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Game Day Eats: Top 5 Mains for Super Sunday

Looking for game day menu ideas? A cold afternoon in February seems like the perfect time for warming, hearty dishes and you can score a touchdown with our game day recipes. Plus you can save 15% right now on both our Game Day and Charcuterie collections.

Top 5 Main Dishes for Super Sunday

1. Cassoulet is nothing but French chili – granted, it has a lot of incredible cured meats and the heirloom Tarbais beans. It’s what chili dreams of becoming. Essentially it’s a hearty one-pot meal that is best enjoyed with lots of red wine.

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2. Korean-style buffalo steak.  You can sear the steak in a grill pan if it’s too cold to cook outside. Or you could wear a coat. Either way, this smoky and sweet steak is a winner.

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3. Ribs. Is there anything so wonderful? These coffee-rubbed ribs are simple to make and will please everyone at the game. Baby back ribs are best on the grill, though we have enjoyed oven-braised ribs from first bite to the last lick of the bone.

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4. Big juicy meatballs can be messy (watch the sauce!) but are always welcome. This recipe can be enjoyed over pasta, but is perfectly delicious on its own, with a hunk of good bread to sop up the sauce. frankies-meatballs-recipe

5. Slow-cooked wild boar shoulder. Eat it on mashed potatoes, pasta or in a sandwich. This is the beginning of something delicious, saucy and oh, so tender.

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6. How could we resist? It’s not really a main course, but it could be if you eat enough of it. This black truffle mac and cheese recipe makes an everyday food downright elegant. So fancy up your game-viewing party with a big batch of this creamy goodness.

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Look for our next game day post on chicken wings. You know they are required feeding.

Game Day Eats: Top 5 Snacks Foods for Super Sunday

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Top 5 Snacks Foods for Super Sunday

1. Super pigs in a blanket. Because our 1 lb. French-style pork and garlic sausage makes enough for everyone to enjoy a bite. Try it with Dijon mustard spread on each slice.

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2. Chorizo bites are gooey and cheesy and are studded with spicy chorizo sausage. What more could you ask for… besides seconds?

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3. Dip. What party is complete without it? Our creamy recipe gets a wallop of umami from mushrooms. And the bacon doesn’t hurt, either.

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4. If it’s umami you are after, look no further than our game sausage stuffed mushrooms.

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5. We like a sweet ending, too. But when dessert has a little bacon on top, now you’ve got our attention.  Try it yourself – these maple bacon doughnuts are a revelation.

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Stay tuned for our next post on drool-worthy sandwiches for your game day party.

Introducing D’Artagnan Homestyle

Welcome to D’Artagnan Homestyle, where it’s all about YOU.

You, the kitchen heroes that toil over the hot stove and butcher’s block to create meals using our products. We want to know what’s cooking at your house.

And this is where we will share your photos and recipes, tips and experiences. Well, here and all over social media.

Just post your food pics on Facebook, TwitterInstagram or Pinterest and use our handle @DArtagnanFoods and the hashtag #HomeStyle.

Or email us through the “contact us” form right here on the blog.

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What’s in it for you? Well, we may just have some tasty rewards for the cooks who get the most likes, shares, or retweets. Winning the everlasting respect and admiration of the internet is just a bonus.

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So get cooking – and don’t forget to take photos! Thanks for sharing your meals with us…

A Cassoulet Giveaway

January 9th is National Cassoulet Day, celebrated by all who are devoted to this  hearty dish of slow-cooked beans and cured meats. In honor of the occasion, we are giving away 2 cassoulet recipe kits with our friends Languedoc Wines. Because everyone knows that cassoulet and red wine were made for each other. And the only thing better than cassoulet is FREE cassoulet. So head over to the site and enter for your chance to win (there’s also a great discount on cassoulet offered when you enter).

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In our kit you will find 3 pounds of Haricot Tarbais, the heirloom beans typically used for cassoulet in Southwest France. Duck leg confit, that miracle of preserved duck, features prominently in our recipe.  Two types of sausage and preserved pork belly called ventrèche are the other cured meats  in our version of this classic dish. All of this – and a little duck fat and demi-glace – will feed 12 people (more or less, depending on appetites). So get a party together and start planning for cassoulet victory!

For a bit of cassoulet inspiration watch our video of Ariane making cassoulet with Chef Pierre Landet. Anyone can make cassoulet – there’s no reason to be intimidated. Check our recipe to see how simple it is. And good luck in the giveaway.

New Steak Gift Sets

Just in time for the gift-giving season, here are three new ways to share your love of steak. Each collection is offered at a special price for the holiday season. Click through the links to get more details.

Our marbled and flavorful beef comes from cattle raised exclusively for us by a cooperative of ranchers committed to strict protocols of humane animal husbandry. No antibiotics, hormones or steroids are ever used, which means the cattle take a little longer to come to market, but that’s fine with us. A stress-free lifestyle produces tasty results.

The Triple Play – 4 Boneless Ribeye Steaks. 4 NY Strip Steaks. 4 Filets Mignons. That’s 12 pieces of extraordinary steak that you can enjoy at home, share at a dinner party, or give as a gift to some lucky carnivore.

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Then there is the Filet Mignon Special – for those special occasion dinners – with 8 tender petite steaks.

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For those with a fondness for the ribeye steak, meet the Ribeye Lover’s Collection.  With 4 each of our boneless and bone-in ribeye steaks, the only question is: what will you do with 8 juicy ribeyes steaks?

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Introducing a New Pork Chop

There’s a new cut of pork in town.

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What the New York strip steak is to beef, this chop is to pork. And that’s why we call it a NY strip chop. This uncommon Berkshire pork chop is cut from the short loin and offers all the flavor and texture of heritage pork.

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In other words, this is not a pale “other white meat” situation. Berkshire pork is known for its richness, dark color and mind-blowing porky flavor. You’ll find all that here. This chop has plentiful marbling, heft and tenderness going for it. All the things you look for in pork.

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These meaty pork chops weigh in at 12 ounces each, on average.  And there is a little bit of bone left in. We love cooking meat on the bone – it always has more flavor. They are offered in a four pack –  two packs of  two chops  – because what would you do with just one?

Easy to cook (and even easier to eat) this new chop will quickly become a favorite at the grill or stovetop. If you love pork chops (and who doesn’t?), then give this New York strip chop a try.

About Our Berkshire Pork

Our mission is to find farmers that share our vision of a more humane and sustainable way of rearing livestock. We respect our place in the food chain, and see farmers as true stewards of the land and environment. This is why we build real relationships with our farmers, and work only with those who respect nature and focus on the best animal welfare practices.

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Our Berkshire hogs are happy hogs, raised by a cooperative of small farms in Missouri at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. This group of about a dozen family farms raises Berkshire and cross breeds, which we refer to simply as “heritage.”

The hogs are fed on pasture, with access to water and supplemental grain consisting of corn, soybeans and rolled oats. No pesticides, animal by-products or fishmeal are allowed. The majority of the farms are sustainable “circle farms” that grow and grind their own feed for the pigs. Families of pigs are left together, to forage and frolic outdoors in pasture land. The indoor spaces offer at least 15 square feet of space per animal, and sows are never put in gestation crates.

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A happy hog enjoying some forage.

The cooperative is strict about banning the use of antibiotics and hormones on each farm and limiting the number of hogs the farms raise. They seek to add another farmer to the cooperative before they add more pigs to any one farm, making the process more humane for all concerned. They are paid a premium for their humanely-raised pork, making the small family farm a profitable business, and proving that there might be a future in the old breeds after all.

 

Time to Pre-Order Your Turkey!

Every year we get a limited number of turkeys. It’s just part of doing business with small farms. That’s why we encourage you to pre-order soon, to ensure best selection. We say pre-order because we won’t start shipping until just before Thanksgiving – on Friday Nov. 20th to be precise.

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We offer organic turkeys in a wide range of sizes. This organic bird has been described as the “best turkey ever” by many of our customers. Once you go organic, you can never go back to commodity turkey again. You can learn more about these turkeys and pre-order here.

A very fine bird is the heritage turkey. This one is not available in large sizes, because the old breeds just can’t grow that big.  Heritage breed turkeys have deeper flavor and darker meat; they taste like turkey used to. And if you are feeding a crowd that likes white breast meat,  you may want  to supplement with a turkey breast. The heritage breeds just don’t boast as large a breast as the modern broad-breasted white turkeys. Please note that we have even fewer of these rare birds. Learn more about how they are raised and reserve yours today.

And for the adventurous eater, we offer wild turkey.  These are turkeys in their natural state – the largest size is only ten pounds. They do not feature a prominent breast. It will be a very authentic Thanksgiving with one of these birds on the table.

For those who don’t want turkey at all, we also offer capons and geese. These birds are more traditional in Europe and are ideal for smaller groups.

Questions?

Read our guide on roasting your big bird for the holiday.

Check our recipes for the holiday table.

 

 

Enter Our Giveaway!

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Enter to Win a $500 D’Artagnan Online Shopping Spree!

