Your Fall Apple Must-Eat List

As our stores erupt with all of the best apples to bite into this fall, don’t miss these favorites.

MELROSE

The official apple of Ohio is great for eating, pie-making, and for an apple cobbler.

SNAPDRAGON

Sweet apple with a monster crunch and a subtle spicy flavor.

SWEETANGO

Known for its unique zest (one of its parents is the Zestar, after all).

FUJI

One of the sweetest apples, we love it for making it into applesauce or eating.

GRANNY SMITH

Tart and crunchy, it’s great for making pie, eating whole, or caramel apples.

HONEYCRISP

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.

PINK LADY

Tart taste with a sweet finish and an ultra juicy interior.

GALA

This dessert apple is known for its exceptional texture, firmness, and honey-sweet flavor.

 

Fall for These 10 Recipes

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 10 fall recipes sure to have you fall-ing for the season.

8 Recipes to Fall For

10 Fall Recipes You’ll Love!

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. Blondies

With cinnamon, nutmeg, and Honeycrisp apples, this dessert is the ultimate fall treat. Just one bite will have you craving all that this season has to offer.

3. Butternut Squash

Feast like a gourmand with this enticing butternut squash recipe. Chock-full of mouth-watering flavors, this is a recipe everyone will love!

4. Pumpkin Pancakes

The perfect weekend breakfast.

5. 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.

6. Butternut Squash Soup with Garam Masala

This warming soup has subtle sweetness and spice, and is full of unique flavor.

7. Pumpkin Gingerbread

The perfect edible gift for friends and neighbors.

8. Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

A hearty dish that is full of fall flavors. It’s one you’ll repeat all season long.

9. Butterbeer

This magically delicious beverage, perfect for fall parties and get-togethers, is sure to put a spell on you.

10. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey, gooey deliciousness, these butter bars are ones to share.

 

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 as special items 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

 

 

Bite into the Hatch Hype!

The “Hatch Hype” as we call it at DLM is HERE! But the hype is only as good as the product, and that story has been over a hundred years in the making. These beautiful green chiles are grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. We love the flavor of roasted Hatch Chiles, so offering chiles from our open-flame roaster has become an annual tradition.

Last year, DLM’s Dennis Chrisman, VP of Produce and Springboro Store Director, and I went to Hatch, New Mexico. We met with Chris Franzoy, owner of Young Guns Produce. In 1917, his great-grandparents arrived in America from Tyrol, Austria, and settled in the Hatch Valley. They quickly adapted to the culture and became farmers. Ten children and some years later, this family has been instrumental in expanding the farming of these chiles in the area.

It was amazing to see such green fields in what many consider a desert. Chris told us how Hatch “Valley” is actually at 4,000-feet elevation, which explained the hot, arid climate. While the outside temperature was about 100 degrees, the humidity was only about 28%. Being blessed with a water supply in the form of the Rio Grande to the north and an underground aquifer, Chris indicated that underground irrigation was necessary.

Hatch Chiles have to be hand-harvested because the plants have to be left intact in order to obtain multiple harvests during the growing season. Workers trained in properly harvesting are essential to get the best chiles. Once picked, they’re quickly sent to the processing facility for cleaning, cooling, and sorting before being packed for shipping.

Finally, we discussed one of my favorite subjects—chile roasting! Chris said that roasting at a high temperature and as quickly as possible was the way to get the best product. As we were leaving town, we were fortunate to see this in action with a roadside setup. And oh, the aroma! To say the least, it was a wonderful experience as the chile culture is so inherent in New Mexico and contributes to a sense of community.

The great forethought, planning, and execution evident in the Young Guns operation was an excellent example of the passion that this family has toward their Hatch Chiles. This level of dedication to a superior product, along with a well developed sense of community, felt familiar. I believe these concepts are evident in the daily operations here at DLM. And all the associates in the DLM family are an integral part of this process. Pulling back the curtain ultimately reveals the heavy lifting needed to make the magic possible.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped to say “hi” while I’ve been roasting Hatch Chiles at various times at different DLM locations. Although we’ll keep roasting as needed throughout the week, you can count on seeing me in action with the roaster at DLM Oakwood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14! See you soon. 

Produce Passport

Let the flavors of Thailand shine bright with each bite of these fruits & veggies that are commonly used in Thai cooking.

1. Cilantro

Wonderful herb used around the world, including Thailand. Did you know that cilantro can help cut down on sodium intake?

2. Dragon Fruit

Also known as Pitaya, this is packed with vitamin C, B1, B2, and B3! It’s also a great source of protein.

3. Bok Choy

This is in the cabbage family with its long white stalks and dark green leaves. Used in a variety of Thai dishes or as a side dish.

4. Turmeric & Ginger Root

Hailing from the same family, these both add great nutritional value to so many dishes and even drinks.

5. Lemongrass

Great health benefits including lowering cholesterol. Its citrus flavor adds a nice addition to many teas, soups, and curries.

6. Thai Chilies

Also known as the bird’s eye chili, these long, skinny peppers pack a big punch with flavor and heat, registering between 50,000-100,000 Scoville Heat Units.

7. Thai Young Coconut

The young coconut meat is mild and sweet. Unlike mature coconuts, you’ll be delighted with the sweet flavor and refreshing water.

8. Green Papaya

The papaya tree grows up to 12 feet tall. Yellow and green in flesh, this fruit makes for a great Thai salad. You can find it whole or shredded in our Produce department.

Destination: Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexican food—who doesn’t like it? It’s a cuisine that’s embraced worldwide. Interestingly, Mexican cuisine was the first to be awarded an UNESCO Culinary Heritage Status. As we embark on a new Food Explorer destination this month, we’re especially drawn to the cooking coming out of Oaxaca, Mexico (pronounced Wa-ha-ka).

We’re not the only ones who are slightly obsessed with Oaxacan cuisine. American chefs, restaurateurs, and cookbook authors are heavily influenced by Oaxaca, including Rick Bayless, Alice Waters, and Diana Kennedy, to name a few. It’s become quite the trendy food-lover destination bringing in tourists to the region and flooding their food markets. Although we can’t hold a candle to that experience, we’re excited to bring our interpretation of some of these food experiences to DLM.

Oaxacan cuisine has a large variety of ingredients coming from mountain areas, central valleys, southern coastline, and in and around the capital city that shares its name. Think staples like not only corn and beans, but a variety of chiles and stunning produce, seafood, chocolate, avocados, cheeses, and even the smoky mezcal that heavily influences this cuisine. Other more exotic ingredients are the delicious, but not super attractive, corn fungus called  huitlacoche (or corn smut) and a small type of grasshopper called chapulín that is full of protein and plentiful to the area.

We especially love favorites from Oaxaca, such as tlayudas, tamales, quesadillas, black beans, and Oaxacan cheese, also known as quessillo. Chocolate also is plentiful, mostly drunk hot. But the primary focus and foundation of Oaxaca cooking is mole, see page 6 for more! We’re excited to explore Oaxaca and we hope you join us for the journey.

Click here for some recipes to try at home or ways you can bite into Oaxaca, Mexico, via DLM.

7 Insider Tips to Our Peach Party!

Each July, our mission is to bring the ultimate peach experience to DLM where the peach will be king. We scour the U.S. for a tree-ripened peach with the highest brix to be found. This year our search took us back to California, where the Gerawan family grows Prima® Peaches. We love its sweet flavor so much, it inspires items throughout DLM, such as the BLPeach, a sweet take on the traditional BLT, and mouth-watering Peach Salsa.

The longer a peach remains on the tree, the higher the sugar content and the better the flavor. The peaches are hand selected for DLM and placed into a small, round-bottomed bucket that protects the fruit from bruising. Our peaches are hand packed on the same day they’re harvested and handled with the utmost care to protect these marvelous fruits. DLM Prima® Peaches will have a brix level of 11 or above ensuring that the peaches bring that sweet summertime flavor.

Each morning our produce managers will use a refractometer, a device used to measure the brix level of the peach. The daily brix will be written on a sign to let you know how sweet our Prima® Peaches are tasting that day! As July continues, these peaches will just keep getting sweeter and sweeter as they reach their peak. Come to the “party” and be prepared to enjoy one of the sweetest, juiciest peaches around.

7 Insider Peach Party Tips

  1. The longer a peach can rip en on the tree, the higher the Brix. All Peach Party Prima® Peaches have a Brix level of 11 or greater!
  2. Once a peach is harvested, it is also graded. A very small percentage of peaches will make the cut to be sent to our Peach Party.
  3. Once the tree-ripened peaches arrive to DLM, our Produce managers carefully inspect the fruit and measure the Brix. Check the Brix sign to see what it is today!
  4. Look for “Ready Today” and “Ready Tomorrow” signs on our Peach Party display so you can plan your peach feast accordingly.
  5. You can tell when a peach is perfectly ripe by using your full hand and not just fingertips. The ripe peach will yield to gentle pressure.
  6. Peaches are perfect as-is. But they’re also great cooked (try poaching, baking, and even grilling). When cooked, the sugar caramelizes resulting in an even sweeter peach!
  7. Look for recipes throughout DLM during our Peach Party featuring this sweet summer fruit!

