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Valentine’s Day at Home: The Apps

For many of us, cooking at home for (or with) someone we love is the ultimate way to spend Valentine’s Day. Why leave your cozy cocoon when all you need is right there? If you are a member of this romantic tribe, we have a few fun ideas for dinner à deux.

One way to make the evening special is to include luxurious ingredients. Caviar is the ultimate “special occasion” food, and it is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. Famed lover Casanova was known to enjoy it, and on the other end of the spectrum, Henry Kissinger said of it, “I’d do anything for caviar and probably did.” If you are sharing dinner with an avowed caviar fan, then by all means, pop open a tin.

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D’Artagnan Ossetra-sized Malossol caviar

Simple is best when it comes to caviar. Blinis topped with crème fraîche and a dollop of caviar is all you need. Or you can use a tiny red potato as the caviar delivery vehicle. Just remember to keep the caviar cold, cold, cold. Open the tin 15 to 20 minutes before serving and keep it on a bed of ice to maintain the temperature.

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Baby Red Potatoes with Caviar and Crème Fraiche

Not feeling the cold thing? Try these warm melt-in-your-mouth puffs of heaven. Scented with black truffle butter. What else can we say?  These gougeres are the perfect bites for your aperitif.

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D’Artagnan Truffle Butter Gougeres

Our French Kisses are the ultimate easy appetizer. Just pop them out of the container and serve. What are they? Dried plums that have been marinated in Armagnac and then stuffed with mousse of foie gras.

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D’Artagnan’s signature French Kisses

And speaking of foie gras, an impressive and quick first course for your romantic dinner might be as easy as searing up two slices of foie gras and serving with a sauce. This recipe from Canal House is perfect. Just cut the portion down to two slices of foie gras.

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Seared Foie Gras with Green Grapes

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter for the brioche to make these truffle butter toasts with quail eggs just a little more holiday appropriate. They have to be made just prior to serving, so plan carefully.

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Truffled Quail Egg Toast

That takes care of your first course. Try not to fill up on foie gras, caviar and truffle butter, because the main event is yet to come.

 

 

 

Duck Fat 50: Oven-Roasted Veggie Fries

If you like potatoes with duck fat, you’ll love these. Gorgeous roasted vegetable “fries” get extra flavor and color from a swath of luscious duck fat right before baking. Delicious as a side dish or chilly day snack.Recipe_Oven_Veggie_Fries_HomeMedium (1)

Ingredients

Assorted root veggies, such as parsnips, turnips, carrots, and beets; scrubbed, peeled and cut into ¼ inch sticks
Duck fat, softened
Coarse salt
Finely chopped parsley (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, toss veggie sticks with a few generous drizzles of with a drizzle of duck fat. Make sure each stick is evenly shiny with fat. Season with salt.

3. Spread evenly, in a single layer, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, flipping halfway through baking time. Fries should take about 15-25 minutes.

4. Remove from oven, taste for seasoning and season with salt if needed. Sprinkle with parsley (if using), and serve immediately.

Secret Ingredient: Demi-Glace

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

Demi-glace is one of those things that professional chefs know about and home cooks need to discover. For sauces, there is nothing better. Braising liquid fortified with demi-glace is a miracle. Added to soups, bean dishes and yes, mushroom or vegetable sautés, demi-glace is the secret sauce.

Don’t get caught without demi-glace in the freezer.

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Secret ingredient bonus: pictured is our duck and veal demi-glace. For those more beefy dishes, try our veal demi-glace.

 

Favorite Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

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.

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Thank a Farmer on World Food Day

World Food Day started on October 16, 1979, to celebrate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945.

This year the UN General Assembly designated 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming.”  They are focusing world attention on the role that family farming plays in supporting global agriculture and in eradicating hunger and poverty.

On World Food Day, we join with millions of others to salute family farmers and ranchers for the work they do. They truly are “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.”

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Friends & Family Sale!

Buy whatever you like at dartagnan.com and take 15% off with promo code FRIENDS14 for 3 days … beginning NOW!

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Save on Fall Faves

We are always sad to see summer go, but there is a certain pleasure in the arrival of autumn. It means going back to the kitchen and the comfort food techniques we love: roasting, simmering and braising. It’s time to get cozy and get cooking.

So we’re kicking it off today with 15% off our favorite meats for fall. Stock up and and plan ahead for kitchen victory.  Dust off the slow cooker, and bring on the braise.

Shop and save until Sunday 9/28 – the sale ends at midnight EST.

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Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People of 2014

We are excited to announce that Ariane made the list at number 86 – Fast Company recognized her for “growing while staying rooted.”

It’s a huge honor to be included on this list of innovators and creative geniuses. Ariane has worked for 30 years to make something old – heritage breed animals raised with care  and compassion – something new again.

We are also thrilled to see our friend Chef April Bloomfield make the list. Big congratulations to all the worthies on the 2014 list!

Image from Fast Company

Image from Fast Company

A Customer Appreciation Sale!

We’re having a sale in your honor! It’s our way of showing appreciation for your loyalty. Take 15% off everything and anything at dartagnan.com from April 22 through April 24, 2014.

Just remember to use the promo code THANKS at checkout. Enjoy!

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Be sure to come visit us on Facebook. And maybe even share photos of what you do with D’Artagnan products. We love to see what’s cooking!

Ideas for Edible Holiday Gifts

Edible holiday gifts, made lovingly by hand, are often times the most appreciated. Not only a delightful gesture, rolling up your sleeves and getting messy in the kitchen can be a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a great way to check multiple people off of your gift list in one fell swoop. Here are our picks for delicious holiday gifts using our products.

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1. Duckfat Biscochitos   

A traditional sugar cookie made with lard, biscochitos are a Christmas staple in the American Southwest. But the orange and fennel flavor reminds us more of Southwest France. So we had to create a version that uses our duckfat, bien sur! A duck-shaped cookie cutter gives a little extra D’Artagnan flair.

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2. Foie Gras Butter   

This decadent treat will impress even the most die-hard foodies on your gift list. They don’t have to know how easy it is to make!

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3. Pig Brittle 

Sweet, salty and smoky, this crunchy candy is generously studded with our applewood-smoked bacon and toasted pecans.  Just be warned – not only is Pig Brittle delicious, it’s addicting! Once your recipients taste it, it’ll be requested year after year.

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4. Garlic Confit

A cooking staple in Gascon cooking, garlic confit is the gift that will keep on giving long after the holidays are over. Plump garlic cloves are gently cooked in duckfat until meltingly tender. Kept in the fridge, the confit will keep for up to a year (although it never lasts that long…). Cloves can be added to all kinds of recipes from sauces to braises to roasts.

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5. Rillettes

We are firm believers simple pleasures, our duck rillettes are made with duck, aromatic vegetables, herbs and little else. A small pot of this unctuous, meaty spread makes a wonderful gift, especially when paired with a crusty baguette!

Packaging

Of course an edible D’Artagnan gift should be presented with panache!

Rillettes, Foie Gras Butter and Garlic Confit should be packaged in non-reactive glass or ceramic jars that can be refrigerated, such as Weck Canning Jars or Le Creuset Mini Cocottes. We like tying gift tags on jars with festive red & white bakers string.

Pig Brittle and Duckfat Biscochitos can be left at room temp so the packaging possibilities are endless! Two of our favorite sites for packaging ideas and supplies are Cakegirls and Garnish. Check them out – both shops have a great selection and wonderful blogs full of creative ideas for packaging edibles.