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Feast like a Gourmand with Duck

Looking for an alternative to everyday protein choices? Let’s talk about duck. When I was a kid, my only experience with duck was a whole roasted one that was usually greasy, overcooked, and drowned in overly sweet orange or cherry sauce. Did you have the same?

My experience and attitude changed when I first tasted Pekin duck in Chinatown as a teenager. I couldn’t get enough of it and then promptly fell in love with hoisin sauce. Fast forward to the 70s and 80s when duck was suddenly everywhere—from California-style pizzas to amazing chopped salads.

At DLM, we carry Culver Duck from Middlebury, IN. Their ducks are antibiotic free, sustainably raised, fed a vegetarian diet, and are free roaming. We like their strict standards as the quality really shines through in the flavor.

What has changed since my early experiences with duck is how easy it is now for the home cook to actually prepare it without having to roast the whole thing and smoke up the house. We carry smoked and fully cooked breasts along with legs and whole or half birds. So whether it’s the main dish, tossed in a salad, or carved tableside, branch out a little bit and taste how good duck can be.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

  • Try smoked duck breast sliced thin on your next charcuterie platter. A boneless breast can cook up in 15 minutes or so and is simply delicious. As an added bonus, that skin gets so darn crispy it’s almost addicting!
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t brag about the recipe-ready duck confit. It’s wicked good and so much time is saved by getting it already perfectly cooked. Heat in a hot pan and voilà, so much flavor.
  • Try shredding a little duck confit over a winter salad or stir into a bubbling pot of lentils or beans for added depth of flavor.

Get Our Duck & Wild Rice Salad Recipe Here!

Bring on the Bacon at BaconFest

Sure, there’s the tantalizing aroma of bacon cooking that draws bacon-lovers from near and far. When we think of bacon here at DLM, our senses are not only awakened, but our minds start to swirl with all of the bacon-licious possibilities. With that said, at BaconFest, happening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 & 27, at all DLM locations, Happiness is Bacon … Lots of Bacon. And we’re not holding back at this year’s BaconFest.

At BaconFest, we’ll be sizzling with bacon (DLM Uncured Bacon, which of course is nitrate and nitrite free) at every turn. You’ll find products we carry and foods we make that will be bursting with bacon. Look for favorites like our Bakery’s Bourbon-Salted Chocolate Bacon and Bacon Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread; the Meat department’s When Pigs Fly, a poblano pepper stuffed with smoked pork, Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, DLM Cheddar Bacon Gourmet Burgers, and specialty items, like Glier’s Bacon Goetta; and the Deli’s Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw and Pine Club Pasta Salad. Also during BaconFest, you can add bacon for free to any order from the Sandwich Station, Jack’s Grill, or our Naples-Style Pizza oven!

Thirsty? Head on over to our Wine & Beer department as we’ll be teaming up with Crooked Handle Brewing to offer a Dig the Pig Bacon Beer they’ve developed for DLM. We’re also excited to have representatives from Flying Pig Marathon visiting during select times at BaconFest alongside coffee roaster Rooted Grounds. They’ll be featuring the Pig Roast, a whole bean coffee with $1 from each Rooted Grounds Pig Roast benefiting the Flying Pig Charities. As you can see, bacon knows no limits!

8 Ways to Bite Into Our Citrus Celebration

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! Crank up the vitamin C volume and vivid colors—come celebrate citrus with us this January! We consider ourselves so lucky to be able to flood our stores with the beauty of all the colorful citrus we bring in this time of year. We have some of the freshest flavors from jumbo navels to Texas red grapefruit. We love how all the varieties of citrus are bursting with colors and will bring wonderful flavor as well as provide many health benefits during these cold winter months. Here are eight ways to bite into our Citrus Celebration (and don’t hesitate to enjoy some of the many citrus samples and recipes we’ll be featuring).

1. NAVEL ORANGES. These are the sweetest you can find, providing ample amounts of vitamin C for an added bonus!

2. CARA CARA PINK NAVELS. Among some of the prettiest citrus, these have a pink flesh and extremely sweet taste.

3. BLOOD ORANGES With an unmistakable deep red flesh and dangerously sweet taste, you won’t be able to resist! Both this variety and the Cara Cara are great low-acid options with the same healthful benefits as a Navel orange. To really unleash the flavor of a blood orange, try the Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.

4. DLM FRESHLY SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE. It’s made from the juiciest Valencia oranges and is made fresh in our Produce departments. We love it because it is extremely smooth to taste and is ultra fresh. We will also treat you with Cara Cara and Blood Orange Juice throughout this celebration, which is a true treat.

5. SWEET SCARLETTS TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT. These are the most colorful of all ruby grapefruits. These luscious grapefruits are grown in Texas where the hot sunny days and cool nights help these Texas reds become as sweet as can be.

