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.

<< GET THE RECIPE FOR EASY HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY PRESERVES >>

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.

Your Guide to the Prepared Pantry

Now more than ever we are all cooking at home. For a lot of us who eat out, you might be facing a serious wake up call in the kitchen. Getting your pantry prepared and well organized is one of the most important steps not only in a professional kitchen, but your home one, too, so we’ve create a guide to the prepared pantry. Having and keeping the staples in your pantry or cupboard as well as in your fridge and freezer can make cooking at home just plain simple and fast because you already have the ingredients. Don’t forget to make a list before you leave to shop. (Download our printable shopping list here.) It’ll help you become a more efficient shopper, think in terms of meal planning, and use what you already have on hand.

 

Since we are all spending more time doing home projects, like cleaning out our closets, why not spend some quality time taking a good look at what’s already in your pantry, fridge, and freezer? If you haven’t used an item in a year, it might be time to throw it out! Although expiration, best by, and sell by dates can be confusing, they tend to be a good guideline on making the decision to keep or pitch. Take a good look at what you have left. Fill in the missing holes with items you’re consistently using and find yourself always cooking with. Just by adding a couple fresh ingredients, those pantry staples can give you so many options for baking and cooking.


Your Guide to the Prepared Pantry Checklist

Here are some of my staples that I try to have on hand to help me cook every day. For the most part, they are items that have a shelf life. Don’t wait until these run out to restock them. Instead, think about creating a par level at home so you can always come up with something delicious to cook!

>>DOWNLOAD YOUR GUIDE TO THE PREPARED PANTRY CHECKLIST<<

Or, keep reading below!

OILS & VINEGARS

BASIC:

– Extra-virgin olive oil
– A neutral cooking oil like canola or grapeseed
– Red-wine vinegar
– White vinegar
– Apple cider vinegar

ADVANCED:

– Peanut oil
– Coconut oil
– Sesame oil
– Sherry or balsamic vinegar
– Walnut oil
– Rice vinegar
– Mirin

DAIRY & CHARCUTERIE

BASIC:

– Eggs
– Milk
– Butter
– Cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Cheddar, Gruyère, feta
– Plain full-fat yogurt or sour cream
– Bacon
– Hard salami or sausages

ADVANCED:

– More cheeses like Pecorino Romano & blue
– Pâté
– Prosciutto or other cured artisan ham or meats

GRAINS & STARCHES

BASIC:

– Long-grain white rice
– Whole grains like quinoa or farro
– Dried pastas
– Plain bread crumbs
– Crackers
– Canned beans

ADVANCED:

– Dry lentils
– Rice noodles
– Specialty rice like basmati or Arborio
– Brown rice
– Panko bread crumbs
– Dry beans
– Specialty pastas like bucatini or farfalle
– Whole grains like spelt, pearl barley, or teff

NUTS & NUT BUTTERS

BASIC:

– Peanut butter
– Almond butter
– Pecans
– Walnuts
– Almonds
– Peanuts

ADVANCED:

– Pumpkin seeds
– Pistachios
– Tahini
– Pine nuts
– Hazelnuts

SPICES & DRIED HERBS

BASIC:

– Kosher salt
– Red pepper flakes
– Ground Cayenne
– Chili powder
– Curry powder
– Bay leaves
– Black peppercorns
– Sweet paprika
– Ground cinnamon
– Ground cumin
– Garlic powder or granulated garlic
– Dried thyme and dried oregano

ADVANCED:

– Flaky salt
– Ground coriander
– Dried dill
– Turmeric
– Smoked paprika
– Cardamom
– Za’atar
– Allspice
– Fennel seeds
– Dry mustard
– Garam masala
– Chinese 5-spice powder
– Whole nutmeg
– Sumac
– Cumin seeds
– Coriander seeds

CANNED & JARRED GOODS

BASIC:

– Soups
– Tuna
– Tomato paste
– Diced tomatoes
– Tomato sauce
– Chicken or vegetable stock
– Beans
– Pickles
– Fruit jams and preserves
– Anchovies
– Olives
– Maple syrup

ADVANCED:

– Clams
– Sardines
– Cornichons
– Preserved lemons
– Unsweetened coconut milk
– Capers
– Pickled hot peppers
– Kimchi

CONDIMENTS & SAUCES

BASIC:

– Dijon and yellow mustard
– Mayonnaise
– Ketchup
– Hot sauce
– Salsa
– Soy sauce
– Worcestershire sauce
– BBQ sauce

ADVANCED:

– Whole grain mustard
– Hoisin
– Thai red curry paste
– Fish sauce
– Anchovy paste
– Harissa
– Gochujang
– Mango chutney
– Miso
– Wasabi
– Chinese oyster sauce
– Asian chili bean pastes

BAKING

BASIC:

– All-purpose flour
– Cornmeal
– Rolled oats
– Cornstarch
– Baking soda
– Baking powder
– Pure vanilla extract
– Granulated sugar
– Light brown sugar
– Dark brown sugar
– Confectioners’ sugar
– Bittersweet baking chocolate
– Semisweet chocolate chips
– Raisins or other dried fruits
– Cocoa powder

ADVANCED:

– Cake flour
– Whole wheat flour
– Dark baking chocolate
– Vanilla beans
– Almond extract
– Powdered gelatin
– Molasses
– Light corn syrup
– Buttermilk powder
– Active dry yeast

PRODUCE

BASIC:

– Garlic
– Onions
– Potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet)
– Lemons
– Carrots
– Celery
– Apples
– Oranges
– Bananas
– Greens like lettuce or kale
– Broccoli
– Parsley
– Any favorite herbs

ADVANCED:

– Ginger
– Avocados
– Cilantro
– Scallions
– Limes
– Jalapeños
– Shallots
– Specialty herbs like mint, rosemary, and lemongrass
– Peppers

FREEZER

BASIC:

– Chicken
– Ground beef
– Sausage
– Thick fish fillets
– Shrimp
– Sliced bread
– Frozen veggies like corn, peas, and spinach
– Frozen fruits like peaches, berries, and mangos (excellent for baking or smoothies)
– Ice cream
– Bread dough or rolls

ADVANCED:

– Puff pastry
– Pancetta
– Stock
– Fresh pasta
– Vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, edamame, and artichoke hearts


Check Out These 5 Meals to Make from the Prepared Pantry List

1. Beans & Greens

2. Clam Pasta

3. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

4. Restaurant-Style Tomato Soup

5. Caramel Banana Cake

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Asparagus Recipes That Are Spring-Ready

Nothing says spring like beautiful bundles of asparagus! In addition to being a very low-calorie vegetable that contains moderate levels of dietary fiber, fresh asparagus stalks can be a good source of antioxidants, and there is no asparagus fresher than what we receive from our farmers on a daily basis. What we love most is that this veggie is incredibly versatile as its spears can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, or mixed with other vegetables, beans, poultry, or seafood. We also love to throw some of these green stalks on a hot grill with some fresh mushrooms. Another way to devour these delicious stalks is to steam and serve with citrus hollandaise sauce, melted butter, Pecorino Romano, or shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. From crunchy and satisfying Asparagus Fries to a Hot Asparagus Crab Dip and Spring Asparagus Sauté, DLM’s Chef Carrie has you covered with these 5 asparagus recipes to help you Aspire to Asparagus in your kitchen!

 

5 Asparagus Recipes That Are Spring-Ready!

1. Asparagus Fries + Garlic Aioli

Perfectly crisp asparagus meets creamy garlic aioli in this must-make appetizer.

2. Spring Asparagus Sauté

Bright, nutty, and full of wonderful flavor, this side dish is an excellent addition to your dinner line-up.

3. Spring Pea, Asparagus, & Pecorino Salad

Think green and enjoy every bite of this perfectly balanced spring salad.asparagus recipes

4. Shaved Asparagus Salad

Fresh asparagus, crunchy pistachios, aromatic mint, and savory Parmigiano-Reggiano make this dish unforgettable.asparagus recipes

5. Cold Asparagus with Hot Crab Dip

The DLM Difference

Frequently, visitors from out of town tell me they miss us. Others say it’s a major reason why they love living here. I ask why. People tell me “we trust you. Others gush “the food is so good!” The best one is “the people are wonderful.”

What is the DLM Difference? We strive to make a difference, but different from what? The word “difference” begs a comparison. Are we talking adversarilly about DLM vs other markets? No, actually. It’s a noble task to feed others, and the biz is mostly populated by good people.

The DLM Difference isn’t about us or them. It is about you! It’s the difference we want to make in your life. We want to give you a special experience where you meet nice people and find good food … really good food. Shopping DLM is a source of joy, not drudgery. Simply put, we aspire to make your life better. Our company’s mission begins, “To make our customers happy.”

Even in the simplest ways, we want to make a difference, whether you’re coming in for a quick cup of coffee, getting a healthy salad, buying a loaf of bread, or filling a cart to feed your family. Maybe it’s just to pick up a treat, say a brownie.

A DEEPER DIVE

Take, for example, that cup of coffee. Maybe it was from Hacienda La Minita in Costa Rica. You savor its aroma and flavor. Why is it so good? Ask one of our Coffee Bar Managers, Amy, Holli, or Chris, as they just went to Costa Rica in January, not just visiting the plantation, but even picking the beans!

Everybody admires our salad bar thanks to Bertha at Oakwood, Loretta at Washington Square, and Connie at Springboro. They come in early and begin selecting, cleaning, chopping, and producing multi-colored edible works of art, composed of organic lettuces, nutrient-packed vegetables, exotic microgreens, and eye-popping garnishments.

We are willing to do the hard work to make a difference. Consider our DLM Artisan Bread, like our Sourdough … oh my, it’s so good! But it takes a lot of work and expertise to make it so. We have a talented team of artisans who mix from the best flours, hand-shape, and bake on the hot hearth of our juggernaut European bread oven. Great bread is also the foundation (crust) of great pizza. We studied pizza for years before creating our Naples-Style Pizza. This involved installing the specialized hearth ovens, creating the right dough, and stretching our own fresh mozzarella.

And that brownie? Yes, it has to be a Killer Brownie®, of course! Our famous triple-layer brownie is so popular that this very month we are opening a brand new facility. We feature our Killer Brownie® not just in our stores, but now distribute it throughout the country.

FOOD LOVERS UNITE

Not surprisingly, we also do business with people who think as we do and who have passion: people whose mission in life is to cultivate the sweetest pineapple, grow the healthiest chicken, or churn-out the most indulgent butter. There are many more ways you experience the DLM Difference. One other quick example is our entire Seafood department. Some people come for our seafood alone. Want to chat about fishing families in Alaska? Species of salmon? Fat content? Recipes? Cooking methods? Let’s do it!

We are a place for people who love food. And that’s the engine that drives the DLM Difference. Join us this year as we explore some of our favorite points of difference each month and highlight these great products. We love what we do. We love serving you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference.

DLM Difference No. 1: FRESH SEAFOOD

DLM Difference No. 2: AUTHENTIC COFFEE

DLM Difference No. 3: VERA JANE’S SHORTCAKES

DLM Difference No. 4: USDA Prime DLM Ribeye Steak

DLM Difference No. 5: Prima® Peaches

DLM Difference No. 6: Brentlinger’s Farm Market Sweet Corn

DLM Difference No. 7: Gourmet Burgers

DLM Difference No. 8: Handmade Fresh Mozzarella

DLM Difference No. 9: Rotisserie Chicken

DLM Difference No. 10: Gourmet Takeaway

DLM Difference No. 11: Artisan Bread

DLM Difference No. 12: Sandwich Station

Check back in the months to come for more in-depth highlights select DLM Differences. 

Pumpkins, Gourds, & Squash, Oh My!

Beauty. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the 180 acres that make up Branstrator Farm, located in Clarksville, Ohio. It’s from this land that our friend Jon Branstator has brought us pumpkins, gourds, and squash for about 7 years and counting.

Jon is quite frankly one of the coolest guys I know. Not only is he knowledgeable in agricultural (among many other topics), but he collaborates with several different agricultural and educational organizations, such as The Ohio State University.

As we step into the fall harvest, we can start to see the orange bursts in the fields, waiting to be picked. Jon waits for just the right time to pick his pumpkins and gourds, bringing the biggest and best to our stores.

The varieties Jon selects is a big deal as he spends a lot of time studying catalogs in the winter. Decisions range from the size—giant, large, medium, and small—to hybrid or heritage. Jon chooses varieties not typically available at other retailers. Large sizes with well-attached handles are important, not to mention disease resistance.

Jon also loves to use old-fashioned seeds, as they set the foundation for the harvest in addition to soil integrity (something he is very passionate about).

Some of Jon’s favorites you can look forward to this fall are Waltham Butternut Squash and Long Island Cheese Squash. In addition to the gamut of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, he also grows the best pie pumpkins which are great for decorating or making some fresh pies.

 

Check out some of our favorite pumpkin and squash recipes:

Hasselback Butternut Squash

Pumpkin Pancakes

Butternut Squash Soup with Garam Masala, Yogurt, and Lime

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars