3 Steps to Feast Like a Gourmand with Charcuterie

Charcuterie (shar-Kyoo-ter-ee) is a French word for smoked, dry-cured, or cooked meats. From simple things like ham, sausage, salami, and bacon to more artisan hand-crafted things like pâté, duck confit, rillettes, and terrines. These all fall under the broad range of charcuterie. For me and many of you out there, it’s always a perfect choice for entertaining, especially during the holidays! As an added bonus, there’s no cooking involved!

Charcuterie is pretty trendy right now, but has been around for a very long time … as in before refrigeration! It’s a classic way of preserving meats with a rich culinary history. To start, simply grab a slate, board, or platter and follow our 3-step Charcuterie Guide so you, too, can feast like a gourmand and entertain with ease this holiday season!



PALACIOS SPANISH CHORIZO : Dry-cured sausage smoked with Paprika. DELI

NIMAN RANCH PROSCIUTTO: Dry-cured with Sicilian sea salt. MEAT

HERITAGE FARMS SOPRESSATA: Coarsely ground, sweet or spicy. MEAT

SERRANO HAM: Extremely flavorful, air-dried Spanish ham. DELI

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS PÂTÉ DE CAMPAGNE: Pork pâté with garlic and spices. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

FRA’ MANI CALABRESE: Salami with wild fennel, sweet & hot Calabrian pepperoncini, and chili flakes. DELI

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS SAUCISSON SEC AUX CÈPES: Sliced air-dried sausage with porcini mushrooms. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

LA NAVA JAMÓN IBÉRICO: A treasure from Spain. DELI

NIMAN RANCH CAPOCCOLLO: Corsican pork cut. MEAT

PRO TIP: Start with 3 to 5 choices that represent varying forms, textures, and flavors, such as smoked, dry cured, firm, delicate, creamy, or salty. How much to buy? About 2 oz per person.


SOMETHING SALTY: It’s nice to balance all of that meaty goodness with something salty or acidic, like cornichons or briny pickles, mustard, and chutney. Don’t forget to add a handful of nuts as well, like Marcona almonds.

DLM ITALIAN MINI TOASTS: Perfect for any charcuterie tray. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

SOMETHING SWEET: Now, time to layer in a little sweetness to truly cover all the bases. We love adding in fruit, like grapes, California dried figs, and a Bosc or Holiday Pear. It really is that simple.

RAINCOAST CRISPS: Subtle sweetness with a delightful crunch. THE DLM CHEESE SHOP

 


INVITE CHEESE TO THE PARTY: By adding cheese to your charcuterie selection, it opens up a whole world of flavors and textures that go beautifully with wine. Just like choosing the charcuterie, think about varying the texture and flavors of cheeses from buttery to nutty, creamy to hard. The possibilities are endless and frankly that is the fun!

CHEESEMONGER PRO TIP: “When selecting cheeses for my boards, I think of a rhyme I once learned. Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue. Make this your motto and you’ll have the framework for the perfect cheese board.” —Maritza Crowdy, The DLM Cheese Shop Manager, Springboro

A Taste of Home for the Holidays

What’s one of the best ways of spreading cheer? Sending a box full of tasty treats and scrumptious morsels with DLMMailOrder.com! This time of year, there are two things that put instant smiles on faces young and old: coming home to a special package on your doorstep and receiving homemade treats and goodies. Luckily, DLM Mail Order makes both of those things happen. For the next month, our stores will be mixing, baking, and preparing some of the best food  around. At the same time, our DLM Mail Order associates are shopping our Washington Square store every day carefully boxing up all of the delicious bites to ship from coast to coast. Not sure what to pick? Here are some of the top items we’re sending this holiday season:

  1. Killer Brownie® Tray AssortedFilled with an assortment of our Killer Brownie® brownies, all cut into easy-to-eat, bite-sized pieces, it’s perfect for sharing.
  2. The Ohio BagEsther Price Chocolates, Mamma DiSalvo’s Marinara Sauce, Mikesell’s Potato Chips, and other local favorites are gathered up to showcase some of the best of the Buckeye State.
  3. Heavenley Ham® Sandwich KitLoaded with Heavenly Ham®, Comté Gruyère, DLM Mustard, Chutney, DLM Horseradish Sauce, and a loaf of our DLM Artisan Farmhouse Bread. It makes for a great sandwich, hot or cold.
  4. Assorted DLM Sweets. Satisfy any sweet tooth with our wide variety of goodies. BuckeyesDLM Gourmet CookiesHoliday Thumbprint Cookies, and so much more!

Visit DLMMailOrder.com to view all of our delicious options!

4 Chocolate Bark Recipes To Gift This Season

‘Tis the season to create something sweet for those you love! One of our favorite things about Chocolate Bark is that not only is delicious to have on hand for your festive gatherings, but it’s a great gift idea if you are looking to add a homemade touch. So, without further ado, here are four chocolate bark recipes to keep you and yours holly jolly this season!

 

Minty White Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: White chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, peppermint extract, green food coloring.

Almond + Sea Salt Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: Dark chocolate, slivered almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut, sea salt.

Pistachio + Dried Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: bittersweet chocolate, pistachios, dried cranberries, orange zest.

Dried Fruit + Walnut Chocolate Bark

Ingredients needed: Bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cherries, golden raisins.

Turkey Prep: 5 Common Questions Answered

I get it. There’s a lot going on when it comes to preparing your Thanksgiving meal and a whole turkey isn’t something that most people cook more than a few times a year. See below for my answer to some of the most common turkey prep questions that may come to mind as you ponder “how do you cook a turkey?”

If you haven’t already, reserve your DLM Free-Range Turkey now! Please remember that our turkeys are grown and not manufactured so weights may vary slightly from what you indicate.

1. Question: To Stuff or Not to Stuff?

Answer: In most modern kitchens, the answer to this debate is not to stuff. Why? Because in order to reach the safe temperature of 165°F in the center of the stuffed bird, you’ll get a completely overcooked turkey. Now, my mother-in-law will argue with me on this one until the cows come home. Her turkey is stuffed in every nook and cranny and it’s still delicious … albeit a little overcooked.

2. Question: Low Heat versus High Heat

Answer: This is a classic debate topic where both sides believe their cooking method gives the best results. High heat helps save time and adds a nice color to the outside of the bird. On the contrary, low heat slows moisture loss but takes a long time to finish. So, I like a two-fold answer to this popular cooking question: use both types! Start with high heat until you get things started then lower the heat to finish cooking the bird with more control.

3. Question: How do you Season the Turkey?

Answer: One word: BUTTER. It not only adds flavor but an amazing amount of moisture-rich fat. I like to brush the outside of the skin with melted butter, salt, and pepper. If you choose to add herbs, halved onions, or lemon, do so in the inside cavity.

4. Question: How do I Know How Big of a Turkey to Get?

Answer: A good rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 lbs per person, depending on the amount of leftovers you’d like.

5. How Long do I Cook Said Turkey?

Answer: Ultimately, your turkey is done when the meat thermometer reads 165°F. Stick the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. But here is a quick guide for how long to cook your unstuffed turkey based on its weight. But note that ovens all differ, so please don’t be afraid to pull out that meat thermometer more than once to make sure it isn’t under-cooked or over-cooked.

Approximate Roasting Times*
12–17 lbs = 3¼ to 4½ hours
18–21 lbs = 4¼ to 5¼ hours
22–24 lbs = 5¼ to 6¼ hours

*Times above are for a 350°F oven with an unstuffed turkey. To ensure that turkey is fully cooked to 165°F, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh.

10 Swoon-Worthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

As Thanksgiving nears and you are planning your menu, look no further for these perfect recipe ideas that’ll pair perfectly with your DLM Free-Range Turkey. See below for 10 side dish recipes that will have your guests in awe as you present and enjoy your seasonal fare.

1. Hasselback Butternut Squash

2. Modern Green Bean Casserole

3. Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds

4. Peggy’s Creamed Onions

5. My Mom’s Stuffing

6. Potato Gratin with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche

7. Barely Buzzed Mac and Cheese

8. The Doe Mac and Cheese

9. Butternut Squash Gratin

10. Braised Bacon Kale with Roasted Vegetables

4 Turkey Leftover Ideas

If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, then you can agree that one of the perks of the job is the inevitable turkey leftovers that can carry on for days. So go big with your bird and make the most of those turkey leftovers as you feed your crew for days to come. But tread lightly as to not grow fatigued by adding some nice variety. Here are 4 turkey leftover ideas so that you can reap the benefits and add some new twists to your turkey leftovers!

 

1. TURKEY HOT SHOTS

Add a scoop of mashed potatoes on top of white bread. Simmer sliced turkey in gravy. Then, add gravy to the pile.

2. TURKEY TETRAZZINI

Turkey takes on a new life in this creamy spaghetti casserole with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Get full recipe.

3. TURKEY & WILD RICE SOUP

Cube your turkey and use it as the star ingredient in this soup sensation. Get full recipe.

4. CLASSIC HOT BROWN

Add a southern twist to those turkey leftovers and bring on the bacon as you layer turkey over top of DLM Artisan Bread and smother it in a heavenly (and cheesy) sauce! Get full recipe.

 

Easy Truffle Decadence

Fresh Truffles are seasonal and pretty pricey, but so delicious! We carry them when we can get our hands on them, so if you are a fresh truffle fan come talk to our friendly associates in our Produce departments to find out the specifics.

If you are like me and simply can’t wait for that umami flavor that fresh truffles can give dishes, both truffle oil and truffle salt can be your next best allies.

Truffle oil is best to use as a finishing oil right before you are ready to eat. I like the smaller bottles because a little goes a long way in terms of flavor. The aroma of truffle oil drizzled on the warm food hits your nose right before you get to taste it. There is nothing like it! Try drizzling on pasta, pizza, soups, and on soft scrambled eggs.

Truffle salt is fun to play around with! So delicious on popcorn, which this combination is a perfect pairing for champagne—in case you need an excuse to pop that cold bottle of bubbly. I love it on French fries, baked potatoes, or whipped potatoes made with plenty of butter. It turns the average burger into a flavor bomb! Try mixing a little in your mayo to jazz up your next roast beef or French dip sandwich.

Both truffle oil and truffle salt are naturally good with anything mushroom. It just boosts up that incredible umami flavor. The time is ripe to start savoring the delicious foods of the fall season. Get cooking!

Gourmet S’mores Galore!

S’mores—everyone loves this nostalgic treat, and so do we! What started as three simple ingredients for a campfire snack has now erupted into a trendy flavor found in all sorts of things like cereal, granola bars, trifles, and ice cream. It’s even been an Oreo cookie flavor! At DLM, you can swing by our Coffee Bar and take a sip of our new S’more Latte, complete with a graham-encrusted marshmallow.

This trend got its start in 1927 with a Girl Scout guidebook Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. The recipe name was “Some More” and it wasn’t until the ’70s, when it was shortened to “s’more,” that it really took flight. As a former Girl Scout, I’m proud that the organization is credited with such a memorable flavor. As a chef, I’m excited to add a gourmet twist to this familiar favorite and I’d encourage you to do the same. Start by exploring the Chocolate Wall at DLM where you can find 30+ chocolate varieties. Also, check out Smashmallow, a line of specialty marshmallows in unique flavors like pumpkin and cookie dough. So gather around the bonfire and toast up some s’mores galore with your own creation or try these 5 gourmet ideas below!

1. COOKIE DOUGH S’MORE

Combine classic favorites by switching out the graham crackers for Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies and cut thin layers of DLM’s new edible cookie dough to sandwich a torched marshmallow.

2. PB & GRAHAM S’MORE

Take two DLM Milk Chocolate Grahams and spread DLM Creamy Organic Peanut Butter on both inside surfaces. Place a toasted marshmallow in between.

3. BLACK & WHITE S’MORE

Give this fireside favorite a whole new twist with fresh blackberries, creamy Olive & Sinclair Southern Artisan Buttermilk White Chocolate, and a toasted marshmallow between graham crackers.

4. BANANA NUTELLA S’MORE

Nutella fans, have no fear! Spread a graham cracker thick with Nutella and then layer on sliced banana and a toasted marshmallow before capping it with another graham cracker.

5. RICE KRISPY S’MORE

Split our Bakery’s Krispy Rice Treat and sandwich a DLM Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Graham inside. Then, torch the top piece to unleash that toasty marshmallow taste.

Fall In Love With The Season: 8 Recipes To Welcome Fall

Fall is here! It’s time for hayrides, apple picking, pumpkins, and all of the foods that embrace this season of change. We want to welcome fall by diving into the quintessential flavors that make this time of year so delicious. Here are 8 recipes sure to have you fall-ing for the season.

8 Recipes to Fall For

8 Recipes to Welcome Fall

1. Honeycrisp Fall Sangria

This yummy recipe features the stars of fall: Honeycrisp Apples, Beaujolais Nouveau (available mid-November, but a strong red makes a great substitute), and DLM 100% Apple Cider.

2. Pumpkin Pancakes

The perfect weekend breakfast.

3. Braised Bacon Kale with Roasted Veggies

It’s time to get roasting! It’s an easy, simple, and delicious way to bring out some of the unpopular root vegetables. Roast at high heat so a lot of color and caramelization happens, and simply season with salt or pepper.

4. Butternut Squash Soup with Garam Masala

This warming soup has subtle sweetness and spice, and is full of unique flavor.

5. Pumpkin Gingerbread

The perfect edible gift for friends and neighbors.

6. Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

A hearty dish that is full of fall flavors. It’s one you’ll repeat all season long.

7. Butterbeer

This magically delicious beverage, perfect for fall parties and get-togethers, is sure to put a spell on you.

8. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey, gooey deliciousness, these butter bars are ones to share.

 

You Get What You Pay For: Hammer Stahl Cookware

I am excited to share that the DLM Cullinary Center has brought in a line of cookware from Hammer Stahl. Founded in 1874 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it is one of the oldest cookware companies in North America. In the 1970’s, they began manufacturing their famous Hammer Stahl American Clad Cookware in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Although there are several high quality cookware companies out there, we feel that this line is a smart way to move forward. In the past, we’ve carried one of their well-known competitors that uses 3-ply, and to our surprise this line is less expensive! Check out their story here and see how they make their pans.

The Hammer Stahl cookware difference is that the 7-ply material is used throughout the cookware, from the bottom and all the way up the sides to the top. Because the Hammer Stahl cookware is made this way, the pan heats more evenly. Other companies use the expensive materials bonded together at the bottom of the cookware, leading to uneven heating.

Hammer Stahl’s 7-ply construction includes a layer of ferritic steel that makes the cookware induction stovetop friendly. This ferritic steel layer throughout the cookware means better quality and stronger cookware. Cheaper “induction ready” cookware only use a magnetic type of stainless steel that is more corrosive.

The handles are hollow so that they stay cool for comfortable handling—that will take some getting used to since we finally got used to always using pot holders no matter what. All of the cookware is hand-finished and hand-polished, by American workers, and include a lifetime warranty. Stop by the DLM Culinary Center and see these beautiful and hard-working pans. We think you’ll love them as much as we do.