Top 10 Food Finds for April

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

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1. Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Marshmallows

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

 

2. The Tipsy Pickle

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

 

3. Kiwi Kuisines Savory Pies

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

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

 

4. Akropolis Pastries Mini Phyllo Rolls

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

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

 

5. Fired Up Pizza Heat & Eat Gourmet Pizza

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

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

 

6. Leoncini Prosciutto di Parma

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

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

 

7. Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

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

 

8. DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

 

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

9. Fagottini di Pollo

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

10. Pecorino Toscano Stagionato D.O.P.

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

 

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Top 10 Food Finds for March

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

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1. Lopaus Point Waffles

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

2. St. Elmo Steak House Sauces

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

3. Crab Cakes

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

4. Stuffed Foods Appetizers

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

5. Sandwich Station Sandwiches

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

6. Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans

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

7. Thursday Cottage Handmade Lemon Curd

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

8. Rustichella d’Abruzzo Pasta

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

9. TRUFF Pasta Sauce

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

10. Lobster Cakes

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

Top Food Finds for February

As we embark on this month’s exploration of top food finds, you’ll find incredible food and beverages from around the world. Some of which are exciting new arrivals, like our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, while others are DLM signature favorites, like our Flat Chicken®, that are too good not to spotlight. Whether you discover new finds or dive into old favorites, we hope you find this selection of food finds as one of our most delicious yet!

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1. Yield Coffee Roasters Coffee

Working alongside farmers, Yield Coffee Roasters works to discover the best coffee. They’re focused on roasting each coffee to achieve its maximum flavor potential, while highlighting the farmers, families, and communities these outstanding coffees represent. Yield works to truly get to know the farmers, helping to create a sustainable economy for the areas from which they get these beans. Currently, they are using a portion of their coffee sales to construct bathrooms for families in need. So as you sip your Yield Coffee with breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or with dessert, know that what you’re enjoying is much more than just a good ol’ cup of joe. Enjoy coffee varieties from these growing regions: Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

2. Hartzler Family Dairy Single Serves

The Hartzler family believes in processing the milk from their cows as minimally as possible as nature intended, without hormones, chemical pesticides, or herbicides used on the farm. The result of this philosophy is a delicious one—milk that’s rich, creamy, and a favorite for many. And when their single-serve milk came on the market, we just had to bring them in. In addition to their current lineup of scrumptious flavors, like Orange Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate, they’ve recently released a new variety that has stolen our hearts—Black Raspberry! Reminiscent of one of the top flavors from a local ice cream shop, this milk is decadent and a dessert in itself.

3. Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil lovers know there’s something truly special about this time of the year—the arrival of the fresh, new, novello olive oils. And our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is an amazing representation of the classic novello flavors and aromatics. The alluring aromas of grass and nuts are reflected in the oil’s flavor. As you taste it, an explosion of freshness first greets your palate and then it finishes with a flavorful, peppery bite. And where do we get such an extraordinary olive oil? Like many of the products in our DLM line, we have farming friends who we work with to produce the best product for you to enjoy. And this includes the Zanetti family. Located in Tuscany, Italy, the Zanetti family farm grows the olives used to make our 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 for our line here at DLM, but a select amount is sent to us as the new, or novello, harvest for you to enjoy. It’s only distinguished as novello for a limited time, so be sure to try it while it’s here! To savor every drop of this luxurious oil, we recommend drizzling over DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella and tomatoes, soup, stew, pizza, DLM Gelato, seafood, steak, vegetables, or pasta. You can also add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, or dried herbs and use the olive oil as a dip for DLM Artisan Bread. And we can’t forget about one of our favorite uses, pesto. This combination of bright olive oil, lots of fresh basil, salty Parmigiano-Reggiano, and rich pine nuts is absolutely delicious! Get Chef Carrie’s recipe for pesto here.

4. Enzo’s Table Biscotti

Taking a look behind the scenes at Enzo’s Table, you’ll find folks who are passionate about sharing the bountiful harvest of California’s San Joaquin Valley. From fruits and nuts to handcrafted pesto and jam, they pour their hearts into all of their endeavors. We’re proud to carry a variety of their products, including Enzo’s Table Biscotti. This biscotti is hand-rolled with premium ingredients, and then twice-baked to achieve the classic biscotti crunch. Whether you choose to enjoy these cookies dunked in coffee, espresso, or alongside a glass of wine, you’re sure to love their selection. Varieties include Traditional Almond, Good Food Awards winner Chocolate Almond, Almond Anise, and Pistachio Cranberry.

5. Runamok Maple Syrup

There’s maple syrup and then there’s good maple syrup. Runamok Maple’s passion for creating pure maple syrup shines in every drop of this golden goodness. They pay close attention to every step of the production process, starting with the environment and the trees themselves. Certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association, Runamok has installed solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint, preserved the surrounding habitat so that migratory birds have a safe home, and used compostable cups to cut down on plastic in landfills. Mid-winter, the maple trees are carefully tapped allowing the sap to run out as the temperature gradually rises in the spring. Once the sap is harvested, it’s transported to the sugarhouse where it’s concentrated through a reverse osmosis machine and boiled down to syrup. Once it reaches the right concentration, the syrup is filtered and stored in barrels. During this process, the syrup is tasted, and the best of the best is marked as Sugarmaker’s Cut. This syrup is the best of the season and usually reserved for friends and family of those who work for Runamok, but it’s now available for you to enjoy! For a twist on this rich syrup, try Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup. As the syrup ages in recently emptied Bourbon barrels, it draws in the deep Bourbon flavor without alcohol. Enjoy these syrups over a towering stack of pancakes or add some to cocktails for a kiss of sweetness.

 

6. Molino Verrini Flour

Something extraordinary happens when you combine the knowledge and experience of four generations of millers and the best wheat grown in Emilia-Romagna—it’s flour perfection. Over the years, the Verrini family, of Molino Verrini, has been producing the highest quality flours in Emilia-Romagna, each carefully crafted and designated for specific uses. Molino Verrini Type 00 Flour, distinguished by its low gluten content and super fine grind, is an excellent choice for fresh pasta as the fine grind allows you to roll the dough to extreme thinness. This flour also makes delicious pizza dough, desserts, wraps, focaccia, and bomboloni Italian donuts. Molino Verrini Type 1 Flour is rich in fibers, proteins, and minerals, containing a small amount of bran and wheat germ. This harmonious combination gives rise to a flour with a heartier aroma and flavor than the Type 00. Use this flour as you would the Type 00. Made by grinding Italian organic wheat, Molino Verrini Organic Type 0 Wheat Flour is high in protein and gluten making it the ideal choice for creating traditional and hard bread, biscuits, and tarts.

 

7. DLM Flat Chicken®

There’s a good reason why DLM Flat Chicken® is one of our signature items and a dinner go-to, and it all starts with the chicken itself. We’re proud to use DLM Natural Chicken that’s air-chilled, free-roaming, and never administered antibiotics. The result is a more flavorful chicken with a great, firm texture. Partially de-boning the chicken, leaving only the wing and drumstick bones, and marinating it in a variety of sauces and seasonings, we’ve taken the prep work out of creating a delicious main dish. Simply cook on the grill or pop in the oven, and enjoy this easy-to-make, not to mention delicious, dish!

 

8. Exotic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such versatile ingredients, contributing lots of umami to the flavor of the dish as well as a hearty, meaty texture and richness. And these exotic mushrooms are a must-try for mushroom lovers. Coming to us from Guided By Mushrooms right here in Dayton, this variety includes oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut. Oyster mushrooms have a unique, almost seafood-like flavor, making it a great choice for adding to soups, chowders, and stir-fry. Lion’s mane, in addition to being beneficial health-wise, is often used as a substitute in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Its flavor and texture is similar to lobster or crab—meaty, tender, and delicate. Chestnut mushrooms taste like mild Shittakes. Along with a meaty texture, these mushrooms have a rich, earthy, and nutty flavor.

9. Le Pithivier

Peering into our pâtisserie case, you’re met with a array of stunning creations that are Made Right Here by our incredibly talented Pâtisserie team. This group of chefs knows that when it comes to world-class pastries, there are no shortcuts. From ingredients, like European-style butter and local organic eggs, and technique to presentation and flavor, they make sure each and every detail is perfect. One of our seasonal favorites, Le Pithivier, has a history that’s as delicious as the pastry itself. Our pâtisserie chefs begin this French Mardi Gras classic by crafting a delicate puff pastry. It’s then filled with our signature almond cream and brûléed. Be sure to grab one from our Bakery for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration, or have it shipped via shop.dorothylane.com.

10. Farin’ UP Mixes

Although their packaging is dressed with whimsical illustrations, the mixes inside are the real deal. They’re produced in Luxemburg by the Miller family whose mills have been in operation since 1704. The 11th generation owner, Louis, has traveled the world and developed these artisanal baking mixes using his family’s milling traditions. Whether you choose to enjoy Le Fantastique Belgian Waffles Mix, made with pearl sugar that melts and caramelizes when cooked, J’adore les Pancakes Mix, perfectly fluffy and ready to sop up all of that glorious maple syrup, Le Tasty Cookies Mix, which makes the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, or Le Delicious Brownies Mix, pure chocolatey goodness, you’re sure to enjoy the authentic recipes and flavors each mix delivers.

And this month, we couldn’t resist adding a bonus food find! Look for this cheese in The DLM Cheese Shop while supplies last!

Baetje Farms Coeur de la Creme

What started about 20 years ago with a hunger for French-inspired “Pure Artisan Farmstead” goat cheese has grown into the award-winning creamery known at Baetje Farms. Like many of our farming friends, Baetje Farms believes that in order to create the best cheese, you must have the best milk coming from animals in the best physical condition. In order to achieve goat cheese perfection, the goats producing their milk receive a wealth of minerals and nutrients from organic mineral supplements, locally grown alfalfa, filtered spring water from spring fed creeks, and a natural antibiotic-free grain. In addition to a healthful diet, the goats are free to roam the pastures leading to happier and healthier goats. One of Baetje Farms award winning and most well-known cheese is the Coeur de la Creme. It’s made with simple ingredients, like goat milk, culture, rennet, and salt, giving it a clean yet tangy flavor. Look for scrumptious varieties, including Herb de Provence, Three Pepper, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Bavarian Lemon Curd, and Cranberry & Orange.

