy case year-round for their milk, and whimsical single-serve flavored milks.

10. Tracey Rae Farmer Florist

Always on-trend, Tracey Rae’s stunning local bouquets are truly something to behold. She curates must-have combinations featuring the best of the season, from ranunculus and anemones to peonies and snapdragons. Located in Midland, Ohio, we clamor to see what she’s brought us when she pulls up with our delivery.

11. Cedar Ridge Trails Lavender

There’s something special about this locally grown cut lavender. The connection between Cedar Ridge Trails and DLM goes all the way back to DLM founder Calvin D. Mayne, who was raised in the house on the farm. Ship the Cedar Ridge Lavender Gift Set featuring some of our favorite products from Cedar Ridge Trails via shop.dorothylane.com!

12. Local Grass-Fed Beef

Our DLM Local Grass-Fed Beef Program is possible thanks to Love Local farming families raising grass-fed cattle in the Miami Valley. All of these families work with us to ensure that they abide by our program’s best practices, meaning they are fed a 100% grass-fed diet and are lifetime free of antibiotic and added hormones.

As the cows graze on the lush spring grass, the flavor profile of the beef changes dramatically causing the Omega-3s and CLAs to surge. Not to mention, it fuels the local economy for an added benefit. We started this program in 2010 as a way to provide the health benefits of grass-fed beef locally by linking arms with area farming families. At Hanna Family Farms in Cedarville, the farm sits on a wooded setting that opens up to 101 acres of pasture. Meanwhile, at Clark Family Farm, there are 90 acres of pasture land where the Scottish Highland, Wagyu, and Aberdeen Angus Cattle roam.

13. Morning Sun Organic Farm Eggs

After visiting Morning Sun Organic Farm, located near West Alexandria, Ohio, we noticed one more hidden layer to what makes a good egg—the Filbrun family! We’ve carried their certified organic, cage-free eggs for 20+ years, working with multiple generations of the Filbrun family. Dale Filbrun says that a good egg starts with a happy, healthy chicken, which is a result of its environment. The chickens feed both on the bounty of the pasture and on organic (and therefore non-GMO) grain that the family grows, containing no animal by-products.

14. Eagle Ridge Apiaries

DLM 100% Pure Honey glistens, thanks to Al Tuttle of Eagle Ridge Apiaries, a Miami Valley beekeeper who produces our unprocessed raw honey. He tends to about 70 hives with each having 50,000-60,000 bees.

15. Wesler Orchards

Apple splendor awaits at Wesler Orchards in New Paris, Ohio, and each batch is freshly pressed into DLM Apple Cider, a fall time treat here. The ingredients? 100% pure apples, reflecting the variety of apples that are picked at their peak.

16. VanMeter Family

What we love most about the VanMeter Family Farm (besides their sweet farm-fresh strawberries and watermelon) is that they grow with heart. Trish and Danny VanMeter see farming as a way to share their corner of the world with others.

17. Ohio Gifts

There’s a fervent appreciation for iconic Ohio goods, like those that we ship in gift sets via shop.dorothylane.com. The Ohio Nostalgia Box, right, features mainstays, while the Ohio Artisan Box has the most delicious gourmet twist.

18. Orion Organics

When you meet Jon Paul of Orion Organics in Yellow Springs, you’ll find that his enthusiasm and knowledge for organic, healthy produce is contagious. From squash to sweltering summertime red tomatoes and peppers, we look forward to a variety of hometown produce streaming in all summer long.

19. Look for Local in Our Recipes

It’s hard for any chef to resist quality local produce at its peak of the season, which is why you’ll notice a number of our Made Right Here creations from our Kitchens, Sandwich Station, and Naples-Style Pizza Station featuring local produce when available.

20. Harvey Eicher Family

Just a morning’s drive away in Adams County, Indiana, Harvey Eicher Jr. and his Amish friends bring us fresh vegetables regularly, including the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes around. They grow in hoop houses to extend the growing season, which means more local tomatoes!

21. That Guy’s Farm

That Guy” is Guy Ashmore and it so happens that his daughter, Nellie, runs “That Girl’s Flowers,” No. 23. Farming alongside one another, That Guy’s Family Farm brings us certified organic sweet potatoes, kale, arugula, beets, and more from their Clarksville-based farm.

