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Happy National Chicken Wing Day!

This holiday presents the perfect excuse to make a batch of “truffalo” wings! This is our take on the classic buffalo wings recipe – but we use black truffle butter in place of plain butter. It’s a small change that makes a huge difference.Truffalo Wings 5

How Do Americans Like Their Chicken Wings?

You will notice that our recipe answers the needs of the 38% that like their wings with hot sauce, and speaks to the 35% who prefer bleu cheese for dipping.

No data exists on how many Americans like them with truffle butter, but our informal survey of everyone who has tried these wings indicates that 100% prefer buffalo wings with truffle butter sauce. So try our wings recipe today!

American Chicken Wings Preferences

How do you like your wings? Let us know on social media – just tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Spicy Interview with Thora of Teeny Tiny Spice Company

Do you like it spicy? So do we! We’ve been using some very tasty spice blends from Teeny Tiny Spice Company when cooking with our favorite D’Artagnan meats. So we wanted to know more about these organic spice blends and the entrepreneurial woman behind them.

These spices are tiny in name only; they pack big flavor!

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Thora Pomicter, founder and spice entrepreneur, answered a few of our questions…

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Win Big in our Spicy Giveaway!

11916097_890403790995674_6317405269947769655_nThis is the season to season! Enter our Spice Up Your Summer Giveaway for a chance to win 5 types of D’Artagnan meats (value: $300+), PLUS 10 tins of organic spice blends from our friends at Teeny Tiny Spice Company (value: $99.50).

Our prize package includes meats that are great for grilling, and ideal for outdoor dinner parties: 2 racks of lamb, 4 NY strip steaks, 4 Berkshire pork chops, 4 packs of organic chicken thighs, and 4 Pekin duck breasts. Plenty to share!

Because the best meats deserve the best spices, the winner will also receive 10 tins of Teeny Tiny Spice Company’s organic spice blends (pictured below): Shepherd Herb Mix, Harissa, Montréal Seasoning, Ethiopian Berberé, Perfection Spice Rub, Szechuan Spice, Jamaican Jerk, Tandoori Masala, Hot Italian Spice and Vindaloo. It’s like traveling the world in your kitchen.

Thora, the owner of Teeny Tiny Spice Company, offered the pairings below, but there is no reason to limit yourself – all the spice blends are delicious and work with any of our meats.

Cooking with D’Artagnan and Teeny Tiny Spices? Be sure to share your results with us on social media! Tag @dartagnanfoods and @teenytinyspice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to show off your culinary creations.

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Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT,  July 31, 2016. One entry per email address. No purchase required. Official rules at dartagnan.com.

What is in that Hummus?

Chestnuts.

In our recipe, these meaty nuts take the place of chickpeas for a richer flavor and creamier texture than traditional hummus. Easy to whip up for a party, a snack, or a summer evening supper when it’s too hot to cook, this chestnut hummus recipe is a keeper.

Imported from France, D’Artagnan chestnuts are fully-cooked, vacuum-sealed and ready-to-eat, which makes them easy to use in recipes.

In Southwest France chestnuts are a favorite ingredient, and have long been used to make cakes and breads. Today many gluten-free bakers are discovering that chestnut pureé and chestnut flour can be used in place of wheat flour.

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Chestnut Hummus Recipe

Our hummus recipe pretty much follows the traditional chickpea version, with the exception of the chestnuts. Liberal use of good olive oil gives hummus dimension, while garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and spices provide tangy flavor notes.

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Ingredients

  • 2 packs of Ready-to-Use Chestnuts
  • 3/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • ¾ -1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup Jean Reno Black Fruity Olive Oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ – 1 tsp chile powder, to taste
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika for topping
  • ½ tsp sumac plus ¼ tsp for topping
  • 1 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Rinse, dry and then finely chop parsley and set aside.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pureé until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, add more water until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Place in a shallow bowl. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle smoked paprika, sumac and chopped parsley in circular patterns before serving. Serve with crudités, pita bread, tortilla chips, or your favorite hummus accompaniment.

Health Nuts

Did you know that chestnuts are packed vitamin C, potassium, copper and magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants, and have high levels of essential fatty acids? More comparable nutritionally to a sweet potato, sweet corn or a plantain than to other nuts and seeds, chestnuts also have folates, like all those leafy greens they keep telling you to eat.

If you make our chestnut hummus recipe, or anything else with D’Artagnan ingredients, be sure to share pictures with us on social media! Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

20-Minute Dinner: Duck Bacon Carbonara

Are you cooking with duck bacon? If not, you are missing out.

The heady smokey flavor of duck bacon pairs well with pasta, especially when dressed with a creamy sauce. Our duck bacon carbonara (recipe below) is rich, indulgent and deeply satisfying – plus it’s done in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.

For a variation, try chopped duck bacon with penne, green peas, sautéed shallots and homemade vodka sauce, or simply tossed with halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and orecchiette for a light, summer supper.

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Duck Bacon Carbonara

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5 Ways to Eat Caviar on National Caviar Day

It’s July 18th, so that means it’s National Caviar Day! Break out the bubbly!

Did you know that D’Artagnan has caviar? Our Ossetra Malossol Caviar is from a state-of-the-art French aqua farm and is raised in an ecologically responsible manner. You can learn about our caviar here.

Read on for our top 5 ways to eat caviar … on National Caviar Day or any day.

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It’s Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day! Bonne fête! Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! 

What is the holiday all about? It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14 during the bloody revolution of 1789 – the one where all the aristocrats lost their heads.

Get the history here – and see how the French celebrate their day of independence.

At D’Artagnan, Bastille Day means pétanque, Pastis and lamb merguez sausage. Read on to see how Ariane celebrates Bastille Day.

A French classic: lamb merguez sausage dressed with mustard

A French classic: lamb merguez sausage dressed with mustard

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Tips for Making Steak Tartare at Home

Steak tartare is a true culinary classic, and a dining experience like no other. It is a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy made from the choicest high-quality beef steak – freshly chopped or minced, highly seasoned and enjoyed raw. The texture and mouth feel is beyond buttery, and the delicate flavor of the beef exquisite, with a balance of savory and spicy notes all smoothed perfectly with the velvet creaminess of freshly hand-made mayonnaise.

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When brought to the table already prepared steak tartare is often crowned with a beautiful golden egg yolk, accompanied by a few ingredients like capers, chopped onions and parsley, and a spicy Dijon mustard allowing you to further mix to your own preference.  Photo: Flickr, Steak Tartare, Mark Mitchell

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Chefs of Betony Come to Visit

We are always happy to have visitors at our Union, NJ office. When Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony in NYC made the trip, along with two chefs from his kitchen, he came bearing gifts.

From left to right: Alex, Pierre, Chef Bryce, Ariane, John, Chef Jack.

The first was an autographed dish for the wall of plates in our dining hall. The message reads: “Dear Ariane, Thank you for being one of our partners in greatness for many years, and for many more to come.  -Bryce and the team at Betony.”

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A dish from the team at Betony that will hang on our wall of plates in the dining hall.

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Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Because today could easily turn into debauchery at a fast food restaurant, we offer you a recipe for Mini Duck-Fat Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles with Sriracha Honey. Let’s keep this holiday classy, folks. Fried chicken is a serious thing; there’s no need to eat it from a bucket. Celebrate responsibly.

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