What’s for Dinner Valentine’s Edition: Surf and Turf

Why not have the best of both land and sea on your dinner plate? Classic surf and turf was popularized in the 1960s when it was featured at the restaurant that sat atop the Space Needle in Seattle during the 1962 World’s Fair. So where is the best place to get it here in Ohio? DLM of course! And our stuffed lobster tail and beef filet are so deliciously decadent!

Whether you want the best of both worlds on each dinner plate this Valentine’s Day, or you’re willing to share with your sweetie, we’ve got you covered. For the surf, we are featuring a Stuffed Lobster Tail that can be easily cooked at home (keep reading for more details about this catch)! For the turf, there’s nothing better than a DLM Natural Beef Filet Mignon, cut from a beautiful beef tenderloin. Whether you seek a classic filet prep, or something with additional flair, I’ve got you covered with prep tips, too! Just pop open the wine, play some music, and enjoy some time well spent cooking together.

For the “Surf”

Our Stuffed Lobster Tail comes oven ready to bake from our Seafood department, featuring cold water lobster tails stuffed with real crab, plenty of butter, a touch of Old Bay Seasoning tossed with Panko Bread Crumbs, and a squeeze of lemon juice. These come stuffed, but you will need to cook them when you are ready for your meal. Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Place stuffed tails on a lined pan. Drizzle with melted butter and cook for 18-22 minutes or until lobster meat is cooked through and opaque. Serve with a fresh squeeze of lemon.

For the “Turf”

The Filet Mignon cut is from DLM Natural Beef Tenderloin, and is lifetime free of antibiotics and hormones. Let me tell you, when you start with a great quality steak like this, you’re in for a treat. Don’t be intimidated by this cut of beef! Whether you pan sear, grill, or roast it, this cut is mild and tender. It doesn’t need any complicated ingredients to make it shine—just some good sea salt and a grind or two of black pepper. Either separately or together, DLM Beef Tenderloin and our Stuffed Lobster Tail make an elegant dinner that you can prepare at home. Whether you want to share is up to you!

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Top 10 Food Finds January

A new year calls for some new food finds! Come with us on this month’s food journey as we explore some of the tastiest products available. From the traditional flavors of Maine to New York-style pizza to an exquisite olive oil, we’re excited to share with you our selection of top 10 food finds for the month of January!

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1. Rishi Tea & Botanicals Tea

Composed of premium teas and botanicals imported from gardens around the world, Rishi Tea & Botanicals tea is a true sipping experience. These teas are free of pesticides and fertilizers, making them healthier for the environment, farmers, and tea drinkers alike. Take your taste buds on a flavorful journey as you enjoy the wide array of Rishi Teas. Boost your immunity in a delicious way with Rishi Organic Elderberry Healer Botanical Blend. Filled with plenty of elderberry, ginger root, licorice root, and grapefruit essential oil, this tea has an elegant tannin structure and a luxurious flavor. The limited edition, seasonal Quince Eucalyptus Organic Tea is a lively blend of sweet quince, refreshing eucalyptus, spicy ginger, black pepper, and vibrant yuzu. If you enjoy robust teas, you’ll love the Mushroom Hero Tea. A hearty blend of reishi and maitake mushrooms, rich cocoa nibs, and detoxifying roots, gives this tea a coffee-like appearance and taste. Unwind and reset with a soothing cup of Rishi Valerian Dream Organic Tea, filled with calming botanical and aromatic flowers. Add some zest to your day with Rishi Turmeric Ginger Tea. A fragrant combination of turmeric, ginger, and citrus, this tea is not only wonderful on its own, but shines when used in a variety of recipes. We also love Spicy Masala Chai, a full-bodied black tea blended with traditional Indian masala spices; Dandelion Detox, the perfect after dinner tea; and the traditional British tea, Earl Grey.

2. Catalina Crunch Keto Cereal

A desire to enjoy healthier versions of those childhood favorite cereals drove Krishna, founder of Catalina Crunch, to create this cereal selection. Made with premium, all-natural ingredients, Catalina Crunch Keto Cereal contains a blend of plant proteins and fibers aimed to keep you full longer and promote gut health. This cereal is made ultra-crunchy for a few key reasons, including higher protein and fiber content, it’s more pleasurable to eat, prevents overeating, and boosts your energy through increasing the blood flow to your jaws. As you munch on flavors such as Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Toast, and Maple Waffle, you can rest assured that these cereals are gluten and grain free, vegan, and Keto friendly.

3. L’Épicurien Mini Preserves Trio & Mini Cheese Confit Set

 

L’Epicurien focuses on the intricate yet artisanal process of taking fresh, top-of-the-line ingredients, combining them with complementary flavors, and creating the ideal textures for jams and preserves. Their impeccable attention to detail and careful product creation shines in each jar. Now you can enjoy a trio of flavors in this perfectly packed set! The L’Épicurien Mini Preserves Trio includes a selection of exquisite preserves that will add a gourmet touch to your breakfast, snack, or dessert. Inside you’ll find Very Strawberry Preserves, bursting with strawberry deliciousness that’s a wonderful addition to cottage cheese and trifles, Apricot, made with peach, apple, pear, and apricot, and Black Fig Preserves, rich with perfectly ripe figs this is delicious addition to your charcuterie board. We also love the L’Epicurien Mini Cheese Confit Set! A true cheese-lover’s dream, this set comes with Fig and Walnuts Confit, which goes perfectly with goat cheese, Red Pepper with Raspberry and Cayenne Pepper Confit, great with blue cheese or spread on sandwiches, and Black Cherry Confit that’s delicious slathered on a toasted baguette.