22. Local Coffee

For many years, we’ve had a wonderful relationship with Dayton’s beloved Boston Stoker Coffee, featuring high-quality beans sourced directly from farmers and roasted in small batches. Enjoy whether you’re picking up a bag or stopping by our DLM Coffee Bar! Find more local coffee by heading down our coffee aisle, where you’ll find more local gems: Erie Island Company, Crimson Cup Coffee, Silver Bridge Coffee Company, Reza’s Roast, Twisted River Roaster, Rooted Grounds Coffee Co., Zingerman’s Coffee Company, and Yield Coffee Roaster.

23. That Girl’s Flowers

Nellie Ashmore is “That Girl” and she is making a name for herself in the organic flower farming industry. Growing up, she’d help on the family farm and accompany her parents to farmers’ markets. Several years ago, after completing college, she started her own business, bringing to us beauties like larkspur, sunflowers, and celosia.

24. Old Soul’s Farm

A pristine, climate-controlled greenhouse allows the kind souls at Old Soul’s Farm to grow all year using hydroponic techniques. We are grateful for ample supply of our DLM Basil & Living Basil, DLM Arugula, and more.

25. More Local Flowers!

We’ve worked hard to extend our local connections to include more flower farmers over the years. In addition to those mentioned, we also carry a variety of local splendor from more area growers, like Hungry Toad Farm and The Flower Field!

26. Local Lamb

Veterinarian Paul Hunter started Loramie Lamb in the 1980s fully aware he’d be an anomaly, as lamb is not as mainstream as other meat items. That doesn’t stop Paul though from continuing to raise this lesser-known red meat that’s rich in protein.

27. Maverick Chocolate

With a bean-to-bar approach, Cincinnati-based Maverick has received accolades from the International Chocolate Awards. Former mechanical engineer Paul Picton has delved into the biz together with his son, Ben.

28. DLM Private Label

You’ve surely noticed our DLM products while you shop, which wear our name because we simply love both how they taste and how they are made. Many of these DLM private label items are produced locally for us, like our jarred fruits, pickles, sauces, 1948 Classic Dark Roast Coffee, and more. For some, the connection goes quite deep, such as our DLM Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs, utilizing beef from our local DLM Grass-Fed Beef Program. Then, there’s our DLM Bone Broths, nutrient-rich and good for the soul, the beef flavor is made from the bones of the DLM Grass-Fed Beef cattle; the same with the DLM Turkey Bone Broth—using turkey bones from Bowman & Landes.

29. Culinary Center Local Instructors

Local chefs, cookbook authors, and personalities keep guests happily fed and entertained at the DLM Culinary Center! Take for instance Bryn Mooth, Findlay Market Cookbook author, and her upcoming class on Tuesday, July 20. Register for this class here!

30. Local Beer

Within a stone’s throw in any direction, Dayton and Cincinnati are lucky to be brimming with local breweries that are crafting some amazing beers. Cool down at your cookout with some local brew, such as: Warped Wing Brewing Co., The Dayton Beer Company, Yellow Springs Brewery, Rhinegeist Brewery, and MadTree Brewing to name a few. Come visit us to see even more local brews!

31. DLM Gelato & Sorbetto

We know you love Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Cincinnati’s Graeter’s (and so do we!). But enjoy carefree, quintessential Italian moments with our DLM Gelato and Sorbetto in hand, made for us locally using traditional Italian recipes and methods.

32. Turkey Red Wheat Bread

Turkey red wheat is a hard winter wheat that’s not predominately grown in Ohio, but thanks to three local farmers—Edward Hill, Dale Friesen, and Danny Jones—we have a local crop that’s milled farmside. From the harvest, we bake Turkey Red Wheat Bread. Dale’s grandparents were among the German Mennonites who brought with them the seeds of turkey red wheat when they fled Russia to the U.S. years ago. He’s overcome with emotion to see the crop of his ancestors growing on Ohio soil.

33. DLM A2 Milk

The golden age of good milk is now. Our DLM A2 Guernsey Milk is rich in flavor, high in nutrition, and easy on digestion. It’s the brainchild of local collaborator Adrian Bota, who sought to create a cow’s milk featuring the A2 milk protein found in a breed of cows known as Guernsey.

34. Ghyslain Chocolatier

Truly an art, our dear friend and chocolatier Ghyslain Maurais in Union City, Indiana, sends us his hand-painted chocolates and carefully crafted Parisian macarons.

