Some people remember that July 1, 2012 was the day the California ban on foie gras went into effect. Of course, that ill-conceived law was overturned on January 7, 2015, to much rejoicing and popping of champagne corks. We traditionally mark the day with a special on foie gras.
So for you lovers of the good stuff, it’s time to enjoy with abandon. And to encourage you, all foie gras is 20% off at dartagnan.com for 12 hours only.
We’ve just done an inventory in our massive refrigerated warehouse. And guess what? We found some deals for you in the freezer! Shop early for best selection, because we have limited quantities.
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.
Cozy winter routines – like braising and slow roasting – go hand-in-hand with our flash sale today. Save up to 40% off select items now. There’s something for everyone, from wild boar and pasture-raised beef stripsteak to our 3-ounce tub of truffle butter. Save big and get a case of six to stash in the freezer. You’ll be glad you did. Truffle butter popcorn, anyone?
This limited-time offer is valid Monday 1/12/15 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST. Offer may not be combined with any other offer or membership discount 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. Valid on select products, while supplies last.
This recipe is inspired by the classic Joël Robuchon mashed potato recipe which calls for equal parts potato and butter. Garlic cloves slow-cooked in duck fat are added, along with a generous amount of black truffle butter for intensely earthy and rich potatoes.
2lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
8-12 tablespoons Black Truffle Butter, more as needed
4 cloves Garlic Confit
Coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh Black Truffle, for shaving (optional)
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add potatoes. Cook until just fork-tender. You don’t want soggy potatoes.
2. Drain potatoes in a colander and shake well to remove excess water.
3. Place potatoes in a large bowl, add truffle butter and season with salt and pepper. Mash the butter into the potatoes with a masher to desired consistency. They can be as chunky or smooth as you like. Alternatively, you can pass the potatoes through a ricer and then mix in butter and garlic confit, making sure to mash garlic into potatoes with back of spoon. Adjust seasoning and top with thinly-shaved black truffle. Serve.
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!
This week we are offering 15% off holiday essentials – we think of them as the “little helpers” to ease you through this year’s holiday meal and make it extra-special. Things like black truffle butter, duck fat, demi-glace and bacon. Imported French chestnuts and porcini powder bring earthy flavor and umami to recipes like classic stuffing. Speaking of which, maybe your stuffing needs a little foie gras this year. These cubes of flash-frozen foie gras are quite handy at the holidays.
For further inspiration, here are a few of our favorite things to make for the Thanksgiving meal. Just click on the photo for the recipe.
You may have seen Mike Rowe’s TV show Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN last night … with our own Ariane and a flock of chickens! Mike was interested in our new Green Circle chickens because of the way they are raised. So he and Ariane went to the farm to see how it’s done.
This Green Circle chicken was a passion project for Ariane, who was inspired by the common sense, waste-nothing philosophy of days past, when chickens lived on vegetable scraps and roamed freely around farmyards. It’s the way her grandmother raised chickens and they were the tastiest birds around.
In that tradition and in an effort to provide truly tasty chicken, we raise our chickens on a diet of surplus vegetables and trimmings. We’re talking about actual vegetables here – collected from commercial kitchens and farmer’s markets. By saving these vegetables from their fate in a landfill and turning them into nutritious chicken feed, we raise healthier birds and contribute to a better world.
Mike Rowe with scraps from some of our restaurant clients.
Not only are they fed well, these chickens are certified humane, making them rare birds indeed. They are air-chilled during processing, which means you get nothing but pure chicken flavor, not retained water.
Our holistic approach produces truly wholesome results. And that’s why we call it a Green Circle chicken. No waste = great taste.
Mike and Ariane enjoying a meal of chicken – what else? – in our Mennonite farmer’s home.
The Green Circle chicken is available on our website and in some retail stores. Ask for it in your local store and help us spread the word on this new kind of old-fashioned bird!
Ariane will be on Mike Rowe’s excellent new show Somebody’s Gotta Do It tonight on CNN at 9 PM EST. Watch a little preview of what happens down on the chicken farm. And tune in for the full episode tonight!
To get your own taste of the featured Green Circle Chicken, skip on over to our website.
And, yes, Mike is as nice as he appears to be on screen – he is a genuine guy with a big heart. Ariane had a wonderful day shooting this episode with him.
Chef Anita Lo of Annisa, a long-time friend of D’Artagnan, was featured on Serious Eats explaining her philosophy behind plating pork loin. Yes, it’s our Berkshire pork, but aside from that, we have a lot of respect for Chef Anita and find this a fascinating peek into the mind of a brilliant chef.
We are not going to spoil this by trying to explain it, so just head over to Serious Eats for the full post.
And for more Anita Lo – in action – check our video in which she and Ariane demonstrate how easy it is to sear foie gras.