6. PUMELO. This is a very large citrus that’s similar to grapefruit. It’s a Vietnamese staple and used in many dishes. Health benefits include boosting immunity (thanks to that vitamin C), improving digestion, and lowering blood pressure.

7. SPANISH CLEMENTINES. These sweet and easy-to-peel treats are a wonderful option for a great breakfast or snack option.


8. SUMO CITRUS. Coming later this month! First developed in Japan, these are now grown on family farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Loaded with vitamin C, these will sure to be the citrus star! It sets itself ahead of the pack in popularity due to its easy peel and low acid levels. Because it’s low in acidity, it’s a great option for those with a sensitive stomach.


Looking to add some citrus zing to make you sing? Try this Sicilian Citrus Salad recipe.

5 Festive Holiday Breakfast Recipes

As you settle in to enjoy a little time off amid the holidays, here are 5 holiday breakfast recipes to keep you warm and toasty with you and yours. For something you can prepare the night before but bake in the morning, the Red & Green Italian Strata is just the ticket for a make-ahead dish. We love the Mini Bacon & Frittatas if you are looking for something to add to a holiday brunch that you are attending. And if you are craving something perfectly sweet, well, keep scrolling for the most festive French Toast and Extra Gooey Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

1. Egg Nog French Toast

2. Extra Gooey Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

3. Mini Bacon & Potato Frittatas

4. Red & Green Italian Strata

5. DLM Signature Omelet

Give the Gift of a Culinary Adventure

Cooking classes, interactive food, wine dinners, and themed events make excellent gifts for anyone who is really into food or wants to be. Do you have someone like that in your life? Make their day with a DLM Gift Card. Your friends, family, and colleagues can choose classes that fit their interests and their schedules.

Our Winter/Spring Schedule is hot off the press, so come and pick one up at your favorite DLM location. Or easier still, you can view them all at your convenience online, anytime. Be sure to register early as classes fill quickly. https://www.dorothylane.com/classes/

We have plenty of comfort food classes to help you survive the winter months—including one on how to use that Instant Pot Santa will leave for you under the tree. We’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with both an indulgent Valentine’s Day Dinner and our popular food and wine class, Girls’ Night Out; Galentine’s Day. Many of our students will be rolling up their sleeves, learning how to make pasta from scratch and excellent pie. We’ll explore through wine and food the French Alps, regional Italy, Eastern Europe, Spain and Latin America. Or just come in and relax for one of our Seafood Suppers on Friday nights in the early Spring.

We think sharing good food is at the heart of every memorable occasion, so come and join us as we celebrate the love of food and the pleasure of sharing it.

Register here for the Culinary Center’s Winter/Spring classes:  https://www.dorothylane.com/classes/

Prime Rib Primer

Prime Rib is the most famous of the “classy holiday roasts” and getting a supply of the very best is no easy matter. Don’t be fooled by the name “prime rib.” It’s a term to indicate this particular cut of beef coming from the 6th through 12th rib. For true Prime Rib, look for this classic roast that is from meat that is graded U.S.D.A. Prime.

At DLM, we start the selection process by looking for cattle that have been raised naturally, without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones, ever! From these cattle we select only those that have received the U.S.D.A. Prime grade. Less than 2% of all cattle receive this top grade. The meat will have a creamy white fat, firm texture with fine marbling dispersed throughout the eye of the meat, and a light, cherry-red coloring. The marbled fat melts evenly when cooked, leaving the meat juicy and tender. U.S.D.A. Prime Standing Rib Roast truly is something to celebrate.

HOW TO ORDER

You can plan on about 1 lb per person, including bone. This is such a popular main dish that we recommend reserving your U.S.D.A. Prime Standing Rib Roast either in our Meat department or online early.

PREP & PRO TIPS

Butcher’s tip of the day: Have your butcher leave a layer of fat on top of the meat to protect it while cooking (it also adds tremendous flavor). Ask for it “cradled” so you can roast it with the bones acting as your rack and a simple cut of the strings will leave you with a boneless roast to carve (as well as those wonderful bones to nibble on)! Cover the outside of the roast with olive oil and then coat generously with DLM Grilling & Seasoning Rub. Use a good meat thermometer and pull at 120°F and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

5 Party Perfect Appetizers

Planning appetizers to get your holiday parties started can seem like a daunting task. Don’t fret, we’re here to help! Check out our 5 party perfect appetizer recipes that will have your guests decking the halls this holiday season.

1. DLM Applewood Bacon Jam

2. Mozzarella, Melon, and Prosciutto Kebabs

3. Amy’s Avocado Dip

4. Pork Tenderloin and Cherry Relish Crostini

5. Fig Spread Crostini with Bacon

Get Nutty This Winter!

