Grilling Steaks: Basic Tips & Recipes

Memorial Day is called the unofficial start of the outdoor cooking season, and it’s a sure indication that things will be getting smoky. There’s a whole summer of grilled everything to look forward to… The steak is a classic choice for grilling, and one of our favorites. We have many kinds of steak to choose…

Simple Rabbit Recipes You Need to Try

Confit, or not confit?  That is the question … but also, what is confit, anyway? Confit refers to the process of slow cooking and storing food in fat, and comes from a French word that means “preserved.” In the confit method, meats are cooked in fat (best choice is duck fat) for a long time…

The Alt Burger: 5 Non-Beef Burger Ideas

At D’Artagnan we always look to shake things up in the protein department. Make no mistake, we adore a Wagyu beef burger any time of the day, month or year. But equally tempting are alternatives like buffalo, lamb and turkey. Burgers have come a long way since the original ground-beef patty graced the inside of…

Another Reason to Eat BBQ!

Who loves barbecue? We do! May is National Barbecue Month … and the kickoff to a summer season of delicious BBQ meats. We cannot get enough of smoky, tender, fall-apart BBQ. And this May, we intend to celebrate in style. You are certainly aware that there is a difference between barbecue and grilling. If not,…

Feeding Frenzy: Lunch for Little Foodies

As nearly all store shelves are teeming with cleverly-marketed, highly-processed “foods,” and media-savvy children are bombarded from all angles with ads for sugar-coated-what-nots, it’s more important than ever to teach the next generation to make real food a priority. Most parents will agree that children can be pretty tough food critics. Preparing school lunches becomes…

He’s Crusty & Cheesy, But You Will Love Croque Monsieur

 “America is a confirmed sandwich nation. Everywhere you go you find sandwich stands, sandwich shops, and nine out of ten people seem to stick to the sandwich-and-glass-of-milk or cup-of-coffee luncheon.” –  James Beard Let’s talk about Croque Monsieur, essentially a grilled cheese sandwich with the addition of ham, and a very French name. Oh, and…

The Gorgeous, Gooey Gratin

If words like “creamy,” “cheesy,” “crunchy,” and “bubbly” make your mouth water, than you are most likely a gratin lover. Simply put, a “gratin” is any food with a golden brown crust on top, usually involving cheese and breadcrumbs.  The word comes from the French, gratter, “to grate.” This is serious comfort food. Read our…

Duck Wing Cravings

Florence Fabricant is all about duck wings! In today’s New York Times she dishes about her obsession, and shares tips from our friend Chef Justin Smillie, who has perfected the duck wing at Upland in NYC (yes, those are D’Artagnan duck wings). With chicken, I covet the wings. With duck, not really; they tend to be…

How to Cook Your Easter Ham

Looking for tips on making your Easter ham? Read on for ham recipes and simple tips to achieve a glorious holiday ham. Heritage-Breed Smoked Ham Our fully-cooked and ready-to-heat ham is handcrafted from antibiotic-free, heritage-breed pork, smoked over real applewood and seasoned with just the right touch of brown sugar and salt. Since it’s already…

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…

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…