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.

Fill Your Heart with Gratitude for Those You Love with Roses

This Valentine’s Day, let’s be thankful for those who are dearest to us. Roses have long been that symbol of adoration, and it’s with gratitude in mind that we lovingly take care of these blooms from the moment they arrive. Proper hydration starts instantly, with each rose receiving a fresh cut. No need to pre-order your roses either. Simply come see us or visit DLMDriveUp.com to add roses to your next curbside order.

Fresh Flower Basic Care Tips

  1. Place fresh flowers in water as soon as possible. If they’ll be out of water for longer than one hour once you leave our store, tell us so we can wrap the stems.
  2. Beware of extreme temperatures. Fresh flowers in a hot car are doomed as are ones left exposed to the winter elements.
  3. Fill a clean vase with cold, clean water. Trim stems with sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove any foliage that will be below the water. Change water and re-cut stems every three days (don’t forget the flower food).
  4. Find the perfect spot. Place your vase in an area that is away from sunlight, heaters, or drafts. These will cause your flowers to wilt quickly

 

>> Learn more about our Floral department.

Cedar Ridge Trails Ohio Lavender

There’s something special about this fresh cut lavender from Miamisburg, Ohio-based Cedar Ridge Trials. This Ohio lavender is grown on the same land that our founder, my great grandfather, Calvin Mayne, was raised on as a child. In fact, when a mirror was removed from a wall in the house, they discovered writing on the wall that happened to be Calvin’s initials and the date, August 18, 1925.

I got the chance to see the farm and the house where my great grandfather was raised. It is filled with history. Growing up, and still, my grandpa, Norman Mayne, would tell me stories about his dad and I got to learn about the kind of person he was. Being able to see his handwriting and the house for myself was an amazing experience. It gave me a whole new appreciation for who he was and the legacy that he has left for his kids, grandchildren, and now even his great grandchildren. 

Why lavender? I sat down and asked the current Cedar Ridge Trails owner Joy Pascoe why she and her husband decided to grow lavender on the land. “Lavender is fun to work with,” she says, explaining that they are working to create a location that exudes relaxation and where others can “learn and enjoy experiences together on the farm.” While we didn’t get to see the lavender in full bloom, we cut some lavender ourselves. We are happy to share this story and bring you locally grown cut lavender!

 

Easy Lavender Care Tips
One of the universal appeals of lavender is that it is so easy to take care of. DLM’s Floral & Plant Director Stuart Delk says to simply put it in a dry container and enjoy!

 

Flower Arranging At Home

Take a break from the stresses of the present and rest your mind on the splendor of a sunset, that sip of coffee, or—perhaps—the relaxation of flower arranging. Here are some steps to keep in mind.

DIY Flower Arranging

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1. Start with flowers and colors that make you feel good. Our local ranunculus, Canadian tulips, and peonies are a great place to begin. They’re colorful, seasonal, and can’t help but cheer you up.

2. Give them a fresh cut right when you get home and get them in water. Flowers don’t like sitting out of water, whether they sit in your car or on the kitchen counter. A clean, sharp cut is best and allows the stems to take up water. Dull cuts and mashed stems will shorten the life of your flowers.

3. Narrow-mouth jars and vases will hold your flowers more upright. Wide-mouth containers will require more stems and will generally give a more relaxed presentation.

Tip: Cutting thin strips of clear tape and taping a grid pattern over the mouth of the vase helps hold stems upright.

4. Always use flower food. It greatly extends the life of flowers.

5. Work towards an overall balanced appearance, not exacting symmetry.

6. Start with larger flowers first.

7. Relax and enjoy what you’re doing.

8. Re-cut the stems every few days to make your flowers last even longer.

9. Enjoy your flowers!

Flower Arrangements in 5 Easy Steps!

Step #1 – Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the flowers.

Step #2 – Sprinkle flower food in a wide-mouthed vase and fill vase two-thirds full with lukewarm water. Stir and set aside.

Step #3 – Lay out your flowers. Choose a stem that will be the centerpiece. Begin building the arrangement in your hand. Greenery near the center adds interest. Build each layer a bit lower than the last layer. Rotate the bunch as you go to make each side beautiful. Finish the arrangement with more greenery.

Step #4 – Measure your preferred height of the bunch against the vase. Cut excess length off of stems. Helpful hint: any cutting utensil will work as long as you are able to get a nice clean cut).

Step #5 – Drop flowers into vase and enjoy! Share your own arrangements on social media! #myDLMflowers

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

DLM Difference No. 5: Prima® Peaches

DLM Difference No. 6: Brentlinger’s Farm Market Sweet Corn

DLM Difference No. 7: Gourmet Burgers

DLM Difference No. 8: Handmade Fresh Mozzarella

DLM Difference No. 9: Rotisserie Chicken

DLM Difference No. 10: Gourmet Takeaway

DLM Difference No. 11: Artisan Bread

DLM Difference No. 12: Sandwich Station

DLM Difference No. 13: DLM Turkey

DLM Difference No. 14: DLM Classic Coffee Cake

DLM Difference No. 15: Grandma Tobias Pumpkin Pie

DLM Difference No. 16: Killer Brownie®

DLM Difference No. 17: Heavenly Ham®

DLM Difference No. 18: Fresh Sushi

DLM Difference No. 19: DLM A2 Milk

Check back in the months to come for more in-depth highlights select DLM Differences. 

Into the Field with Peach Mountain Organics

Every so often, you meet someone who is larger than life. What they do becomes more and more incredible the closer you look. Their passion and total dedication is inspiring. They are the best at what they do. Leslie Garcia of Peach Mountain Organics is one of those people. I am fortunate to know her as she grows certified organic flowers locally and brings them to Dorothy Lane Market. We are so beyond grateful to be able to provide our customers with her beautiful flowers.

Down a winding road in Spring Valley is where you’ll find that majestic farm called Peach Mountain Organics. As you walk through the greenhouse and fields, the vibrant colors draw your eye here and then there, while a rain-kissed fresh fragrance gently greets you. Although the local floral bouquet season started in the spring, it’s still going strong even as summer comes to a close and fall takes over. Right now, we are simply dazzled by all of the dahlias that Leslie grows with such care. These late-summer/early-fall beauties come in a variety of different sizes and together form a rainbow of luscious colors making for the most stunning bouquets. On a recent farm visit, Leslie showed us how she cares for each and every stem so delicately and told us why growing flowers is so meaningful to her. Her story is incredible.

 DAHLIA CARE TIP: Cut the stems with clean, sharp cutters and use floral preservative. Always re-cut the stems and change the water after a few days

Thai Food in Your Own Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

Noodle on These 3 Recipes:

1. Pad Thai

2. Yum Woon Sen

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3. Chicken Pad See Ew

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Recipes Reminiscent of Route 66

The ultimate road trip in America has got to be driving Route 66, spanning eight states with iconic comfort foods along the way. Although it was officially decommissioned in the 80s, it continues to attract tourists, road warriors, and food lovers looking to taste pure Americana. Today the historic route boasts vintage motels, nostalgic roadside attractions, and some really good road food. After the Great Depression, folks finally had a little extra cash so they piled into the family car and embarked on a road trip of a lifetime with destination spots like the Grand Canyon or Disneyland Park in mind. Even great movies, songs, and books were inspired by the open road and aura of Route 66. For many, this road trip is also about the iconic flavors, like home-style baked goods, spicy chiles, BBQ, and all-around good country eating! Buckle up and take a bite out of these eight recipes representing the eight states along Route 66!

Get Your Kicks with These 8 Recipes

1. Chicago Dog

2. Kansas BBQ Rub

3. Country Fried Steak

4. Buttered Pecan Blueberry Cobbler

5. Cowboy Steak

6. Easy Sticky Buns

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7. Chicken Posole

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8. Fish Tacos with Lime Crema & Cabbage Slaw

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Tulips: The Gateway to Spring

The arrival of spring comes in many different forms, but there’s nothing quite like the brilliant colors of tulips illuminating our Floral department. Stuart Delk, Floral & Plant Director says it best, “Tulips are the gateway to spring.” Simple, yet elegant, these blooms have become a favorite flower during this season. But how did tulips come to be so significant?

A member of the lily family, these flowers have a rich history. Because of its delicate nature and wide array of colors, this flower became a symbol of luxury in Europe. As the story goes, the price of tulips skyrocketed due to their extreme popularity and difficulty of cultivation. This frenzy is said to have caused a financial crash of the Dutch economy and caused what’s known as “Tulip Mania.” Although they have a complex past, or maybe thanks to it, tulips are celebrated each spring.

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With their history rooted in the Netherlands, the idea that Dutch tulips are superior is a common misconception. Stuart states, “Dutch doesn’t necessarily mean quality.” We’re proud to receive our tulips from Mount Vernon, Washington. The cool maritime climate, defined by cold but not freezing winters transitioning to warm summers, paired with the fertile soil makes this location tulip paradise. In that area, spring has truly sprung when the fields are painted with these breathtaking blooms.

Throughout the month of April we will be carrying colorful cut tulips from Washington. Whether in a bouquet or an arrangement, these iconic flowers are a sure way to push away memories of the cold, wintry months and welcome spring with open arms.

Steps to Arranging Tulips Like a Pro

To keep flowers fresh, be sure to take them home and place in water as soon as possible.

  1. Clean your vase thoroughly. Flowers will last longer if the vase is free of contaminants.
  2. Fill vase with room temperature, clean water and flower food.
  3. Trim flower stems with a really sharp edge. A crushed edge may make it difficult for your flower to absorb the food and water.
  4. Place several tulips in vase. A fuller vase will lead to a better looking arrangement.
  5. Keep it simple! Tulips are beautiful as they are—there’s no need to add foliage.
  6. Find the perfect spot. Place your vase in an area that is away from sunlight and heat drafts. These will cause your flowers to wilt quickly.
  7. Give the stems a fresh cut frequently. Trim the tulip stems every 2-3 days as tulips continue to grow after they’re cut.