Top Food Finds for February

As we embark on this month’s exploration of top food finds, you’ll find incredible food and beverages from around the world. Some of which are exciting new arrivals, like our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, while others are DLM signature favorites, like our Flat Chicken®, that are too good not to spotlight. Whether you discover new finds or dive into old favorites, we hope you find this selection of food finds as one of our most delicious yet!

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1. Yield Coffee Roasters Coffee

Working alongside farmers, Yield Coffee Roasters works to discover the best coffee. They’re focused on roasting each coffee to achieve its maximum flavor potential, while highlighting the farmers, families, and communities these outstanding coffees represent. Yield works to truly get to know the farmers, helping to create a sustainable economy for the areas from which they get these beans. Currently, they are using a portion of their coffee sales to construct bathrooms for families in need. So as you sip your Yield Coffee with breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or with dessert, know that what you’re enjoying is much more than just a good ol’ cup of joe. Enjoy coffee varieties from these growing regions: Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

2. Hartzler Family Dairy Single Serves

The Hartzler family believes in processing the milk from their cows as minimally as possible as nature intended, without hormones, chemical pesticides, or herbicides used on the farm. The result of this philosophy is a delicious one—milk that’s rich, creamy, and a favorite for many. And when their single-serve milk came on the market, we just had to bring them in. In addition to their current lineup of scrumptious flavors, like Orange Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate, they’ve recently released a new variety that has stolen our hearts—Black Raspberry! Reminiscent of one of the top flavors from a local ice cream shop, this milk is decadent and a dessert in itself.

3. Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil lovers know there’s something truly special about this time of the year—the arrival of the fresh, new, novello olive oils. And our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is an amazing representation of the classic novello flavors and aromatics. The alluring aromas of grass and nuts are reflected in the oil’s flavor. As you taste it, an explosion of freshness first greets your palate and then it finishes with a flavorful, peppery bite. And where do we get such an extraordinary olive oil? Like many of the products in our DLM line, we have farming friends who we work with to produce the best product for you to enjoy. And this includes the Zanetti family. Located in Tuscany, Italy, the Zanetti family farm grows the olives used to make our Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. The fruit of their labor is harvested once a year during a small window. Most of the oil will be stored and bottled as needed for our line here at DLM, but a select amount is sent to us as the new, or novello, harvest for you to enjoy. It’s only distinguished as novello for a limited time, so be sure to try it while it’s here! To savor every drop of this luxurious oil, we recommend drizzling over DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella and tomatoes, soup, stew, pizza, DLM Gelato, seafood, steak, vegetables, or pasta. You can also add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, or dried herbs and use the olive oil as a dip for DLM Artisan Bread. And we can’t forget about one of our favorite uses, pesto. This combination of bright olive oil, lots of fresh basil, salty Parmigiano-Reggiano, and rich pine nuts is absolutely delicious! Get Chef Carrie’s recipe for pesto here.

4. Enzo’s Table Biscotti

Taking a look behind the scenes at Enzo’s Table, you’ll find folks who are passionate about sharing the bountiful harvest of California’s San Joaquin Valley. From fruits and nuts to handcrafted pesto and jam, they pour their hearts into all of their endeavors. We’re proud to carry a variety of their products, including Enzo’s Table Biscotti. This biscotti is hand-rolled with premium ingredients, and then twice-baked to achieve the classic biscotti crunch. Whether you choose to enjoy these cookies dunked in coffee, espresso, or alongside a glass of wine, you’re sure to love their selection. Varieties include Traditional Almond, Good Food Awards winner Chocolate Almond, Almond Anise, and Pistachio Cranberry.

5. Runamok Maple Syrup

There’s maple syrup and then there’s good maple syrup. Runamok Maple’s passion for creating pure maple syrup shines in every drop of this golden goodness. They pay close attention to every step of the production process, starting with the environment and the trees themselves. Certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association, Runamok has installed solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint, preserved the surrounding habitat so that migratory birds have a safe home, and used compostable cups to cut down on plastic in landfills. Mid-winter, the maple trees are carefully tapped allowing the sap to run out as the temperature gradually rises in the spring. Once the sap is harvested, it’s transported to the sugarhouse where it’s concentrated through a reverse osmosis machine and boiled down to syrup. Once it reaches the right concentration, the syrup is filtered and stored in barrels. During this process, the syrup is tasted, and the best of the best is marked as Sugarmaker’s Cut. This syrup is the best of the season and usually reserved for friends and family of those who work for Runamok, but it’s now available for you to enjoy! For a twist on this rich syrup, try Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup. As the syrup ages in recently emptied Bourbon barrels, it draws in the deep Bourbon flavor without alcohol. Enjoy these syrups over a towering stack of pancakes or add some to cocktails for a kiss of sweetness.

