Brentlinger Sweet Corn is Here: Let’s Roast it!

Oh, happy days! We’ve got local non-GMO sweet corn streaming in from our good friend Ray Brentlinger, located in New Carlisle, Ohio. We barely have to whisper the name “Brentlinger” and mouths start to water. Sure we look forward to Brentlinger’s famed sweet corn every summer, but this year—watch out. We got us a corn roaster, and we’ll be debuting it this Saturday, July 14, at DLM Springboro, with it traveling to the other stores in the weeks to come!

Along with our cookouts, we plan on tantalizing everyone with hot, fresh roasted corn on the cob! After roasting the sweet corn, choose to have it served two ways. The Classic, with butter and salt, or Elote, also known as Mexican street corn, featuring roasted corn coated with cotija cheese, lime, chile powder, salt, cilantro, and a little mayo. It’s salty, cheesy, messy, and just darn delicious!

Look for us roasting Brentlinger Sweet Corn during the following dates:

11 a.m.–6 p.m.
July 14 • DLM Springboro
July 21 • DLM Oakwood
July 28 • DLM Washington Square

7 PEACH-Y Things to Know

When I was I was in my early days at DLM (yes, I’ve been here for 38 years), Dorothy Lane Market would buy a truckload of peaches every year from Georgia and the peach party was born from the excitement brought by this refreshing taste of summer. I recall DLM’s late Ace Mantia, a produce icon during the early days, grabbing the fruit and saying “ain’t that a peach!” They were so delicious that our customers looked forward to the Peach Party in July every year! The good news is that this is a tradition we’re holding close. Over the years, we’ve carefully learned more about this fruit. What we’ve learned is that the secret to getting the best peach is to go with one that is tree-ripened, which yields a much higher Brix level (aka, a sweeter peach). The secret to achieve that starts with the grower, as the farmer has to take more of a risk by leaving the peach alone for a few more days, risking weather damage or the chance that the peach falls to the ground and bruises. That quest to give you the best peach possible during our Peach Party keeps leading us back to the Prima® Tree Ripened Peaches. They are so good that I just can’t help but take a big, juicy bite and say “ain’t that a peach!”

7 PEACH-Y Things to Know

  1. The longer a peach can ripen on the tree, the higher the Brix. All Peach Party Prima® Peaches have a Brix level of 11 or greater!
  2. Once a peach is harvested, it is also graded. A very small percentage of peaches will make the cut to be sent to our Peach Party.
  3. Once the tree-ripened peaches arrive to DLM, our Produce managers carefully inspect the fruit and measure the Brix. Check the Brix sign to see what it is today!
  4. Look for “Ready Today” and “Ready Tomorrow” signs on our Peach Party display so you can plan your peach feast accordingly.
  5. You can tell when a peach is perfectly ripe by using your full hand and not just fingertips. The ripe peach will yield to gentle pressure.
  6. Peaches are perfect as-is. But they’re also great cooked (try poaching, baking, and even grilling). When cooked, the sugar caramelizes resulting in an even sweeter peach!
  7. Look for recipes throughout DLM during our Peach Party featuring this sweet summer fruit!

10 Picnic-Pleasing Recipes for Your Plate

Whether you are prepping for the Fourth of July or soaking in summer with friends and family, there’s likely a picnic on the horizon. We’ve got you covered with picnic-pleasing recipes that’ll surely be the talk of the party. To start, fire up the grill and throw some hot dogs on. But don’t stop there. There are easy-peasy ways to elevate your grilled dog to gourmet status. Next up is the Frosé , one of the most talked about summer cocktails, which uses our favorite pink wine—rosé —and summer strawberries! Keep scrolling for these recipes and so much more.

1. Ideas to Elevate Your Hot Dog to Gourmet Status

2. Frosé

3. Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

4. The Best Cheeseburger Ever

5. Beer-Brined Pork Chop

6. Peach, Tomato, & Watermelon Salad

7. Rainbow Fruit with Strawberry Yogurt Dip

8. Grilled Veggie Platter

9. Carnitas Tacos with Peach & Tomato Salsa

10. Mozzarella, Melon, & Prosciutto Kebabs

8 Peach Party Recipes!

What better way to get ready for this peachy summer than with these recipes filled with peaches! And while our Peach Party is in full swing this month, we’ll be featuring only the sweetest peaches—Prima® Peaches, which are tree-ripened.

From Grilled Peaches with Amaretto Mascarpone to a Peach and Cashew Briyani, find what screams summer to you and get cooking with these recipes!

1. Peach, Tomato, & Watermelon Salad

2. Heirloom Tomato & Peach Salad

3. Grilled Peach Salad

4. Grilled Peaches with Amaretto Mascarpone

5. Simple Summer Peach Cake

6. Peach and Cashew Briyani

7. Carnitas Tacos with Summer Peach & Tomato Salsa

8. Burrata and Peach Chutney Crostini

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Sip on This: Cold Brew Coffee

You’ve likely heard the trendy terms “cold brew coffee” or “coffee toddy.” The process behind it is different than what most of us think of when we hear “iced coffee.” To brew iced coffee, one would make extra strong hot coffee in a regular coffee maker then pour it over ice, thus both diluting the strong coffee and chilling it simultaneously. The cold brew method is different, and produces a beverage that’s smooth, strong, and delicious—never watered down.

We use a higher coffee to water ratio than we do for a typical brew, one pound of coffee per gallon of filtered water. The word “brew” in this case is deceiving as what really happens is the water and coffee steep at room temperature for eight to 12 hours before the grounds are strained out. The result is a cup of cold brew coffee that’ll give you a pep in your step. We are kicking up this cold brew experience with a twist. We’re tossing in chicory root with the coffee grounds and steeping them together, combining the New Orleans-inspired toddy with Vietnamese coffee-influenced sweetened condensed milk. Ask for The Big Easy.

Now for the best part: You’ve heard of a growler— the amber glass jug that craft beer enthusiasts love. Growlers aren’t just for beer. Purchase a growler or bring one from home and we’ll fill it with any of our iced drinks. Stop by the DLM Coffee Bar and see what the fuss is about. You’re gonna love it!

See below for 7 ways to enjoy Skylar Rae Cherries

Run—don’t walk—into DLM and fill your bowl with some of the sweetest cherries you’ll ever eat this holiday weekend!

Skylar Rae Cherries

We’ve brought in  Skylar Rae cherries straight from the state of Washington and you need to taste them to believe for yourself how sweet and delicious these cherries are.

They are no ordinary cherry, either! This cultivar was discovered by chance in 2004 at Tip Top Orchards located in Wenatchee, WA. Skylar Rae cherries have an unique orange-red complexion, incredible firmness, and high sugars for an almost candy-like flavor. It’s pretty rare for any cherry to be both sweet and firm at the same time. This makes the out-of-hand eating experience so pleasurable!

This special and unique cherry is available for a very limited time, so if you are a cherry lover, don’t’ miss out! Or, if you are trying to get your kids to enjoy more summer fruits, this one will be a BIG hit. So grab yourself a bowl and make life extra sweet this summer!

See below for 7 ways to enjoy Skylar Rae Cherries

  • Plop them on top of your favorite yogurt.
  • Smear ricotta on a piece of toasted DLM Artisan Bread and top with pitted cherries.
  • Use them as an excuse to make homemade cherry ice cream.
  • Mix into your favorite brownie recipe along with some chocolate chips à la Cherry Garcia brownies!
  • Pile on top of a slice of cheesecake.
  • Make a fresh cherry pie.
  • Relax on a hammock and eat them out of your hand!
Flower Arranging 101

Flower Arrangements in 5 Easy Steps!

Step #1 – Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the flowers. 🙂

Step #2 – Sprinkle flower food in a wide-mouthed vase and fill vase two-thirds full with lukewarm water. Stir and set aside.

Step #3 – Lay out your flowers. Choose a stem that will be the centerpiece. Begin building the arrangement in your hand. Greenery near the center adds interest. Build each layer a bit lower than the last layer. Rotate the bunch as you go to make each side beautiful. Finish the arrangement with more greenery.

Step #4 – Measure your preferred height of the bunch against the vase. Cut excess length off of stems. Helpful hint: any cutting utensil will work as long as you are able to get a nice clean cut).

Step #5 – Drop flowers into vase and enjoy! Share your own arrangements on social media! #myDLMflowers

Stumptown Coffee

Wake Up! It’s Officially Summer!

Stumptown Coffee
I’m so excited that DLM now carries Stumptown Coffee! The flagship roaster and coffee bar was first opened in Portland, Oregon, in 1999. Stumptown has a huge following of coffee fans and has opened shops in Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Drop by and pick up one of their coffees – two of my favorites to try are Hair Bender and their Classic House Blend. Or, when it’s this hot outside try Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew from our cold drink cases.

So get caffeinated and get going this summer – you don’t want to miss a minute of it!

Hello, Summer: 11 Recipes That Epitomize Summer

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to embrace it and fill your plate with these summer favorites. Dig in to these recipes that epitomize summer, from grilled pound cake to a stunning heirloom tomato tart!

1. Heirloom Tomato Tart

2. Shaved Asparagus Salad

3. Citrus Salad

4. Beer-Brined Pork Chop

5. Peach, Tomato, & Watermelon Salad

6. Summer Ratatouille

7. The Best Cheeseburger Ever

8. Minced Thai Basil Stir-Fry

9. Grilled Peach Salad

10. Creamy Shrimp Pasta Salad

11. Grilled Pound Cake

The A-list: Gift Ideas for the Grill-Loving Dad in Your Life!

My father always loved to build things. Back in the 1970’s, he was well ahead of his time in creating an outdoor cooking station. In reality it was just a concrete slab extension off the covered patio, but it was specifically dedicated to his new grill and it was special to him because he had built it himself, complete with a dedicated gas line.

There’s something characteristic about men and open flame cooking. Maybe it’s the primitiveness of controlling the fire, the smell of the smoky seasonings, and the sounds of the sizzle, or simply the pleasure of time spent outdoors (usually with a cold beer in hand).  Dorothy Lane Market always has you covered in offering many gift ideas to celebrate the dad in your life!

Since June is all about grilling at DLM, we have the tools and gifts to go along with that DLM Local Grass-Fed Beef, starting with the all-in-one Grill Prep Station pan. This grilling accessory, designed for one-handed carrying, makes marinating and transporting food a breeze. Side compartments hold everything you need from spices and tools to beverages and sauces. Bonus … It’s dishwasher safe!

America’s Test Kitchen highly recommends OXO’s 2-piece Steel Grilling Set and yes, we’ve got ’em! The set includes a 16” dual-purpose turner with a beveled edge in front and a serrated side for cutting, as well as sturdy tongs for lifting and turning heavy meats.

The Jackson-Rosewood Steakhouse Knife Set boasts four generously sized stainless steel blades with rosewood handles. We suggest you pair a set with an Ironwood Cutting Board, a U.S.D.A. Prime DLM Natural Steak, and some Jack’s Grill Grilling Sauces.

Did I mention an ice cold beer? Not only is our beer selection one of the best in town, but you can pair your dad’s favorite 6-pack with the Double-Wall Stainless Steel IPA Glasses. Sold in sets of two, it’ll hold a chill while dad’s cooking.

Corkcicle also is back by popular demand! With a slip-proof bottom and easy grip sides, this iconic brand maintains a chill for up to 25 hours and gives new meaning to the phrase, “Never let them see you sweat.” Highly sought after designs were released earlier this year and the walnut canteen is sure to be one dad reaches for all summer long.

As we celebrate the unsung heroes of everyday life, stop in this weekend for inspiration. Dorothy Lane Market is certain to have something that conveys your appreciation for the man you admire most. (Selections may vary by store.)