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Gifts for Foodies

When it comes to gifts, is there anything better than food? Not for those of us who are obsessed with all things culinary! Is there someone like that on your list? We’ve got you covered.

From gift baskets and foie gras to our signature cassoulet kit, there is something for everyone at dartagnan.com.

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Tasty Gifts for All

From baskets brimming with charcuterie to our cassoulet recipe kit, there’s something for every hungry foodie on your list at dartagnan.com.

We’ve even got caviar with delicate mother-of-pearl spoons for serving. And of course we have foie gras, a traditional treat for the holidays. This sampler offers foie gras four different ways. We even have a bacon package – because everyone loves bacon.

Our exclusive Jean Reno olive oil is available in three variations – and as a complete set. Shop now and cross those foodies off your list.

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Gift Guide for the Food Lover

DArtagnan 2013_612There is likely someone you know who is completely obsessed with food. You don’t know how they can talk about food for so long and in such detail. But they do.

We exist for these folks. Variously called “foodies” (a term many dislike) or “foodists” (sounds a little more serious), these are our people. If you’ve got one of these fine folks on your Christmas list and have no idea what to give them … we’re here to help.

Our gift baskets come in three sizes and are each filled with a sampling of our favorite charcuterie. Not to mention truffle butter. These are designed with the gourmand in mind. You can order one here.

Why not go for something luxurious? Say, a lobe or terrine of foie gras, a tin of caviar, or a piece of premium meat, like our Wagyu beef. Something not on the weeknight dinner menu. Something memorable.

We like the cassoulet kit as a gift for a devoted cook, because it’s a cooking project and a legendary dish (Julia Child raved about it). It involves many steps and ingredients, so it’s an experience as well as a meal. And if you get the kit with the clay bowl, your gift recipient will have an unique addition to the kitchen arsenal. Just make sure you get invited over for the cassoulet feast.
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Our new Reserve Jean Reno Olive Oil would make a fantastic gift for a film and food fan. The actor Jean Reno grows the olives, works with the mill, and has personally selected the three varieties of oils that bear his name. They are not perishable, so are easy to wrap and bring to the party. Purchase a single bottle, or a set of all three varieties. These are new to the market, and exclusive to D’Artagnan. So there is a chance your foodie has not yet heard of them!

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We’ve also got samplers of products that will make you look like a food hero. Sausage collections, duck combo packs, piles of steaks, a bacon sampler, and more are available on our website. There’s always the most tasteful gift of all–the gift certificate.

And should you have any questions, we have a team of hardcore food fanatics in our customer service department. Give them a call.

Featured Recipe: Blini with Caviar

Perfect for your New Year’s Eve fete, this easy recipe for blini uses all-purpose flour instead of buckwheat for a light texture and delicate flavor that lets our French caviar shine! Give it a try!

Buttery blini make a tasty cushion for our French ossetra caviar.

Buttery blini make a tasty cushion for our French ossetra caviar.

Ingredients

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, (one 1/4 ounce envelope)
1/2 cup warm water, (about 110 degrees)
1 cup all-purpose flour
Coarse sea salt or fleur de sel, to taste
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 large eggs, seperated
Crème Fraîche, for serving
D’Artagnan Farm-Raised Ossetra Caviar, for serving

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, add water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Sift together flour and 1/2 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt. Stir together buttermilk, butter, sugar, and egg yolks in a large bowl; whisk in yeast mixture, then flour mixture. Let stand, covered, in a warm place for 30 minutes.

2. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Let stand for 10 minutes

3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, and coat with a thin layer of butter. Add a scant tablespoon batter for each blini and cook, flipping after bubbles appear at edges and color turns golden, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side

4. Transfer to a lined sheet tray and allow to cool.

5. Garnish with a small dollop of crème fraîche, then top with a spoon of D’Artagnan ossetra caviar. Serve immediately.

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Our Gift Picks for Food Lovers

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1. Grande Charcuterie Basket  For that cured meat fanatic who makes their own cornichons.

2. Cassoulet Recipe Kit with Authentic Cassole  For the Francophile who loves to throw dinner parties.

3. Medallion of Foie Gras with Black Truffles  For your foodie sister – who likes to spread it on thick.

4. French Ossetra Caviar with Mother of Pearl Spoons  For that elegant couple that seems to have everything, including good taste! 

5. Mangalica Ham with Carving Stand  For your Spain-obsessed cousin who likes to show off their knife skills.

6. Petite Charcuterie Basket  For your brother, the budding gourmand.

7. Torchon of Foie Gras  For the friend who knows that good things do come in small packages.

8. For the Love of Bacon Kit  For that co-worker who’s always posting pictures of bacon on facebook.

9 . The Supreme Gift Basket  For the friend who likes to share……. (hand-deliver this one!)

Check out dartagnan.com for more gift ideas! If you can’t decide, a D’Artagnan gift certificate is suitable for every taste.

A Bit About Our Caviar (just in time for New Year’s Eve…)

This fall we were proud (and excited!) to introduce a new product, truly sustainable Ossetra Caviar from the Aquitaine region of France. French caviar is still fairly new to the American gourmet scene but it’s quickly becoming a chef and foodie favorite.

We spent countless hours of research to find the right producer. After Ariane and Andy travelled to France to personally inspect the different aqua farms and learn about their practices firsthand, we were confident we found the right producer to become our exclusive partner.

The state-of-the-art aquafarm follows the strictest of animal welfare and environmental protocols – its wastewater actually runs cleaner than the same water at entry. The sturgeon benefit greatly from the exceptionally pure water from breeding through harvesting, resulting in the highest quality available.

Our low-salt Ossetra is harvested at its absolute peak of size, flavor, color and texture. The grains are round, plump and juicy with just the right amount of “pop.” The flavor is fresh and clean, slightly briny with a lingering, soft nutty taste and ultra-silky mouthfeel. The color ranges from clear grey to gold and deep brown.

Handling Tips
When serving caviar, freshness is key. Remember caviar is highly perishable and delicate so it should be treated as so. Read more

NEW Product!

Just in time for the holidays, we are proud to announce a brand new product in the D’Artagnan lineup! It’s the luxury trifecta of deliciousness: foie gras, truffles, and now CAVIAR!!

But, it’s not just any caviar. It’s sustainable, environmentally friendly, farm-raised Ossetra from the Aquitaine region of France. And it’s unbelievably delicious! The silvery pearls are firm and plump, with a silky mouth feel and with a clean, nutty flavor that lingers… heaven.