In the Kitchen with Ariane: Cassoulet

Cassoulet season has officially begun! With cold weather comes the irresistible urge to  enjoy a hot bowl of this ultimate comfort food. Watch Ariane making cassoulet with Jake Cohen at the Tasting Table kitchen, and learn the principles (and rules) of cooking this classic dish. Once you understand the basics, it’s easy to improvise and create…

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

On New Year’s Eve you may find yourself with a bottle of champagne in hand and all eyes on you. Do you know the right way to open a bottle of champagne? Do a little homework with these helpful videos. You can look like a pro (don’t shake it!) and keep more of the champagne…

The Charcuterie Board: An Instant Party

Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for any smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat. This category includes favorites like bacon, ham, pâté and sausages. More esoteric items like terrines, rillettes, galantines and duck confit are also considered charcuterie. Although this is not a uniquely French culinary tradition – every culture has methods for preserving meat –…

Favorite Charcuterie? The Winner Is …

Our staff was recently polled about their favorite charcuterie … and the overwhelming majority voted for duck rillettes (pronounced ree-yet). What it is about duck rillettes that has everyone craving them? We will let staffer Adeline answer that: They’re meaty and satisfying, but not too heavy. They’re a crowd-pleaser and a unique addition to a platter,…

Save the Turkey Bones!

Surely you are making turkey stock with the bones left after your Thanksgiving feast? If not, read on for a few compelling reasons to do so. Seven Reasons to Make Turkey Stock Bone stock is packed with gelatin which supports skin, hair, joint health and many processes in the body. It has lots of minerals,…

You Can Put Stock in This

There’s stock and then there’s brown stock…which makes a wonderful, hearty base for thick, dark gravy. And this time of year, with turkey and mashed potatoes on the holiday menu, that’s music to the ears. Read on for the simple techniques that will make your gravy the best ever. You could say it’s the secret…

Spatchcocking & Roasting a Turkey

If a grand entrance with a turkey straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting is not part of your Thanksgiving ritual, you can cut cooking time substantially by butterflying the bird. This is an especially good method if you prefer to bring platters of carved meat to the table, or are setting a buffet. Spatchcocking, or…

Roasted Capon for the Holidays

Capon: the super chicken. A capon is a rooster that is gelded at a young age, and raised until it’s between 8 and 12 pounds. With its large size and broad breast, capon makes the perfect holiday bird; in fact it’s quite common to find roasted capon at the Christmas table in both France and…

Grilled Turkey for Thanksgiving

If have the good fortune of a temperate climate, or are intrepid and adventurous enough to brave the elements, grilling can be much more than just a novel way to prepare your holiday bird. Grilling aficionados will tell you “Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor!” and grilling one of our turkeys is no exception. For this…

Stuffing vs. Dressing

Whether a stuffing is a dressing, or vice versa, is as much about semantics as whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird. Some people will tell you that it’s called stuffing when cooked inside the bird, and dressing when cooked separately. And in the south, they call both versions dressing. They are really…

Cooking with Dried Mushrooms

For spur-of-the-moment meals, or when your favorite fungi are out of season, there is nothing handier than a supply of dried mushrooms in the cupboard. We think of dried mushrooms as an extension of the spice cabinet—in other words, a kitchen essential. Our dried mushroom collection features five types of wild mushrooms – porcini, chanterelle, morel,…

Roast Chicken: A Week of Meals

Roasting a chicken might seem daunting, but it is actually quite simple. It makes a crowd-pleasing meal that fills your house with delicious aromas. And the best part: the possibilities for leftovers are endless. Start with our Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe and read on for leftover ideas. Eating the Leftovers The uses for the leftover chicken…