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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.

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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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 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 pâtémousse 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.

Ariane starts with the whole duck, foie gras and all.

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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 entertaining film The Hundred-Foot Journey to see what restaurants will do to keep their stars. So what do the stars represent?

One star: “A very good restaurant in its category”

Two stars:  “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

Three stars: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

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A Little History of the Guide

The Michelin Guide actually started as a way to sell more tires. By 1900 the tire makers André and Édouard Michelin had been in business for 11 years, primarily making bicycle tires. They were ready for the automobile age, even though they had a very limited audience for their car tires. There were only 3,000 cars in all of France at the time! In order to encourage use, and wear and tear on the tires, the brothers hit on a brilliant idea: write a guide book for hotels and restaurants that would entice motorists to make some road trips.

The original Michelin Guides were free and contained maps, instructions for changing and repairing tires, lists of mechanics, gas stations and other useful information for travelers.

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Aventure Michelin – Clermont-Ferrand – 30/01/2012 – photos Bastien et François BAUDIN / Agence AUSTRAL

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8 Ways to Mix Up Your Grilling Routine

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.

1. Burgers

If you normally grill burgers, try… buffalo burgers. An easy switch! Try our recipe and top your buffalo burger with mushrooms.

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How To Build a Better Cheeseburger

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.

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Cheese, Please!

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.
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Coulommiers cheese. Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GFDL 

Super Frico

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.

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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.

6 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Are you doing brunch for Mother’s Day? Mix up a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or maybe pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly… this brunch is about to get interesting.

If you are cooking at home for the mom in your life (or moms – hey, multi-generational brunch sounds great!), try one of our exclusive recipes. Developed and tested by our expert staff, these recipes include the sweet and the savory, so there’s something for every taste. You could call it the recipe for a memorable Mother’s Day brunch.

1. Dutch Baby Pancake with Candied Bacon

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The Dutch baby is having a moment right now. Part pancake, part custard, part soufflé, and totally delicious, the Dutch baby is simple and fun to make. Which is why it’s the perfect choice for Mother’s Day brunch. Our recipe has candied bacon, because, well … we love bacon. This bacon-rich Dutch baby is what brunch dreams are made of. Best part? It’s ridiculously easy to make and comes together quickly. Mom will be impressed. Read more

Duck Fat 50: Duck Fat Focaccia Bread with Herbs & Sea Salt

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.  Duck bacon and onion jam might work nicely. Or try spreading duck rillettes on top for a duck on duck fat sandwich.

This recipe will make one 14 x 11 inch loaf – which we predict won’t be around for long. It’s just that good.

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Duck Fat Focaccia Bread

Ingredients

2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
1⅔ cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
½ cup Duck Fat, melted, divided use
2 cups bread flour
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, and/or oregano
1½ teaspoons Maldon salt, or Gros Sel

Preparation

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, stir together yeast and warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes until foamy. Add 2 cups bread flour, 2 cups all-purpose flour, ¼ cup duck fat, and coarse salt. Beat until mixture comes together. Switch to dough hook attachment and knead on medium-low speed until dough is smooth and elastic. Finished dough should be just slightly sticky, so add additional flour a little at a time, if needed.

2. Gently round dough into a ball and place in a large bowl that’s been lightly greased with duck fat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm location until double in size, about 1½ hours.
Generously grease a 14 x 11 inch baking pan with duck fat. Press the dough evenly into the pan and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Allow to rise until doubled again, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F with rack in the center.

3. Using the end of a wooden spoon greased with duck fat, press deep indents into the dough at 1” intervals. Brush with remaining duck fat, allowing the fat to pool into indentations. Sprinkle herbs evenly over the dough, then repeat with Maldon salt. Bake until bread is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pan then slice and serve. Wrapped in plastic wrap, focaccia will keep for about 3 days.

How to Assemble a Cheese and Charcuterie Board

When it’s time to plan a party, we always vote for a charcuterie board. This platter of smoked, cured and cooked meats is perfect for a pre-dinner spread, small bites and cocktails, or even for a football viewing party. But we love cheese almost as much as charcuterie, so it seemed natural to pair them and make one big, fantastically tasty platter.

We highly recommend you try this at home. No need to overthink it! Parties are fun – and cheese and charcuterie should be, too. Just read our primer and then get creative with your own pairings. All of the items and flavors work well together, so you can’t go wrong.

We’ve divided the board into 5 stacks, or suites. You can pick one or two columns in our pairing and recreate them for a small board. Or expand your selection as needed for a larger  board.

The nice thing about all this variety is that your guests can mix and match to create new combinations, or nibble on the items they like best. There’s something for everyone here.

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