Recipes for a Summer’s Day

Happy summer! Since today is the first day of summer, we are looking ahead to all the glorious eating in store this season. Whether it’s a weekend cookout or a weeknight supper, we tend to eat lighter and fresher in the summer. Here are a few recipes to get you in the mood for leisurely…

Not Just for Charcuterie Plates: 3 Ways to Enjoy Smoked Duck Breast

D’Artagnan Smoked Duck Breast may be the best fast food! Keep some in the fridge for those quick weeknight dinners and last-minute lunches. We’ve done all the work of smoking duck for you (though that is a fun cooking project to try at home), so this piece of tasty charcuterie is ready-to-eat. Our smoked duck…

What to Do With Ventrèche

What is ventrèche? Very simply, it is an unsmoked, salt-cured bacon from Southwest France, where it is a staple. Pronounced vohn-tresh, it is often referred to as “French pancetta.” Ventrèche is made from pork belly (ventre means belly in French) that has been rubbed with salt, spices and garlic before hanging to dry. It can be kept in…

6 Ways to Serve Sausage

At D’Artagnan we love all things sausage. This humble food, often made from trimmings and offal, is one of the most beloved bits of charcuterie, and perhaps the oldest. The first sausage recipes date to before the golden age of ancient Greece, and traditional sausages have been made for over 2000 years in both Rome…

5 Favorite Charcuterie Recipes

Are you cooking with charcuterie? You might be doing it and not even thinking about it. Bacon and eggs…pizza with sausage or pepperoni…stuffing with sausage. All are examples of using charcuterie in everyday food. Charcuterie – smoked, cured or cooked meat – is showing up everywhere. At D’Artagnan, we’ve been making charctuerie for more than…

We Have a Wiener!

Charcutepalooza, The Year of Meat. Who could imagine that a single cookbook would inspire a nation to preserve meat competitively for a year?  If it’s Michael Ruhlman’s classic book “Charcuterie” and Cathy and Kim, then Charcutepalooza is the result.  A year ago, they threw down a challenge to a few dozen fellow food bloggers.  Make…