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.

Many Moods of Mustards

With Oktoberfest upon us, it is time to get serious about mustard!

Plain and simple – I love mustard. When I was a kid I hated both ketchup and mayonnaise, and believe it or not, all forms of frosting too! One of my favorite after-school snacks was a piece of ham slathered with mustard and rolled around a pickle. Mustard has been a constant condiment that has always had a home with me. Nowadays, there is always a minimum of 3 kinds in my home refrigerator, although on average it runs closer to 5.

Being a native Chicagoan, good ol’ Yellow Mustard is a staple in my fridge—I even keep a spare one in my pantry. There is simply no other that will work on a Chicago style hot dog or a burnt bratwurst at my house. Plus, it’s indispensable for American potato salad along with my mother-in-law’s salad dressing, a family classic.

While in culinary school, I learned how important and versatile Dijon Mustard can be. Way beyond a simple ham and cheese sandwich, there are sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes, and so many more recipes make that jar living in your fridge a powerhouse of creative ideas just waiting for you to open the lid.

Whole Grain Mustard can do things that other mustards can’t – texture being an important and distinctive feature. Whether you are coating a rack of lamb or spreading it on top of a country pâté, it not only adds that acidic brightness of mustard flavor, but also a pop of crunch that is unmistakable. Visibly it helps add interest and it informs the diner that mustard is an integral part of the dish.

Being a traveler has added a bevy of other mustards to my arsenal that are delicious and truly unique. I love the German Extra Hot Mustard for its wicked bite, Provence Mustard for any cheese and charcuterie tray I am whipping up, and Tarragon Mustard for anything with poultry to name a few. Stop by our mustard aisle and broaden your culinary horizons.

Prost!

Cheers to Oktoberfest!

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Gluten Free Event Guide

We use the word “celebrate” in the name of this event to emphasize that the gluten-free community no longer needs to cringe when hearing the term “gluten free,” assuming that it means “fun free.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can have your cake (gluten-free, of course, from Love Cakes by DLM), and eat it, too. “We celebrate in knowing that making the gluten-free choice makes us healthier and happier,” says C.A. Diltz, our in-house gluten-free expert. Celebrate Gluten Free, happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at DLM Washington Square features more than 20 vendors providing everything from gluten-free baked goods, snacks and condiments to beverages, supplements, and skin care items. We invite you to stop by this event to try it, taste it, and continue the celebration at home.

October 6 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DLM Washington Square • FREE

  • Featured Seminar: 1 p.m. (DLM Culinary Center) Celiac Disease: The Final Frontier, presented by Dr. Sean Bingham with Dayton Children’s Hospital

We are excited to have more than 20 vendors this year, each offering mouthwatering gluten-free products. Here is a list of some of the wonderful vendors we have attending!

Bites of Nostalgia

Love Cakes by DLM and Bites of Nostalgia, a local company out of Bellbrook, work together to create delicious, beautiful treats for any special occasion. Cakes and cupcakes are available at any DLM location; 24-hour notice recommended. Biscotti are available at every DLM Coffee Bar, and include flavors like Ginger Spice which is dairy free!

Made Without Grain

Formerly The Brown and Blond Bakery, the Dark Chocolate Brownies and Blondies are available as baking mixes. This allows for alterations when baking, like using an egg substitute, milk can be used instead of water, or butter instead of oil. Skeptics are shocked grain-free baked goods can actually have great taste AND texture.

Maui Mae’s Raw Chocolate

Hawaiian resident, Anna Borchers, moved back to Dayton from the Hawaiian Islands to be near family. Anna comes from a family of bakers, so when she had her first child and realized she didn’t want to go back to work full-time, a business was also born. Her husband Bradley is the official taste tester and is a Chaminade Julienne graduate. She focuses on raw coconut chocolates and Hawaiian-grown macadamia nuts. With 40x the antioxidants of blueberries, her soft and creamy fudge is made of raw cacao, organic virgin coconut oil, and agave nectar. So it’s actually good for you! The roasted macadamia nuts sprinkled with sea salt are the perfect sweet and salty combination!

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery

Hannah’s passion to help others with dietary issues and those with food intolerances led her to develop her grain-free baking mix. It is made mostly with almond and coconut flours which are high in protein and fiber. This paleo mix is also free of gluten, grains, dairy, and sugar. New this year- GF Fruit Pies which will be available in our Frozen department year round.

Tina’s Sweet Treats Pies

Tina’s Sweet Treats is a gluten-free bakery located in Franklin, Ohio. Owner Tina Wagner will be sampling and taking orders for her gluten-free holiday pies. Choose from Pumpkin, Pecan, Cherry Crumble, and Apple Crumble. All pies will be $20 and ready for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Lopaus Point

Located on the coast of Maine, Lopaus Point is where the love of food and sharing it with others was rooted in a young Stacie. Today, sharing that love with others through delicious waffles and baked treats is both Stacie’s and Lopaus Point Bakery’s mission. Their waffles are made with real, simple ingredients prepared in a dedicated GF facility.

Purely Sweet Bakery

This local bakery is healthy as well as allergy friendly. They specialize in paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and organic raw baked goods with an emphasis on clean eating. Purely Sweet Bakery uses fresh ingredients and their products are free from preservatives.

Spice Paradise

Spice Paradise owners, Ulrike and David Massey, fulfilled a longtime dream of opening their own business in the Oregon District. Their vegan dry soup mixes are 100% natural and free of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Explore the world of natural flavors with soups like Vegetable Chili, Spring Vegetable, and Split Pea soups.

Florentine Legacy Sauces

Nick and Peter Penzone were proud owners of Florentine Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, a fixture for 71 years and three generations of Penzones. After closing in December 2016, customers clamored for their signature sauce and Florentine Legacy was born. DLM is proud to offer their Marinara and Tomato and Cream Sauces, both which are gluten free. Be sure to stop by their table at Celebrate Gluten Free event and try a sample.

Dr. Schär 

Schär’s Gluten-Free Artisan Baker Breads have amazing taste and texture, crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, agave, and honey. Available in White, Multigrain, and 10 Grains & Seeds varieties. Schär Honeygrams are delicious crackers which are ideal for s’mores! Gluten free and made with real honey, pack these for your next outdoor adventure as they are perfect for a campfire treat! These little single-serve, cocoa-covered Sch’nack cakes from Schär are filled with cream and dipped in German chocolate. Ideal for lunch boxes or to take on the go to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee!

Screaming for Ice Cream

Chill out and scoop on this quintessential summer sweet! If you need an excuse to eat more ice cream this summer, we’ve got the scoop. Not only will we be hosting an Ice Cream Social noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at all three stores, but we’re also having a summer scoop sale this weekend (through July 22) featuring select brands of ice cream so you can share a pint with someone you love.

We carry some really cool (no pun intended) brands, with so many unique flavor combos. Keep reading below to hear a little bit about each.

VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM

This trendy Brooklyn-based ice cream is made with gorgeous high quality ingredients and has fun flavors like Honeycomb, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Crunch, and Earl Grey Tea. Vegan flavors also available!

COOLHAUS AWESOME ICE CREAM

Two women launched Coolhaus in 2009 with a barely drivable postal van at Coachella, a music festival. Now they have two scoop shops and a presence in a handful of retail stores, including DLM! The Milkshake & Fries flavor is all the rage with shoestring, crispy potatoes nestled within! Also cool is the Campfire S’mores, Dirty Mint Chip, and Buttered French Toast.

NEW ORLEANS ICE CREAM COMPANY

We’re melting for this ice cream that pays homage to the food-centric culture of Louisiana. Whether it be flavors like Coffee & Chicory, Baked Alaska, Bananas Foster, or Cherries Jubilee, these pints are singing the blues of the Big Easy in the best of ways.

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM

If you’re from Ohio, then you know this Love Local fave from Columbus. Jeni is indeed the woman behind this ice cream sensation and the James Beard award-winning chef who created the trend of Salty Caramel. Other favorite flavors of ours are Frosé Sorbet, Gooey Butter Cake, and Brambleberry Crisp.

