Turkey Red Wheat – Ohio to Holland

Some stories, the good ones, have a way of taking on a life of their own in the best of ways. This one is as golden as the wild heads of the turkey red wheat that we’ve baked bread from, now for three years, thanks to three unlikely local collaborators who have made it all possible—Danny Jones, Dale Friesen, and Ed Hill.

You see, the story was as rich as honey before, as turkey red wheat is a hard winter wheat that’s predominately grown in the Plains States and naysayers didn’t think it was possible to grow it in Ohio, but thanks to Danny, Dale, and Ed, it flourishes in our corner of the world. We shared the story online and word of our wheat field in Xenia spread to a museum in the Netherlands that sought to spotlight the life of Menno Simons, whose ideals set the foundation of the Mennonite faith. The exhibit curators were drawn to the purity of the strain of turkey red wheat that we grow—it’s never been hybridized—and the family history of Dale, who shares a rich connection to the seeds through his heritage. As Mennonites fled Russia in the late 1800s to the United States, they took with them their prized turkey red wheat seeds to build a new future. Dale’s grandparents were among those Mennonites who settled in the Plains States. Menno de Vries, a curator of the exhibit, is also a farmer. He knew how important turkey red wheat was to the livelihood of the Mennonite people and sought to connect it to the exhibit. The exhibit “Menno Simons Groen” opened at the Groencentrum in Witmarsum, a small village in the Netherlands, in early June. Dale and Ed sent both flour and nearly two bushels of turkey red wheat seeds to De Vries. At the opening of the exhibit, some of the seeds were scattered in ceremonial fashion on bits of earth running down the floor of the museum. They would later sprout and become a part of the exhibit, which remained open through August. “When they sprinkled the seeds, it was a symbolic blessing of the soil by planting the seed that finally had a resting place,” Ed says.

With the remaining seeds, De Vries intends to return them to the soil of Witmarsum to bring these seeds full circle. “This is wheat that left Crimea and went to the Plains States and then later to Ohio. And because of Dale Friesen, it went back home. Home being the birthplace of the man who is responsible for establishing the Mennonite faith,” Ed says. Although these seeds have now been shared with our new friends afar, we’ve kept plenty to grow wheat from and bake bread with here in Dayton, Ohio. Look for Turkey Red Wheat Sourdough at the DLM Bakery now.

Cheers to Oktoberfest!

One of my favorite “food” times of the year is Oktoberfest, and I don’t have to drag myself out to a festival to enjoy all of these foods as they are all right here at DLM! We make it easy for you to throw together your very own Oktoberfest with our yummy seasonal offerings.

Having worked in the Bakery department for more than 15 years, the Bavarian Pretzel ranks right up there as one of my all-time faves. Soft, yet chewy, and topped with just enough salt, it is great warmed and paired with Beer Cheese Dip that’s Made Right Here in The DLM Cheese Shop. Or, you can’t go wrong if you slather it with some butter.

Oh and don’t even talk to me about Sauerkraut Balls, because they are just that good. When our kitchens began making these several years ago, I was happy to be one of the official taste testers (it is hard work around here)! Keep an eye out for this seasonal favorite in our Gourmet Takeaway case as well as a traditional Spätzle.

Another German-inspired food you’ll want to get your hands on is the Crazy Ludwig Sandwich, which is made to order at our Sandwich Station. We layer our Farmhouse Bread with Jarlsberg Cheese Dip and DLM Uncured Smoked Ham. We’d also be amiss to not mention the array of Brats and Sausages that we carry, which you can pile high with good sauerkraut and mustard, such as Hengstenberg German Mustard. To cap it off, you’ll want to head back to the Bakery for a Cream Puff, piped and filled fresh right here by our pastry chefs. They’ll also be debuting an apple strudel this year!

Last, but definitely not least, every Oktoberfest celebration is not complete without picking up some Great Lakes Oktoberfest brewed right here in Ohio, and other Oktoberfest beers. So gather some friends together and enjoy the transition to fall with German foods from DLM!

Into the Field with Peach Mountain Organics

Every so often, you meet someone who is larger than life. What they do becomes more and more incredible the closer you look. Their passion and total dedication is inspiring. They are the best at what they do. Leslie Garcia of Peach Mountain Organics is one of those people. I am fortunate to know her as she grows certified organic flowers locally and brings them to Dorothy Lane Market. We are so beyond grateful to be able to provide our customers with her beautiful flowers.