One winner selected Monday, December 7, 2015
One winner selected Tuesday, December 22, 2015

To enter the giveaway (powered by Rafflecopter), click here and follow the instructions. Get extra entries for sharing on Facebook and Twitter!

 

*The D’Artagnan 2015 Holiday Giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Valid entries must be submitted between 00:00:01am EST November 5, 2015 and 11:59:59pm EST December 21, 2015. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, RHODE ISLAND & WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sponsored by D’Artagnan, LLC, 600 Green Lane, Union, NJ 07083. See official rules for full details. View our privacy policy.

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet has been coming out of the cave and into the mainstream over the past few years. This return to pre-agricultural eating has its detractors and supporters, like any dietary trend. But in a world where people seem to be eating themselves to death with processed foods, the Paleo Diet encourages a return to real foods that our primal ancestors would have eaten. If it’s a trend, it’s the oldest one around.

Dr. Loren Cordain, Phd., who is the founder of the Paleolithic movement, and in fact coined the term “Paleo Diet,” explains the simple premise of the Paleo lifestyle.

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At the most basic, a Paleo lifestyle returns us to our ancestral diet – what we would have hunted and gathered: meats, fish, greens, fruits, seeds and nuts. It’s an unusual diet in that it bucks many established verities, such as the dangers of saturated fats and the desirability of grains. Humans in the Paleolithic era would not have counted calories, or found any low-fat, processed diet foods in the store. Intent on survival, they would have eaten all the saturated fats and nutrient-dense foods they could get their hands on.

The modern-day followersof Paleo do the same. They revel in eating pastured pork and poultry, grass-fed beef and grass-fed lamb (because animals wouldn’t have eaten grains either), game meats and game birds and offal. These proteins are balanced with natural fats, vegetables and small amounts of fruit and nuts.Paleo Meat Strip

So what does the diet eliminate? Noticeably absent are all grains and legumes, which came along later in our evolution, during the agricultural age over the past 10,000 years. Grains and legumes are understood to be harmful, because we have not yet evolved to digest them and absorb the nutrients in foods introduced during the agricultural era of human history.

The Paleo Diet also eliminates dairy and refined sugar, as well as hydrogenated vegetable oils like canola, margarine and soybean oil. All of these are either late additions to the human diet, or processed replacements for products from nature, such as animal fats and olive, coconut or avocado oils.

The Paleo Diet is not an attempt to accurately reenact the diet of cavemen, or return modern people to the Stone Age. Instead, it is a return to simple, unprocessed foods, made at home with real ingredients. The followers of Paleo Diet feel that many chronic health issues are the result of the modern diet, which relies heavily on many of the processed items listed above.

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A basic Paleo plan encourages people to exercise moderately, sleep deeply and in sync with the setting sun, following natural Circadian rhythms, and to eliminate external stress. This Paleo Diet 101 from Paleo Leap is a good place to start with the essentials.

It may well be an effort to follow this kind of eating plan in the modern world. But when you look at the ingredients of the packaged food in most stores and realize how far from a natural diet we have come, perhaps a return to simpler times makes sense. Many people are reporting health benefits, such as weight loss, improved immune function and increased energy on the Paleo plan.

And if you think a Paleo approach means you will be eating dull meals, take a look at Simply That Paleo Guy’s blog for meaty inspiration, like this photo, encouragement and dietary guidelines.

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While not all D’Artagnan products fit the Paleo plan, many of them are perfect for those exploring this primal dietary path. From wild boar and venison to game sausage made without dairy, additives or preservatives, we have plenty of premium protein – the cornerstone of a good Paleo diet.

Fiery Goa Pork Vindaloo

Cherie Scott 2Welcome guest blogger Cherie Scott, who made the improbable journey from her birth place in India to a small town in Maine (with stops in Vancouver and New York City), where she now writes her aptly-named blog Mumbai to Maine. There she reconnects with her Indian-Portuguese roots through family recipes and nostalgic anecdotes – it’s a culinary journey across cultures and the Atlantic.

I was only 6 when I tried my first pork vindaloo. I will never forget that first bite: the tart but tender pork made my mouth pucker as my eyes widened in pleasant surprise. It was truly the first culinary roller coaster ride in my mouth. I had to have more!

As a little girl, I thought of vindaloo as a grown-up dish. The flavors were intense. I never questioned what went in it to make it so delicious. I just ate multiple helpings of it as my mother recalls. But over the years, I’ve developed a curiosity about its origins and what gave this signature Indo-Portuguese dish a special spot in my mother’s culinary repertoire.

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