The Last Hurrah of Summer … Really?

I used to be one of those people who stopped wearing white pants after Labor Day. Were you?

With Labor Day weekend comes lots of melancholy about saying goodbye to summer. No more stolen moments at the neighborhood pool, eating on the patio, and no more tomatoes, corn on the cob, peaches, hot dogs, potato salad, farmers’ markets … get the picture?

Don’t be bummed because in reality it is far too early to say goodbye! I think that just because school has started for most, everyone wants FALL right away. I mean c’mon, Halloween is already in stores! I want to start cooking fall foods like rich, braised dishes, big pots of chili, and apple pies. I want to pull out all of my cozy sweaters and wear darker lipstick.

But as far as the weather goes, it couldn’t be more perfect. My two favorite outdoor months here in Ohio are September and October. Perfect for hayrides, gorgeous sunsets, dinners eating outside, farmers’ markets, hikes, and many more to list here.

Be an unwritten rule breaker! Wear white whenever you darn well want to. Celebrate with your friends and family on all of those glorious local tomatoes, peppers, and  corn that are abundant, and frankly, perfect right now. In fact, DLM still have amazing local produce here well into October. So don’t rush it!

If you must, go ahead and drink your PSL in shorts and flip flops!

The Perfect Quick Bite: Fire-Roasted Appetizers

You’ve likely seen folks walking around our store with a glass of wine in hand and returning to the Wine Bar to lightly graze. Our Wine Bars are more popular than ever, as people gather for wine tastings and other events and often grab a quick bite from various departments around the store. We’re really excited to give you another reason to join in with this crowd—our newly debuted Fire-Roasted Appetizers at our Naples-Style Pizza Station (at DLM Washington Square and Springboro only).

We use the very same oven with an open flame where we cook our Naples-Style Pizza to create the quick bites that you can enjoy whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a wine tasting. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Caprese: Blistered tomatoes served alongside pesto and burrata.

DLM Meatballs: Served in a tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano.

Tikka Cauliflower Charred: Cauliflower in a Tikka Masala sauce with cilantro.

Warm Marinated Olives: Greek olives marinated in olive oil with lemon and rosemary.

Hot Goat Cheese Dip: Kalamata olives and capers in tomato sauce with fresh goat cheese.

Blistered Shishito: Fresh shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

Bite into the Hatch Hype: 5 Hatch Chile Recipes

Fire up the roaster and get ready—the much-anticipated Hatch Chiles are here and we are celebrating their arrival in the most delicious ways at DLM, including the 5 Hatch chile recipes below! But first, let’s talk about these prized chiles.

Hatch Chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch Valley, New Mexico, and have a one-of-a-kind flavor with a mild to medium heat. These peppers are grown along the beautiful Rio Grande River, where the rich soil and climate create the perfect conditions for this beautiful chile. The intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a unique flavor. When roasted, that flavor displays its full glory!

I can imagine the wonderful aroma of them roasting just by thinking about these peppers. Speaking of roasting, we’ve rolled out our custom super-sized roaster and the roasting team will be bringing it to each store at various times throughout the Hatch season, so make sure to stop by and take in the aroma yourself if you see us in action.

You’ll also notice that life is pretty spicy around here those last three weeks of August as recipes throughout DLM feature Hatch Chiles as a key ingredient, so be sure to try them all. Come get a little pep in your step and see for yourself what all the Hatch hype is about. You can get them raw or freshly roasted by the quart. Then, let your imagination and creativity go hot wild. We did with the five Hatch chile recipes below!

5 Hatch Chile Recipes

1. Hatch Chile, Chicken, & Chorizo Pasta

2. Cheesy Hatch Chile Bean Dip

3. Hatch Chile Country Gravy

4. Hatch Chile Con Queso

5. Hatch Chile Elotes

 

Curds + Hops: Tips for Pairing Beer and Cheese

Most may find that wine and cheese go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Both are two of life’s great culinary pleasures. But on a hot summer day, the taste of a cheese that’s very salty and full of fat will be left hanging on your palate, which begs the question: have you ever considered pairing your cheese with a nice cold beer? Let’s trade in those fruits and tannins for some malts and hops instead, as beer and cheese are natural partners with equally wide ranges of possible flavors.

