Poutine: The New Nachos?

Are you a poutine eater? If you’re from Canada, you almost certainly are. But poutine is spreading across the States, one plate at a time. What is poutine? Poutine is simply french fries, served with melting cheese curds and gravy on top. It’s a fast food favorite, and we compared it to disco fries (a diner…

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…

You’ll Never Believe What’s in These Vending Machines

Now trending: meat at your fingertips. Simply insert your credit card into one of these vending machines and receive the butcher’s bounty. Vending machines are associated with junk foods and a hint of desperation, but all that could change with this idea. In Paris, just outside of a Basque butcher shop, you can buy their…

The Gentle Art of Getting Ketchup Out of a Bottle

While the rest of us go about our lives, scientists have been hard at work answering important questions about ketchup. We have all experienced the frustration of thick ketchup stuck in a bottle, and also the opposite effect: the ketchup explosion. But there is an elite group of ketchup consumers – Heinz says it’s only 11%…

The Power of the Potato

You could say that the potato changed the world … and Smithsonian made a case for that in this detailed history of the root vegetable. The potato is native to the Americas, and was domesticated in Peru 7,000–10,000 years ago. Eventually the Spanish brought the curious tuber back to Europe after conquering the New World in the 1500s….

Signs of Spring: Ramps

We are sure that spring is here when the ramps arrive. We’ve had them for a little while now, in limited quantities, and they have been selling out quickly to our chef clients. These fragrant wild leeks are the hottest thing on spring menus. Among the very first green to appear in the dead woods,…

Victory! CA Foie Gras Ban Lifted!

A judge today ruled that the ban on foie gras in California goes too far. And so the ban is lifted! It’s now legal to enjoy foie gras again! To celebrate we are offering 20% off all foie gras at dartagnan.com. Break out the Champagne and the Sauternes, because it’s going to be a wild party.

Celebrate National Cassoulet Day

We’ve always celebrated cassoulet. Sometimes in October, sometimes in January. Last year we even had a Cassoulet War in February, with chefs competing against each other for trophies!  To us, winter is cassoulet season. Or at least it’s an excuse to eat lots of cassoulet. That’s why we are so excited about National Cassoulet Day….

Pardon My Foie Gras: Between the Covers

Pardon My Foie Gras was written by the prolific cookbook author Ruth Chier Rosen, and published in 1956. You can see her astounding collection of vintage cookbooks that span decades and cuisines at her blog Food of the Fifties. She even has an app! Though a far cry from the comprehensive volumes Julia Child penned on French…

Ariane Debunks the Foie Gras Myths

Ariane has been preaching the gospel of foie gras since the earliest days of D’Artagnan. She started the company to sell the first fresh foie gras raised in the United States. Today she is the leading expert on the subject. Erin Mosbaugh at the blog First We Feast interviewed her on the controversial topic, visited…

Spread the Love! Our Truffle Butter & Iman

We already knew the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten uses our white truffle butter in her tagliaterre recipe and recommends it on TV and in her books. Thank you, Ina! But we were surprised to learn that supermodel Iman loves it too! It is listed in the March issue of Elle Decor as one of the 12…

The Taste is Back on TV

We will be watching the new season of The Taste on ABC tonight at 8 PM EST.  Not only because our chef friends are on the show, but some of our products might make an appearance as well <wink, wink>. You can take a sneak peak on the ABC website here.  Tune in tonight and…