Food Tank: Interview with Ariane Daguin

Ariane was recently interviewed by Food Tank, a non-profit think tank for food, focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. As a pioneer in creating alternatives to factory farming, Ariane spoke about her background, her quest for the perfect chicken, and what sets D’Artagnan products apart. In my family, we can…

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. The first was an autographed dish for the wall of plates in our dining hall. The message reads: “Dear Ariane, Thank…

Why Let Meat Rest?

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. 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…

The Whole Foie Gras Duck

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…

Seeing Stars: What is the Michelin Guide?

Have you ever wondered about the Michelin Guide and its stars? The Guide (pronounced geed in French) gives out stars from 1 to 3 when it reviews restaurants; this is the most prestigious rating that a restaurant can get. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. See the…

5 Duck Breast Recipes To Try Now

Every recipe has a story and Ariane, the founder of D’Artagnan, is very involved in this one.  Her father, Chef André Daguin, was the first to cook duck breast like a steak, pan-searing and serving it rare. That was back in the 1950s at his restaurant in Southwest France, and the technique caught on. Today it’s…

Duck Fat Focaccia Bread with Herbs & Sea Salt Recipe

Have you baked with duck fat yet? If not, you are missing out on a whole world of flavor. Try our recipe for ridiculously delicious duck fat focaccia bread. Topped with fresh herbs and flaky salt, it’s wonderful on its own, as a soup or salad accompaniment, or as the vehicle for your favorite sandwich fillings….

5 Favorite Charcuterie Recipes

Are you cooking with charcuterie? You might be doing it and not even thinking about it. Bacon and eggs…pizza with sausage or pepperoni…stuffing with sausage. All are examples of using charcuterie in everyday food. Charcuterie – smoked, cured or cooked meat – is showing up everywhere. At D’Artagnan, we’ve been making charctuerie for more than…

Why You Should Eat More Duck Fat

There’s an old saying, “When life gives you ducks, make duck fat.” This liquid gold is the preferred cooking medium at D’Artagnan, as it is in Southwest France. Way back in 1985, when Ariane founded the company, she knew that duck fat was a product that Americans needed. Even if they didn’t know it themselves…

Duck Fat Fried Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Fried chicken is having a moment right now. It’s showing up in sandwiches, on waffles, at food trucks and in high-end restaurants. Nothing is quite so satisfying. Try upping your game with our air-chilled and organic chicken, and using the secret ingredient that brings magic to all it touches: duck fat. An overnight soak in seasoned…

Cooked with Michael Pollan

We’re excited to watch Michael Pollan’s new Netflix series “Cooked,” which is based on his book of the same title. It examines four methods of cooking and how they impacted human society. It’s “a clarion call for a return to the kitchen in order to reclaim lost traditions and restore balance to our lives.” We like the idea…

5 Braise-Worthy Recipes

When it’s cold outside, we crave a good, long braise. So let’s look at some classic recipes for braising, shall we? 1. Rabbit. This Irish recipe by the inimitable Colman Andrews has hard cider in the braising liquid. Which is also really nice for drinking while your rabbit simmers.