35. More Local Splendor

Truth is, when you do a list like this, you can’t include everything, or else we’d be publishing a novel. All our local vendors make DLM special. Come Love Local, and enjoy earning Bonus Points on local products this July!

Get the Complete Bonus Points List Here

Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans

The wait list is 18+ months … just to join a bean club? Why wait when you can get Rancho Gordo’s gorgeous heirloom dried beans right here at DLM (or have them shipped via shop.dorothylane.com)? Between the rise in pantry cooking and press coverage from Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, and Bon Appétit (to name a few), Rancho Gordo beans are crazy cool right now. Each heirloom variety has its own unique characteristics, flavor profile, and history—and the recipes are plenty. So why not forego the can and give good heirloom dried beans a chance?

BASIC DRIED BEAN TIPS

• Store dry beans in a cool, dark place.
• 1 cup of dried beans yields about 3 cups of cooked.
• No time to soak? Don’t worry! Go ahead and cook them knowing it’ll take a bit longer.
• Simple seasonings speaks volumes, like adding a ham bone or cooking in stock. A little bacon fat or olive oil helps add depth of flavor.
• Cook in the soaking water and add salt after the beans are tender.
• Store leftover cooked beans in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze.
• Keep the cooking liquid handy. Store leftover beans in the liquid

 

CHECK OUT THESE DELICIOUS RECIPES SHOWCASING RANCHO GORDO HEIRLOOM BEANS!

PASTA E FAGIOLI

 

CASSOULET BEANS IN SAVORY TOMATO SAUCE

 

FLAGEOLET SALAD WITH LEMON, RADISHES, AND ROASTED TOMATOES

Zest for Cooking

Cooking with citrus is like cooking with sunshine—it just makes me happy and adds a fresh burst of flavor. A common question that I often get at the DLM Culinary Center is when to use citrus zest vs. juice. When juice (especially lemon) is used, it adds flavor and sourness (aka acid), plus the liquid volume. Meanwhile, zest will bolster up the citrus flavor without increasing the liquid volume. Plus, it has a pure citrus flavor from the oil stored in the outside pores of the fruit. I use zest liberally in a lot of my cooking to help add a punch of flavor.

zest for cooking

HOW TO ZEST

• The best tool out there for zesting and one gadget I think everyone needs in their kitchen is the award-winning Microplane Zester, available at the DLM Culinary Center. It zests beautifully every single time. As a bonus, it does wonders for hard cheeses as well, like Parmigiano-Reggiano. We also love the Zyliss Zester, available in stores.
• Before zesting, make sure to wash and dry the fruit first. It is simply not fun to try and zest already cut fruit. Always cut and juice after you zest.
• Avoid the white pith of citrus fruits—that’s the stuff separating the colorful zest from the actual fruit. It’s too bitter and shouldn’t be used.

IDEAS FOR HOW TO USE ZEST

• Try adding to a simple vinaigrette to brighten things up.
• Add a new dimension by zesting a little bit of lemon, lime, or orange zest into your favorite muffin, sweet bread, scone, or biscuit recipe.
• Make anything fried taste “lighter” and brighter by adding right into the batter before frying, from donuts to fish.
• Put it in pasta to add a zip at the end that’ll help make flavors pop.
• Make a better pan sauce by enriching the pan drippings with a hit of both juice and some zest.
• The final step to any dish is the last taste to adjust the seasoning. Besides salt, citrus zest or juice helps brings out the flavors of other ingredients. It will make your dishes shine with flavor!

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3 Caprese Recipe Ideas for the Summer

The taste of summer doesn’t get simpler than ripe tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil. Insalata Caprese, also known as Caprese salad, is usually finished with a little extra-virgin olive oil and a showering of good sea salt. Besides reflecting the colors of the Italian flag, it is more than just the sum of its parts. When something is that simple, you can make it stunningly delicious when you get your hands on the ripest local tomatoes, DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, and our local basil that is bountiful right now in our Produce departments. But don’t stop there! We’ve got you covered with more caprese recipe ideas!

So many inspirations for ideas with these classic ingredients come to mind, some of which you should think about experimenting with in your home kitchen. The combo not only makes a wicked good grilled cheese, but try adding a little garlic for an awesome open-faced bruschetta. For another caprese recipe ideas, you can toss up a pasta salad with these ingredients or be like Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten and add them to brown rice for a refreshingly different cold salad. Since it’s grilling season, try a Caprese burger using our local DLM Grass-Fed Ground Beef topped with DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, a thick slice of ripe tomato, and slathered with pesto. Here are a few of my favorite variations on the traditional caprese!

This Summer, Layer on the Flavors with These 3 Caprese Creations

1. WATERMELON “CAPRESE” SKEWERS

caprese recipes ideas

 

2. AVOCADO & NECTARINE “CAPRESE” SALAD

caprese recipe ideas

 

3. CAPRESE PANZANELLA

caprese recipe ideas

Gourmet Burgers: The DLM Difference

Twenty years ago, we knew we wanted to do something to make the proverbial “burger” anything but basic. I mean, when you start with ground chuck that is lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones from trusted farms, you already have the makings for burger nirvana. But our appetite told us that grillmasters sought something more elaborate, exciting, and albeit gourmet. What began with a few mainstays like the Cheddar Bacon and Black ‘N Bleu burger quickly grew into a full-blown line of DLM Gourmet Burgers. We certainly had fun coming up with crave-worthy combinations of ingredients to give each DLM Gourmet Burger a distinct personality and flavor profile.

Our Gourmet Burger varieties are seasoned with fresh ingredients by our trained butchers who then hand-shape into generous patties. In addition to several ground chuck variations, we kept the creative juices flowing and also have a few burger varieties featuring our locally raised DLM Non-GMO Turkey, DLM Natural Lamb, DLM Natural Beef ground sirloin, and ground DLM Air-Chilled Chicken. All, of course, abide by the pillars of our Meat department to feature fresh meats that are lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. “The result was the best of the best. We initially envisioned our DLM Gourmet Burger line being a seasonal item, but the demand spoke for itself and we found ourselves featuring these year-round,” says Jack Gridley, DLM VP of Meat & Seafood. With that in mind, grill on!


Although each DLM Gourmet Burger served simply on a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun packs plenty of flavor on its own, we’ve decided to keep your grill fires stoked with these ultra-fun ways to dress your uniquely crafted burger. We promise that your backyard BBQ will never be boring with DLM Gourmet Burgers and the perfect accompaniments! Check out these ideas for 8 DLM Gourmet Burgers expertly elevated.

8 DLM GOURMET BURGERS EXPERTLY ELEVATED

1. ROSEMARY LAMB GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This DLM Gourmet burger truly is unique, featuring freshly ground lamb, a touch of Dijon mustard, and fresh rosemary that cooks up juicy and full of flavor.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

For a signature combo, layer this burger with Cucina Viva Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade, goat cheese, Les Moulins Mahjoub Natural Black Olive Spread, DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and peppery arugula.

 

2. BLACK N BLEU GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This one is not shy on flavor! Our butchers lightly mix in DLM Uncured Bacon, green onion, blue cheese crumbles, and then dust with Cajun seasoning.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Slather a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun with plenty of DLM Blue Cheese Dressing, local tomato, red onion, and crisp iceberg lettuce.

 

3. PHILLY-STYLE GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Ground chuck lightly mixed with onions, peppers, and well-seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

In the true Philly spirit, we’ve created made-from-scratch cheese whiz sauce (get the recipe here). Don’t forget the sautéed onions and green peppers piled into a DLM Hard Roll that can handle all of that deliciousness!

 

4. ORTEGA GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

This popular favorite is made with green chiles, chipotles in adobo, and shredded pepper jack cheese.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Pile it on a DLM Kaiser Bun with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo with Avocado Oil, Deer Creek The Rattlesnake Cheddar, DLM Salsa, crumbled DLM White Corn Tortilla Chips, shredded iceberg lettuce, and diced fresh tomatoes.

 

5. RANCH TURKEY GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Non-GMO and locally raised DLM ground turkey is seasoned with the good flavors of ranch and shredded Swiss.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Don’t hold back your love for ranch. Try this one topped with some DLM Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

 

6. HORSERADISH CHEDDAR GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Try this nose-burner that’s made with DLM Pure Horseradish and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Nestle it onto a DLM Golden Hamburger Bun with Terrapin Ridge Farms Dill Pickle Mustard. Top your burger with Harlech, a semi-soft Welsh cheese with horseradish and parsley. Don’t forget the Randy’s Sideburns Pickles.

 

7. PALMER STEAK GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Do you love steak? This best-selling burger has your name all over it! We make it with ground sirloin, steak sauce, Provolone, and garlic.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

Take it up a few notches with Italian Provolone, caramelized onions, Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce, The Pine Club Steakhouse Sauce, and arugula—all on a DLM Hard Roll.

