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National Cassoulet Day … and a SALE!

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.

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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.

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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.

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After the cassoulet feast …

 

 

5 Pork Recipes We Love

It’s simple. Pork is nature’s candy. We love to cook it and to eat it, and suspect you feel the same.  Every bit of the pig offers a tasty cut, and we appreciate them all, from pork chops to racks of ribs and beyond.

So here are 5 recipes for pork that will inspire you to heat up the stove and get cooking. Use our outstanding Berkshire pork for best results.

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Pork Schnitzel

Because, schnitzel. We love the crunchy crust and in all honestly, there is some pounding involved. It’s a wonderful release for stress. The recipe is here.

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Pork Chops with Crisp Ventrèche and White Bean Ragu

This is an Amanda Freitag recipe. We love the way she cuts her pork chops double size. And she called this “pork on pork,” so you know that’s insanely good. Plus, we have a video of her making this dish with Ariane.

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Berkshire Pork Loin Stuffed with Apples, Cranberry, and Bacon

Loving the pork loin. This jewel-like creation – which includes bacon – will feed 12 or more people, so it’s ideal for a big party or holiday.

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Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes

We had to include this stew, not only because it combines prunes, which are perfect with pork, but because it’s a hearty meal for a wintry dinner. And it’s just so comforting.

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Pork Chops with Apples

What is it about pork and fruit? It always works.  And this simple Lucinda Scala Quinn recipe for pork chops with apples demonstrates the successful partnership admirably.

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Bub City’s Pulled Pork Sandwich

This one is a bonus – recipe number 6! You need a smoker for this Doug Psaltis recipe, but who doesn’t love a pulled pork sandwich?  No smoker? Find a friend with one and work on this worthy project together.

Bonne Annee – Happy New Year!

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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!