The first thing to consider when pairing cheese and beer is the same principle that holds true when pairing it with any other food: match the intensity of the beer with the intensity of the cheese. Set aside your doubts—taste is subjective and not everyone’s taste buds are the same. That said, you can’t pair any cheese with any beer and expect pure bliss. Cheers with beer and add a little curd to your hop with these tips.

Lighter Beers are Best with Lighter Cheeses. Pale lagers or wheats tend to pair nicely with lighter, fresh cheeses such as DLM Handmade Mozzarella, burrata, or chèvre. Try this: LIFT from MadTree Brewing Co. paired with a fresh chèvre from Laura Chenel. The crisp and refreshing hint of orange from LIFT marries with the rich-tasting, bright, citrusy tang of the Laura Chenel. It’s like the icing on top of a cupcake!

Stronger Cheeses Deserve a Stronger Beer. My favorite pairings include a decadent blue cheese like our Champignon Grand Noir with a rich stout like Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide. The salty and creamy experience of the Grand Noir melds so well with the sweet, smoky goodness that the Yeti has to offer.

Hoppy Beers Lift Buttery, Floral Cheeses. Now, I didn’t forget about you hop-heads! If you’re anything like me, then your go-to is a nice, juicy IPA, like New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger. Match that with the key notes of buttery, floral goodness from the Comté Saint Antoine Gruyère. This is a young cheese with an old soul but somehow an IPA just brings out a refreshing and citrus life that it didn’t have before.

In the end, tasting is believing so don’t take my word for it and try some combinations for yourself. Grab your favorite cheese, try it with a variety of beer, and give it a whirl!

DLM at 70: A Culture of Good Food & People

People ask what the secret sauce is to DLM. Sure, there’s that touch of gourmet in addition to the everyday infused throughout every department (and no, it wasn’t always that way). There’s the friendly carryout who knows your kid’s name and never hesitates to offer the protection of an umbrella on a rainy day. There’s also the robust network of gourmands from faraway lands and local farmers whose bounty can be found at DLM.

But at the core of everything we do, there’s our history, which we hold near and dear. It’s real and rooted in humble beginnings built on friendship, hard work, and an unwavering sense of community; it’s not perfect, but it’s our history. We are proud of it and it has influenced much of who we are today, 70 years later.

We took a minute to reflect on that history and what has shaped the DLM culture, from cultivating a passion toward exploring good food to growing a family of associates, with many who have been here 25+ years. So take a minute to soak that in with the video below.

And to all of our customers and the community at large, thank you! Please  join us this weekend as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary at our 70th Anniversary Carnival happening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, followed by our DLM Good Neighbor 5K at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Local Sweet Corn 5 Ways

It’s the heat of the summer and sweet corn is in full swing from our Love Local friend Ray Brentlinger. We could eat sweet corn just about every night for dinner! Are you with me? Don’t deprive yourself of this summer staple just because you had it earlier this week. Here are 5 ideas for how to add some flavorful flair to your local sweet corn to take this easy breezy summer side dish in a new direction!

Thai-Glazed
We love Thai-style street corn because it’s both sweet and a little sour. Mix reduced coconut cream with a little lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Brush on your corn and enjoy!

Bhutta
This Indian-style street corn is booming with flavor! Coat corn with melted ghee and season with chile powder for a classic Bhutta. Or, try sprinkling on Tandoori Masala from the Teeny Tiny Spice Company.

Bacon & Mustard
Bacon-lovers, get ready! Mix cooked and crumbled DLM Uncured Bacon with a dollop of DLM Mustard. Then, combine this with softened butter and slather all over your corn on the cob. Any leftover bacon-mustard butter? It’s also awesome on your favorite burger or DLM Bratwurst.

Elote
Elote-style is the famed Mexican-Style Street Corn. Mix mayo and sour cream together with a squeeze of fresh lime. Slick your corn with a layer of the sauce and sprinkle on cotija cheese, chile powder, and finish with cilantro.

Herb
Mix chopped fresh basil or a dollop of pesto into softened butter. This works well with other fresh, summer herbs, like chervil, tarragon, or thyme! Your summer taste buds will thank you!

Leave Perfection Alone with This Tomato Sandwich

The classic tomato sandwich is simple. You start with fresh white bread and slather on a good mayo. Then comes the ripest local tomatoes you can get your hands on with a sprinkle of salt. Voila! Introducing our sandwich of the month for August!