 

8. CHEDDAR BACON GOURMET BURGER

8 DLM Gourmet Burgers Expertly Elevated

Talk about a crowd-pleaser! This is one of the original varieties that started our Gourmet Burger craze! Made with shredded Cheddar and DLM Uncured Bacon, this hits all the notes of a classic burger that has a ramped-up flavor.

BUILD YOUR BURGER:

We’ve topped this one with DLM Original Barbecue Sauce, DLM Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar cheese, onion straws, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a classic DLM Golden Hamburger Bun.

*Did you know? You can ship several of these tasty condiments and burger additions through shop.DorothyLane.com!

6 Corn Recipes to Savor Sweet Corn

As Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn arrives in our Produce departments, we can’t help but dream of those sweet kernels and all of the delicious ways to eat them. Check out 6 corn recipes to savor sweet corn this summer!

6 CORN RECIPES TO SAVOR SWEET CORN

1. Summer Corn Pudding

2. Raw Corn & Radish Salad with Hot Honey Dressing

3. Fresh Corn Muffins

4. Corn & Crab Carbonara

5. Corn Gazpacho

6. Corn & Lobster Fritters

 

Let’s Jam: Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Local strawberries have arrived in our Produce department and we are over-the-moon excited! These strawberries are bright red, juicy, incredibly sweet, have amazing flavor, and are grown by the VanMeter family in Clarkson, Kentucky. The VanMeters started farming to teach their kids the value and importance of hard work. And we believe the heart and drive they put into their farm truly shines in every berry.

Now that they’ve arrived, we’re ready to dive into all things strawberry, including Chef Carrie’s recipe for Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

<< GET THE RECIPE FOR EASY HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY PRESERVES >>

There are so many ways to enjoy these preserves, including these three ideas.

3 Ways to Enjoy Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves

1. Strawberry Preserves with Cream Cheese on a Baguette

 

Slice a DLM Baguette, smear with cream cheese, and finish with a dollop of Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

2. Strawberry Preserves with Vanilla Ice Cream

Simply scoop your favorite vanilla ice cream into a bowl and drizzle with the Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

3. Strawberry Preserves with Yogurt

Fill the bottom of your glass serving bowl with Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves. Then, add yogurt (try Greek) on top.

Your Guide to the Prepared Pantry

Now more than ever we are all cooking at home. For a lot of us who eat out, you might be facing a serious wake up call in the kitchen. Getting your pantry prepared and well organized is one of the most important steps not only in a professional kitchen, but your home one, too, so we’ve create a guide to the prepared pantry. Having and keeping the staples in your pantry or cupboard as well as in your fridge and freezer can make cooking at home just plain simple and fast because you already have the ingredients. Don’t forget to make a list before you leave to shop. (Download our printable shopping list here.) It’ll help you become a more efficient shopper, think in terms of meal planning, and use what you already have on hand.

 

Since we are all spending more time doing home projects, like cleaning out our closets, why not spend some quality time taking a good look at what’s already in your pantry, fridge, and freezer? If you haven’t used an item in a year, it might be time to throw it out! Although expiration, best by, and sell by dates can be confusing, they tend to be a good guideline on making the decision to keep or pitch. Take a good look at what you have left. Fill in the missing holes with items you’re consistently using and find yourself always cooking with. Just by adding a couple fresh ingredients, those pantry staples can give you so many options for baking and cooking.


Your Guide to the Prepared Pantry Checklist

Here are some of my staples that I try to have on hand to help me cook every day. For the most part, they are items that have a shelf life. Don’t wait until these run out to restock them. Instead, think about creating a par level at home so you can always come up with something delicious to cook!

>>DOWNLOAD YOUR GUIDE TO THE PREPARED PANTRY CHECKLIST<<

Or, keep reading below!