Down a winding road in Spring Valley is where you’ll find that majestic farm called Peach Mountain Organics. As you walk through the greenhouse and fields, the vibrant colors draw your eye here and then there, while a rain-kissed fresh fragrance gently greets you. Although the local floral bouquet season started in the spring, it’s still going strong even as summer comes to a close and fall takes over. Right now, we are simply dazzled by all of the dahlias that Leslie grows with such care. These late-summer/early-fall beauties come in a variety of different sizes and together form a rainbow of luscious colors making for the most stunning bouquets. On a recent farm visit, Leslie showed us how she cares for each and every stem so delicately and told us why growing flowers is so meaningful to her. Her story is incredible.

 DAHLIA CARE TIP: Cut the stems with clean, sharp cutters and use floral preservative. Always re-cut the stems and change the water after a few days

Nutrition for Life Seminars Aim to Provide Clarity

When I’m shopping here at DLM, I often stop and talk with other customers about their nutrition questions. I am always happy to share my knowledge, but I’ve realized over the years that “nutrition” has become more and more confusing, and it’s no wonder. Every day it seems that nutrition headlines change: Fat is bad, fat is good; grains are good, grains are bad; go paleo, low carb, vegan. It’s enough to make our heads spin. So, I’m asked, what should we eat?

I am not a dietician, so it’s not my job to tell others what to eat. But as a Nutrition Educator, I point out that much of what we’re told about nutrition, food, and wellness is misleading and sometimes just plain wrong. We have to be able to separate the facts from the hype, and when we do, we can have a much clearer picture of what our food life should look like.

So here is the bottom line. All of us are different and will thrive on different kinds of food. But a constant in all of this confusion is that nature has provided us with a variety of foods that supply the essential nutrients needed to provide our bodies and minds with the fuel they need to function optimally.

In our new Nutrition for Life series, we will sort out the facts and learn about essential nutrients, their food sources, and how they support the body. We will discuss inflammation, the many ways it affects our physical and mental functioning, and how we can use nutrition to temper the flame. And finally, we’ll take a look at the role of nutritional supplements in our health and wellness.


Nutrition for Life is an informative 3-part series highlighting the role of nutrition in our life. Register for each class individually ($20 each) or for all three ($50).

  1. Nutrition for Life: The Fundamentals (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. September 18)
  2. Nutrition for Life: Nutrition & Inflammation (11:30 a.m.-1p.m. September 25)
  3. Nutrition for Life: The Scoop on Supplements (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.October 2)

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER NOW

Come Cook With Us!

We invite you to come cook with us as we enter into a new season! Fall is always a most exciting time of year at the DLM Culinary Center, where we host a variety of classes and private events with each new season. We transition into the bountiful autumn harvest and then into the hustle-bustle of the holiday season. What better reason to take a moment to slow down and savor the present than with food?

There are ample opportunities to do just that with this phenomenal line-up of classes taught by a variety of our favorite restaurant chefs, guest instructors, and educators. Topics range from comfort food to elegant appetizers and upscale menus with wine pairings. We also have world cuisines covered from France and Cuba to Spain and Morocco. Come along with us and share our table as we have so much to celebrate!

Check out our wide variety of classes at DorothyLane.com/CulinaryCenter

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Last Hurrah of Summer … Really?

I used to be one of those people who stopped wearing white pants after Labor Day. Were you?

With Labor Day weekend comes lots of melancholy about saying goodbye to summer. No more stolen moments at the neighborhood pool, eating on the patio, and no more tomatoes, corn on the cob, peaches, hot dogs, potato salad, farmers’ markets … get the picture?

Don’t be bummed because in reality it is far too early to say goodbye! I think that just because school has started for most, everyone wants FALL right away. I mean c’mon, Halloween is already in stores! I want to start cooking fall foods like rich, braised dishes, big pots of chili, and apple pies. I want to pull out all of my cozy sweaters and wear darker lipstick.

But as far as the weather goes, it couldn’t be more perfect. My two favorite outdoor months here in Ohio are September and October. Perfect for hayrides, gorgeous sunsets, dinners eating outside, farmers’ markets, hikes, and many more to list here.

Be an unwritten rule breaker! Wear white whenever you darn well want to. Celebrate with your friends and family on all of those glorious local tomatoes, peppers, and  corn that are abundant, and frankly, perfect right now. In fact, DLM still have amazing local produce here well into October. So don’t rush it!

If you must, go ahead and drink your PSL in shorts and flip flops!

