We are sure that spring is here when the ramps arrive. We’ve had them for a little while now, in limited quantities, and they have been selling out quickly to our chef clients.
These fragrant wild leeks are the hottest thing on spring menus. Among the very first green to appear in the dead woods, they are a potent reminder of the power of plants and the changing of the season.
A field of ramps makes a fresh green splash on the drab forest floor.
Wonderful with bacon, egg dishes, casseroles, potatoes, in pesto and anywhere you might use scallions or leeks, wild foraged ramps (they are not grown on farms) are a joyful and flavorful way to celebrate spring.
Muddy and damp, like the springtime woods.
As the season progresses and availability increases the prices will come down. If you want to buy a 5 lb bag of ramps, you may call our customer service department to order: 800-327-8246.
It’s spring at last and we are clearing out the freezer! Enjoy 30% off select items now.
Happy March! We’re celebrating with free standard shipping on all orders over $100 this month at dartagnan.com – no promo code needed. This means you can stock up on favorites or even try something new. Whatever you crave, the shipping is on us.
Offer valid through 11:59PM EST, March 31st, 2015. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. FedEx Priority Shipping not included.
With the winter chill there’s only one thing to do: get in the kitchen and braise! Now is the time for comfort foods like slow-cooked short ribs that fall of the bone. Simmering foreshanks of wild boar. Succulent osso buco … you get the idea.
Now through February 24 save 15% off all the cuts we like to braise, and few other items that might help in your braising efforts. Like bacon. A true braise begins with rendering some bacon fat into a pan – but you knew that. Because you’ve got to brown the meat in something, and it might as well be bacon fat.
For many of us the New Year offers a reset, a return to basics. At D’Artagnan that means duck. Thirty years ago Ariane began the company with duck products, and while she quickly expanded our offerings, duck is where it all started. So in the first weeks of our 30th year, we celebrate the simple pleasures of duck with 15% off at dartagnan.com.
Enjoy duck breast, duck legs (raw and confit), whole duck, duck fat and our signature prepared duck products. So go ahead, cook some duck! It’s easy to do at home, as our video with Sara Moulton proves.
A judge today ruled that the ban on foie gras in California goes too far. And so the ban is lifted! It’s now legal to enjoy foie gras again!
To celebrate we are offering 20% off all foie gras at dartagnan.com. Break out the Champagne and the Sauternes, because it’s going to be a wild party.
We’ve always celebrated cassoulet. Sometimes in October, sometimes in January. Last year we even had a Cassoulet War in February, with chefs competing against each other for trophies! To us, winter is cassoulet season. Or at least it’s an excuse to eat lots of cassoulet.
That’s why we are so excited about National Cassoulet Day. This year Chase’s Calendar of Events is recognizing it as an official holiday on January 9, thanks to our friend Chef Philippe Bertineau and the team at Benoit in NYC. Check the hashtag #NationalCassouletDay on social media to follow al the action. Join D’Artagnan and over 30 restaurants in New York City as we celebrate this iconic dish together.
For our part, we are offering 15% off our cassoulet kit this week (January 5 – 9, 2015). Get yours soon and discover the true joys of making a cassoulet at home. It’s not as complicated as you think. If you can sear sausages in a pan, and cook beans, you are pretty well set with the necessary skills. Scan the recipe here.
Read this earlier post to earn more about the history of the cassoulet and the fierce competitiveness between the towns of Southwest France for the one true version of cassoulet. You can also listen to a cassoulet-themed song, and join in the general cassoulet mania!
Throw a cassoulet party for up to 12 friends and family with our kit that includes the ingredients you need…you can even purchase our exclusive clay bowl imported from France if you want to keep it truly authentic.
After the cassoulet feast …
The Epoch Times has reported Ariane’s official New Year’s Eve plans. She’s going to ring in 2015 quietly, at home with a few friends. Those friends include Chef Hélène Darroze and Chef Bernard Liberatore, so the food needs to be great.
L – R: Helene Darroze, Gabrielle Hamilton, Barbara Lynch, Ariane Daguin.
You know it will be. Ariane is going to provide the best ingredients from D’Artagnan: caviar, foie gras and mangalica ham. It’s shaping up to be a lavish feast. In a last-minute change Ariane decided to serve Wagyu striploin instead of lobster, because, hey, it’s Wagyu.
D’Artagnan bone-in mangalica ham on the carving stand
We’ll have to wait and see how this crowd of kitchen luminaries decides to cook it all up. You can bet we’ll be asking Ariane for photos!
Our recipe for caviar and creme-fraiche on baby potatoes
As for drinks, don’t worry about this crowd. Ariane will serve Pousse-Rapiere, which is the aperitif of choice in Gascony. This can be replicated at home with Armagnac, sparkling wine and a slice of orange. But the “push of the rapier” is quiet strong, as this amusing blog post attests. If you don’t have the special flute with a rapier on the side for measuring, no worries. Substitute a champagne flute. And check this site for more information about this delightful cocktail.
We wish you all a Happy New Year full of tasty adventures. And let us know how you spend the evening – and what you eat! Salut!
Our heritage ham is featured in the December issue of Bon Appetit magazine … and they did a beautiful job with it. Check out their video with editor Adam Rappaport extolling the virtues of the ham for a holiday party. We get a little choked up watching the video. Our ham looks so good. And it’s bringing people together, with forks and knives at the ready.
Let’s have a close-up, shall we? Just look at that gorgeous glaze and crispy skin. There’s nothing to it, as the video proves. And we have two simple recipes for the glaze. But don’t be afraid to improvise.
You can get one of these glorious 12- to 14-lb pieces of porcine heaven at dartagnan.com. Already have a plan for your Christmas meal? Well, maybe a ham would liven up your New Year’s Eve party!
If you’re feeling that itch, there’s only one thing to do.
Order foie gras and save 20% off in our foie-la-la extravaganza sale! It ends tonight at 12 midnight EST, so head over to dartagnan.com now!
This limited-time offer ends Wednesday, 12/17/2014 at midnight EST. Discount may not be combined with any other offer and is not valid on pending or prior purchases. Offer applies to product purchase only, before shipping and handling; standard shipping charges will be applied.