DLM GELATO

Having quite an affection for all things gustatory from Italy, we knew we wanted to bring a gelato under the DLM private label umbrella. We found a local purveyor in Cincinnati and the rest is history. Look for favorite flavors like Killer Brownie® or Madagascar Vanilla, which is so dense with a rich vanilla bean flavor.

GRAETER’S

What would an ice cream article be without mention of Love Local Graeter’s? Not only do that keep all the Fiona hippo fans happy with their limited edition Chunky Chunky Hippo, but they keep our ice cream bowls full all year long with favorites.

HOMEMADE BRAND ICE CREAM

Look for Homemade Ice Cream featured at our Ice Cream Social this weekend.

As the Cincinnati-founded chain United Dairy Farmers grew, the Homemade Brand of ice cream was born in 1982 and has quickly become a freezer staple in homes across the country, boasting a Cookies ‘n Cream flavor made with real Oreo® cookies.

Wake Up! It’s Officially Summer!

Stumptown Coffee
I’m so excited that DLM now carries Stumptown Coffee! The flagship roaster and coffee bar was first opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. Stumptown has a huge following of coffee fans and has opened shops in Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Drop by and pick up one of their coffees – two of my favorites to try are Hair Bender and their Classic House Blend. Or, when it’s this hot outside try Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew from our cold drink cases.

So get caffeinated and get going this summer – you don’t want to miss a minute of it!

Drizzle Liberally: How to Make Pesto with Novello

Wondering how to make pesto from scratch? The Fall Harvest Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is just the Earthy taste of spring you need and will help you in your pesto pursuits (keep reading for our perfect pesto recipe). In Tuscany, Italy, sits the Zanetti family’s farm, where the olives are grown that are used to make our very own Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

The fruit of their labor is harvested once a year during a small window. Most of the oil will be stored and bottled as needed, but a select amount is sent to us as the first harvest for you to enjoy. We consider this the most exciting oil of the year with its grassy taste that explodes with freshness as it hits your mouth. It’s a special treat, indeed, and only distinguished as Novello for a limited time. What to do with it? Drizzle liberally. Here are a few ideas, including our recipe for perfect pesto.

  1. Drizzle on top of steamed vegetables, pasta, pizza, steak, or DLM Gelato.
  2. Use to lightly fry meats and seafood.
  3. Finish with a little sea salt, freshly ground pepper, or dried herbs and use as a dip for DLM Artisan Bread.
  4. Make bruschetta, a simple vinaigrette, or pesto!

HOW TO MAKE CHEF CARRIE’S PERFECT PESTO RECIPE

3 garlic cloves
½ tsp sea salt, or more to taste
3 oz basil leaves ( about 1 cup packed )
2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
½ cup Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

USING YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR
Pulse the garlic, salt, and pine nuts until finely minced. Add the basil and pulse until finely minced. Stir in the olive oil and cheese, and adjust seasoning according to taste if needed.

For more of an authentic pesto, use a mortar and pestle for a finer texture.

MORTAR AND PESTLE
Step 1: Combine the garlic salt and grind into a paste.

Step 2: Add the basil a handful at a time and grind in a circular motion; continue until all the basil is crushed.

Step 3: Add the pine nuts and crush into the paste, then grind in the cheese.

Step 4: Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until well incorporated. Ready to eat right away, or place in a covered jar with a small amount of additional olive oil.

PESTO USES

  • Toss with freshly cooked veggies
  • Mix into mayo
  • Drizzle over eggs
  • Smear on bruschetta
  • Dollop on soup

Making Sense of Balsamic Vinegar

There are many areas in the store where lots of variety is fun: chocolate bars, cheeses, and craft beers come to mind. Sometimes, however, too many choices can be positively confounding. Balsamic vinegar, I think, is an example of the latter, with varying sizes, shapes, and price points ranging from a few dollars a bottle to well over one hundred. You may wonder, “How much money should I spend?” “How many years should the vinegar be aged?” Then you have to navigate Italian terms such as “tradizionale” and “aceto”…mamma mia! Not to worry. Once you make some sense of it all, a little knowledge equips you to buy the right balsamic and the ticket to enjoying one of world’s great condiments. It’s health giving. It’s flavorful. And it’s a part of every well-stocked pantry. When it comes to classifying balsamic vinegar, you can think in three general categories: at the top end you have tradizionale, at the bottom end commerciale, and then there’s a huge middle ground with blends of varying degrees of the first two.

