Always in Style: Our Heavenly Ham®

Food trends come and go, but having this main course centerpiece never goes out of style. Whether you are serving brunch, lunch, or a traditional sit-down dinner—a Heavenly Ham from Dorothy Lane Market is simply delicious.

During my childhood, the ham was a must-have at family celebrations. At Christmas, we ate it with cherry sauce. For Easter, we decorated it with maraschino cherries and pineapple rings. For dad’s birthday, mom let me stand on the kitchen stool and stick cloves into it. The beauty of the Heavenly Ham® is that it’s ready to rock as-is with or without the accouterments.

Even if you’re serving prime rib, this classic will give your holiday meal-planning a serious boost. Pull it out at breakfast. For lunch, nothing beats a Heavenly Ham® sandwich along with a few Deli salads, like our Classic Potato or Homestyle Macaroni. As a cook with a lot on her plate, the best part for me is the stress-free pleasure of a Heavenly Ham®.

HOW TO ORDER YOUR HEAVENLY HAM

When choosing a Heavenly Ham®, we suggest to plan on 1/2 to 3/4 lbs per person. Although we carry Heavenly Ham® in stores, it’s such a hit that it flies off the shelves. To ensure one at your store of choice, reserve your ham in our Meat department or online!
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HEAVENLY HAM SERVING TIPS

Serve at room temperature or heat by placing it, with the foil slightly opened at the top, in a 250°F oven for 45 minutes to one hour. If only a few slices are needed, heat them in a skillet for 2-3 minutes. To carve, use a sharp knife to make a lengthwise cross across the ham next to the bone (for a whole ham, start at the butt end). This cut releases the spiral-cut slices. To release remaining slices, loosen meat from bone.

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!

Turkey Prep: 5 Common Questions Answered

I get it. There’s a lot going on when it comes to preparing your Thanksgiving meal and a whole turkey isn’t something that most people cook more than a few times a year. See below for my answer to some of the most common turkey prep questions that may come to mind as you ponder “how do you cook a turkey?”

If you haven’t already, reserve your DLM Free-Range Turkey now! Please remember that our turkeys are grown and not manufactured so weights may vary slightly from what you indicate.

1. Question: To Stuff or Not to Stuff?

Answer: In most modern kitchens, the answer to this debate is not to stuff. Why? Because in order to reach the safe temperature of 165°F in the center of the stuffed bird, you’ll get a completely overcooked turkey. Now, my mother-in-law will argue with me on this one until the cows come home. Her turkey is stuffed in every nook and cranny and it’s still delicious … albeit a little overcooked.

2. Question: Low Heat versus High Heat

Answer: This is a classic debate topic where both sides believe their cooking method gives the best results. High heat helps save time and adds a nice color to the outside of the bird. On the contrary, low heat slows moisture loss but takes a long time to finish. So, I like a two-fold answer to this popular cooking question: use both types! Start with high heat until you get things started then lower the heat to finish cooking the bird with more control.

3. Question: How do you Season the Turkey?

Answer: One word: BUTTER. It not only adds flavor but an amazing amount of moisture-rich fat. I like to brush the outside of the skin with melted butter, salt, and pepper. If you choose to add herbs, halved onions, or lemon, do so in the inside cavity.

4. Question: How do I Know How Big of a Turkey to Get?

Answer: A good rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 lbs per person, depending on the amount of leftovers you’d like.

5. How Long do I Cook Said Turkey?

Answer: Ultimately, your turkey is done when the meat thermometer reads 165°F. Stick the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. But here is a quick guide for how long to cook your unstuffed turkey based on its weight. But note that ovens all differ, so please don’t be afraid to pull out that meat thermometer more than once to make sure it isn’t under-cooked or over-cooked.

Approximate Roasting Times*
12–17 lbs = 3¼ to 4½ hours
18–21 lbs = 4¼ to 5¼ hours
22–24 lbs = 5¼ to 6¼ hours

*Times above are for a 350°F oven with an unstuffed turkey. To ensure that turkey is fully cooked to 165°F, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh.

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

3 Ways to Feast Like a Gourmand by Sea

It is interesting to note that our planet is more than 70% blue and that seafood is the primary source of protein to more than an estimated 3 billion people worldwide. We pride ourselves on building up a Seafood department that aims to source fish direct, which means less time spent out of water (aka ultimate freshness). Because of that, it’s so easy to feast with fresh fish and shellfish from the sea at your favorite DLM. So get on the boat and challenge yourself to start making a habit of adding more seafood to your grocery list when planning your family’s meals. We have so much to choose from and it’s the perfect way to add a little bit of variety!

Visit our beautiful, fresh Seafood cases where our experienced fishmongers are there to answer questions you may have or provide a cooking suggestion for dinner tonight. We have plenty of fresh fish and shellfish that varies day to day with even some ready-to-cook items that are pre-seasoned and ready to take home to either bake, grill, or sauté. If you are in a time crunch and don’t want to worry about cooking, head over to our Gourmet Takeaway where we have something for everyone, including Parmesan-Encrusted Tilapia, Grilled Salmon, and our best-selling Crab Cakes and Salmon Patties. With all of these possibilities swimming in your mind, our store is your oyster! Speaking of shellfish, October is one of our favorite months as the shellfish are plentiful! Keep reading for some ways to fully enjoy these flavors from the sea.

ALASKA RED KING CRAB: It’s here, but not for long! 

I know I’m not the lonely one waiting with bated breath for the fresh Alaska Red King Crab to come to DLM! Once fishing starts, we’ll be bringing in as much as we can. It’ll be a very tight window that we carry it, so get it while you can. It’s such a good excuse to indulge in something so delicious and fresh! We are excited to report that Alaska Red King Crab has arrived to us from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but once it’s gone, it’s gone, so act fast!

OYSTER HAPPY HOUR

During Oyster Happy Hour each week, we explore all the subtle differences between oysters of the East and West Coasts. Just like a wine, they develop their own merroir (characteristic taste imparted by their environment). The supply is looking strong this year, so boldly slurp or grill on the half shell. Look for Oyster Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at DLM Washington Square, and Fridays at DLM Oakwood and Springboro. View which varieties we’ll be shucking: DorothyLane.com/OysterHappyHour

CLAMBAKE BUCKETS

If you are looking for a fun dinner party idea, try one or two of our Clambake Buckets. They are perfect for friends, football, and cool nights—what more do you need? We fill a 5-gallon bucket with potatoes, fresh corn, carrots, celery, onion, Andouille sausage, clams, mussels, and shrimp. You can select either a beer or wine base. Order yours today either at our Seafood department or online at DorothyLane.com/Clambake

Celebrate Gluten Free Event Guide

We use the word “celebrate” in the name of this event to emphasize that the gluten-free community no longer needs to cringe when hearing the term “gluten free,” assuming that it means “fun free.” In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can have your cake (gluten-free, of course, from Love Cakes by DLM), and eat it, too. “We celebrate in knowing that making the gluten-free choice makes us healthier and happier,” says C.A. Diltz, our in-house gluten-free expert. Celebrate Gluten Free, happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at DLM Washington Square features more than 20 vendors providing everything from gluten-free baked goods, snacks and condiments to beverages, supplements, and skin care items. We invite you to stop by this event to try it, taste it, and continue the celebration at home.

October 6 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DLM Washington Square • FREE

  • Featured Seminar: 1 p.m. (DLM Culinary Center) Celiac Disease: The Final Frontier, presented by Dr. Sean Bingham with Dayton Children’s Hospital

We are excited to have more than 20 vendors this year, each offering mouthwatering gluten-free products. Here is a list of some of the wonderful vendors we have attending!

Bites of Nostalgia

Love Cakes by DLM and Bites of Nostalgia, a local company out of Bellbrook, work together to create delicious, beautiful treats for any special occasion. Cakes and cupcakes are available at any DLM location; 24-hour notice recommended. Biscotti are available at every DLM Coffee Bar, and include flavors like Ginger Spice which is dairy free!

Made Without Grain

Formerly The Brown and Blond Bakery, the Dark Chocolate Brownies and Blondies are available as baking mixes. This allows for alterations when baking, like using an egg substitute, milk can be used instead of water, or butter instead of oil. Skeptics are shocked grain-free baked goods can actually have great taste AND texture.

Maui Mae’s Raw Chocolate

Hawaiian resident, Anna Borchers, moved back to Dayton from the Hawaiian Islands to be near family. Anna comes from a family of bakers, so when she had her first child and realized she didn’t want to go back to work full-time, a business was also born. Her husband Bradley is the official taste tester and is a Chaminade Julienne graduate. She focuses on raw coconut chocolates and Hawaiian-grown macadamia nuts. With 40x the antioxidants of blueberries, her soft and creamy fudge is made of raw cacao, organic virgin coconut oil, and agave nectar. So it’s actually good for you! The roasted macadamia nuts sprinkled with sea salt are the perfect sweet and salty combination!

Hannah’s Healthy Bakery

Hannah’s passion to help others with dietary issues and those with food intolerances led her to develop her grain-free baking mix. It is made mostly with almond and coconut flours which are high in protein and fiber. This paleo mix is also free of gluten, grains, dairy, and sugar. New this year- GF Fruit Pies which will be available in our Frozen department year round.

Tina’s Sweet Treats Pies

Tina’s Sweet Treats is a gluten-free bakery located in Franklin, Ohio. Owner Tina Wagner will be sampling and taking orders for her gluten-free holiday pies. Choose from Pumpkin, Pecan, Cherry Crumble, and Apple Crumble. All pies will be $20 and ready for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Lopaus Point

Located on the coast of Maine, Lopaus Point is where the love of food and sharing it with others was rooted in a young Stacie. Today, sharing that love with others through delicious waffles and baked treats is both Stacie’s and Lopaus Point Bakery’s mission. Their waffles are made with real, simple ingredients prepared in a dedicated GF facility.

Purely Sweet Bakery

This local bakery is healthy as well as allergy friendly. They specialize in paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and organic raw baked goods with an emphasis on clean eating. Purely Sweet Bakery uses fresh ingredients and their products are free from preservatives.

Spice Paradise

Spice Paradise owners, Ulrike and David Massey, fulfilled a longtime dream of opening their own business in the Oregon District. Their vegan dry soup mixes are 100% natural and free of preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Explore the world of natural flavors with soups like Vegetable Chili, Spring Vegetable, and Split Pea soups.

Florentine Legacy Sauces

Nick and Peter Penzone were proud owners of Florentine Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, a fixture for 71 years and three generations of Penzones. After closing in December 2016, customers clamored for their signature sauce and Florentine Legacy was born. DLM is proud to offer their Marinara and Tomato and Cream Sauces, both which are gluten free. Be sure to stop by their table at Celebrate Gluten Free event and try a sample.

Dr. Schär 

Schär’s Gluten-Free Artisan Baker Breads have amazing taste and texture, crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, agave, and honey. Available in White, Multigrain, and 10 Grains & Seeds varieties. Schär Honeygrams are delicious crackers which are ideal for s’mores! Gluten free and made with real honey, pack these for your next outdoor adventure as they are perfect for a campfire treat! These little single-serve, cocoa-covered Sch’nack cakes from Schär are filled with cream and dipped in German chocolate. Ideal for lunch boxes or to take on the go to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee!

Party Like It’s 1948 at the Food & Wine Show!

In this 70th wonderful year of Dorothy Lane Market, we hope you can join us at the 20th annual Food & Wine Show, happening 7-9:30 p.m. November 1, as this year will be quite a celebration of fine food and drink. We like to think that our Food & Wine Show is the perfect kickoff to a celebratory season to come; and this year is certainly no exception. For one night, DLM Springboro transforms into the stage of a spectacular gustatory experience and it’s hard to believe that it started 20 years ago.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS EVENT IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAIT LIST IN THE EVENT THAT A TICKET BECOMES AVAILABLE, PLEASE E-MAIL DLM@DOROTHYLANE.COM.

Taste wines from around the world and from some of the best producers, and talk to knowledgeable sommeliers all the while sampling exquisite chef-driven food prepared by DLM’s best. A ticket to the Food & Wine Show includes an opportunity to taste from a selection of nearly 200 fine wines and beer with a bevy of hors d’oeuvres coming from the kitchen along with 15 food stations. We promise you won’t go hungry!

In addition, we’re adding a fun twist this year as we take a trip back to 1948 with jazz music and by celebrating the dress of the era. So pull out your fancy hat or fedora, satin gloves, peep-toe pumps or oxfords, and double breasted suits. Let’s Party like it’s 1948 DLM style, and celebrate all things food and wine!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. THIS EVENT IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAIT LIST IN THE EVENT THAT A TICKET BECOMES AVAILABLE, PLEASE E-MAIL DLM@DOROTHYLANE.COM.

Lobstermania

The Makings of a Lobster Party

Thousands of fresh lobsters make their way to DLM for Lobstermania each year the Saturday before Memorial Day, May 26! Friends make plans to queue up in line before the sale officially starts, and what could be just another line is a ritual of its own. The energy is one to behold as folks eagerly await the makings of the most delicious feast, which will inevitably set the stage for the good times to continue throughout the weekend.

Sure there’s the fact that we think the world of our lobstering friends at Ready Seafood who come all the way from Maine for Lobstermania every year, an annual tradition at DLM now for more than 40 years and counting. Their mission is to share their love of fresh, succulent lobster and spread the word about sustainably caught lobster and why the practices of each fishery is important.

But truth be told, the DLM community has made this tradition one that sticks as we hear countless stories of friends and neighbors making a party out of their lobster feast. Family members trek from near and far to all be together with lobster at the table. It’s become apparent that this treasure from the sea is meant to be shared. Lobstermania sale starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 26, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The Tale of These Lobsters

The Ready brothers fell in love with lobstering at a young age and the local lobstermen were their heroes. They took their childhood obsession and grew it into a thriving business! They’re passionate about educating people on how hard-working lobstermen work toward a common goal of making it a sustainable industry. We’re lucky to have our lobstering friends from Ready Seafood visit us every year during Lobstermania!

Share the Lobster Love

As you gather around for a Lobstermania feast, share your experience with us! Tag DLM on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and use the hashtag #DLMLobstermania. It’ll be quite the splash!

Fish Tacos in 3 Easy Steps

So tasty, so fresh. and so easy to make! Fish tacos can turn any dinner into a party! You can whip them up quickly at home with these 3 easy steps (and a little help from DLM).

Step 1: Stop by our Seafood department and pick up fresh fish, such as halibut, mahi mahi, tilapia, or grouper. Season with your favorite taco seasoning and either grill or pan fry the fish until done.

Step 2: Load up your tacos with DLM Fresh Guacamole, Salsa, or Pico de Gallo. Or see for yourself how easy it is to make your own cabbage slaw with a package of angel hair coleslaw tossed with Terrapin Ridge Farms Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing and a squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish with crunchy radishes and cilantro.

Step 3: Last, but not least, is the tortilla. Whether you choose corn or flour, crunchy or soft we’ve got you covered. Warm them briefly right before piling with fresh fish and toppings and voilà—dinner is done in no time!