5 key ingredients to have on hand

May 29, 2013 at 7:44 AM | Posted in cooking | 1 Comment
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5 key ingredients to have on hand
Dorothy Lane offers tasty advice.


The road to unhealthy eating is paved with good intentions.
Sure, we all want and intend to eat healthier, but the fast-paced world we live in often results in a trip to the closest fast-food restaurant, followed by in-car dining on the way to a Little League baseball game.

However, Dorothy Lane Market (Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood) corporate chef Carrie Walters gives her recommendations for five key ingredients to always have on hand to whip up a quick and healthy meal for the entire family.

1. Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) boneless, skinless chicken breasts: “Chicken breasts that are individually frozen give the family cook lots of option because they defrost quickly and can be recipe ready in minutes. Plus, there are so many options on how to use them for dinner. Julienned for a quick stir-fry, pounded cutlets that can be sautéed over high heat, kid friendly oven baked strips or even grilled chicken teriyaki — all easy and delicious!”

2. Marinara sauce: “Besides the obvious choice for just pouring over pasta, I use this as a base sauce for making a quick ciopinno (seafood stew), pantry friendly clam sauce or my own version of classics sauces like arrabiata (a red Italian sauce with a spicy kick) or vodka sauces. I also use this as a base for braciole (an Italian dish featuring thinly sliced meat), chicken Parmesan or meatball subs.”

3. Eggs: “When my kids were smaller we’d often do breakfast for dinner. Now it’s nice to use eggs as a base for a frittata (an open face omelet) using up whatever leftovers, cheese or veggies I happen to have on hand. I like to add a poached egg on top of a simple salad for a delicious lunch or a light simple dinner.”

4. Chicken stock: “I use this to make a quick soup with whenever I need to clean out my refrigerator. It can be used as a base for a quick pasta sauce with sauteed veggies and whatever protein you happen to have on hand. It makes simple rice dishes delicious and full of flavor. You can also make a simple sauce to complement chicken or pork.”

5. Pasta: “I have several shapes on hand in my pantry on any given day. Besides using pasta as the main course, smaller shapes make fun side dishes as well as pasta salad. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make some dynamite pasta dishes — one of my favorites is grated pecorino Romano cheese, a little olive oil and black pepper! Simple, high quality ingredients can really make a pasta dinner that is easy and delicious.”


Ohio foods make great holiday gifts

December 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Ohio foods make great holiday gifts


By Alexis Larsen


Several destination markets in the Miami Valley and southwestern Ohio say their unique selection of Ohio-based food products are the specialized gifts shoppers are looking for this season.

Both Jungle Jim’s locations, in Fairfield and the new one at Eastgate, and Dorothy Lane Market locations just south of Dayton and in Springboro have large selections of hometown foods that can be purchased individually or as gift baskets, both in stores and online.

Jim Beckett, specialty foods manager at Jungle Jim’s who has been with the company for five years says Ohio-based food products are popular year-round, but especially during the holidays.

Tom Winter, vice president of marketing for Dorothy Lane Market, agrees. He has been with the company 45 years.

“Once you’ve grown up with these items, you miss them. It’s a craving,” Winter said. “Sons and daughters will mail baskets to parents who no longer live in Ohio and miss their favorite foods.”

There are three Ohio gift baskets that can be ordered from the Dorothy Lane website (www.shopdlm.com) ranging from $55 to $105.

Jungle Jim’s has a Cincinnati Favorite gift basket that’s available for purchase online (www.junglejims.com) for $49.99.

Here are 10 food items made in Ohio that are included in some of the stores’ food baskets or that Beckett and Winter say are popular this time of year.

1. Chocolate

There are several Ohio companies that specialize in chocolate in Ohio, but none are as celebrated as Dayton’s Esther Price (www.estherprice.com). The company produces around one million boxes of candy a year, so finding one of those trademark gold boxes for a gift won’t be too difficult. A tin of four DLM famous Killer Brownie brownies would also please the chocolate lover in your life. Each rich, gooey brownie is made from scratch and weighs in at nearly 1/3 of a pound.

2. Chips

Ohio has the second highest number of potato chip manufacturers in the country, right behind Pennsylvania. And folks in Ohio are partial to the chips they grew up with — Shearer’s (Cleveland and Akron), Ballreich’s (Toledo), Conn’s (central Ohio), Jones’ (north central Ohio), Mikesell’s (Dayton) and Grippo’s (Cincinnati). If you’re looking to go one step beyond this salty snack, then Esther Price has partnered with Mikesell’s to create a chocolate-covered potato chip box that makes for a tasty, memorable gift.

3. Nuts

For another salty snack that’s sure to impress, the gift tins from Tipp City’s Trophy Nut (www.trophynut.com) are a good place to start. Winter also recommends Jump’s Almonized Peanuts, which are included in the Ohio-themed Dorothy Lane gift baskets.

4. Sauce

Both Beckett and Winter say that Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce is a popular Ohio gift basket item (www.montgomeryinn.com). Beckett included La Rosa’s Pasta Sauces on his list, while Winter had Mamma DiSalvo’s Sauce as a suggestion (www.larosas.com, www.mammadisalvo.com). Urbana’s Robert Rothchild Farm also has a number of sauces and spreads that make good gifts (www.robertrothschild.com)

5. Salad dressing

For those looking to create a full gift basket, including some Ohio-made salad dressing may be worth while. Garlic Expressions salad dressing out of Perrysburg (www.garlic-expressions.com) or a jar of Dayton’s famous Pine Club House Dressing (thepineclub.com) may be just the thing.

6. Chili

Ohioans love their chili. In Cincinnati alone, the Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that residents consume more than two million pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese (www.cincyusa.com/chili). Skyline Chili and Gold Star Chili are probably the two most recognized names, but chili parlors like Camp Washington Chili and Dixie Chili are sprinkled all over the state — especially concentrated in southwestern Ohio. Cans of Skyline Chili are sold in most stores and can be ordered on its website (skylinechili.com) and shipped anywhere. Or if your loved one is in town, then a gift certificate works.

7. Ice cream

Since 1870 Graeter’s has been the ice cream of choice in Cincinnati (www.graeters.com). Seasonal flavors cinnamon, peppermint and egg nog are all available for purchase in Graeter’s locations or on their website to ship as well as all of their signiture flavors they have become famous for. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a newer company out of Columbus, also makes for a unique gift item with seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin 5 -Spice, Boozy Egg Nog, Cranberry Royale Sorbet and Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows (www.jenis.com).

8. Alcohol

There are plenty of Ohio-made wines with more than 150 licensed wineries in the state (www.tasteohiowines.com). There are also many Ohio breweries making great beers — too many to list — that you could purchase a gift from. Two ideas among many include giving a bottle of Buckeye Vodka (www.buckeyevodka.com) or a six-pack of the ever-popular Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co., which is spiced with honey, cinnamon and fresh ginger.

9. Coffee

Local coffee houses are a good spot to purchase unusual flavors of coffee beans. Dayton’s Boston Stoker, for example, sells many different kinds of coffee blends online (www.bostonstoker.com/store) and in stores. It makes for a good addition to a gift basket going to a caffeine lover.

10. Egg nog

This wasn’t on the list from either Beckett or Winter, but an Ohio egg nog is a conversation starter. Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster makes an egg nog like you’ve probably never had. It’s the real deal, and a bottle of that paired with a bottle of bourbon makes for an unforgettable gift for the man in your life that’s hard to buy for.





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