Top 10 Food Finds November

Our food finds journey has brought us several fantastic products so far. From luxurious chocolates to truffle-laden sauces and salts, these selections represent some of the best products in the food industry. As we move on to November, we’re excited to highlight even more delicious items. Check out our list of this month’s top 10 food finds below!

SHIP TOP FOOD FINDS

1. Newby Teas

With a reputation of being the world’s most awarded luxury tea brand, Newby produces quality tea from only the best ingredients. They’re extremely particular as to the tea leaves that are selected to create their line of teas. So much so, that they only use the leaves that are picked in prime season from March to July. Each tea has exceptional flavor that represents the region from where the ingredients came from. Meticulously blending and tasting various teas, Newby is able to craft a beverage that’s rich in flavor, yet delicate and refined. Newby Earl Grey Black Tea blends black tea leaves with bergamot oil, giving this particular variety a citrus aroma and sweet bergamot orange taste. The Ginger & Lemon Tea is a lively, spicy, and warming blend of ginger root and lemongrass. The aroma and flavor of lemon and ginger is sure to awaken your senses as you enjoy a cup.

2. Oui Love It! Biscuits

An adorable family filled with foodies. That’s what you’ll find as you dig into the story behind family-owned Oui Love It! Constantly on the move as adventure beckoned them, French couple Isabelle and Bruno, along with their kids, always brought a piece of home with them as they travelled—biscuits. Their love of these cookies and desire to share them with others drove them to create this line of French biscuits. Hand-selected ingredients used in traditional recipes and made by the very best biscuit makers, Oui Love It! Biscuits are made in France and quite delicious. The Boudoirs are soft and they melt in your mouth. Because of their texture, they’re not only great on their own, but also in Tiramisu. You can’t get much better than Palets Bretons. These round, crumbly biscuits are made with an indulgent amount of butter making them simply irresistible. Oui Love It! Palmiers have a stunning appearance and an equally scrumptious flavor. They’re light and airy with a delightful crunch. Sablés Coco are made from sweet shortcrust pastry. When these cookies are made, cold butter is added to flour and sugar, then rubbed together until all the flour and sugar is coated with butter. This process gives these biscuits an incredible texture making it hard to eat only one.

3. Eat This Yum! Jams & Preserves

Located in Bucks County, Erwinna, Pennsylvania, Eat This Yum! is family-owned, focusing on all-natural, fruit-forward flavors. Using fruit that’s at its peak ripeness, a variety of spices and herbs, and less sugar than traditional jams, Eat This Yum! carefully crafts their preserves. Eat This Yum! Uncured Bacon Marmalade with Orange and Balsamic Caramelized Onion is filled with oranges, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh thyme, and lots of bacon, of course! Slather this marmalade on burgers, grilled cheese, or paninis. The Seedless Blackberry Rosemary Jam is bursting with sweet yet tart blackberry goodness along with aromatic rosemary, making it the perfect choice for serving with creamy cheeses, lamb, and sea bass. Or, try using it as a base for a vinaigrette. Savory and slightly sweet flavors meet in Eat This Yum! Tomato Jalapeño Marmalade. This zingy spread is delicious with freshly grilled shrimp, poured over Brie, or spread on a ham sandwich. Sweet strawberries, bright citrus, and comforting lavender combine to create the Strawberry Lemon Lavender Preserves. We love this jam with cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and even just on toasted DLM Artisan Bread. The delightful combination of rich flavors in the Eat This Yum! Balsamic Caramelized Onions is a great addition to paninis and burgers. Blueberry Cardamom Preserve has a wonderful blueberry flavor that when partnered with the cardamom and a little garlic is the ideal choice for a finishing sauce for duck. Spiced Caramel Pear Jam screams fall as it’s filled with delicate pear flavor along with nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Add to your cheese board alongside blue cheese and brie, or get create and use for thumbprint cookies.

4. Loison Panettone

As you enjoy a piece of Loison Panettone, you’re met with great flavor and a product rich in history and Italian holiday tradition. Using top-of-the-line fresh ingredients, like eggs from free-range hens, milk, butter, and cream along with carefully sourced fixings, like Italian sugar and whole sea salt, Loison has perfected crafting panettone. Studded with fruit and a variety of ingredients, this cake-like bread is excellent with tea or coffee, used for French toast, and makes a great gift this holiday season. If you’re looking for the classic panettone experience, we suggest trying Loison Panettone Classico. It’s filled with sweet raisins and has a wonderful orange and citron flavor. Studded with Sultana raisins and candied lemon peels, Loison Panettone Limone has a beautiful and refreshing flavor that’s complemented by a lemon cream. For the chocolate lover, try Panettone Chocolat. With the traditional panettone shape and height, this panettone is filled with pieces of chocolate. Try serving it warm paired with a glass of DLM A2 Guerney Milk. Another chocolate-centric option is the Loison Panettone Gran Cacao. Throughout this holiday treat, you’ll find chocolate morsels and a rich ripple of chocolate filling. Turning up the decadent dial, Loison also has Panettone Carmello Salato that not only has chocolate chunks mixed throughout, but it’s stuffed with salted caramel cream. Although Loison is well-known for their incredible panettone, they also produce biscuits. The Pera Biscuits are rich, perfectly crunchy, and have a surprisingly fresh flavor due to the addition of pear. Loison Albicocca Biscuits are made with apricot, giving the cookie a lovely aroma and a delightful sweetness. Look for these exquisitely wrapped Italian treasures in stores and online, while supplies last.

5. North Country Charcuterie

Found locally in Columbus, Ohio, North Country Charcuterie is a family-owned company that handmakes cured meats and salamis. Using humanely raised Berkshire pork and ingredients from Ohio producers, they’re able to create excellent products. No 1 Salami is the richest and creamiest salami of the North Country collection. It is boldly flavored with cheese from Blue Jacket Dairy in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Chardonnay from Debonne Vineyards in Madison, Ohio, chopped garlic, and fresh sage. Subtly flavored with Tripel from Combustion Brewery in Pickerington, Tripel Pigs Salami is their most traditional salami with an American twist. Lupo Salami is deep, dark, and mysterious. North Country artisans combine Russian Imperial Stout from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio, with Mexican mole to create a rich, bold flavor. Fino Salami is an ode to the owner’s mom and her love of garlic. This Finocchiona-style salami is a delicate balance of ground fennel and minced garlic. The Rojizo Chorizo is an intriguing fusion of European traditions and flavors like hot paprika, cayenne, and chipotle without overwhelming heat. Hoguera Spreadable Chorizo is best enjoyed on a baguette or added to a favorite Spanish recipe. This Sobrasada with its hot paprika, chipotle, and cayenne hits your tongue with a sultry surprise and fiery finish. They use synthetic casings for this link. All of these are best served at room temperature. The white mold on the outside is edible and natural, but you can peel it off before serving.

6. Bravado Spice Co. Hot Sauce

Boldly going where no other hot sauces have gone before, Bravado Spice Co. crafts unique hot sauces that are bold, blending heat and flavor in perfect harmony. Their Jalapeño & Green Apple Hot Sauce composed of green apple, poblano pepper, and jalapeño pepper is fairly mild and is an excellent addition to omelets, pulled pork, and seafood. Try drizzling in your guacamole for an irresistible sweet heat. Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce is exploding with pineapple flavor and nice heat from the habanero peppers, but it’s well balanced and goes great with pork, chicken, and seafood. We love adding it to marinades. Bravado Spice Co. Crimson Hot Sauce is a go-to sauce for just about anything—a true hot sauce MVP. If you love Tabasco, you need to try this! Pour liberally on wings, tacos, pizza, and fried chicken (it goes great on just about everything). AKA Miso Ghost-Reaper Hot Sauce will give you an addicting blaze of heat along with the umami flavor you crave. Try this sauce with ramen, sushi, roasted veggies, and grilled meats. We can’t get enough of Bravado Spice Co. Ghost Pepper & Blueberry Hot Sauce! Great heat and just the right amount of blueberry flavor makes this hot sauce a true showstopper. Because of the blueberry’s slightly sweet taste, we recommend pairing this sauce with your eggs and bacon, duck, and red meats. The Creamy Herb and Jalapeño Hot Sauce is made with savory herbs, fresh jalapeños, garlic, and olive oil forging into the ultimate creamy green sauce. We suggest pairing it with grilled steak, roasted chicken, pork loin, salmon, grilled zucchini & squash, oysters, empanadas, and fried plantains. And don’t think Bravado forgot about Italian dishes. The award-winning Serrano & Basil Hot Sauce is filled with fragrant basil and the zing of serrano peppers. This sauce is just begging to be poured over pasta, pizza, lasagna, meatball subs, and so much more.

7. John Wm. Macy’s Grilled Crostini Toasts with Olive Oil & Sea Salt

With over 40 years of experience, John Wm. Macy’s bakery creates exquisite snacks full of flavor and real, quality ingredients. Grilled Crostini Toasts are toasted slices of artisan sourdough baguettes that have been seasoned with olive oil and sea salt. These bread slices are then baked to achieve that signature crunch. These crostini toasts are excellent right out of the bag or slathered with a cheese spread from The DLM Cheese Shop.

8. DLM La Pastora Yellow Honey Coffee

We first tasted La Pastora at a deep-rooted family farm when visiting Costa Rica, and are excited to bring it to you. It’s bright with citrus, melon, mango, and berry flavors with a raw sugar finish, as the coffee is honey processed alongside the family’s organic fruit farm. Fanatic about ripeness, only the brightest red coffee cherries make the cut. That high level of attention to processing results in this exceptional coffee roasted locally at Boston Stoker. Finca La Pastora is located in Santa Maria de Dota region of Tarrazu. The farm has been in the same family for over 60 years. The owner Minor Esquival Picado, has divided the farm into 3 separate farms, 2 for his daughters and La Pastora which he has built his micro mill. One of the more innovative producers in the area with concern for environmental impact all of his coffee is honey processed and dried on African beds. Boston Stoker roasts this coffee exclusively for DLM.

9. Lick My Spoon Confections Chocolate Bars

Without formal training, but a passion for creating the best confections possible, Kristine Insalaco-Gaioni dabbled in making traditional Italian sweets and caramel sauce. Through trial and error she perfected her caramel sauce and passed it out to friends. After receiving rave reviews, Kristine decided to enter her caramel sauce in the Good Food Awards in San Francisco where her sauce won the hearts of the judges. The name for the caramel sauce, Lick My Spoon, came naturally as the judges and friends who tasted her sauce would literally lick the spoon. After her caramel sauce became a hit, she decided to dive into working with chocolate. This desire to learn led her to training in Milan with a master pastry chef, working her way to the title of chocolatier. Lick My Spoon Confections chocolate bars have crave-worthy and unique flavor combinations that we just love. The Orange Cardamom Spice Bar, composed of white chocolate that’s blended with candied orange peel, cardamom spice, and pistachio almond nougatine, is not only one of our favorites, but it also is a Good Food Award Winner 2020. White chocolate blended with raspberries and strawberries with a touch of rosewater, the Berry Rose Bar is visually stunning and a beautiful combination of flavors. You have to try Hot Little Number Bar. With complex flavors and a kiss of heat, this chocolate bar is made with 61% Venezuelan single bean origin cacao, cinnamon, and a mix of peppers. The picturesque Strawberry Bar, made with strawberries and cocoa butter, tastes of ripe strawberries with freeze dried strawberry slices.

10. Esther Price Fine Chocolates Fudge

With their first roots planted right here in Dayton, Esther Price Fine Chocolates has certainly become a household name. This delicious story began in a 7th grade Home Economics class where THE Esther Price learned to make fudge and immediately fell in love with the process. From there she ventured into making chocolate and soon began selling chocolate from her home business. Esther’s business quickly outgrew her home, so she opened her first store on Wayne Avenue in Dayton, and the rest is history. In homage to their humble beginnings, Esther Price produces rich and decadent home made fudge. Available in Chocolate and Peanut Butter, this delectable, local treat makes a great gift or indulgent treat for yourself.

Top 10 Food Finds October

From new items and delicious finds to hidden gems, we’re delighted to share with you our carefully selected list of our top 10 food finds for October!

Hungry for more? Stay tuned as we highlight 10 more food finds each month!

*All items can be found in stores and online at shop.DorothyLane.com unless otherwise noted.

SHIP TOP FOOD FINDS

1. Brooklyn Delhi Curry Ketchup

Brooklyn Delhi focuses on making products that are inspired by Indian culinary traditions and ingredients. They began with a line of achaar, an Indian pantry staple that adds great flavor to a number of dishes, and grew in popularity from there. Although this award-winning business has undergone some serious growth, they’re still handcrafting their products in small batches, including their Curry Ketchup. Brooklyn Delhi Curry Ketchup is an elevated ketchup, filled with roasted garlic and chili peppers. The perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and tangy, this go-to condiment adds great flavor to burgers, brats, fries, and eggs.

2. Capriole O’Banon Goat Cheese

Capriole farm in Greenville, Indiana, began with one family’s journey to an old, run-down farm in southern Indiana. The buildings may have weathered, but Larry and Judy Schad looked at the land as an opportunity to rebuild the foundations of the farm. By 1988 they had kept several goats, preserving, canning, and making cheese out of their milk for their friends and family. Fast forward to today, Capriole is now producing goat cheese of extraordinary quality, including Capriole O’Banon. Wrapped in Bourbon-soaked chestnut leaves, it has a quite stunning presentation. The cheese itself is bright and tangy, made using a hand-ladled process that gives it a dense, yet velvety, texture. We love it served simply with some DLM Artisan Bread and a glass of dry bubbly.

3. DLM Classic Coffee Cakes

These coffee cakes are scrumptious! Our pastry team makes them from scratch using just a few ingredients such as European style high-fat butter, and local, organic eggs. As you enjoy a slice, you’re met with luscious, buttery notes and a perfectly balanced sweetness. We bake our coffee cakes in bundt pans giving them their classic, round shape, perfectly browned and caramelized exterior, and moist, dense interior. Once baked, the cakes are sliced and ready to be devoured. Enjoy them with a morning latte, afternoon tea…or sneak a slice at night with an ice cold glass of milk. They are handsomely wrapped, and make great gifts too. We’re kicking off this line with three flavors: Zesty Lemon Poppy Seed, Double Chocolate, and Toasted Walnut Cinnamon.

4. Lindera Farms Hot Sauces

Dedicated to non-interventionist farming, Lindera Farms introduces no chemicals or fertilizers to their fields. This helps them grow strong, flavorful fruits, herbs, and flowers all while leaving no carbon footprint or impact on the environment. Along with creating exquisite vinegars, Lindera Farms also makes some incredible hot sauces. Lindera Farms Scotch Bonnet and Aji Dulce Hot Sauce is produced by combining hickory vinegar with Scotch Bonnet and Aji Dulce peppers. The result is a fruity, smoky hot sauce that’s great for adding to sauces, vinaigrettes, and marinades. Another hot sauce from Lindera Farms that we love is the Green Chile & Ramp Hot Sauce. This beautiful and aromatic green sauce exudes flavors of garlic, peppers, onion, leek, mango, and passion fruit. Although this hot sauce delivers a fair amount of heat, its complex flavors make it the perfect addition to a variety of dishes.

5. DLM Sea Salt Caramel Cashews

Prepare your taste buds for something truly divine! DLM Sea Salt Caramel Cashews are here and we’re loving every tasty morsel. Beautiful, large cashews are blanketed in caramel and sprinkled with sea salt, giving these nuts that irresistible sweet and salty combination. The caramel and sea salt give the nuts a perfectly crunchy exterior that’s complemented by the rich, buttery texture of the cashews. DLM Sea Salt Caramel Cashews make a great gift for your friends and family, or a delicious treat for yourself.

6. Borgo de’ Medici Organic Pasta

This stunning, colorful pasta is hand-crafted in Tuscany, Italy, using high-quality durum wheat and semolina flour. Borgo de’ Medici uses spinach, turmeric, paprika, and other natural vegetables to create the magnificent colors you’ll find in these bags. The Organic Eliche Pasta is spiral-shaped allowing the folds to capture sauces and seasonings. This type of pasta is great in many dishes, has a great texture, and makes for a beautiful presentation. Borgo de’ Medici Organic Gigli Pasta is fluted with ruffled edge, making it a perfect vessel for thicker sauces. This flower-shaped pasta is charming and delicious. Borgo de’ Medici Organic Pipe Rigate are curved, hollow pieces of pasta resembling snail shells. Because this pasta has large ridges, it’s a great choice for catching all sorts of sauces.

7. Keller K + M Chocolate Bars

Thomas Keller has built an impressive resume that includes being the owner of The French Laundry in Yauntville, holding multiple three-star ratings from the Michelin Guide, composing five cookbooks, and now partnering with Armando Manni, a Tuscan olive oil producer, to create luxurious chocolate bars. Keller K + M Chocolate Bars are carefully crafted from the finest cocoa beans and infused with MANNI organic extra-virgin olive oil, giving the chocolate a unique texture and boosted antioxidant properties. Each bar boasts varying flavors that reflect the terroir from which the beans are grown. The award-winning Keller K + M Extra Virgin Milk Chocolate Ecuador Bar is smooth, balanced, and has subtle hints of mango and molasses. Keller K + M Extra Virgin Dark Milk Chocolate Nicaragua Bar has pronounced notes of black currant and malty flavors that are complimented by a silky clean finish. The Keller K + M Extra Virgin Dark Chocolate 75% Cocoa Peru Bar is the ultimate bar for dark chocolate lovers. Floral hints of orange blossom and quince mingle with grassy notes to produce a well balanced and complex flavor.

8. Beecher’s Smoked Flagship Mac & Cheese

Kurt Beecher Dammeier opened his first Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Pike Place Market in 2003, and quickly gained traction in the cheese world. What made their cheese so different from others? They begin with fresh, pure milk from local farms, use traditional cheesemaking techniques, and handcraft their cheeses without the use of artificial ingredients. Not long after opening, Beecher’s cheese became a staple in Seattle. Using their exquisite cheese, Beecher’s has created a Smoked Flagship Mac & Cheese, which we just can’t get enough of. Starting with Smoked Flagship, Beecher’s cows’ milk cheese that’s aged for 15 months and then smoked over a blend of apple and cherry wood, Beecher’s creates a decadent cheese sauce that’s then combined with penne pasta. Simply bake following the instructions for gooey, bubbly, and unbeatable mac & cheese.

9. Ritrovo Selections Tuna

Step aside canned tuna that shall remain nameless—Ritrovo Selections Tuna is a true tuna game-changer. Carefully fished Mediterranean Yellowfin Tuna is marinated in extra-virgin olive oil along with a variety of seasonings making these tuna selections enjoyable straight from the jar. We love Ritrovo Selections Tuna Chunks with Hot Chili Peppers in Olive Oil for its delicate taste of olive oil and Calabrian Chili Peppers. Try serving this tuna cold in salads, cold pasta, or tossed with vegetables for a wonderful light dish. Ritrovo Selections Tuna Chunks with Potatoes and Rosemary in Olive Oil is a great addition to niçoise-style salads, pasta dishes, or served with beans for a protein rich dish. Add a touch of elegance to your spread with Ritrovo Selections Tuna Chunks with Truffle in Olive Oil. The marriage of hand-packed tuna, extra-virgin olive oil, and slices of Central Italian black truffles is delicious on crostini or tossed with a short pasta.

10. Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters

Inspired by the simple, homemade peanut butter he loved in Africa, Mark, co-founder of Big Spoon Roasters, started roasting nuts and milling them into fresh nut butters in his home kitchen. As his excitement and passion grew, Mark and his wife, Megan, decided to start Big Spoon Roasters to share their nut butters with others. They only source ingredients from trusted farms and producers, many of who organically farm and focus on sustainable agriculture. We love the variety of nut butter flavors they have to offer. Maple Cinnamon Peanut and Pecan Butter combines fresh-roasted, coarsely milled peanuts and pecans with Vermont Maple Syrup, Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon and Jacobsen Sea Salt to create Big Spoon Roasters Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter. Some say this butter is reminiscent of pecan pie spiked with maple and cinnamon. We recommend enjoying this on toast, PB&J sandwiches as well as in sauces, cookies and smoothies. Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Nut Butter combines a Masala Chai blend of cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and black pepper, which is slowly mixed with freshly milled peanuts and almonds before adding raw, organic cane sugar, raw wildflower honey, and sea salt to create a bright, complex burst of flavor in every spoon. Enjoy on toast, PB&J sandwiches (of course with your favorite DLM bread) apples, or use in recipes, smoothies and sauces or your biggest spoon. Big Spoon Roasters Toasted Coconut Almond Butter with Sea Salt is handmade from fresh-roasted heirloom Mission variety almonds, crispy toasted coconut flakes, raw organic coconut crystals, and hand-harvested sea salt to create a decadent, naturally sweet, irresistible nut butter reminiscent of homemade coconut macaroons. We recommend slathering it on our DLM Artisan breads for the best peanut butter sandwich. Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Pecan Nut Butter combines Peanuts, Pecans, Raw Wildflower Honey and Jacobsen Sea Salt. The result is a rich, buttery, sweet and very addictive nut butter. Enjoy on toast, PB&J sandwiches (of course with your favorite DLM bread) apples, use in recipes, smoothies and sauces or your biggest spoon. Big Spoon Roasters Chocolate Sea Salt Nut Butter blends freshly milled, fresh-roasted heirloom Mission variety almonds with stone-ground organic dark chocolate from TCHO, cocoa nibs from Escazu Artisan Chocolates, raw wildflower honey and a touch of Jacobsen sea salt to create a toasty, luscious dark chocolate almond butter with the perfect amount of crunch. This is a chocolate lover’s almond butter. Enjoy on toast or PB&J sandwiches (of course with your favorite DLM bread), in desserts and smoothies or your biggest spoon.

3 Caprese Recipe Ideas for the Summer

The taste of summer doesn’t get simpler than ripe tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil. Insalata Caprese, also known as Caprese salad, is usually finished with a little extra-virgin olive oil and a showering of good sea salt. Besides reflecting the colors of the Italian flag, it is more than just the sum of its parts. When something is that simple, you can make it stunningly delicious when you get your hands on the ripest local tomatoes, DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, and our local basil that is bountiful right now in our Produce departments. But don’t stop there! We’ve got you covered with more caprese recipe ideas!

So many inspirations for ideas with these classic ingredients come to mind, some of which you should think about experimenting with in your home kitchen. The combo not only makes a wicked good grilled cheese, but try adding a little garlic for an awesome open-faced bruschetta. For another caprese recipe ideas, you can toss up a pasta salad with these ingredients or be like Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten and add them to brown rice for a refreshingly different cold salad. Since it’s grilling season, try a Caprese burger using our local DLM Grass-Fed Ground Beef topped with DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella, a thick slice of ripe tomato, and slathered with pesto. Here are a few of my favorite variations on the traditional caprese!

This Summer, Layer on the Flavors with These 3 Caprese Creations

1. WATERMELON “CAPRESE” SKEWERS

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2. AVOCADO & NECTARINE “CAPRESE” SALAD

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3. CAPRESE PANZANELLA

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The Art of Making Mozzarella

Stir. Stretch. Shape. There’s an art of making mozzarella that’s satisfyingly beautiful as our DLM Fresh Handmade Mozzarella takes its final form. It’s a symphony of technique, rhythmic stretching that results in the classic composition of simple ingredients yielding a final masterpiece. “There is mozzarella. And then there is fresh mozzarella,” says Erika Cuellar, The DLM Cheese Shop Manager at our Washington Square location. “We believe in providing the freshest product possible … so we make it in-house.” This is why in 2006, we studied, we experimented, and we decided to distinguish ourselves by regularly making mozzarella by hand. This is the DLM Difference.

 

THE ART OF MAKING MOZZARELLA

A SYMPHONY OF TECHNIQUE

If you’re lucky to stroll past our Cheese Shop at the right time, you’ll see this process with your own eyes as you round the corner to find one of our cheesemongers gently stretching about 10 pounds of curd into warm, buttery mozzarella.

Legend has it that this soft, moist cheese was first created by happenstance in Italy when curd fell into a pail of boiling water. If that’s the case, then we will certainly call it a happy accident. Fresh mozzarella has a milky taste and contains 52% moisture or higher. We start by warming water to just about boiling. Then, we begin soaking the curd.

After breaking down the curd into small pieces, it’s then given warm water baths. When you ask Maritza Cuellar-Crowdy, who manages The DLM Cheese Shop at our Springboro location, questions like “how long does it sit in the water?” or “how do you know when it’s ready to stretch,” the answer is not as clear-cut as one may think. It’s a marriage of intuition and technique, with our cheesemongers conducting the process. “Mozzarella is about timing and the actual stretching of it,” Maritza explains. “We focus on how it feels … not how it looks.”

After the curd feels ready, what ensues is perhaps the most important step. The stretching. To watch is soothing and inexplicably beautiful. It’s amazing to see how with each slow, deliberate movement, the actual consistency of the cheese changes. “If you overstretch it, it’ll be tough. If you don’t stretch it enough, you won’t get that smooth consistency,” Maritza says. “If you let it sit too long (before stretching), it’ll change your end result. Timing and stretching go hand in hand.”

Watching our cheesemongers stretch mozzarella is like watching a violinist shift their bow back and forth, truly the art of making mozzarella. Then, just like that, it’s ready.

SHAPING SOMETHING MARVELOUS

After the consistency is just right, the next step is to shape it into ovalini, ciliengine, and snackable sticks, and getting it closer to being ready for our wonderful customers. Each freshly shaped mozzarella then sits in a salty brine before it’s packaged and ready to hit the shelves in The DLM Cheese Shop.

The ovalini are perfect for slicing and layering onto your pizza, sandwich, or creating that quintessential caprese salad—Erika’s favorite. Caprese is composed of freshly sliced tomato (like the local ones that are here now), fresh basil, and handmade mozzarella all finished with a drizzle of Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and our DLM Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Nothing quite compares to this summertime classic. Find Chef Carrie’s recipes for variations of this classic dish here!

Ciliengine are the size of cherry tomatoes and you’ll find them pre-packed with about eight to a container. These are the perfect bite-sized shape to add to many popular salad or pasta recipes. Or, there are several fun summer kebab snacks. You’ll also find our handmade fresh mozzarella logs, or sticks, for the mozzarella lover on the go.

Regardless of which shape you choose, we can guarantee that what you take home from DLM is something that is truly a food experience, from the creation of it to the end product that we’ve lovingly made for your plate. “When we say ‘fresh,’ we want you to see that we mean fresh,” says Maritza. It’s that commitment to providing a deeper experience to the food that provides us with the greatest joy and sense of pride.

Our DLM Fresh Handmade Mozzarella is Available in stores and at Shop.DorothyLane.com.

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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Recipes to Savor From Our Family to Yours

Here we are, hunkered down at home, making the best of things. We all need to eat, so why not eat well?! Imagine a platter of steaming hot pasta. Or the aroma of a large pot of Beef Bourguignon wafting through the house. We wanted to give you a few recipes to share good food and good feelings in your home. Few pleasures in life compare to eating together, so let’s savor it—with the people we love. We wish your family happiness and good health.

RECIPES TO SAVOR

Swordfish Involtini with Sicilian Tomato Salad

 

Classic Potato Gnocchi with Parmigiano Cream Sauce

 

Spaghetti with Lemon-Parmigiano Sauce

 

Prosciutto di Parma Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano

 

Savor more of our favorite recipes and meal ideas here!

Grilled Cheese Ideas That Are Gourmand Status

A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? As if! If you’re anything like me, then this sandwich was probably the first thing you learned to cook by yourself using the pre-wrapped cheese slices that shall remain unnamed. The time is now to elevate this classic, cheesy, comforting goodness to gourmet status.

To start, you can take that old tried-and-true grilled cheese sandwich up a notch (or ten) by exploring a world of cheeses and our Artisan Bread. The possibilities are endless! From the spicy, tangy flavors of goat cheeses, like Humboldt Fog, to the smooth, velvety flavors of the Comté Saint-Antoine Gruyère, and the sweet touch from Raisin Walnut Bread or airy texture of Ciabatta, we’ve got five sure-fire ways to elevate you to grilled cheese gourmand status.

5 Gourmet Grilled Cheese Ideas

FOGGY BOTTOM

Raisin Walnut Bread meets Humboldt Fog goat cheese and a few slices of Prosciutto di Parma for a delightfully salty-creamy bite.

CAPRESE

This layered favorite is a take on the caprese salad: DLM Handmade Mozzarella, thinly sliced Roma tomato, fresh basil leaves, and Ciabatta Bread.

THE RETRO

The retro flavor of DLM Pimento Cheese Dip pairs perfectly with DLM Uncured Bacon. Pile between buttered slices of Farmhouse Bread.

DELISH

Sweet yet savory, this sandwich calls for slices of Deer Creek’s The Doe stacked between slices of Sesame Seed Bread that is slathered with apricot preserves.

THE ULTIMATE

Comté St. Antoine Gruyère and Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar piled onto our classic Unbleached White Sandwich Bread. So simple and so delicious!

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. 

Fall for These 10 Recipes

Fall is here! It’s time to celebrate the bounty of the season including beautiful fall squash, apples galore, 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. Hasselback 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.

Thai Food in Your Own Kitchen

What is it about Thai food that has so many of us enthralled? I can answer that with four words—hot, sour, salty, and sweet. In most Thai dishes you can find some kind of combination of all of these taste components. In addition to the contrast of flavors, you’ll also find a contrast of textures. How fun is that? Think for example of bright herbal soups, savory curries, crunchy salads, slurpy noodles, spicy dips, and beautiful tropical fruit to name a few.

Grab your Produce Passport and get ready to dive into the world of delicious Thai Produce!

Street food found in Thailand is some of the best in the world. Some favorites from my travels include spring rolls, grilled satay, salty fish cakes, and sweet sticky rice in baggies along with the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Lucky for us, it’s easier nowadays than in years past to find the ingredients to recreate excellent Thai food in your own kitchen. Rice and mung bean noodles, curry pastes, coconut milk, fish sauce, and chili sauce are now common and you need to find some room for them in your pantry. Along with some fresh veggies and a variety of proteins, a taste of Thailand can be yours! So challenge yourself to roll up your sleeves and explore the incredible flavors that the cuisine of Thailand has to offer.

Curious about curries? Learn about the different types and how to use them!

Noodle on These 3 Recipes:

1. Pad Thai

2. Yum Woon Sen

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3. Chicken Pad See Ew

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