The Perfect Quick Bite: Fire-Roasted Appetizers

You’ve likely seen folks walking around our store with a glass of wine in hand and returning to the Wine Bar to lightly graze. Our Wine Bars are more popular than ever, as people gather for wine tastings and other events and often grab a quick bite from various departments around the store. We’re really excited to give you another reason to join in with this crowd—our newly debuted Fire-Roasted Appetizers at our Naples-Style Pizza Station (at DLM Washington Square and Springboro only).

We use the very same oven with an open flame where we cook our Naples-Style Pizza to create the quick bites that you can enjoy whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or a wine tasting. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Caprese: Blistered tomatoes served alongside pesto and burrata.

DLM Meatballs: Served in a tomato sauce with parmigiano-reggiano.

Tikka Cauliflower Charred: Cauliflower in a Tikka Masala sauce with cilantro.

Warm Marinated Olives: Greek olives marinated in olive oil with lemon and rosemary.

Hot Goat Cheese Dip: Kalamata olives and capers in tomato sauce with fresh goat cheese.

Blistered Shishito: Fresh shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sea salt.

Bite into the Hatch Hype: 5 Hatch Chile Recipes

Fire up the roaster and get ready—the much-anticipated Hatch Chiles are here and we are celebrating their arrival in the most delicious ways at DLM, including the 5 Hatch chile recipes below! But first, let’s talk about these prized chiles.

Hatch Chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch Valley, New Mexico, and have a one-of-a-kind flavor with a mild to medium heat. These peppers are grown along the beautiful Rio Grande River, where the rich soil and climate create the perfect conditions for this beautiful chile. The intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a unique flavor. When roasted, that flavor displays its full glory!

I can imagine the wonderful aroma of them roasting just by thinking about these peppers. Speaking of roasting, we’ve rolled out our custom super-sized roaster and the roasting team will be bringing it to each store at various times throughout the Hatch season, so make sure to stop by and take in the aroma yourself if you see us in action.

You’ll also notice that life is pretty spicy around here those last three weeks of August as recipes throughout DLM feature Hatch Chiles as a key ingredient, so be sure to try them all. Come get a little pep in your step and see for yourself what all the Hatch hype is about. You can get them raw or freshly roasted by the quart. Then, let your imagination and creativity go hot wild. We did with the five Hatch chile recipes below!

5 Hatch Chile Recipes

1. Hatch Chile, Chicken, & Chorizo Pasta

2. Cheesy Hatch Chile Bean Dip

3. Hatch Chile Country Gravy

4. Hatch Chile Con Queso

5. Hatch Chile Elotes

 

Curds + Hops: Tips for Pairing Beer and Cheese

Most may find that wine and cheese go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Both are two of life’s great culinary pleasures. But on a hot summer day, the taste of a cheese that’s very salty and full of fat will be left hanging on your palate, which begs the question: have you ever considered pairing your cheese with a nice cold beer? Let’s trade in those fruits and tannins for some malts and hops instead, as beer and cheese are natural partners with equally wide ranges of possible flavors.

The first thing to consider when pairing cheese and beer is the same principle that holds true when pairing it with any other food: match the intensity of the beer with the intensity of the cheese. Set aside your doubts—taste is subjective and not everyone’s taste buds are the same. That said, you can’t pair any cheese with any beer and expect pure bliss. Cheers with beer and add a little curd to your hop with these tips.

Lighter Beers are Best with Lighter Cheeses. Pale lagers or wheats tend to pair nicely with lighter, fresh cheeses such as DLM Handmade Mozzarella, burrata, or chèvre. Try this: LIFT from MadTree Brewing Co. paired with a fresh chèvre from Laura Chenel. The crisp and refreshing hint of orange from LIFT marries with the rich-tasting, bright, citrusy tang of the Laura Chenel. It’s like the icing on top of a cupcake!

Stronger Cheeses Deserve a Stronger Beer. My favorite pairings include a decadent blue cheese like our Champignon Grand Noir with a rich stout like Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide. The salty and creamy experience of the Grand Noir melds so well with the sweet, smoky goodness that the Yeti has to offer.

Hoppy Beers Lift Buttery, Floral Cheeses. Now, I didn’t forget about you hop-heads! If you’re anything like me, then your go-to is a nice, juicy IPA, like New Belgium Brewing Voodoo Ranger. Match that with the key notes of buttery, floral goodness from the Comté Saint Antoine Gruyère. This is a young cheese with an old soul but somehow an IPA just brings out a refreshing and citrus life that it didn’t have before.

In the end, tasting is believing so don’t take my word for it and try some combinations for yourself. Grab your favorite cheese, try it with a variety of beer, and give it a whirl!