We’ll just sit here with a slice of bread slathered in butter … truffle butter, of course … while science proves the point. Again.
Butter is back, and it’s safe to enjoy.
Our grandmothers and their grandmothers knew this simple fact. But it’s nice when a study can back up that old-time common sense.
PLOS One journal has the results of a study that included 600,000 people and concluded that eating butter is not linked to a higher risk for heart disease, and might even be protective against type 2 diabetes. Read that study here: Is Butter Back? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Butter Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Total Mortality
This goes against the longstanding advice to avoid butter because it contains saturated fat.
“This study adds to a growing understanding that saturated fats are not public health enemy number one,” said Dr. David Ludwig, an endocrinologist and a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Check Time for the full story: The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger.
So go ahead, get out the butter knife … and try some of our truffle butter recipes.
Will you be more liberal with butter because of this study? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.
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The New York Times recently reported that Perdue is making changes in how they raise chickens. They will overhaul animal welfare practices, making their plants more humane to give the birds better lives. It’s good to see one of the largest chicken producers in the nation talking about changes, however small they may be.
At D’Artagnan we have been advocates of humane animal husbandry for over 30 years. We have always supported and partnered with small farms that actually raise animals the most humane way, without antibiotics or added hormones, and at a slower pace. We’ve been doing this since day one. In fact, our organic chicken was the first on the market – before the USDA had clear protocols in place for organic labeling.
Check out Eater’s article and interview with Ariane on this subject, excerpted below.
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Ariane Daguin, CEO and founder of D’Artagnan (an organic meat purveyor), says the labels slapped on meat have become diluted over time, largely due to the influence of the meat lobby. “Big factory farmers that say they produce organic chicken today often simply buy ‘organic’ grain from China — which isn’t even organic by U.S. standards. They can also tout that chickens have access to the outside — but it’s usually one little door for 100,000 chickens.”
Daguin says the labels are confusing for consumers and “infuriating” for a company like D’Artagnan, which sells organic products at a higher price point than companies like Perdue. Though D’Artagnan and Perdue products might have similar labels, Daguin says her company holds its processes to a higher standard. “When people read the word ‘organic,’ the perception is that it’s a small family farm and the growers respect the animals,” she says. “I wish I could put, ‘more organic than the other guy’ on my product. Labels don’t necessarily mean the same thing for me and for Mr. Perdue, I guess.”
You may not automatically consider meat and fruit to be perfect flavor companions. But think of classic dishes like lemon-pepper chicken, duck à l’orange, turkey with cranberry sauce, and pork with apples. These familiar meat-and-fruit pairings are just the tip of the culinary iceberg.
Read on to see how fruit can make a magical accompaniment for meat – from game to poultry and everyday favorites like pork. Summer is the right time to pick up seasonal fruit at the farmer’s market and pair it with meat.
French Ham & Pear Crostini with Truffle Honey – recipe at dartagnan.com
Here are some guidelines for creating tasty meat and fruit combinations:
- VENISON: a good match for apples, cherries, raspberries, cranberries, citrus fruits, peaches, pears, raisins, pomegranates, and dates.
- RABBIT: the subtle flavor is enhanced by apples, currants, citrus fruits, plums, and prunes.
- LAMB: stands up to both fresh and dried fruits with bold flavors, like apricots, cranberries, dates, figs, pomegranates, prunes, and raisins.
- CHICKEN: plays well with others, including fruits like apples, apricots, cranberries, currants, grapes, citrus fruits, mangoes, peaches, pears, and raisins.
- SQUAB: often paired with cherries, figs, lemons, pears, and prunes, or fig balsamic vinegar.
- DUCK: made to pair with fruits. Go wild: try blueberries, cherries, cranberries, apricots, currants, dates, figs, citrus fruits, mangoes, peaches, pears, pomegranates, prunes, or grapes.