Every one that is familiar with Marcona almonds already know how good they are. If you aren’t familiar – Marcona Almonds, also sometimes referred to as the Queen of Almonds, are imported from Spain. They have a distinctive shape that are flatter, rounder, and a little sweeter than the Californian variety. First they are blanched, than roasted in olive oil, and finished with a good dosing of sea salt resulting in a crispy texture that is just plain delicious.

A couple of years ago we tossed them in our blend of Herbes de Provence and knew we had a hit on our hands. Truffle flavored Marcona almonds are here just in time for the holidays! They’re so perfect as-is with a glass of Champagne. Or, pile a handful onto a charcuterie platter or as a pairing with a wedge of your favorite cheese. Stop by and try our newest addition to the lineup.

Tiny Bubbles

Occasions to break out the sparkling wine evoke much anticipation and result in special memories for many people, whether celebrating a special anniversary, a new beginning, or a toast at a holiday gathering. “Bubbles” are a happy beverage and they pair beautifully with darn near any dish! We believe that all sparkling wine in any number of varying styles and originating regions can be a magical addition to any meal or event. Here are a few of our favorites!

Laurent-Perrier

A great value, this is from the historic city of Reims, France. Dry and elegant with a nose of bread dough yeast and a long finish.

Schramsberg Brut Rosé

Long the standard bearer of super well-made American bubbly, this is the consummate apéritif. Dry with wonderful strawberry and apricot notes; pairs well with smoked salmon dishes.

Dr. L Riesling

Yes, sparkling Riesling!  A bright, clean sparkling wine that is ultra-charming and super affordable!

Veuve Clicquot Rosé

A French favorite, this is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and a touch of Chardonnay creating a fruity, full-bodied expression of the Veuve Clicquot style and perfect with an oyster platter.

La Marca Prosecco

An Italian sparkling wine that is quite dry and refreshing with dried apple, honeysuckle, and peach fruits.

Gruet Brut

Made in the French-style with a hint of dough mid-palate, this New Mexico favorite is crisp and sophisticated with apple and citrus flavor.

PEARfection: 10 Reasons to Love The Holiday Pear

“Try this one,” said Michael Naumes, as he tossed me a Comice pear. “You’re gonna need a towel,” he said as I take my first bite. My first meeting with the Naumes family a few years back started just like that. We were on a search for the juiciest, sweetest, most luscious pear we could find. And that journey took me to their orchard where I found the Naumes family’s Holiday Pear, also known as the Comice pear.

We had heard rumors that there was a family in Rogue Valley, Oregon, that grew the best Comice pears and the rumors certainly were true. After that first bite, I knew we had come to the right place. We started offering these pears to our customers a few years ago and we’re excited to report that they’re back, just in time for your holiday entertaining and gifting.

Just try a sample in the store and you will be hooked. They truly are the sweetest, juiciest pears around. Look for displays in the stores along with perfectly packed gift boxes sure to impress your most difficult to please relative.

Along with being the sweetest, creamiest, most luscious pear around, the Comice pear, also know as the Holiday Pear, is quite the intriguing fruit. Here are 10 things to know about The Holiday Pear:

  1. The grading and picking process for the Naumes’ family’s Holiday Pear is tedious, but for good reason. Only 1 out of 20 pears will make this grade.
  2. The Holiday Pear received its name because they are in peak season during the holiday months.
  3. The Doyenné du Comice, as it’s known in France, was first grown near Angers in the mid-1800s.
  4. The climate in the Rogue Valley leads to perfect growing conditions of this extremely sensitive pear, making the Naumes family’s orchards true “pearfection”.
  5. The shape of the Holiday Pear is truly unique, featuring a rotund body and a short neck.
  6. As the Holiday Pear ripens, the areas of green skin color will turn a yellow hue. The rule of thumb is to check the neck for ripeness by applying gentle pressure to it with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it’s ready! Once ripeness is determined, you can refrigerate it if you want to extend that peak taste for a few days.
  7. Savor this luscious pear as an appetizer by smearing baked brie on slices of a DLM French Baguette and topping it with slices of the Holiday Pear.
  8. It’s a great addition to a cheese plate with brie, Manchego, or a Gorgonzola, like Rogue River Blue Cheese or Dolce Gorgonzola and pairing that with Marsala, Sauternes, Riesling, or Champagne.
  9. Slice it onto a salad made with mesclun spring mix or arugula, caramelized pecans, pomegranate seeds, and a blue cheese. Toss with a simple vinaigrette.
  10. The Holiday Pear makes for a wonderful dessert. Take a few scoops of DLM Madagascar Vanilla Gelato, sprinkle with cut pears, and drizzle with a warmed DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup.