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.

Citrus 101: Make Your Own Sunshine

We are all ready for a refresh as we start a new year, and there’s no better way to make your own sunshine than with fresh, vibrant, and health-packed citrus! So shine on and squeeze the day!

Check out some of our favorite citrus fruits below!

CALIFORNIA NAVEL ORANGES

These are the sweetest you can find, providing ample amounts of vitamin C for a bonus.

CARA CARA ORANGES

Among some of the prettiest citrus, these have a pink flesh and extremely sweet taste.

BLOOD ORANGES

Originating in Sicily and Spain with nine times the antioxidants compared to Navel Oranges, these have an unmistakable deep red flesh and sweet taste. Check out some of our recipes that showcase this stunning fruit, including Citrus Oven-Poached Salmon and Sicilian Citrus Salad.

SWEET SCARLETTS TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT

The most colorful of all ruby grapefruits, these are grown in Texas where the hot sunny days and cool nights help these Texas reds become as sweet as can be.

PUMMELO

This is a very large citrus that’s similar to grapefruit. It’s a Vietnamese staple and used in many dishes. Health benefits include boosting immunity (thanks to that vitamin C), improving digestion, and lowering blood pressure.

SPANISH CLEMENTINES

These are the sweetest you can find! Seedless and easy to peel, these are a popular favorite.

SUMO ORANGE

First developed in Japan, these are now grown on family farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Loaded with vitamin C, this is a citrus star thanks to its easy peel and low acid levels. Because of its low acid level, it’s a great option for those with a sensitive stomach.

 

As you make your way through our Produce department, be sure to look for our freshly squeezed juices!

Fresh Squeezed

There’s no better way to start your morning than with fresh juice—it’s simply a must. When you visit our Produce department and see the brightly colored DLM Orange, Grapefruit, or Blood Orange Juices, know that they are freshly squeezed! They are squeezed so fresh, sometimes I can smell that zest just standing in the store. Now that’s fresh! So cheers to your health. Choose from pints, half gallons, and gallons and feel enlivened when you sip this unpasteurized 100% fresh juice.

fresh squeezed juice

Drink up this refreshing selection of fresh squeezed juice!

 

1. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

This beautifully pink juice is freshly squeezed using either Ruby Red or Pink Grapefruits. It’s not quite as sweet as orange juice, but has a refreshing sweet and slightly sour flavor. Added bonus, grapefruit juice is heart healthy, great for weight management, and supports a healthy immune system.

2. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE

Freshly squeezed from the juiciest Valencia oranges, drink up all-natural sweetness and vitamin C! Orange juice is a mineral powerhouse with a quart containing more than 100 milligrams of magnesium! That’s a significant portion of the amount of magnesium you should be getting every day.

3. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED BLOOD ORANGE JUICE

Not only are Blood Oranges entrancingly beautiful with their crimson color within, but their flavor has great depth! When juiced, they unleash the sweetness of an orange with berry notes. Drink up or use this juice as a mixer.

Zest for Cooking

Cooking with citrus is like cooking with sunshine—it just makes me happy and adds a fresh burst of flavor. A common question that I often get at the DLM Culinary Center is when to use citrus zest vs. juice. When juice (especially lemon) is used, it adds flavor and sourness (aka acid), plus the liquid volume. Meanwhile, zest will bolster up the citrus flavor without increasing the liquid volume. Plus, it has a pure citrus flavor from the oil stored in the outside pores of the fruit. I use zest liberally in a lot of my cooking to help add a punch of flavor.

zest for cooking

HOW TO ZEST

• The best tool out there for zesting and one gadget I think everyone needs in their kitchen is the award-winning Microplane Zester, available at the DLM Culinary Center. It zests beautifully every single time. As a bonus, it does wonders for hard cheeses as well, like Parmigiano-Reggiano. We also love the Zyliss Zester, available in stores.
• Before zesting, make sure to wash and dry the fruit first. It is simply not fun to try and zest already cut fruit. Always cut and juice after you zest.
• Avoid the white pith of citrus fruits—that’s the stuff separating the colorful zest from the actual fruit. It’s too bitter and shouldn’t be used.

IDEAS FOR HOW TO USE ZEST

• Try adding to a simple vinaigrette to brighten things up.
• Add a new dimension by zesting a little bit of lemon, lime, or orange zest into your favorite muffin, sweet bread, scone, or biscuit recipe.
• Make anything fried taste “lighter” and brighter by adding right into the batter before frying, from donuts to fish.
• Put it in pasta to add a zip at the end that’ll help make flavors pop.
• Make a better pan sauce by enriching the pan drippings with a hit of both juice and some zest.
• The final step to any dish is the last taste to adjust the seasoning. Besides salt, citrus zest or juice helps brings out the flavors of other ingredients. It will make your dishes shine with flavor!