TRADIZIONALE AT THE TOP

Let’s start with the top, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale* is Italian for Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. Now then, why would you ever spend over $100 for a few ounces for any condiment? Indeed, why is it so expensive? For one reason, you could say, you are buying a little slice of history when you buy a bottle. Let me briefly describe how it’s made. The grapes, usually trebbiano, are harvested then crushed into juice called “must,” and put into vats. At the first signs of fermentation, the must is filtered and then boiled in copper pots until its volume is reduced by about 50%. This concentrated sugary liquid is put into large wooden barrels to begin its fermentation. A small amount of “mother vinegar” is introduced and its yeast aids in turning must into vinegar instead of wine.
After a couple of years aging in large wine size barrels, the vinegar is now ready for aging in a battery of five handcrafted wooden casks of descending sizes. The types of wood used in the five barrels may vary as well, contributing different characteristics to the vinegar. A producer may, for example, use chestnut for color, juniper for aroma, cherry wood for sweetness, etc. Barrel filling takes place in the winter since the cold weather causes slow alcohol fermentation; thus, the brew is allowed to settle which clarifies the vinegar. In turn, the hot summer months contribute to evaporation and concentration of the vinegar. Once a year, they top off the casks to 4/5 full by replenishing the smallest cask with liquid from the second smallest, the second smallest with liquid from the next largest…and so on, down the line. Only the largest cask of the five casks is replenished with liquid that has been outside the series of five.
After a minimum of 12 years of aging, a small amount is drawn off of the smallest barrel for bottling. To receive the tradizionale designation, the vinegar has to undergo rigorous production examinations, and finally pass blind-taste testing by master tasters of the official consortium, ie cooperative. If the vinegar fulfills all the requirements, the consortium (not the producer) bottles and seals it. Additionally, if the vinegar is aged 25 years and passes all the tests, it can be labeled as extra vecchio (extra-old). You can see why tradizionale is so costly when you see how the producer has invested so much money, not to mention many years nurturing it to maturity.

COMMERCIALE BALSAMIC

If you just get to the first stage described above, you essentially have the entry level balsamic, at least with the best producers. (On the other hand, beware of some cheap vinegars that contain added coloring and flavor.) Our producer, the respected Manicardi family of Modena, does things the right way for their entry level vinegar. That is, they use only cooked must that has been aged for 2 years in wooden barrels. We’ve offered this very product for many years now under our own label as “Aunt Angie’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.” We named it after my Dad’s oldest sister, whose father Frank emigrated from Italy. Aunt Angie was always proud of her Italian heritage, so we named this vinegar in her honor. We sell it for only $7.99 for a 500ml bottle. Although we have a couple of other lower priced balsamics on our shelves, our Aunt Angie’s is by far the best we offer in this category.

NEW! DLM AGED BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA

Having defined the top end and entry levels, there are a myriad of possible blends in between. When you mix some of the vinegar from the five cask sets and some of the vinegar from the larger wine size barrels, you get some of the best qualities of the top tier and entry levels. Specifically, vinegars in this range can have more viscosity and complexity similar to the tradizionale but for less money. As you can imagine, you find enormous variety in this middle range, depending on the percentages used in the blend, the producer’s palate and many other variables. In this category, prices can range from around $20 to up around $60 and more.
A couple years ago, several of us took a trip to Europe to visit suppliers and Modena was one of our stops. We spent an afternoon with Maria Livia Manicardi touring her family’s estate where they produce their wonderful balsamic vinegars ranging from their Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena to our own Aunt Angie’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. One of our goals was to taste various blends with the goal of bottling a mid-range blend that we could be proud to put our name on.