Yes, it would be delicious on all sorts of bread, like DLM Sourdough or Classic 10-Grain. Of course bacon would be good but that makes it another sandwich all together. How about adding avocado or sprouts or lettuce or all sorts of other possibilities? I’ll admit it was hard to restrain myself. but I’m so glad I did.

So come by the month of August and watch us make your sandwich with DLM Unbleached White Sandwich Bread and Duke’s Mayo (a southern staple) on both sides. Then we cut thick slabs of our ripe, local heirloom tomatoes and sprinkle a little salt on them.

That’s it. So why all the hoopala? Some folks wait all year for the taste of this. One bite you will think to yourself, “Oh, I get it now.” Grab some extra napkins because you will need them. It is really summer simplified on a sandwich!

World-Renowned Cookware Now Available!

Loved by chefs all over the world, Staub Cookware’s enamel coating makes it indestructible, highly chip resistant, and keeps it from discoloring. Unlike other enamel cast iron companies, Staub interior surfaces are black so they’re not prone to stain, scratch, or discolor.

StaubCookware

The cast iron retains heat, keeping the dish warm long after it’s been taken out of the oven or off the stove. It cooks food evenly, making the end result more consistent in texture and taste. The special ceramic bottom also makes it possible for use on all types of heating surfaces. We like it because you can take it straight from the oven or cooktop to the table.

Being a favorite of novice chefs and skilled professionals, it makes a great additional to any kitchen. We like to think of Staub as heirloom cookware that can be handed down for future generations of good cooks.

Meet Ray Brentlinger: A Sweet Corn Sensation

The local food movement is a powerful, beautiful thing. So much that it has elevated New Carlisle, Ohio-based farmer Ray Brentlinger and his non-GMO sweet corn to star status here in Dayton. We barely have to whisper the name “Brentlinger” and mouths start to water as it’s synonymous with the summer staple that Ray brings to our stores. So what makes Brentlinger sweet corn so good?

Let’s start with the deep roots of the farm, established by Ray’s father in 1952. “He put out a tent … they couldn’t afford paper bags so they wrapped it in newspaper,” Ray says of his family’s first corn stand. The sweet corn sold itself, and from there the business took off and the rest is history. Now, the Brentlinger family operates two farm stands in addition to bringing sweet corn to Dorothy Lane Market seven days a week once the season is in full swing.

Ray attributes the land itself as a big contributor to growing such a high quality of sweet corn, as the soil is moist yet drains well, leaving it rich and ideal for the shallow-rooted crop. The farm is bordered by the Mad River, providing natural irrigation. Plus, hidden beneath the soil you’ll find an underground irrigation system that’s been in place since 1970. “You have to have plenty of water for sweet corn,” Ray says, something that can be quite a challenge for many crops in the sweltering heat of the summer. Ideal growing conditions are just one piece to the puzzle though when it comes to ensuring a sweet corn sensation year after year from the crop at Brentlinger’s Farm Market.

The Right Conditions & A Dose of Personality

When you meet Ray, he greets you with a hug and leaves you with a Brentlinger’s Farm T-shirt. He’s smiling and spry and loves to share a knee-slapping kind of laugh with his company. He’s someone you’d want to enjoy a cold glass of iced tea with, but don’t sit down, because Ray’s on his feet (or driving in his Gator) and ready to share with you his passion for his farm, machinery, and his smart methodologies for always making sure Brentlinger is the best sweet corn around.

He’s pretty much grown corn for his whole life, learning the ins and outs as a child from his father. He went on to The Ohio State University to further that education receiving his bachelor’s degree in horticulture. In 1971, he immersed himself in the family business once again, and it truly is a family affair today with his son Andrew, his wife Terri, his brother Tom, sister Linda, and sister-in-law Kathi all taking part.

Besides a healthy dose of enthusiasm, Ray’s expertise shines, as he’s always planting test plots of sweet corn each year. He does this so he can experiment with growing new varieties available—a sure bet that his next crop of sweet corn for the following year will lead the pack in flavor. He says to keep an eye out for not only his signature white sweet corn, but for the yellow as well, as he’s pretty excited about a variety called Honey Select.

 

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.