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The DLM Difference: Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn

The sound of towering corn husks rustling in the wind on a July morning is the music of nature at its best. Once the harvest starts later this month, Ray Brentlinger, a local farmer whose beautiful land sprawls in New Carlisle, Ohio, will wake early to meet his crew and get picking. Afterwards, he heads to Dorothy Lane Market with a truckload of corn, making deliveries to each of our stores. He always greets us with a chuckle and we part ways with his sweet corn in hand, still damp with morning dew. This continues daily until the season subsides.

As our local sweet corn season nears (we can almost taste it), we feel a deep sense of appreciation for Ray and everyone at Brentlinger Farm. Not only does Ray sell exclusively to DLM besides his local farmstand, but our relationship with his family is our longest-standing local tie to any farm. In 1978, DLM founder Calvin D. Mayne first bought sweet corn from Ray Brentlinger’s father. We are so grateful for friends like the Brentlingers, who have truly mastered the art of growing farm fresh sweet corn. If there’s anything we can count on this summer, it’s local treasures like this.

Sweet Corn Cooking Tips & Tricks

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn. Nothing beats corn on the cob served steaming HOT with all the fixins’ (Don’t forget our new DLM Salted Artisan Butter). Here are 3 ways to cook your corn!

 

 

This is the classic way! First, take off the husks and silks. Using a taller stock pot, fill it with enough water to cover the corn. Bring corn to a boil and cook for 5-10 minutes. Use tongs to remove corn, serve hot, and add your choice of toppings.

 

 

Yep, you read that right! This is a great option if you are doing just an ear or two. First, rinse corn and leave it in the husk. Then, microwave two at a time on high for 4-6 minutes. The corn will steam in the husk. Remove from microwave with oven mitts—they will be hot. Let them cool enough to handle, and then strip off the husk and silk. It’s so easy!

 

 

Now this is my favorite. Roasting corn on the grill gives it a nice smoky flavor. Peel back the husk and remove the silk, leaving each husk attached at the stem. Brush the cobs with olive oil and cover the corn back up with the husks. You can secure them closed with a piece of aluminum foil. Roast the ears of corn over a medium to hot grill, occasionally turning until the outer husks are charred and toasted. It takes about 15 minutes. Let cool enough to strip back the husk and bite in!

6 Corn Recipes to Savor Sweet Corn

As Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn arrives in our Produce departments, we can’t help but dream of those sweet kernels and all of the delicious ways to eat them. Check out 6 corn recipes to savor sweet corn this summer!

6 CORN RECIPES TO SAVOR SWEET CORN

1. Summer Corn Pudding

2. Raw Corn & Radish Salad with Hot Honey Dressing

3. Fresh Corn Muffins

4. Corn & Crab Carbonara

5. Corn Gazpacho

6. Corn & Lobster Fritters

 

The DLM Difference: Prima® Peaches

If you’re like me, one of the things you love about summertime is all the fresh fruit we have at peak condition. Think fragrant, juicy melons, plump plums, and nectarines. Nature’s candy jar of fruit is overflowing. For many years here at Dorothy Lane Market, we’ve brought in something so wonderful and perfect for summer that we call it a “PARTY” when it arrives and we celebrate its flavor. What is this summertime food that’s so good it has us grinning from ear to ear? Peaches! But we’re not talking just any peach, we’re celebrating the Prima® Peach! They’re so sweet and juicy, you may not even notice the delightful nectar running down your chin. It makes my mouth water just thinking of that first bite … so delicious! Enjoy!

Prima® Peaches Are Perfect As-Is

They’re also great cooked (try poaching, baking, and even grilling) or over top of a salad. when cooked, the sugar caramelizes resulting in an even sweeter peach!

**Always rinse you peaches in clean water, rubbing the skin gently with your hands or a vegetable brush right before you’re ready to eat or prepare them.

Why We Love Prima® Peaches

  • Tree-Ripened to Peachy Perfection

Tree-ripened means that these peaches are left on the tree longer and picked at their peak to maximize sweetness (aka a high Brix). This also results in a superb mouthfeel.

**Did you Know: Although harvesting prematurely ensures less blemishes on a peach, it will never reach its ultimate sweetness. Great care is taken with each tree-ripened Prima® Peach after they are picked to preserve the peaches’ integrity.

  • Premium Packaging

Prima® Peaches arrive individually cradled in a special single-layer box to protect the prized fruit within. Each box is then personally signed by the individual who packed it.

  • 12+ Brix Level

Brix is a way to measure the innate sweetness. All Peach Party Prima® Peaches have a Brix level of 12 or greater!

  • Making the Grade

Once a Prima® Peach is carefully harvested, it is also graded. A very small percentage will make the cut to be sent to our Peach Party.