- PORK: friendly to fruits like apples, cranberries, currants, dried cherries, dried figs, mangoes, quince, plums, pineapple, pears, peaches, and apricots. In summer, try grilling stone fruits like peaches, and serving with grilled pork chops.
- FOIE GRAS: an all-time fruit lover. Its buttery flavor is balanced by all kinds of fruits, like apples, apricots, cherries, cranberries, dried figs, grapes, grapefruit, lemons, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, raisins, and strawberries.
- CHARCUTERIE: cured meats go well with fruit – try pears, apples, grapes, fresh or dried figs, apricots or cherries on your charcuterie board. Wrap jambon de Bayonne around melon in summer for a refreshing snack.
Duck Breasts with Citrus-Honey Sauce – recipe at dartagnan.com
Share your meat and fruit creations with us on social media! Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We love to see what’s cooking.
Let it Rest!
This could be the D’Artagnan motto. Whether it’s a ribeye, skirt steak, duck breast or pork chop, all meat needs to rest after it is cooked.
Buffalo steak recipe at dartagnan.com
Cook the meat on a grill or cast iron skillet until it has reached your preferred level of doneness.
Then be patient and let the meat rest. Ten minutes on a plate, tented with foil in a warm spot does the job. But why is that rest period so darn important? Read more
What is a crêpe? A crêpe is a very thin pancake, which is usually stuffed and folded. Commonly found throughout France, the crêpe is a classic at brunch or breakfast, but can easily serve at lunch or dinner.
Many think of crêpes as being filled with fruit and topped with chocolate sauce or whipped cream. But the best thing about crêpes is that they can be served sweet or savory. You can probably guess that we like ours savory! The combination of fillings for a savory crêpe is endless. Think of anything you would put on a sandwich or a pizza…and read on to see some of our ideas.
Easy Recipe for Crêpes
Before you can fill them, you need to make some crêpes. Here’s the simple recipe.
Basic crêpe batter: Whisk together 2 eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup sifted flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Once the mixture is smooth, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This allows the batter to thicken, which is an important step in crêpe making.
Once the batter has rested, it’s time to cook the crêpes. Heat a small non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Brush a little melted butter over the surface of the pan. Pour a small amount of batter (about 1 ounce) in the center of the pan. Quickly lift the pan and swirl to allow the batter to spread out into a circle. Cook until the edges of the crêpe look dry, about 45 seconds to a minute. Gently flip the crêpe over and cook for another 30 seconds, or until done.
The crêpe will be dry, yet pliable, but will not take on any golden brown color. Transfer to a plate and continue with the rest of the batter. Stack up the crêpes as you make them. The batter will make a number of crêpes, so it’s okay to consider the first few crêpes as practice (and samples for tasting).
Savory Fillings for Crêpes
Anything goes as a filling for a savory crêpe, so make your own delicious combinations. Here are a few crêpe ideas to get you going:
- Try a breakfast crêpe filled with crispy bacon, shredded white cheddar cheese, and either scrambled eggs or a fried egg.
- Fill a crêpe with long strands of thin prosciutto, blanched or steamed asparagus, and crumbled goat cheese.
- Make a simple béchamel (white sauce) and stir in sautéed organic mushrooms. Place inside a crêpe along with leftover shredded poultry (e.g., chicken, turkey, or quail).
- For the flavors of a classic ham and cheese sandwich, layer slices of ham, Gruyere, and a thin spread of Dijon mustard.
- Add crisped pancetta, braised rabbit, and some fresh rosemary inside of a crêpe for a remarkable combination.
- Fold a crêpe around duck confit (or duck rillettes) and sweet caramelized onions for an elegant lunch.
- Create a hearty crêpe with leftover braised lamb and herb-marinated tomatoes.
Ariane was honored to be a guest lecturer at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC last week. Ariane is committed to educating and supporting the next generation of chefs, and she enjoys going to culinary schools to share her experience and wisdom. This time she demonstrated breaking down a whole duck – with the foie gras inside – and talked about the uses for each part.
