Raising a Stink Over Ramps

The ramp is a wild onion native to North America, and is sometimes called spring onion, wild leek or wild garlic. It is known by the Latin name Allium tricoccum.  Long appreciated by country folk and eaten as a spring tonic, the ramp has in recent years taken on a mantle of cult status among…

New Arrival: Slab Bacon

Looking for a new level of bacon obsession? Try our slab bacon. This was a cut we reserved for chefs, but we’ve had many requests from home cooks. So here it is at last: the largest hunk of bacon you’ve ever had in your kitchen. What’s the big fuss? What is slab bacon anyway? Slab bacon is…

Meet the Mushrooms: Morels

We have expanded our mushroom offerings at dartagnan.com to include some of our chef favorites. While organic cultivated mushrooms make up the majority of our catalog, we also offer wild-foraged mushrooms in season. These fresh mushrooms are sure to find their way into many of your cooking adventures. Morel Mushrooms Morel is the common name for Morchella…

It Only Happens Once a Year!

After the cold, grey months of winter, we love to see the seasonal greens appear once again. This is the time for fiddlehead ferns and ramps. The sudden arrival of crates of fresh, green things in our warehouse is one of the pleasures of early spring. There is only a brief moment when fiddleheads, or fiddlehead fern…

New Arrival: A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef Striploin

Our Japanese Wagyu A5 Ribeye has been a hit at dartagnan.com. And now it has a friend: Japanese Wagyu A5 Boneless Striploin. It’s eleven pounds of pure beef fantasy, the stuff of legend, with marbling like you’ve never seen. A5 Wagyu beef is the real thing: exceedingly hard-to-find Wagyu beef from Japan. Just like our ribeye,…

The Power of Pasta: 7 Recipes

There is no denying the allure of pasta. With seemingly infinite shapes and sizes, there is pasta for every need. From the homemade to the store-bought, pasta is always welcome at the table, no matter what the season. When we cook pasta, we like to play with ingredients like duck bacon and foie gras, truffles…

Rabbit: The Other White Meat

The big question: why don’t Americans eat more rabbit? Is it because they are cute and fuzzy? Or because some people keep them as pets? In fact, we are eating more rabbit now than at any other time since World War II. But that’s still not a lot, compared to European countries, and it’s a…

For the Love of Waffles

Waffles seem to be everywhere these days. They are trending in a big way, from food trucks to fine dining. And they’ve earned a spot in culinary history. Who made the first waffles?  The ancient Greeks cooked cakes between two hot metal plates and served them savory, which is how we like waffles, too. Though…

Kitchen Skills: Get the Maillard Reaction

Maillard (my-YAR) reaction is a culinary term for something you have no doubt been enjoying your whole life.  The dictionary defines it as, “a nonenzymatic reaction between sugars and proteins that occurs upon heating and that produces browning of some foods (as meat and bread).”  And we all know that’s where the flavor is. When…

7 Mediterranean Dishes You Will Love

The flavors of the Mediterranean include olives and olive oil, lamb, meat stews, and of course, bread and wine. It’s a wide geographical area that includes a variety of cultures with pretty distinct cuisines. Italy, Greece, Southern France, North Africa, Spain, the Levant … all can be included in the Mediterranean basket, but they produce…

Quail is the New Chicken

In recent years the noble chicken has been making more backyard appearances, as the interest in well-raised food grows. With websites full of how-to advice, including the inspirational 2,500+ photos of coops at Backyard Chickens, it has never been easier to become an urban farmer and eat fresh eggs for breakfast. But there is a…

New Arrival: Porterhouse Lamb Chops

For fans of lamb, these are the ultimate lamb chops. They are the most tender chop on a lamb, and come thickly cut and bone in. How thick? A good 2 inches of pure lamb flavor. Hefty, tender and oh, so grillable, this new lamb chop is going to change your dinner plans. The Porterhouse…