 

Spoon on the Salsa

If you’ve ever walked into our stores and have seen Austin Hieb or one of our Produce associates proudly chopping tomatoes, onions, peppers, tomatillos, and other fresh ingredients, know that it isn’t just for show. Our DLM Salsas truly are Made Right Here, and sometimes, you may see that in action. In fact, there is a dedicated associate at each DLM location who ensures that fresh salsa and guacamole is available.

“Today, I diced about 100 lbs of tomatoes,” Hieb says, who has been involved with our Salsa and Guacamole program since it launched about four years ago. He’ll often notice passersby do a doubletake as they see him making these products fresh in the middle of the DLM Washington Square Produce department. Then, the lightbulb moment happens as they see the ingredients being combined. “Oh, you guys make that here?” some will ask. “It’s really cool to see their reactions,” Hieb says.

When we look at a typical week in July, when salsa and guacamole just seem to be a natural fit with a cold beer in hand on a hot day, the popularity truly soars. On an average week in July, we sell more than 400 lbs of DLM Fresh Salsa and about another 500 lbs of DLM Fresh Guacamole. “The nicer the day, the more salsa and guacamole that people crave,” Hieb says.

We feature around 10 different salsa recipes on a rotating basis with some reflecting seasonal offerings, like our featured Peach Salsa this month. Although our salsas are not crafted from Oaxacan recipes, we are bringing back two recipes, Salsa Verde and Salsa Roja, this July as the smoky flavors and ingredients of these varieties are probably the most similar to those flavors that shine in a Oaxacan salsa.

Get Your Kicks with These 8 Recipes from Route 66

The ultimate road trip in America has got to be driving Route 66, spanning eight states with iconic comfort foods along the way. Although it was officially decommissioned in the 80s, it continues to attract tourists, road warriors, and food lovers looking to taste pure Americana. Today the historic route boasts vintage motels, nostalgic roadside attractions, and some really good road food.

After the Great Depression, folks finally had a little extra cash so they piled into the family car and embarked on a road trip of a lifetime with destination spots like the Grand Canyon or Disneyland Park in mind. Even great movies, songs, and books were inspired by the open road and aura of Route 66. For many, this road trip is also about the iconic flavors, like home-style baked goods, spicy chiles, BBQ, and all-around good country eating!

Buckle up and take a bite out of these eight recipes representing the eight states along Route 66!

1. Chicago Dog

2. Kansas BBQ Rub

3. Country Fried Steak

4. Buttered Pecan Blueberry Cobbler

5. Cowboy Steak

6. Easy Sticky Buns

7. Chicken Posole

8. Fish Tacos with Lime Crema & Cabbage Slaw

5 Easy Breezy Fresh Fruit Recipes

Sometimes life is like a bowl of cherries, and we hope this summer will be sweet and simple for everyone. But with a little thought, why not go beyond the bowl and branch out a bit? With all of these big, ripe sweet cherries we have right now from California, it’s hard not to think of all the fun ways to eat them! Here’s one of my favorites:

Fresh Cherries and Yogurt

Smear a little of your favorite vanilla yogurt across a plate or platter, scatter some washed and pitted cherries on top, and garnish with a little chocolate crumb. For the “crumb” I like to use crumbled Tate’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies or the classic thin chocolate wafers that aren’t too sweet.

Dessert isn’t the only way I like to eat my cherries. Here are some suggestions for utilizing these beautiful berries!

  • Added to a green salad for a pop of sweetness.
  • Fresh component of a cheese or charcuterie plate. Cherries pair wonderfully with a nice and mild creamy blue or fresh goat cheese.
  • In a sauce or reduction accompanying poultry.
  • Plopped on top of oatmeal with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of crunchy granola.
  • On top of a toasted piece of DLM Classic 10 Grain Bread smeared with creamy ricotta and finished with a drizzle of local honey.

Looking for other ways to enjoy the bounty of fresh fruit this season brings? Check out some of my go-to recipes below!

French Blueberry Loaf with Mascarpone and Lemon Curd Sauce

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookie Tart

Grilled DLM Pound Cake with Blackberries and Caramel

Strawberries Romanoff