3 Steps to Feast Like a Gourmand with Charcuterie

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LA NAVA JAMÓN IBÉRICO: A treasure from Spain. DELI

NIMAN RANCH CAPOCCOLLO: Corsican pork cut. MEAT

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

A Taste of Home for the Holidays

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

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

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

PEARfection: 10 Reasons to Love The Holiday Pear

“Try this one,” said Michael Naumes, as he tossed me a Comice pear. “You’re gonna need a towel,” he said as I take my first bite. My first meeting with the Naumes family a few years back started just like that. We were on a search for the juiciest, sweetest, most luscious pear we could find. And that journey took me to their orchard where I found the Naumes family’s Holiday Pear, also known as the Comice pear.

We had heard rumors that there was a family in Rogue Valley, Oregon, that grew the best Comice pears and the rumors certainly were true. After that first bite, I knew we had come to the right place. We started offering these pears to our customers a few years ago and we’re excited to report that they’re back, just in time for your holiday entertaining and gifting.

Just try a sample in the store and you will be hooked. They truly are the sweetest, juiciest pears around. Look for displays in the stores along with perfectly packed gift boxes sure to impress your most difficult to please relative.

Along with being the sweetest, creamiest, most luscious pear around, the Comice pear, also know as the Holiday Pear, is quite the intriguing fruit. Here are 10 things to know about The Holiday Pear:

  1. The grading and picking process for the Naumes’ family’s Holiday Pear is tedious, but for good reason. Only 1 out of 20 pears will make this grade.
  2. The Holiday Pear received its name because they are in peak season during the holiday months.
  3. The Doyenné du Comice, as it’s known in France, was first grown near Angers in the mid-1800s.
  4. The climate in the Rogue Valley leads to perfect growing conditions of this extremely sensitive pear, making the Naumes family’s orchards true “pearfection”.
  5. The shape of the Holiday Pear is truly unique, featuring a rotund body and a short neck.
  6. As the Holiday Pear ripens, the areas of green skin color will turn a yellow hue. The rule of thumb is to check the neck for ripeness by applying gentle pressure to it with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it’s ready! Once ripeness is determined, you can refrigerate it if you want to extend that peak taste for a few days.
  7. Savor this luscious pear as an appetizer by smearing baked brie on slices of a DLM French Baguette and topping it with slices of the Holiday Pear.
  8. It’s a great addition to a cheese plate with brie, Manchego, or a Gorgonzola, like Rogue River Blue Cheese or Dolce Gorgonzola and pairing that with Marsala, Sauternes, Riesling, or Champagne.
  9. Slice it onto a salad made with mesclun spring mix or arugula, caramelized pecans, pomegranate seeds, and a blue cheese. Toss with a simple vinaigrette.
  10. The Holiday Pear makes for a wonderful dessert. Take a few scoops of DLM Madagascar Vanilla Gelato, sprinkle with cut pears, and drizzle with a warmed DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup.

Take a Trip to Funky Town—Burgundy Truffles

Arriving soon: Burgundy Truffles will be available tomorrow, November 16!

Known as the “Autumn Truffle”, the season is dependent on the weather, is available from Europe from September through January, and now you can get your hands on them yourselves. Come and ask for them in our Produce department. We will be happy to get it for you.

Although the Burgundy truffle is similar in appearance to the Italian black winter truffle, they are very different. The Burgundy truffle does have a black exterior, but inside the color ranges from dark brown to a light tan. More importantly, this truffle has a more delicate flavor that is best enjoyed when thinly sliced or freshly grated over simple prepared dishes like pasta, eggs, risotto or mashed potatoes. The exquisite taste has a toasted hazelnut like flavor and a lighter, gentler aroma than Italian black winter truffles.

I love to hear or read about how folks describe the taste and smell of truffles, for it is very difficult to pin down. Some words that are tossed around are meaty, earthy, musky, and pungent. But the one I like best is funky. For me, it’s like an umami perfume bomb of mushroomy goodness that just begs for a shared dining experience and maybe a good glass of wine.

If you’ve never tasted a truffle, this one is a great one to begin with. Why not start this Thanksgiving? Try shaving a small amount on top of hot buttered mashed potatoes right before serving and make everyone at the table sigh with delight.  Or whip up a decadent breakfast or brunch with lightly scrambled eggs or omelet topped with a little truffle while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Naturally, a glass of Champagne would be a perfect pairing to go along with all of this. What a nice way to start the day that begins and ends with really good food and family.

10 Swoon-Worthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

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

1. Hasselback Butternut Squash

2. Modern Green Bean Casserole

3. Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds

4. Peggy’s Creamed Onions

5. My Mom’s Stuffing

6. Potato Gratin with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche

7. Barely Buzzed Mac and Cheese

8. The Doe Mac and Cheese

9. Butternut Squash Gratin

10. Braised Bacon Kale with Roasted Vegetables

Easy Truffle Decadence

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

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

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

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

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

Gourmet S’mores Galore!

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

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

1. COOKIE DOUGH S’MORE

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

2. PB & GRAHAM S’MORE

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

3. BLACK & WHITE S’MORE

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

4. BANANA NUTELLA S’MORE

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

5. RICE KRISPY S’MORE

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

Apple Gala—Discover the Allure of All the Fall Apple Varieties This October

Fall is in the air in Dayton, Ohio. You can smell the crispness as the heat disappears, the fall breeze blows in, and the leaves change color. You’ll see that fall is welcomed with celebration and creativity in our Produce departments as you will be lost in the beauty of one of our favorite fall treats—apples. We are biting in this October by celebrating some of the fall varieties of the fruit that have us feeling apple-y ever after.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “We are born believing. A man bears beliefs like a tree bears apples.” At DLM, we believe that there is no better way to welcome in fall than indulging in the most flavorful apples from the east to the west, and October is when it all begins. Where are some of the best apples stemming from? Let us take you on a journey.

The first stop is pretty close to home, Eshleman Fruit Farm in Clyde, Ohio. Rich grows some of the best apples that we have all year, such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and the Melrose, which is the official apple of our state. Let’s head east to our friends at Fowler Farms in Wolcott, New York. From this farm, you are treated with the sweet and spicy SweeTango apple, son of the Honeycrisp. Let’s not forget the SnapDragon and RubyFrost, which are ever so sweet and crunchy.

Last stop on the apple journey takes us out west to Wenatchee, Washington. In the apple capital of the United States we have two dear friends, CMI Orchards and Stemilt Growers. CMI brings us the sweet and snappy KIKU as well as the crunchy and tart Kanzi. Stemilt brings us the new-to-the-scene Rave apple as well as the Piñata, and looking into the future, the highly anticipated Cosmic Crisp apple.

With so many varieties out there in the growing apple industry, our goal is to source and provide apples with the best flavor. So although we are calling our celebration of the fruit this October the Apple Gala, we are applauding all of the best fall apple varieties, both near and far. Start with your favorite and then move on to something new that you’ve never tried before. Trust us, it’ll be good, which is why we’ve created a Fall Must-Eat Apple List on the opposite page. From the most perfect baking apples to the best for making homemade applesauce, you’ll want to try them all. And don’t worry, we also included the best for eating, too.

 

Your Fall Apple Must-Eat List!

MELROSE

The official apple of Ohio, this is a sweet pick that’s great for eating, pie-making, and for an apple cobbler.

SNAPDRAGON

Sweet apple with a monster crunch and a subtle spicy flavor. This apple comes from the Honeycrisp family and is perfect for eating whole.

SWEETANGO

This is a fall apple favorite, known for its outstanding flavor with a unique zest (one of its parents is the Zestar, after all). Great for eating, making pies or muffins, and slicing up in a Waldorf salad.

FUJI

One of the sweetest apples, we love this apple for baking into applesauce or eating whole.

GRANNY SMITH

We love this apple because it’s tart and crunchy. Great for making pie, eating whole, or caramel apples.

HONEYCRISP

The ever-popular Honeycrisp is the ideal munching apple due to its unique blend of sweet and tart with the perfect crunch.

KIKU

A direct descendant of the Fuji family, this exotic apple has become a fast favorite with its unbelievable crunch and sweet-tart taste. Great for pies and tarts.

PINK LADY

Tart taste with a sweet finish and an ultra juicy interior, this apple combines the best of a Lady Williams apple with a Golden Delicious.

GALA

This dessert apple is known for its exceptional texture, firmness, and honey-sweet flavor. Perfect for eating, making salsa or chutney, or throwing in a salad.

PIÑATA

This apple has a hint of spice to it, making it perfect for an apple pie. We also love it poached with its skin on.

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.

 

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!