Although this year may look a little different, we’re eager to help you create a delicious feast. As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season arrives, here are five things to know to accomplish your holiday grocery shopping with ease.
5 Shopping Tips This Holiday
1. SHOP EARLY & NOMINATE A DEDICATED SHOPPER
Typically the few days prior to Thanksgiving are among the busiest, which is why we encourage you to get as much of your non-perishable shopping done as possible. If you can, choose one shopper from your household to reduce wait times.
2. OUTDOOR TURKEY TO-GO STATION
ALL LOCATIONS • 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. • TUESDAY, NOV. 24 & WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25
To help give you options, we will have an outdoor station at each store where you can get your fresh DLM Turkey, turkey breast, or Heavenly Ham® without having to enter the stores. In addition, you can still find these products in our Meat department.
3. MAKE A LIST
A thorough list can make you a more efficient shopper, especially if organized by department. Download our printable shopping list and view our aisle guide for a reference on where to find common items used in preparing a Thanksgiving feast. DOROTHYLANE.COM/SMARTSHOPPING
4. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
We’re excited to help you make this holiday delicious! We thank you for helping us to maintain a safe shopping experience for our beloved customers and our DLM family of associates alike. We kindly ask that you be mindful of social distancing. Please wear a face covering properly, over your nose and mouth.
5. UPDATED STORE HOURS
LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING EXTENDED STORE HOURS FRIDAY, NOV. 20 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25.
ALL DLM LOCATIONS 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.*
*Please continue to reserve the first hour of shopping for seniors and immunocompromised individuals.
WE WILL BE CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY so our associates can rest and spend the day with their loved ones.
ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 hours resume to 7 a.m. to 9 .m.
“Sur ce doux nom, une tache de beurre! Upon his sweet name, a spot of butter!” cries out the pastry chef Ragueneau in the famous French play Cyrano de Bergerac, upon seeing children walking out of his shop with beautiful buttery pastries wrapped in torn out pages of his beloved poetry book. Butter-stained poetry, perfectly understandable to a French audience. Butter is a staple in France, showing up in everything from sauces to sandwiches to the most elegant of pastries.
Paradoxically, can you believe that margarine was invented in France about 150 years ago? By the 1950s, in part due to our eagerness to adopt fashionable food trends, margarine had also become popular here, eventually overtaking butter, sold as a “healthy substitute.” And so manufactured fats, including the worst—trans fats—found their way into cookies and crackers and all sorts of baked goods. Thank goodness we’ve gotten past that. We are enjoying natural fats again, like lip-glistening, totally satisfying real butter. I don’t know about you, but I do love butter! We go through pallets of it, literally, in our bakery operations, where we use it unapologetically in everything from scones to pie shells to our famous Killer Brownie®.
Our Bakery’s latest creation is another butter-centric pleasure … DLM Classic Coffee Cakes! When you eat a slice (or two) you get that wonderful butter sensation on your palate, and it feels good in your tummy, unlike eating overly sweet treats that make you queasy and regretful. We mix a few ingredients such as local organic eggs, sugar, flour, and of course French-style butter. We then bake the cakes in classic Bundt pans to a perfectly caramelized crust with a moist, dense interior. These new coffee cakes were developed and are lovingly baked by our talented pastry chefs, headed up by Amy Brown.
In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and mayhem. Reflecting back, the worse investment I’ve made this year was a 2020 planner! Every event has been turned upside down it seems. Do not let this happen to this year’s Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day is meant to be a day (and hopefully for some time after) of reflection and gratitude. The gratitude of a successful harvest season and the wonderful bounty we have at our dinner tables. Giving thanks for the foundation of our great nation and the humanity of all people.
Give thanks at your Thanksgiving table by sharing this meal with your immediate family. Maybe you always cook the bird or maybe it is your first attempt. Either way, it’s a wonderful way to spend time together. Here at DLM, we are grateful for the opportunity to share with you a very special turkey. It’s locally raised, free-range, never administered antibiotics, and fed a non-GMO diet. It truly is a DLM Difference that we hope you’ll enjoy.
5 Things to Know About Our Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey
1. LOCALLY RAISED
When you visit Bowman & Landes Turkeys in New Carlisle, Ohio, you’ll be greeted by the fall brilliance of splashy colors. DLM has partnered closely with Bowman & Landes to raise our turkeys for many years!
2. NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED
A few years ago, we proudly announced a huge DLM Difference when it comes to our turkey. We debuted our Non-GMO Project Verified DLM Free-Range Turkey. This was the result of a lengthy, ongoing process we embarked on with Bowman & Landes involving farm audits and documentation of procedures to make sure our flocks were raised Non-GMO Project Verified.
Our turkeys can roam in outdoor greenspace if they wish where they can bob and weave with curiosity. Carl Bowman says that this isn’t just to make a more flavorful turkey, but it provides the conditions for a healthier one.
4. NO ANTIBIOTICS/HORMONES
DLM Turkeys have always been antibiotic and hormone free. They are fed a diet that in addition to being non-GMO, also is 100% vegetarian.
5. IT TASTES GOOD
As Carl Bowman told us on a past visit, “A happy turkey is a healthy turkey. … We translate a healthier turkey to a more flavorful one.” We couldn’t agree more. Ready to start cooking? Check out our turkey prep tips!
I love all the November food magazines, blogs, and chefs all claiming they have finally found the best way to cook a turkey. Truth is, there is no one and only best way to cook it. Deciding on the desired end results will help the home cook figure out which particular cooking method can get them there.
Lots of families want the whole roasted bird as the centerpiece of their holiday table. While others want crispy, crackly skin with juicy tender meat inside, sans the stress of carving at the table. Some of us want a simple method that yields easy clean up, with just enough breast meat leftover for sandwiches. Others are in it for the adventure! Whatever you’re looking for, here are three ideas for how to prepare your locally raised Non-GMO DLM Free-Range Turkey, the turkey that’s the talk of the town!
1.The Traditional Whole Roasted Turkey
Step 1: Remove the neck and gizzards and discard or place in the bottom of the roasting pan if you desire. Rinse the turkey, drain well, and pat dry.
Step 2: Rub skin with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season well with Kosher salt and DLM Grilling & Seasoning Rub.
Step 3: Fill the cavity with celery, onion, and a quartered lemon. Add an inch of water to the pan and roast covered (uncover at end to lightly brown).
Step 4: Pull when meat thermometer reads 165ºF in the thigh. Let turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. It’s that simple! Hint: If turkey is too large to fit in your pan, see No. 3 below for a Spatchcocked Turkey.
Approximate Roasting Times*
12–17 lbs = 3¼ to 4½ hours
18–21 lbs = 4¼ to 5¼ hours
22–24 lbs = 5¼ to 6¼ hours
*Times above are for a 350°F oven with an unstuffed turkey (no stuffing in the cavity). To ensure that turkey is fully cooked to 165°F, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh.
We all know that dark meat is the most flavorful, but for those white meat fans, roasting a turkey breast is just the ticket.
Step 1: Try rubbing it with an herb butter, either making your own or using our DLM Herb Butter from The DLM Cheese Shop. Rub all over the outside and even tuck some under the skin!
Step 2: Choose a pan that’s slightly larger than your breast. Add about an inch of liquid to it. Try DLM Premium Turkey Broth or channel your inner Ina Garten and use white wine.
Step 3: Cook low and slow to keep meat from drying out. Preheat oven to 325ºF and cook until it reaches 165ºF.
The benefits are plenty—cut down on cooking time and maximize that crispy skin!
Step 1: Remove turkey’s backbone using a good pair of kitchen shears. Flatten turkey in pan, breast-side up, pushing down on breast bones. Pull thighs outward.
Step 2: Rub with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper on both sides! Or, use a dry brine for extra crispy skin. Sit turkey uncovered overnight in the fridge.
Step 3: Cook to 165ºF. To carve, remove legs and wings and slice breast meat, paying attention to cut away from breastbone.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best sandwiches are a sum of all of their parts, so it makes perfectly good sense that our Sandwich Stations craft a lot of amazing sandwiches. We’ve got the best bread in town (learn about our Artisan Bread), our meats and cheeses are of the highest quality, and we source many of our fresh toppings right from our store.
The quality of all of these sandwich components is a big reason why I’m so happy that we recently brought in some really cool new ovens to our Sandwich Stations that elevate the overall experience. These special ovens use a high-heat convection that not only provides a more consistent heat, but also toasts that DLM Artisan Bread for a more fragrant and delicate crunch. Meanwhile, the proteins inside reach just the right temperature and the cheese melts to a bubbly brownness that’ll make you swoon! This is achieved without smashing the bread or squishing the ingredients, giving rise to a more impressive sandwich.
While we were at it, we also decided to revamp our long-standing menu, which was in need of a makeover. You’ll still find bestsellers like the Philly, Club, and Reuben to name a few. But by retiring some, it’s allowed us to introduce some new sandwiches and offer more ways for you to customize a sandwich. So don’t worry if your favorite sandwich didn’t make it to the new menu—just ask for it by name. You also can get avocado toast and customize it just the way you like it. All of these changes pave the way for a more enhanced experience. Stop by our Sandwich Station and taste the DLM Difference in every bite.
There’s something special about this fresh cut lavender from Miamisburg, Ohio-based Cedar Ridge Trials. This Ohio lavender is grown on the same land that our founder, my great grandfather, Calvin Mayne, was raised on as a child.In fact, when a mirror was removed from a wall in the house, they discovered writing on the wall that happened to be Calvin’s initials and the date, August 18, 1925.
I got the chance to see the farm and the house where my great grandfather was raised. It is filled with history. Growing up, and still, my grandpa, Norman Mayne, would tell me stories about his dad and I got to learn about the kind of person he was. Being able to see his handwriting and the house for myself was an amazing experience. It gave me a whole new appreciation for who he was and the legacy that he has left for his kids, grandchildren, and now even his great grandchildren.
Why lavender? I sat down and asked the current Cedar Ridge Trails owner Joy Pascoewhy she and her husband decided to grow lavender on the land. “Lavender is fun to work with,” she says, explaining that they are working to create a location that exudes relaxation and where others can “learn and enjoy experiences together on the farm.” While we didn’t get to see the lavender in full bloom, we cut some lavender ourselves. We are happy to share this story and bring you locally grown cut lavender!
Easy Lavender Care Tips One of the universal appeals of lavender is that it is so easy to take care of. DLM’s Floral & Plant Director Stuart Delk says to simply put it in a dry container and enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To me, our Artisan Bread, which launched in 1994, is the foundation of the DLM Bakery. When you bite into its perfectly golden, chewy crust that houses an airy interior, you know that it’s something special baked from scratch using old-world methods, natural fermentation, and time-honored techniques. What many people don’t realize is that there’s more to baking bread than just following a recipe. It’s having the instincts, the touch, and the knowledge to know just what to do with the dough, and how the most subtle variations, like the humidity that day or temperature of an ingredient, can make a difference in the end result unless you know just what to do. And our bakers are second to none. If you’d add up the number of years of experience that they have, there’s 126 years, and they make sure that each batch properly makes the journey from simple ingredients to a beautiful loaf of Artisan Bread.
Often, I’ll go to bed and awake in the middle of the night humbled to think that our third shift bakers are hard at work, ushering the loaves through our massive hearth oven—the final leg of the journey before they are delivered to each store for you to shop. We do this every day, and as you keep reading, we hope to show you the journey that each loaf takes, starting in the dark hours of the morning.
Authentic Artisan Bread
We go behind the scenes at the DLM Bakehouse starting bright and early on a Thursday, tracking a batch of Farmhouse Bread from beginning to end. Article by DLM’s Jessie Kuhn, Bakehouse photography by DLM’s Natalie Kratz.
4 a.m. Thursday
Travis Weller is starting his day at the DLM Bakehouse. As the manager of the Bakehouse, he oversees the day-to-day Artisan Bread process and also helps develop new products and techniques, along with Scott. He will jump into different roles as needed, like today, as he’s the mixer. Lots of dominoes fall in place throughout the day for the end result, but it all starts here with two giant mixing bowls. The bread he’s mixing this morning won’t even be baked until third shift comes in that evening to be ready for Friday morning’s selection. He reviews the orders placed by each store’s Bakery manager. He’ll be mixing about 3,000 lbs of dough this morning.
It’s quiet in the darkness of the early morning, but as you enter the Bakehouse music can be heard over the hum of the mixer as a batch of New York Rye is in the works. Travis is intently leaning over a printed recipe, quickly calculating the ratios of each ingredient based on how much is needed for the next day’s bread orders. “Mixing is great because it’s all about the science and math,” he says. “This position is the heartbeat of the department.” If the mixer is slow, then the bench (the next stage) is waiting. If you move too quickly, you risk making a mistake. Everything is deliberate.
The batch of Farmhouse starts with our French levain, or “mother dough.” This, along with our Sourdough starter, was developed by Scott in 1993, and came with him to DLM to launch our Artisan Bread program in 1994. This all-natural, wild yeast is what raises the final dough and adds unique character to its flavor. Water begins to cycle into the mixer and a few other ingredients are added as it gently turns.
It’s humid today, so Travis knows that no matter what he calculates from the recipe, he’ll need to add extra flour, which he does instinctively. As he hauls 50-lb bags of King Arthur Organic Flour, it’s clear that this job isn’t just about mental strength, but it is physical as well. The mixer lid drops.
After examining the dough, the strenuous math continues as it’s ready to be cut and divided up into bins containing particular increments. In the top bins, he measures out enough dough for what we call “Deli loaves” as this is the size that we use at our Sandwich Station. Then, he uses the bins beneath to house the dough that’ll be used for the Farmhouse loaves and DLM Signature Rounds. The dough then goes into a cooler to rest and bulk ferment for a few hours before moving to the “bench” area.
Jeff Lofino, who has been with DLM for 10 years, and Kevin Blackford, 12 years, are ready to help take the dough that Travis mixed into its next stage. It’s their job to assess if the dough is ready for the bench, as environmental factors are always at play. Flour that’s used too soon after coming off of a cold truck is just one example. They wheel over the bins of Farmhouse and explain how the bench is where the dough is shaped. You may be surprised to learn that this doesn’t just happen once.
The first shaping of the dough happens by hand. They start first with the 4-lb Deli loaves, which Jeff weighs on a table scale and tosses to Kevin, who does the first shaping, rolling them by hand with ease into large loaves. Within a few minutes, they’re ready to move on to the Farmhouse rounds and then the loaves. They move completely in sync as Jeff cuts the dough before joining Kevin in shaping them. They are constantly assessing the batches to see which is ready to process next. “It could be as simple as where they are in the room,” he says. They move on to shaping other doughs after the Farmhouse. Once complete, they take a break while the dough continues to rest.
The Farmhouse dough is already looking more puffed up and is ready for its second shaping, where they complete the process once more. You can tell that changes are happening within the dough as Kevin points out that it pops and squeaks more with each movement—more than it did before. “There’s a science to it. Chemical changes are happening that cause flavor,” Jeff says. The rounds are shaped this second time by hand. Meanwhile, the loaves enter a shaping machine before Kevin and Jeff add finishing touches and place them on boards dusted with semolina flour. Everything is then moved to the fermentation room where they’ll sit until the third shift arrives later that evening.
We come back to the Bakehouse, excited to see the dough we’ve observed all day enter the massive German hearth oven to take its final form. The parking lot outside of the Bakehouse is dark once again as nighttime rolls in. Travis graciously comes back to introduce us to our third shift co-workers, and they are all amazing. The atmosphere is relaxed and like most things in the Bakehouse, in rhythm. The Farmhouse was actually pulled out of the proofing box prior to our arrival, around 7:30 p.m. Third shift Bakehouse supervisor Tracey Cochran notes how the proofing box essentially has all of the right conditions to awaken the yeast in the dough (did we mention that the smell is amazing). Tracey and Travis gently place the plump loaves onto the giant belt leading into our hearth oven.
Using a straight blade, scoring marks that both serve a purpose of beauty and function are added to each loaf. These cuts aren’t just decorative, but they are a tool to help the bakers control the expansion of the bread as the yeast becomes most active before it enters the oven. The upper decks of the oven are loaded.
The DLM Signature Rounds (a round version of our Farmhouse) are stenciled with the DLM logo using dusting flour. They are then scored and enter the lower oven decks.
Travis opens oven deck No. 4 slightly to take a peek. The crust is well formed, but not quite browned as much as we’d like,
so he decides to give it a few more minutes. “The timer is just the guideline,” he says as he closes it back up.
Deck No. 4 is ready and Travis exclaims proudly that “this is as close to what I would consider perfect … just the right amount of reddish golden brown, which is the result of the caramelization of simple sugars from the breakdown of starches.”
Travis and Tracey unload the oven belt, dividing up the batch between the three stores. This baking process continues through the entire night.
4 a.m. Friday
It’s Friday morning and what was just baked is ready to be taken to each store. For DLM Washington Square, this is the short commute across the parking lot. For DLM Springboro and Oakwood, our DLM truck drivers make sure the fresh bread arrives promptly so each Bakery can beautifully set the case for when doors open. Bon appétit!
The Art in Artisan Bread
There is so much beauty in the simple act of breaking bread at the table with those you love. When you see each step of the arduous journey that the bread makes from simple ingredients to its final form, it’s a marriage of precision, technique, and artistry all done by our wonderful Bakehouse. As you examine the finished bread, there may be slight variations, such as brownness of the crust. “Nothing’s perfect,” marvels Tracey Cochran, who sees the finished loaves roll out of the oven on the third shift. “And that’s why it’s an artisan loaf … each bread has [slightly] different characteristics to it.”
It’s an exciting time here at the Coffee Bar at Dorothy Lane Market. We’ve decided to take the time to really focus on the quality of the drinks that we serve. The quality has always been great, but like many things here, we often take a moment to pause and ask how can it be even better?
GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF A GREAT CUP AT OUR COFFEE BAR
To start, we decided to take a look at our menu and do a thorough tasting of everything, from our lattes to cappuccino, so we could make necessary adjustments for a better experience. Some recipes we kept the same while others we tweaked to tone back oversweetness in an effort to highlight the great coffee that we use as a base.
That great coffee comes to us from locally owned and operated Boston Stoker, a longtime friend. Boston Stoker prides itself on having a great product that is focused on quality and freshness, matching up perfectly with our philosophy at Dorothy Lane Market. I’ve worked primarily at our Oakwood location for 12 years, but six of those early years were as a Boston Stoker associate. I can tell you firsthand that they pay close attention to the details as they roast their coffees to that perfect taste to highlight the innate qualities of the bean. As we tweaked recipes, we also took a look at how we brew each particular roast that we rotate as our featured drip coffees. We adjusted the weights that we use so the results would be a cleaner, more balanced flavor for each. We hope that these subtle nuances are ones that you notice and enjoy!
While we were at it, we also made another exciting decision to use our new DLM A2 Guernsey Milk! This golden milk comes to us locally from grass-pastured Guernsey cows that carry the A2 milk protein, which is easier to digest. We love its creamier flavor that you’ll find used in everything from frappés to cappuccinos.
POURING OUR PASSION INTO WHAT WE DO
One of my favorite things about being a barista is that I love the personal aspect of it and the relationships that you form with customers
by creating a drink for them. Like wine, coffee can be incredibly complex as you dive deep into technique and the journey of each bean. My
goal as the new training manager is to help build up that knowledge of every Coffee Bar associate so they can talk to customers with ease and share that knowledge and their expertise.
To accomplish this, we’ve built an in-house training bar exclusively for our Coffee Bar associates where we can really focus on teaching, training, and creating new menu items. In addition, we even created a beautiful new manual with the help of some really amazing people (special thanks to our friend Noah Walters!). The training manual is just fantastic and a wealth of knowledge to help each and every barista feel confident about the product they are serving you.
With this new training program and recipe adjustments we’ve made, each barista has the knowledge and tools to be able to make great drinks every time. We promise you that when you step up to our Coffee Bar, you’ll get a beautifully handcrafted drink every time, whether you are ordering a menu item or having us customize your drink just the way you like it. We are here to make your day better by putting love and care into your drink.
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE BREWS YOU CAN FIND AT OUR COFFEE BAR
TIPS FOR THE HOME BREWER
+ To keep your coffee fresh, grind your beans as you go. The longer you keep your coffee whole bean, the fresher it will be.
+ It is a common misconception that you should freeze or refrigerate your coffee. Moisture can get into the coffee if this is done and can affect the taste. It is best to store your coffee in an airtight container or bag in a cool part of your cupboard.
+ We suggest that you use 1-1.5 tablespoons of coffee for each cup of coffee that you want to make.