OILS & VINEGARS

BASIC:

– Extra-virgin olive oil
– A neutral cooking oil like canola or grapeseed
– Red-wine vinegar
– White vinegar
– Apple cider vinegar

ADVANCED:

– Peanut oil
– Coconut oil
– Sesame oil
– Sherry or balsamic vinegar
– Walnut oil
– Rice vinegar
– Mirin

DAIRY & CHARCUTERIE

BASIC:

– Eggs
– Milk
– Butter
– Cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Cheddar, Gruyère, feta
– Plain full-fat yogurt or sour cream
– Bacon
– Hard salami or sausages

ADVANCED:

– More cheeses like Pecorino Romano & blue
– Pâté
– Prosciutto or other cured artisan ham or meats

GRAINS & STARCHES

BASIC:

– Long-grain white rice
– Whole grains like quinoa or farro
– Dried pastas
– Plain bread crumbs
– Crackers
– Canned beans

ADVANCED:

– Dry lentils
– Rice noodles
– Specialty rice like basmati or Arborio
– Brown rice
– Panko bread crumbs
– Dry beans
– Specialty pastas like bucatini or farfalle
– Whole grains like spelt, pearl barley, or teff

NUTS & NUT BUTTERS

BASIC:

– Peanut butter
– Almond butter
– Pecans
– Walnuts
– Almonds
– Peanuts

ADVANCED:

– Pumpkin seeds
– Pistachios
– Tahini
– Pine nuts
– Hazelnuts

SPICES & DRIED HERBS

BASIC:

– Kosher salt
– Red pepper flakes
– Ground Cayenne
– Chili powder
– Curry powder
– Bay leaves
– Black peppercorns
– Sweet paprika
– Ground cinnamon
– Ground cumin
– Garlic powder or granulated garlic
– Dried thyme and dried oregano

ADVANCED:

– Flaky salt
– Ground coriander
– Dried dill
– Turmeric
– Smoked paprika
– Cardamom
– Za’atar
– Allspice
– Fennel seeds
– Dry mustard
– Garam masala
– Chinese 5-spice powder
– Whole nutmeg
– Sumac
– Cumin seeds
– Coriander seeds

CANNED & JARRED GOODS

BASIC:

– Soups
– Tuna
– Tomato paste
– Diced tomatoes
– Tomato sauce
– Chicken or vegetable stock
– Beans
– Pickles
– Fruit jams and preserves
– Anchovies
– Olives
– Maple syrup

ADVANCED:

– Clams
– Sardines
– Cornichons
– Preserved lemons
– Unsweetened coconut milk
– Capers
– Pickled hot peppers
– Kimchi

CONDIMENTS & SAUCES

BASIC:

– Dijon and yellow mustard
– Mayonnaise
– Ketchup
– Hot sauce
– Salsa
– Soy sauce
– Worcestershire sauce
– BBQ sauce

ADVANCED:

– Whole grain mustard
– Hoisin
– Thai red curry paste
– Fish sauce
– Anchovy paste
– Harissa
– Gochujang
– Mango chutney
– Miso
– Wasabi
– Chinese oyster sauce
– Asian chili bean pastes

BAKING

BASIC:

– All-purpose flour
– Cornmeal
– Rolled oats
– Cornstarch
– Baking soda
– Baking powder
– Pure vanilla extract
– Granulated sugar
– Light brown sugar
– Dark brown sugar
– Confectioners’ sugar
– Bittersweet baking chocolate
– Semisweet chocolate chips
– Raisins or other dried fruits
– Cocoa powder

ADVANCED:

– Cake flour
– Whole wheat flour
– Dark baking chocolate
– Vanilla beans
– Almond extract
– Powdered gelatin
– Molasses
– Light corn syrup
– Buttermilk powder
– Active dry yeast

PRODUCE

BASIC:

– Garlic
– Onions
– Potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet)
– Lemons
– Carrots
– Celery
– Apples
– Oranges
– Bananas
– Greens like lettuce or kale
– Broccoli
– Parsley
– Any favorite herbs

ADVANCED:

– Ginger
– Avocados
– Cilantro
– Scallions
– Limes
– Jalapeños
– Shallots
– Specialty herbs like mint, rosemary, and lemongrass
– Peppers

FREEZER

BASIC:

– Chicken
– Ground beef
– Sausage
– Thick fish fillets
– Shrimp
– Sliced bread
– Frozen veggies like corn, peas, and spinach
– Frozen fruits like peaches, berries, and mangos (excellent for baking or smoothies)
– Ice cream
– Bread dough or rolls

ADVANCED:

– Puff pastry
– Pancetta
– Stock
– Fresh pasta
– Vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, edamame, and artichoke hearts


Check Out These 5 Meals to Make from the Prepared Pantry List

1. Beans & Greens

2. Clam Pasta

3. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

4. Restaurant-Style Tomato Soup

5. Caramel Banana Cake

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