Meet the Mushroom: Black Trumpet

This is a mushroom that goes by many names: black chanterelle, black trumpet, horn of plenty, poor man’s truffle. In Latin it is Craterellus cornucopioide. Without a separated stem and cap, the mushroom looks like an elongated funnel. The aromatic, thin-walled and delicate fungi range in color from grayish brown to almost black. Beautiful velvety…

Vintage Views: Toy Butcher Shops

Once upon a time there was a child with an elaborate butcher shop instead of a dollhouse, accurate to every detail including primal cuts on tiny hooks, butchers with aprons and cleavers, and even sawdust and blood on the floor. The other children would come to play … and order lamb chops, a smoked ham…

Team USA Wins Bocuse d’Or!

For the first time in 30 years of stiff culinary competition, Team USA has won the gold medal at the Bocuse d’Or!  Congratulations to every member of the team! The New York Times reported the win. Social media went wild, and Ariane was in Lyon to support Team USA. In fact, D’Artagnan has supported the…

Cassoulet War for Home Cooks!

Our Cassoulet War is coming home! For those who cannot make it to the New York event on February 20th, there is another way to get in on the action. Now you can participate in your own kitchen, and feel the love on social media. How does it work? Cook and share your best cassoulet…

That’s A Lot of Chicken!

Find out what a day in the life of a chef looks like in this Wall Street Journal article, which follows Chef Andrew Carmellini, a long-time friend and client of D’Artagnan, through a busy day. Carmellini is at the center of a growing restaurant empire, as the Wall Street Journal explains. Look for his next restaurant…

Stop the World & Melt Some Cheese

It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day today! And we love cheese, don’t you? We love cheese with charcuterie. See our pairings below in this blog post.   We love it creamy and blue on a steak. Click for the recipe.   We love cheddar cheese baked in bread. If you do, too … here’s the recipe. Bacon…

International House of Comfort Food

Comfort food encompasses more than just traditional American favorites like mashed potatoes. The basic tenets of comfort food have been embraced by cuisines from around the world, including Italy, France, Morocco, and Japan. The only requirements are that the flavors are familiar and the food fills you up like a hug from mom. The following categories…

Top 7 Recipes in a Roll

What is it about food in a roll? Sushi rolls, so many wraps, burritos, rolled and tied roasts, egg rolls, enchiladas, spring rolls and summer rolls, crepes, dolmades … to name just a few. And think of the sweet rolls, too: cannoli, cake rolls, cinnamon buns, even the croissant is rolled. What are your favorite…

Waiter, There’s Bacon in My Drink

The bacon martini, bacon bloody mary, bacon old fashioned … bacon has been showing up in cocktails for a while now. It seems that fat washing liquor with bacon mellows it a bit, creating a different mouth feel, as well as sustained flavor notes. A crispy slice of bacon makes the perfect salty and smoky…

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…

Classic Dish: Beef Wellington

The classics sometimes get a bad name, associated with stuffy old restaurants that are no longer stylish, or even in existence. But there are reasons that these recipes became classics. In this series we will share some of those stories, and our versions of the recipes so that you can rediscover these dishes at home….

Views of the Butcher’s Chapel

In the old butchers’ district of Limoges, France, there stands a little chapel that is dedicated to the patron saint of butchers. Chapelle Saint-Aurélien was built in the 1470s and was eventually acquired by the guild of butchers, which became the Confrérie Saint Aurélien. This group has maintained it through the years, and venerated the relics of Saint Aurélien, who…