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New Year’s Eve with Ariane

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

New Year’s Eve Party

We think every party needs a charcuterie board on the table. With that strong beginning, you can serve all manner of tasty nibbles and host a New Year’s Eve party that everyone will talk about well into next year.

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If you take our suggestion and serve charcuterie – duck rillettes, pâté, saucisson sec – these quick pickled mushrooms will complement the rich flavors and textures nicely.

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Our chorizo croquettes are served with smoky paprika sauce and make a fabulous finger food for a New Year’s Eve party.

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Get the best puff pastry you can find for these mushroom vol-au-vents. And let the vegetarians know that you will have tasty options for them.

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New Year’s Eve calls for the fancy stuff. Our caviar pairs well with baby red potatoes and crème fraiche in this simple –  yet elegant – recipe.

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These dainty deviled quail eggs with porcini and parmesan  will be a hit. Set them in a drift of parmesan cheese and watch them vanish fast.

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And after the revelry is done, and you are looking for a fortifying New Year’s Day brunch, look to our recipes for inspiration. Because bacon helps make everything better. Your resolutions actually begin January 2.

 

Have a Happy New Year with 15% OFF!

It’s time to plan your New Year’s Eve festivities. In our experience, the party is always better with foie gras, caviar, or cassoulet on the table. Save 15% off a selection of our favorites from filet mignon to black winter truffles, and everything in between. Because New Year’s Eve is the time for something a bit luxurious, something with je ne sais quoi.  

And don’t forget to plan a proper brunch on New Year’s Day!  Along with that hair of the dog, we find bacon quite effective (and delicious).

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Happy Holidays

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Bakin’ with Bacon

When it comes to bacon, we like to put it in everything. There’s simply no limit to the incredible things you can do with this ingredient. Just calling it an ingredient seems somehow demeaning. Bacon brings the magic. It is so much more than an ingredient.

If you are not baking with bacon, we recommend that you try it. So here are a few recipes to awaken and inspire the savory baker in you.

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Your breakfast egg sandwich just got a little more interesting. Split one of the bacon and cheddar scones and slide an egg inside. Late riser? This recipe is perfect for weekend brunch.

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Bacon & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

The only way this bread gets any better is if you serve it with butter. Bacon and cheese in every layer will put this at the top of your most-requested recipes.

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Pig Brittle

Our crunchy brittle has a surprise in every bite: savory bacon! You might be raising an eyebrow as you read this. But bacon is perfect in candy.

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Oatmeal Cookies with Bacon, Apple and Pecans

These are our favorite cookies. Can you imagine the smell of bacon and the smell of cookies occurring simultaneously? Let’s just say it’s pretty much heaven.

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Cast Iron Cornbread with Bacon

We love a cast iron cornbread. Put bacon in that, and we are smitten. This is like love-at-first-sight, head-over-heels infatuation.

 

 

Secret Ingredient: Chestnuts

Our Secret Ingredients series shines a light on products that make all the difference when cooking with D’Artagnan.

The chestnut tree is nicknamed l’arbre à pain, or “bread tree” in France, with good reason: from sweet to savory, chestnuts make their way into many dishes.

A natural to pair with poultry (turkey, goose, duck) or pork (everything from bacon to stuffed tenderloin). The earthy flavor and dense texture of the chestnut make it a unique  – if largely overlooked – addition to any meal.

Find ways to work these little beauties into your recipes.

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Duckspotting @ Borough + Parlour, Minneapolis

Duckspotting is snapping & sending in pics of dishes from your favorite restaurants, made with D’Artagnan ingredients! We supply restaurants all over the country & love to see what creative chefs are doing with our products. Keep sending them in!

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Where: Borough + Parlour

What: Chef Drew Yancey’s  Smoked Pork Belly, Celery Root, Apple, Marieke Gouda, and Hazelnut

How: Borough is at  730 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 |  for reservations click here or call (612) 354-3135

Dining out & spot some fabulous dishes made with D’Artagnan ingredients? Snap a pic & email with the details to lilyh@dartagnan.com. Or post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Duckspotting. We’ll give you & the restaurant a shout out!

Ham for the Holidays

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.

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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.

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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!

Roasting for the Holidays

What are you roasting for Christmas this year?

It seems fitting that a holiday gathering should center on a piece of roasted meat. Thanksgiving has the turkey, but at Christmas there’s room for more culinary expression.

While technically not a roast, something we always recommend for a big party is the cassoulet. An iconic French dish of beans and cured meats, the cassoulet has come into its own the past few years. Lots of restaurants are serving it, in all kinds of variations. Our recipe kit is the classic version from Southwest France, as you would expect. This one-dish meal serves up to 12 people, making it ideal for a holiday meal.

This is the natural "crust" that is formed on a cassoulet. No crumbs required.

This is the natural “crust” that is formed on a cassoulet. No crumbs required.

The Christmas goose. Without Dickens, would we all yearn for a roasted goose on the table? When you want to invoke tradition, and do it with flare, this is the bird for you. With dark meat and incomparable flavor, a goose is ideal for a smaller crowd – say 5 to 7 people.

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Roasted Goose, a la Dickens

Another well-established European tradition is the capon. Bigger than a chicken, with more robust flavor, plus a lot more breast meat, the capon is a crowd-pleaser.

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A juicy capon for Christmas.

Many families roast a turkey at Christmas, and it’s a solid choice, because it feeds many and is a little more mainstream than a goose or capon. We like ours with black truffle butter under the skin, just to keep things interesting.

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Black truffle butter serves to flavor and baste the turkey.

For those with a taste for red meat, there’s always Wagyu beef. This 3- or 4-rib roast is the last word in luxurious dining. There’s not much to do when it comes to roasting this epic piece of beef – just be sure not to overcook it. You want to err on the side of rare to maintain the exquisite texture and flavor.

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The Wagyu beef standing rib roast in all its glory.

No, we did not forget the holiday ham. Ours is made with heritage-breed pork and is smoked over real applewood. All you need to do it glaze it and pop it in the oven for a superb meal of impressive proportions.

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Our heritage ham all glazed and ready.

Whatever you decide to place at the center of your holiday feast, you’d better order fast for delivery before Christmas! Monday, Dec. 22 is the last chance!

Save 20% off All Foie Gras

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!

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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.