 

6. Molino Verrini Flour

Something extraordinary happens when you combine the knowledge and experience of four generations of millers and the best wheat grown in Emilia-Romagna—it’s flour perfection. Over the years, the Verrini family, of Molino Verrini, has been producing the highest quality flours in Emilia-Romagna, each carefully crafted and designated for specific uses. Molino Verrini Type 00 Flour, distinguished by its low gluten content and super fine grind, is an excellent choice for fresh pasta as the fine grind allows you to roll the dough to extreme thinness. This flour also makes delicious pizza dough, desserts, wraps, focaccia, and bomboloni Italian donuts. Molino Verrini Type 1 Flour is rich in fibers, proteins, and minerals, containing a small amount of bran and wheat germ. This harmonious combination gives rise to a flour with a heartier aroma and flavor than the Type 00. Use this flour as you would the Type 00. Made by grinding Italian organic wheat, Molino Verrini Organic Type 0 Wheat Flour is high in protein and gluten making it the ideal choice for creating traditional and hard bread, biscuits, and tarts.

 

7. DLM Flat Chicken®

There’s a good reason why DLM Flat Chicken® is one of our signature items and a dinner go-to, and it all starts with the chicken itself. We’re proud to use DLM Natural Chicken that’s air-chilled, free-roaming, and never administered antibiotics. The result is a more flavorful chicken with a great, firm texture. Partially de-boning the chicken, leaving only the wing and drumstick bones, and marinating it in a variety of sauces and seasonings, we’ve taken the prep work out of creating a delicious main dish. Simply cook on the grill or pop in the oven, and enjoy this easy-to-make, not to mention delicious, dish!

 

8. Exotic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such versatile ingredients, contributing lots of umami to the flavor of the dish as well as a hearty, meaty texture and richness. And these exotic mushrooms are a must-try for mushroom lovers. Coming to us from Guided By Mushrooms right here in Dayton, this variety includes oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut. Oyster mushrooms have a unique, almost seafood-like flavor, making it a great choice for adding to soups, chowders, and stir-fry. Lion’s mane, in addition to being beneficial health-wise, is often used as a substitute in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Its flavor and texture is similar to lobster or crab—meaty, tender, and delicate. Chestnut mushrooms taste like mild Shittakes. Along with a meaty texture, these mushrooms have a rich, earthy, and nutty flavor.

9. Le Pithivier

Peering into our pâtisserie case, you’re met with a array of stunning creations that are Made Right Here by our incredibly talented Pâtisserie team. This group of chefs knows that when it comes to world-class pastries, there are no shortcuts. From ingredients, like European-style butter and local organic eggs, and technique to presentation and flavor, they make sure each and every detail is perfect. One of our seasonal favorites, Le Pithivier, has a history that’s as delicious as the pastry itself. Our pâtisserie chefs begin this French Mardi Gras classic by crafting a delicate puff pastry. It’s then filled with our signature almond cream and brûléed. Be sure to grab one from our Bakery for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration, or have it shipped via shop.dorothylane.com.

10. Farin’ UP Mixes

Although their packaging is dressed with whimsical illustrations, the mixes inside are the real deal. They’re produced in Luxemburg by the Miller family whose mills have been in operation since 1704. The 11th generation owner, Louis, has traveled the world and developed these artisanal baking mixes using his family’s milling traditions. Whether you choose to enjoy Le Fantastique Belgian Waffles Mix, made with pearl sugar that melts and caramelizes when cooked, J’adore les Pancakes Mix, perfectly fluffy and ready to sop up all of that glorious maple syrup, Le Tasty Cookies Mix, which makes the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, or Le Delicious Brownies Mix, pure chocolatey goodness, you’re sure to enjoy the authentic recipes and flavors each mix delivers.

And this month, we couldn’t resist adding a bonus food find! Look for this cheese in The DLM Cheese Shop while supplies last!

Baetje Farms Coeur de la Creme

What started about 20 years ago with a hunger for French-inspired “Pure Artisan Farmstead” goat cheese has grown into the award-winning creamery known at Baetje Farms. Like many of our farming friends, Baetje Farms believes that in order to create the best cheese, you must have the best milk coming from animals in the best physical condition. In order to achieve goat cheese perfection, the goats producing their milk receive a wealth of minerals and nutrients from organic mineral supplements, locally grown alfalfa, filtered spring water from spring fed creeks, and a natural antibiotic-free grain. In addition to a healthful diet, the goats are free to roam the pastures leading to happier and healthier goats. One of Baetje Farms award winning and most well-known cheese is the Coeur de la Creme. It’s made with simple ingredients, like goat milk, culture, rennet, and salt, giving it a clean yet tangy flavor. Look for scrumptious varieties, including Herb de Provence, Three Pepper, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Bavarian Lemon Curd, and Cranberry & Orange.

Top 10 Food Finds January

A new year calls for some new food finds! Come with us on this month’s food journey as we explore some of the tastiest products available. From the traditional flavors of Maine to New York-style pizza to an exquisite olive oil, we’re excited to share with you our selection of top 10 food finds for the month of January!

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1. Rishi Tea & Botanicals Tea

Composed of premium teas and botanicals imported from gardens around the world, Rishi Tea & Botanicals tea is a true sipping experience. These teas are free of pesticides and fertilizers, making them healthier for the environment, farmers, and tea drinkers alike. Take your taste buds on a flavorful journey as you enjoy the wide array of Rishi Teas. Boost your immunity in a delicious way with Rishi Organic Elderberry Healer Botanical Blend. Filled with plenty of elderberry, ginger root, licorice root, and grapefruit essential oil, this tea has an elegant tannin structure and a luxurious flavor. The limited edition, seasonal Quince Eucalyptus Organic Tea is a lively blend of sweet quince, refreshing eucalyptus, spicy ginger, black pepper, and vibrant yuzu. If you enjoy robust teas, you’ll love the Mushroom Hero Tea. A hearty blend of reishi and maitake mushrooms, rich cocoa nibs, and detoxifying roots, gives this tea a coffee-like appearance and taste. Unwind and reset with a soothing cup of Rishi Valerian Dream Organic Tea, filled with calming botanical and aromatic flowers. Add some zest to your day with Rishi Turmeric Ginger Tea. A fragrant combination of turmeric, ginger, and citrus, this tea is not only wonderful on its own, but shines when used in a variety of recipes. We also love Spicy Masala Chai, a full-bodied black tea blended with traditional Indian masala spices; Dandelion Detox, the perfect after dinner tea; and the traditional British tea, Earl Grey.

2. Catalina Crunch Keto Cereal

A desire to enjoy healthier versions of those childhood favorite cereals drove Krishna, founder of Catalina Crunch, to create this cereal selection. Made with premium, all-natural ingredients, Catalina Crunch Keto Cereal contains a blend of plant proteins and fibers aimed to keep you full longer and promote gut health. This cereal is made ultra-crunchy for a few key reasons, including higher protein and fiber content, it’s more pleasurable to eat, prevents overeating, and boosts your energy through increasing the blood flow to your jaws. As you munch on flavors such as Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Toast, and Maple Waffle, you can rest assured that these cereals are gluten and grain free, vegan, and Keto friendly.

3. L’Épicurien Mini Preserves Trio & Mini Cheese Confit Set

 

L’Epicurien focuses on the intricate yet artisanal process of taking fresh, top-of-the-line ingredients, combining them with complementary flavors, and creating the ideal textures for jams and preserves. Their impeccable attention to detail and careful product creation shines in each jar. Now you can enjoy a trio of flavors in this perfectly packed set! The L’Épicurien Mini Preserves Trio includes a selection of exquisite preserves that will add a gourmet touch to your breakfast, snack, or dessert. Inside you’ll find Very Strawberry Preserves, bursting with strawberry deliciousness that’s a wonderful addition to cottage cheese and trifles, Apricot, made with peach, apple, pear, and apricot, and Black Fig Preserves, rich with perfectly ripe figs this is delicious addition to your charcuterie board. We also love the L’Epicurien Mini Cheese Confit Set! A true cheese-lover’s dream, this set comes with Fig and Walnuts Confit, which goes perfectly with goat cheese, Red Pepper with Raspberry and Cayenne Pepper Confit, great with blue cheese or spread on sandwiches, and Black Cherry Confit that’s delicious slathered on a toasted baguette.

 

4. Antonio Mattei Biscotti

Enjoying Antonio Mattei Biscotti is like enjoying a piece of history. Thought of as the standard of all biscotti throughout Tuscany, this Tuscan treat is the real deal. It’s still made today with simple ingredients and then hand-shaped in the same historic bakery where it all began. Once the dough is baked in the oven, it’s sliced giving it the classic biscotti shape, then put back in the oven to achieve that perfectly crunchy texture. You can find these cookies packed in their iconic blue paper bags tied with their traditional string (the same way they’ve been packaging biscotti for over 100 years). Savor these treats at the end of the meal with a glass of dessert wine, like Tuscan Vin Santo, crumbled over gelato, or dipped in chocolate fondue.

 

5. Bar Harbor Soups

 

Savor the classic flavors of Maine with Bar Harbor Soups. Each hand-crafted batch is made with simple, real ingredients, including sustainably caught seafood, and contains no artificial preservatives or MSG. You’re sure to love Bar Harbor New England Clam Chowder. Loaded with tender potatoes and juicy clams, this soup will transport you to the shores of Maine. If you love salmon, Bar Harbor New England Style Salmon Chowder is a must! It’s a delightful and hearty blend of wild-caught seafood and potatoes, making it a meal in itself. (But we like to serve it with DLM Artisan Bread so that we can sop up every tasty drop.) We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Bar Harbor New England Style Corn Chowder. This comforting soup is chockful of delicious corn and perfect for these cold winter days. Don’t forget about the Lobster Bisque and Crab Bisque! These decadent soups are creamy and luxurious, filled with wild seafood caught right off the docks of Maine. Each bite is like a warm hug. Whether you choose to enjoy these soups with a chunk of DLM Artisan Bread, a handful of oyster crackers, or simply on their own, we’re sure they’ll become a staple in your pantry.

6. Wicked Minis Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Next on our food finds list is Moonlight Mixes Wicked Minis Seasoned Oyster Crackers. These crackers may be small, but they deliver a big punch of flavor! Wicked Minis Garlic Parmesan boasts plenty of savory garlic and parmesan making them some of our go-tos for adding a delightful crunch to salads or soups, including Bar Harbor Soups. The Crushed Red Pepper variety has just the right amount of heat, kicking up the flavor of a variety of dishes, including chili.

 

7. OlioCRU Garda DOP Trentino Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Located amongst the rolling hills in upper Lake Garda, Italy, OlioCRU strives to produce olive oil that’s a true reflection of its terroir. One of their carefully created varieties is the Garda DOP Trentino Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has a delicate and elegant flavor. It is recognized for harmony and for the light, balanced aromas of fresh grass, aromatic herbs, hay, and artichoke along with the typical almond aftertaste. The olives intended for production of extra virgin olive oil with “Garda” Protected Origin Denomination come from the elevated territories of the provinces of Brescia, Verona, Mantua and Trento.

8. Matiz España Tinned Fish & Piquillo Peppers

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Part of Culinary Collective, a small company focused on supporting the preservation of local food systems worldwide, Matiz España represents some of the traditional and unique flavors of Spain. Caught in the Atlantic waters off the shores of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, Matiz España Wild Octopus in Spanish Olive Oil is tender and flavorful. Enjoy it straight from the can or sautéed with Spanish paprika, salt, and a squeeze of lemon.  The sardine varieties from Matiz España are a must-try for any sardine fan. Whether you choose the standard Wild Sardines, Wild Sardines with Natural Essense, Small Sardines with Sweet Piquillo Peppers, or the Wild Spicy Sardines with Piripiri Chili Peppers in Olive Oil, you’re sure to enjoy the plump, tender texture and rich flavor of each hand-packed tin. Fished using traditional line and hook methods (dolphin free) and cleaned by hand, Matiz España Bonito del Norte tuna is packed in high quality Spanish amplifying its hearty and rich flavor. The Wild Cockles come from the Atlantic coast of Spain, Portugal, and France, and are pack Spanish-style with nothing more than a touch of sea salt. They’re plump, tender, and flavorful. Savor them from the tin with a squeeze of lemon and chopped parsley, or serve with pasta sauce and bread. Simmered and marinated in organic extra-virgin olive oil, Matiz España Organic Mussels in Oil and Vinegar are plump, tender, and excellent sprinkled with Spanish paprika, sautéed with onions and roasted peppers, or served with pasta sauce and bread. Matiz España D.O. Piquillo Peppers carry the exclusive seal of authenticity (Denominacion de Origen) granted only to those peppers that are hand-picked in the Ribera del Ebro region of Northern Spain. They’re slow roasted over open wood fires giving them a unique and complex flavor. Serve roasted, sautéed, tossed in salad, or stuffed.

 

9. DLM Sipping Bone Broth

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With our high standards for all of our products, including those in our Meat department, providing a quality bone broth just seemed like a natural next step. Rich in flavor and filled with an abundance of nutrients, bone broth is great for your health and can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Add Sriracha for a little heat; ground ginger and turmeric for a stomach-soothing remedy; or add garlic to combat the common cold. Available in varieties such as Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, Free-Range Turkey Bone Broth, Organic Chicken Bone Broth, and a Field & Sky combination. Interested in trying all four? We now have a DLM Sipping Bone Broth Sampler available online only through shop.dorothylane.com!

 

10. Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza

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Pizza fans know that there’s something undeniably delicious about that thin, chewy, and foldable crust that New York-style pizza is known for. Now you can satisfy that craving without having to make the trek to the Empire State thanks to New York-based Table 87. Known as “The Home of the Coal Oven Slice,” Table 87 has been slicing and serving up pies since 2012. Along with running three brick and mortar pizza shops in Brooklyn, they’ve figured out a way to share their delicious pizza with those near and far. Each pie begins with a flavorful crust that’s covered with homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and a variety of toppings. The pizza is then baked in their coal oven and promptly frozen to ensure freshness. Look for these pizzas in our Frozen department!

Holiday Cozy Comforts: Charcuterie at Home

After all the shopping, planning, cooking, wrapping, and decorating, it’s finally time to close the door and dig into cozy time spent with your loved ones to enjoy it all. This is why I like to balance out my more elaborate meals with some no-stress, no-cooking ideas to have on tap for the holidays. Not quite ready for dinner or don’t feel like making another fussy meal? Open up a good bottle of wine and set out a charcuterie board with some holiday touches. Happy holidays to you (and me)!

 

4 STEPS TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD

STEP 1: Start by placing small bowls or ramekins on your board or platter. These are for things like nuts, olives, mustards, dips, etc. We like to use Marcona Almonds, Edmond Fallot Mustard, and L’Épicurien Jams.

STEP 2: Place your cheeses and crackers or flatbreads that pair together near them. When choosing your cheeses, think about varying the textures and flavors from buttery to nutty, creamy to hard. DLM Cheesemonger Maritza Cuellar-Crowdy has a fun way to set the framework for her board. “… I think of a rhyme I once learned. Something old, something new, something goat, and something blue.” Some of our go-to selections include Parmigiano-Reggiano that’s complex in flavor and studded with crunchy crystals, bold, sharp Barber’s 1833 Vintage Cheddar, velvety and creamy Saint Angel Brie, Le Papillon Roquefort, which has a big personality and wonderful flavor, and bright, tangy Laura Chenel Fresh Chévre.

STEP 3: Add cured meats. We recommend using a variety of Alexian Pâté, Columbus-based North Country Charcuterie, Niman Ranch Charctuerie, Trois Petits Cochons Saucisson Sec Sausage, Fra’ Mani Soppressata, and Prosciutto di Parma.

STEP 4: Place dried or fresh fruits (like grapes, berries, and pomegranate), pickled veggies, and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. Fill any gaps and arrange to your liking so that a variety of colors and textures show through. It makes eating all the more fun!

 

Look for gourmet gifts that ship, like our Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

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!

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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!

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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!