The beak-to-tail philosophy means that we eat the whole duck, and waste nothing. From duck breast to duck leg confit, duck pâté, mousse and duck fat … we enjoy every tasty bit. The liver may be the big prize, but every part is valued. Even the bones are used to make demi-glace.
Ariane starts with the whole duck, foie gras and all.
Tired of the same old, same old when it comes to chicken? You are not alone! Americans consume 90 pounds of chicken per capita each year, and we suspect that much of that is chicken breasts.
How to jazz up your chicken dinner? Start with quality chicken, choose whole chicken or different cuts (sorry, boneless skinless chicken breast!), and try one of these recipes.
1. Black Truffle Butter Buffalo Wings
Oh, yes we did. Take a classic dish with lots of hot sauce and add the miracle of black truffle butter, and you get our “truffalo” chicken wings recipe. Don’t relegate chicken wings to game day – they make a perfectly good meal anytime of the year.
Love a good steak? We know the feeling. And in order to meet your steak expectations, we just added new cuts to our website. Until recently, these were only offered to our chef clients, so it’s a good day for the home cook.
Did we mention that these are fresh steaks – not frozen? That is pretty unusual in the world wide web of steaks.
Grass-Fed Filet Mignon AKA The Barrel Cut
Eight ounces of tender beef, barrel cut from the meatiest part of the tenderloin. That’s why we only get 3 filets from every tenderloin.
Two inches thick and ready for a hot pan. But don’t cook it too long; this steak is better on the rare side. Available fresh, individually sealed, in packs of 10. Your grass-fed steak dreams come true.
New York Strip Steak AKA Kansas City Steak
Enter the controversy: NYC vs. Kansas City. There is only one winner, and it’s you, with 16 ounces of tender and marbled steak. Available fresh, in packs of 10, and perfect for the busy summer grilling season.
NY Strip Steak, Bone-In
Bored with the same old stuff on the grill? Mix up your grilling routine and try some of our protein alternatives to shake things up! Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your grill game and try new things.
If you normally grill burgers, try… buffalo burgers. An easy switch! Try our recipe and top your buffalo burger with mushrooms.
Burgers. We all love ’em, right? And with the summer season underway, we can expect to eat a lot of hamburgers.
While there’s something to be said for sticking with the classics, sometimes you feel like shaking up the burger routine. Go ahead – get adventurous! The burger makes an excellent blank canvas (try a buffalo burger for the patty). Here are some ideas for using cheese to take the great American burger from humble to haute.
Getting tired of that same old slice? Try using cheeses with a little panache.
- English Stilton or Roquefort add a tangy kick.
- Fontina, havarti and gouda are buttery, smooth and melt beautifully on burgers.
- Craving creamy? A thick slice of pungent Taleggio, Coulommiers or triple-cream Brillat-Savarin should do the trick.
- Creamy burrata is mild, milky and decadent on a burger.
- Herbed chèvre adds a tart pop of flavor and pairs will with bitter greens like arugula.
- Add crunch with a cheese crisp, or frico – Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mimolette, and manchego are all good cheeses for making frico.
Coulommiers cheese. Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GFDL
How to make a frico crisp: sprinkle ¼ cup of finely shredded cheese in a circle shape (the same diameter of your hamburger bun) on a non-stick baking sheet, and bake in a 375 degree F oven until the cheese melts and begins to turn golden. Let it cool and firm up for a few minutes before using. Crunch, crunch!
Make This Burger Now!
Try our recipe for wagyu and veal sliders with burrata cheese … lots of basil and a creamy aioli add flavor. This could be summer’s biggest burger hit.
Caprese burger sliders with wagyu beef, veal and burrata cheese
Shop dartagnan.com for wagyu beef, pasture-raised beef, and buffalo for your burgers this season. And check our burger recipes for more inspiration.
If you make the perfect burger be sure to share it with us on social media. Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.