 

Check the Sign

When the tree-ripened peaches arrive at DLM, our Produce managers carefully inspect them once more and measure the Brix. Check our Brix sign to see what it is today!

Look for “Ready Today” & “Ready Tomorrow” signs on our Peach Party display so you can plan your peach feast accordingly. We recommend that you utilize our sign system when picking your peaches.

**Look for products throughout DLM, from the Bakery to the Deli, featuring this sweet summer fruit! Get a sneak peek at some of the peachy products we have during our Peach Party.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake & 3 More Fruitful Endeavors

Nothing says summer like a layered strawberry shortcake with ripe berries and real whipped cream. Our Vera Jane’s Shortcakes, which are Made Right Here, are truly a DLM Difference. They are just the right size and aren’t overly sweet, so they hold up well with summer’s ripest berries and fruits.

So let’s forget the Twinkie-like sponge cakes and that gloppy red dye glaze. With our Vera Jane’s Shortcakes by your side and some fresh ingredients, your summer shortcake options are plentiful. Here are a few ideas from the classic strawberry to other fruitful endeavors.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Lemon Blueberry Shortcake

Peaches, Caramel, & Cream Shortcake

Tropical Fruit Shortcake

Pro Tips

• Another combo you can try is some fresh lime juice with a little honey or agave nectar to help create a little more juice for your cut fruit or berries.
• Try variations in whipped cream by adding a generous dollop of mascarpone cheese (try Vermont Creamery’s) or some malted milk powder for a different flavor profile. Or, switch it up by replacing the cream with yogurt.

DLM Partners with 80 Acres for New Salad Blends

We are excited to work closely with Cincinnati-based 80 Acres, the next generation of fresh and locally grown produce, as DLM partners with 80 Acres. Not only are their lettuces, microgreens, and tomatoes grown year-round thanks to indoor farming techniques, but they use zero pesticides, food miles are kept to a minimum, and they use 100% renewable energy.

Big vision, right? Well, they’ve done it and they call it 80 Acres. The name comes not from the number of acres it takes to grow, but in how much food can be grown in a smaller space utilizing vertical farming techniques. This is a super-efficient method for growing that yields the equivalent of a farm with 80 acres of land, give or take.

It’s easy to see why we became fast friends. When talking to 80 Acres founders Mike Zelkind and Trish Livingston as well as Samantha Bergman, one of the first 80 Acres team members, it’s clear that they are doing what they love. Samantha joined the company when it was just a big vision—nearly 4.5 years ago. She had an immediate connection to 80 Acres Farms’ mission. Years ago, while living in Chile, Samantha experienced the benefits of fresh, locally grown food as she shopped in the markets. She felt better physically, but she also developed a deep emotional connection to the community that grew it. She knew that 80 Acres Farms was her opportunity to make that magic happen in her own community while making a positive impact on the planet.

Samantha was the first grower at the farm in Cincinnati. As the farm grew, she moved into the farm manager role and eventually found the path to business development. She realized that as much as she loved the plants, what she really enjoyed was finding the perfect partners for 80 Acres products and building relationships with them. From the early beginnings, she knew that Dorothy Lane Market would be a great partner and now she’s very excited to bring 80 Acres into the family of Dorothy Lane Market’s brand.

For that, we are grateful. We are excited to debut three new varieties of DLM Salad Blends as DLM partners with 80 Acres. The Gem City Mix has crispy green ice lettuce and radish microgreens. Buckeye Bliss features green incised lettuce, green frilled lettuce, green and red romaine, with a dash of Dijon mustard microgreens. Then we have Frilly Leaf—green incised lettuce that will remind you of a frisée lettuce.

Let’s Jam: Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Local strawberries have arrived in our Produce department and we are over-the-moon excited! These strawberries are bright red, juicy, incredibly sweet, have amazing flavor, and are grown by the VanMeter family in Clarkson, Kentucky. The VanMeters started farming to teach their kids the value and importance of hard work. And we believe the heart and drive they put into their farm truly shines in every berry.

Now that they’ve arrived, we’re ready to dive into all things strawberry, including Chef Carrie’s recipe for Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

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There are so many ways to enjoy these preserves, including these three ideas.

3 Ways to Enjoy Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves

1. Strawberry Preserves with Cream Cheese on a Baguette

 

Slice a DLM Baguette, smear with cream cheese, and finish with a dollop of Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

2. Strawberry Preserves with Vanilla Ice Cream

Simply scoop your favorite vanilla ice cream into a bowl and drizzle with the Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves.

3. Strawberry Preserves with Yogurt

Fill the bottom of your glass serving bowl with Easy Homemade Strawberry Preserves. Then, add yogurt (try Greek) on top.