 

4. Antonio Mattei Biscotti

Enjoying Antonio Mattei Biscotti is like enjoying a piece of history. Thought of as the standard of all biscotti throughout Tuscany, this Tuscan treat is the real deal. It’s still made today with simple ingredients and then hand-shaped in the same historic bakery where it all began. Once the dough is baked in the oven, it’s sliced giving it the classic biscotti shape, then put back in the oven to achieve that perfectly crunchy texture. You can find these cookies packed in their iconic blue paper bags tied with their traditional string (the same way they’ve been packaging biscotti for over 100 years). Savor these treats at the end of the meal with a glass of dessert wine, like Tuscan Vin Santo, crumbled over gelato, or dipped in chocolate fondue.

 

5. Bar Harbor Soups

 

Savor the classic flavors of Maine with Bar Harbor Soups. Each hand-crafted batch is made with simple, real ingredients, including sustainably caught seafood, and contains no artificial preservatives or MSG. You’re sure to love Bar Harbor New England Clam Chowder. Loaded with tender potatoes and juicy clams, this soup will transport you to the shores of Maine. If you love salmon, Bar Harbor New England Style Salmon Chowder is a must! It’s a delightful and hearty blend of wild-caught seafood and potatoes, making it a meal in itself. (But we like to serve it with DLM Artisan Bread so that we can sop up every tasty drop.) We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Bar Harbor New England Style Corn Chowder. This comforting soup is chockful of delicious corn and perfect for these cold winter days. Don’t forget about the Lobster Bisque and Crab Bisque! These decadent soups are creamy and luxurious, filled with wild seafood caught right off the docks of Maine. Each bite is like a warm hug. Whether you choose to enjoy these soups with a chunk of DLM Artisan Bread, a handful of oyster crackers, or simply on their own, we’re sure they’ll become a staple in your pantry.

6. Wicked Minis Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Next on our food finds list is Moonlight Mixes Wicked Minis Seasoned Oyster Crackers. These crackers may be small, but they deliver a big punch of flavor! Wicked Minis Garlic Parmesan boasts plenty of savory garlic and parmesan making them some of our go-tos for adding a delightful crunch to salads or soups, including Bar Harbor Soups. The Crushed Red Pepper variety has just the right amount of heat, kicking up the flavor of a variety of dishes, including chili.

 

7. OlioCRU Garda DOP Trentino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Located amongst the rolling hills in upper Lake Garda, Italy, OlioCRU strives to produce olive oil that’s a true reflection of its terroir. One of their carefully created varieties is the Garda DOP Trentino Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has a delicate and elegant flavor. It is recognized for harmony and for the light, balanced aromas of fresh grass, aromatic herbs, hay, and artichoke along with the typical almond aftertaste. The olives intended for production of extra virgin olive oil with “Garda” Protected Origin Denomination come from the elevated territories of the provinces of Brescia, Verona, Mantua and Trento.

8. Matiz España Tinned Fish & Piquillo Peppers

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Part of Culinary Collective, a small company focused on supporting the preservation of local food systems worldwide, Matiz España represents some of the traditional and unique flavors of Spain. Caught in the Atlantic waters off the shores of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, Matiz España Wild Octopus in Spanish Olive Oil is tender and flavorful. Enjoy it straight from the can or sautéed with Spanish paprika, salt, and a squeeze of lemon.  The sardine varieties from Matiz España are a must-try for any sardine fan. Whether you choose the standard Wild Sardines, Wild Sardines with Natural Essense, Small Sardines with Sweet Piquillo Peppers, or the Wild Spicy Sardines with Piripiri Chili Peppers in Olive Oil, you’re sure to enjoy the plump, tender texture and rich flavor of each hand-packed tin. Fished using traditional line and hook methods (dolphin free) and cleaned by hand, Matiz España Bonito del Norte tuna is packed in high quality Spanish amplifying its hearty and rich flavor. The Wild Cockles come from the Atlantic coast of Spain, Portugal, and France, and are pack Spanish-style with nothing more than a touch of sea salt. They’re plump, tender, and flavorful. Savor them from the tin with a squeeze of lemon and chopped parsley, or serve with pasta sauce and bread. Simmered and marinated in organic extra-virgin olive oil, Matiz España Organic Mussels in Oil and Vinegar are plump, tender, and excellent sprinkled with Spanish paprika, sautéed with onions and roasted peppers, or served with pasta sauce and bread. Matiz España D.O. Piquillo Peppers carry the exclusive seal of authenticity (Denominacion de Origen) granted only to those peppers that are hand-picked in the Ribera del Ebro region of Northern Spain. They’re slow roasted over open wood fires giving them a unique and complex flavor. Serve roasted, sautéed, tossed in salad, or stuffed.

 

9. DLM Sipping Bone Broth

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With our high standards for all of our products, including those in our Meat department, providing a quality bone broth just seemed like a natural next step. Rich in flavor and filled with an abundance of nutrients, bone broth is great for your health and can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Add Sriracha for a little heat; ground ginger and turmeric for a stomach-soothing remedy; or add garlic to combat the common cold. Available in varieties such as Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, Free-Range Turkey Bone Broth, Organic Chicken Bone Broth, and a Field & Sky combination. Interested in trying all four? We now have a DLM Sipping Bone Broth Sampler available online only through shop.dorothylane.com!

 

10. Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza

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Pizza fans know that there’s something undeniably delicious about that thin, chewy, and foldable crust that New York-style pizza is known for. Now you can satisfy that craving without having to make the trek to the Empire State thanks to New York-based Table 87. Known as “The Home of the Coal Oven Slice,” Table 87 has been slicing and serving up pies since 2012. Along with running three brick and mortar pizza shops in Brooklyn, they’ve figured out a way to share their delicious pizza with those near and far. Each pie begins with a flavorful crust that’s covered with homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and a variety of toppings. The pizza is then baked in their coal oven and promptly frozen to ensure freshness. Look for these pizzas in our Frozen department!

BaconFest 2021: The Bacon Must Go On

Although this year’s BaconFest may look very different without tastings and the event excitement, we thought about it and decided that the bacon must go on!  We’re still raising the curtain to highlight the star of the frying pan—BACON! We’re talking about DLM Uncured Bacon that contains no nitrates or nitrites, and is lifetime antibiotic free. During BaconFest, look for featured bacon-licious products weaved throughout our offering in just about every department, Jan. 27-Feb. 9, 2021, including our Made Right Here creations! From Bourbon Salted Chocolate Bacon to Bacon & Cheddar Stuffed Portobello, you’ll find bacon-centric products all around our stores and online at shop.dorothylane.com.

Although we aren’t having an “event” day in the traditional sense, be sure to pick up some of our bacon creations all around the store. Get our BaconFest Checklist so that you can make sure you make it to your favorites at your own pace Jan. 27-Feb. 9.

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  • Looking to bestow the gift of bacon to someone special? Check out our DLM Bacon Club via shop.DorothyLane.com. Each month for 6 months, the recipient will receive two packages of bacon from our curated selection.
  • As we celebrate this savory and beloved food, we’re highlighting some of our favorite recipes showcasing, you guessed it, BACON! Get these bacon-filled recipes here!

DLM Difference: Heavenly Ham®, A Timeless Tradition

The thing about tradition is that it brings us comfort, even as many of our typical holiday plans are shifting. This is why at DLM, we continue to do what we do best this holiday season, which is to provide Honestly Better® food and service every time. So no matter how different your holiday looks this year, the pleasure of a good meal is a tradition to hold tight. Our Heavenly Ham® is one of those food traditions at so many households, earning it a place on our list of treasured DLM Differences for plenty of good reasons.

Not only is it dressed with our signature glaze of a sweet, rich honey and delicate spices, but it’s all sealed in with a high-heat open flame. The result is a rich caramelization that locks in the juices and enhances the natural flavor within. The hams are slowly cured and hickory smoked, making them ready to heat and serve at a moment’s notice.

We first embarked on bringing such a treat to DLM in the early 80s with the help of a good friend who taught us a thing or two. Norman Mayne tells the story best as we sought to bring our ambition to life: “We ruined so many hams, but eventually (with help) we got it right. Millions of toothpicks later and after our first holiday season… they loved it.” Before we knew it, Heavenly Ham® was one of our holiday season bestsellers, eventually expanding to also ship via shop.dorothylane.com and embraced as a corporate gift. Heavenly Ham® certainly is a tradition we’ll hold on to.

 

Bringing home a Heavenly Ham® is a smart way to fill your table for days to come. Dinner? Done. Brunch? You betcha! Or, you’ll be covered when you get that hankering for a late night sandwich. If you’re lucky to have leftovers, check out some of our favorite recipes showcasing this timeless tradition.

DLM Difference: Our Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey

In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and mayhem. Reflecting back, the worse investment I’ve made this year was a 2020 planner! Every event has been turned upside down it seems. Do not let this happen to this year’s Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day is meant to be a day (and hopefully for some time after) of reflection and gratitude. The gratitude of a successful harvest season and the wonderful bounty we have at our dinner tables. Giving thanks for the foundation of our great nation and the humanity of all people.

Give thanks at your Thanksgiving table by sharing this meal with your immediate family. Maybe you always cook the bird or maybe it is your first attempt. Either way, it’s a wonderful way to spend time together. Here at DLM, we are grateful for the opportunity to share with you a very special turkey. It’s locally raised, free-range, never administered antibiotics, and fed a non-GMO diet. It truly is a DLM Difference that we hope you’ll enjoy.

5 Things to Know About Our Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey

1. LOCALLY RAISED

When you visit Bowman & Landes Turkeys in New Carlisle, Ohio, you’ll be greeted by the fall brilliance of splashy colors. DLM has partnered closely with Bowman & Landes to raise our turkeys for many years!

2. NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED

A few years ago, we proudly announced a huge DLM Difference when it comes to our turkey. We debuted our Non-GMO Project Verified DLM Free-Range Turkey. This was the result of a lengthy, ongoing process we embarked on with Bowman & Landes involving farm audits and documentation of procedures to make sure our flocks were raised Non-GMO Project Verified.

RESERVE THE TURKEY THAT WEARS THE BEST BUZZWORDS >>>

3. FREE-RANGE

Our turkeys can roam in outdoor greenspace if they wish where they can bob and weave with curiosity. Carl Bowman says that this isn’t just to make a more flavorful turkey, but it provides the conditions for a healthier one.

4. NO ANTIBIOTICS/HORMONES

DLM Turkeys have always been antibiotic and hormone free. They are fed a diet that in addition to being non-GMO, also is 100% vegetarian.

5. IT TASTES GOOD

As Carl Bowman told us on a past visit, “A happy turkey is a healthy turkey. … We translate a healthier turkey to a more flavorful one.” We couldn’t agree more. Ready to start cooking? Check out our turkey prep tips! 

How much to buy? See below and don’t forget to save room for turkey leftover recipes.

 

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Prep: 3 Methods to Try

I love all the November food magazines, blogs, and chefs all claiming they have finally found the best way to cook a turkey. Truth is, there is no one and only best way to cook it. Deciding on the desired end results will help the home cook figure out which particular cooking method can get them there.

Lots of families want the whole roasted bird as the centerpiece of their holiday table. While others want crispy, crackly skin with juicy tender meat inside, sans the stress of carving at the table. Some of us want a simple method that yields easy clean up, with just enough breast meat leftover for sandwiches. Others are in it for the adventure! Whatever you’re looking for, here are three ideas for how to prepare your locally raised Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey, the turkey that’s the talk of the town!

1. The Traditional Whole Roasted Turkey

Step 1: Remove the neck and gizzards and discard or place in the bottom of the roasting pan if you desire. Rinse the turkey, drain well, and pat dry.

Step 2: Rub skin with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season well with Kosher salt and DLM Grilling & Seasoning Rub.

Step 3: Fill the cavity with celery, onion, and a quartered lemon. Add an inch of water to the pan and roast covered (uncover at end to lightly brown).

Step 4: Pull when meat thermometer reads 165ºF in the thigh. Let turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. It’s that simple! Hint: If turkey is too large to fit in your pan, see No. 3 below for a Spatchcocked Turkey.

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 (no stuffing in the cavity). To ensure that turkey is fully cooked to 165°F, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh.

LEARN MORE >>> 5 Common Turkey Prep Questions Answered

2. Turkey Breast

We all know that dark meat is the most flavorful, but for those white meat fans, roasting a turkey breast is just the ticket.

Step 1: Try rubbing it with an herb butter, either making your own or using our DLM Herb Butter from The DLM Cheese Shop. Rub all over the outside and even tuck some under the skin!

Step 2: Choose a pan that’s slightly larger than your breast. Add about an inch of liquid to it. Try DLM Premium Turkey Broth or channel your inner Ina Garten and use white wine.

Step 3: Cook low and slow to keep meat from drying out. Preheat oven to 325ºF and cook until it reaches 165ºF.

3. Spatchcocked

The benefits are plenty—cut down on cooking time and maximize that crispy skin!

Step 1: Remove turkey’s backbone using a good pair of kitchen shears. Flatten turkey in pan, breast-side up, pushing down on breast bones. Pull thighs outward.

Step 2: Rub with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper on both sides! Or, use a dry brine for extra crispy skin. Sit turkey uncovered overnight in the fridge.

Step 3: Cook to 165ºF. To carve, remove legs and wings and slice breast meat, paying attention to cut away from breastbone.

 

Top 10 Food Finds November

Our food finds journey has brought us several fantastic products so far. From luxurious chocolates to truffle-laden sauces and salts, these selections represent some of the best products in the food industry. As we move on to November, we’re excited to highlight even more delicious items. Check out our list of this month’s top 10 food finds below!

SHIP TOP FOOD FINDS

1. Newby Teas

With a reputation of being the world’s most awarded luxury tea brand, Newby produces quality tea from only the best ingredients. They’re extremely particular as to the tea leaves that are selected to create their line of teas. So much so, that they only use the leaves that are picked in prime season from March to July. Each tea has exceptional flavor that represents the region from where the ingredients came from. Meticulously blending and tasting various teas, Newby is able to craft a beverage that’s rich in flavor, yet delicate and refined. Newby Earl Grey Black Tea blends black tea leaves with bergamot oil, giving this particular variety a citrus aroma and sweet bergamot orange taste. The Ginger & Lemon Tea is a lively, spicy, and warming blend of ginger root and lemongrass. The aroma and flavor of lemon and ginger is sure to awaken your senses as you enjoy a cup.

2. Oui Love It! Biscuits

An adorable family filled with foodies. That’s what you’ll find as you dig into the story behind family-owned Oui Love It! Constantly on the move as adventure beckoned them, French couple Isabelle and Bruno, along with their kids, always brought a piece of home with them as they travelled—biscuits. Their love of these cookies and desire to share them with others drove them to create this line of French biscuits. Hand-selected ingredients used in traditional recipes and made by the very best biscuit makers, Oui Love It! Biscuits are made in France and quite delicious. The Boudoirs are soft and they melt in your mouth. Because of their texture, they’re not only great on their own, but also in Tiramisu. You can’t get much better than Palets Bretons. These round, crumbly biscuits are made with an indulgent amount of butter making them simply irresistible. Oui Love It! Palmiers have a stunning appearance and an equally scrumptious flavor. They’re light and airy with a delightful crunch. Sablés Coco are made from sweet shortcrust pastry. When these cookies are made, cold butter is added to flour and sugar, then rubbed together until all the flour and sugar is coated with butter. This process gives these biscuits an incredible texture making it hard to eat only one.

3. Eat This Yum! Jams & Preserves

Located in Bucks County, Erwinna, Pennsylvania, Eat This Yum! is family-owned, focusing on all-natural, fruit-forward flavors. Using fruit that’s at its peak ripeness, a variety of spices and herbs, and less sugar than traditional jams, Eat This Yum! carefully crafts their preserves. Eat This Yum! Uncured Bacon Marmalade with Orange and Balsamic Caramelized Onion is filled with oranges, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh thyme, and lots of bacon, of course! Slather this marmalade on burgers, grilled cheese, or paninis. The Seedless Blackberry Rosemary Jam is bursting with sweet yet tart blackberry goodness along with aromatic rosemary, making it the perfect choice for serving with creamy cheeses, lamb, and sea bass. Or, try using it as a base for a vinaigrette. Savory and slightly sweet flavors meet in Eat This Yum! Tomato Jalapeño Marmalade. This zingy spread is delicious with freshly grilled shrimp, poured over Brie, or spread on a ham sandwich. Sweet strawberries, bright citrus, and comforting lavender combine to create the Strawberry Lemon Lavender Preserves. We love this jam with cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and even just on toasted DLM Artisan Bread. The delightful combination of rich flavors in the Eat This Yum! Balsamic Caramelized Onions is a great addition to paninis and burgers. Blueberry Cardamom Preserve has a wonderful blueberry flavor that when partnered with the cardamom and a little garlic is the ideal choice for a finishing sauce for duck. Spiced Caramel Pear Jam screams fall as it’s filled with delicate pear flavor along with nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Add to your cheese board alongside blue cheese and brie, or get create and use for thumbprint cookies.

4. Loison Panettone

As you enjoy a piece of Loison Panettone, you’re met with great flavor and a product rich in history and Italian holiday tradition. Using top-of-the-line fresh ingredients, like eggs from free-range hens, milk, butter, and cream along with carefully sourced fixings, like Italian sugar and whole sea salt, Loison has perfected crafting panettone. Studded with fruit and a variety of ingredients, this cake-like bread is excellent with tea or coffee, used for French toast, and makes a great gift this holiday season. If you’re looking for the classic panettone experience, we suggest trying Loison Panettone Classico. It’s filled with sweet raisins and has a wonderful orange and citron flavor. Studded with Sultana raisins and candied lemon peels, Loison Panettone Limone has a beautiful and refreshing flavor that’s complemented by a lemon cream. For the chocolate lover, try Panettone Chocolat. With the traditional panettone shape and height, this panettone is filled with pieces of chocolate. Try serving it warm paired with a glass of DLM A2 Guerney Milk. Another chocolate-centric option is the Loison Panettone Gran Cacao. Throughout this holiday treat, you’ll find chocolate morsels and a rich ripple of chocolate filling. Turning up the decadent dial, Loison also has Panettone Carmello Salato that not only has chocolate chunks mixed throughout, but it’s stuffed with salted caramel cream. Although Loison is well-known for their incredible panettone, they also produce biscuits. The Pera Biscuits are rich, perfectly crunchy, and have a surprisingly fresh flavor due to the addition of pear. Loison Albicocca Biscuits are made with apricot, giving the cookie a lovely aroma and a delightful sweetness. Look for these exquisitely wrapped Italian treasures in stores and online, while supplies last.

5. North Country Charcuterie

Found locally in Columbus, Ohio, North Country Charcuterie is a family-owned company that handmakes cured meats and salamis. Using humanely raised Berkshire pork and ingredients from Ohio producers, they’re able to create excellent products. No 1 Salami is the richest and creamiest salami of the North Country collection. It is boldly flavored with cheese from Blue Jacket Dairy in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Chardonnay from Debonne Vineyards in Madison, Ohio, chopped garlic, and fresh sage. Subtly flavored with Tripel from Combustion Brewery in Pickerington, Tripel Pigs Salami is their most traditional salami with an American twist. Lupo Salami is deep, dark, and mysterious. North Country artisans combine Russian Imperial Stout from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio, with Mexican mole to create a rich, bold flavor. Fino Salami is an ode to the owner’s mom and her love of garlic. This Finocchiona-style salami is a delicate balance of ground fennel and minced garlic. The Rojizo Chorizo is an intriguing fusion of European traditions and flavors like hot paprika, cayenne, and chipotle without overwhelming heat. Hoguera Spreadable Chorizo is best enjoyed on a baguette or added to a favorite Spanish recipe. This Sobrasada with its hot paprika, chipotle, and cayenne hits your tongue with a sultry surprise and fiery finish. They use synthetic casings for this link. All of these are best served at room temperature. The white mold on the outside is edible and natural, but you can peel it off before serving.

6. Bravado Spice Co. Hot Sauce

Boldly going where no other hot sauces have gone before, Bravado Spice Co. crafts unique hot sauces that are bold, blending heat and flavor in perfect harmony. Their Jalapeño & Green Apple Hot Sauce composed of green apple, poblano pepper, and jalapeño pepper is fairly mild and is an excellent addition to omelets, pulled pork, and seafood. Try drizzling in your guacamole for an irresistible sweet heat. Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce is exploding with pineapple flavor and nice heat from the habanero peppers, but it’s well balanced and goes great with pork, chicken, and seafood. We love adding it to marinades. Bravado Spice Co. Crimson Hot Sauce is a go-to sauce for just about anything—a true hot sauce MVP. If you love Tabasco, you need to try this! Pour liberally on wings, tacos, pizza, and fried chicken (it goes great on just about everything). AKA Miso Ghost-Reaper Hot Sauce will give you an addicting blaze of heat along with the umami flavor you crave. Try this sauce with ramen, sushi, roasted veggies, and grilled meats. We can’t get enough of Bravado Spice Co. Ghost Pepper & Blueberry Hot Sauce! Great heat and just the right amount of blueberry flavor makes this hot sauce a true showstopper. Because of the blueberry’s slightly sweet taste, we recommend pairing this sauce with your eggs and bacon, duck, and red meats. The Creamy Herb and Jalapeño Hot Sauce is made with savory herbs, fresh jalapeños, garlic, and olive oil forging into the ultimate creamy green sauce. We suggest pairing it with grilled steak, roasted chicken, pork loin, salmon, grilled zucchini & squash, oysters, empanadas, and fried plantains. And don’t think Bravado forgot about Italian dishes. The award-winning Serrano & Basil Hot Sauce is filled with fragrant basil and the zing of serrano peppers. This sauce is just begging to be poured over pasta, pizza, lasagna, meatball subs, and so much more.

7. John Wm. Macy’s Grilled Crostini Toasts with Olive Oil & Sea Salt

With over 40 years of experience, John Wm. Macy’s bakery creates exquisite snacks full of flavor and real, quality ingredients. Grilled Crostini Toasts are toasted slices of artisan sourdough baguettes that have been seasoned with olive oil and sea salt. These bread slices are then baked to achieve that signature crunch. These crostini toasts are excellent right out of the bag or slathered with a cheese spread from The DLM Cheese Shop.

8. DLM La Pastora Yellow Honey Coffee

We first tasted La Pastora at a deep-rooted family farm when visiting Costa Rica, and are excited to bring it to you. It’s bright with citrus, melon, mango, and berry flavors with a raw sugar finish, as the coffee is honey processed alongside the family’s organic fruit farm. Fanatic about ripeness, only the brightest red coffee cherries make the cut. That high level of attention to processing results in this exceptional coffee roasted locally at Boston Stoker. Finca La Pastora is located in Santa Maria de Dota region of Tarrazu. The farm has been in the same family for over 60 years. The owner Minor Esquival Picado, has divided the farm into 3 separate farms, 2 for his daughters and La Pastora which he has built his micro mill. One of the more innovative producers in the area with concern for environmental impact all of his coffee is honey processed and dried on African beds. Boston Stoker roasts this coffee exclusively for DLM.

9. Lick My Spoon Confections Chocolate Bars

Without formal training, but a passion for creating the best confections possible, Kristine Insalaco-Gaioni dabbled in making traditional Italian sweets and caramel sauce. Through trial and error she perfected her caramel sauce and passed it out to friends. After receiving rave reviews, Kristine decided to enter her caramel sauce in the Good Food Awards in San Francisco where her sauce won the hearts of the judges. The name for the caramel sauce, Lick My Spoon, came naturally as the judges and friends who tasted her sauce would literally lick the spoon. After her caramel sauce became a hit, she decided to dive into working with chocolate. This desire to learn led her to training in Milan with a master pastry chef, working her way to the title of chocolatier. Lick My Spoon Confections chocolate bars have crave-worthy and unique flavor combinations that we just love. The Orange Cardamom Spice Bar, composed of white chocolate that’s blended with candied orange peel, cardamom spice, and pistachio almond nougatine, is not only one of our favorites, but it also is a Good Food Award Winner 2020. White chocolate blended with raspberries and strawberries with a touch of rosewater, the Berry Rose Bar is visually stunning and a beautiful combination of flavors. You have to try Hot Little Number Bar. With complex flavors and a kiss of heat, this chocolate bar is made with 61% Venezuelan single bean origin cacao, cinnamon, and a mix of peppers. The picturesque Strawberry Bar, made with strawberries and cocoa butter, tastes of ripe strawberries with freeze dried strawberry slices.

10. Esther Price Fine Chocolates Fudge

With their first roots planted right here in Dayton, Esther Price Fine Chocolates has certainly become a household name. This delicious story began in a 7th grade Home Economics class where THE Esther Price learned to make fudge and immediately fell in love with the process. From there she ventured into making chocolate and soon began selling chocolate from her home business. Esther’s business quickly outgrew her home, so she opened her first store on Wayne Avenue in Dayton, and the rest is history. In homage to their humble beginnings, Esther Price produces rich and decadent home made fudge. Available in Chocolate and Peanut Butter, this delectable, local treat makes a great gift or indulgent treat for yourself.