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…

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…

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…

Kitchen Skills: En Papillote

En papillote (pah-pee-YOHT) is French for “in parchment.” It’s a cooking technique that involves a folded pouch of paper or foil. Often used with delicate fish, it is also useful with poultry and veal. Foods cooked en papillote are steamed in an enclosed pouch, which keeps them moist. When ingredients are cooked while sealed in…

4 Ways to Master the Pork Loin

Did you know that October is National Pork Month? That’s why we’re focusing on pork all month long. It’s going to be a delicious 31 days. So you’ve got yourself a loin of pork. We assume it’s D’Artagnan Berkshire pork, from hogs raised on pasture and never administered antibiotics or hormones. Berkshire pork is full-flavored and…

Spicy Interview with Thora of Teeny Tiny Spice Company

Do you like it spicy? So do we! We’ve been using some very tasty spice blends from Teeny Tiny Spice Company when cooking with our favorite D’Artagnan meats. So we wanted to know more about these organic spice blends and the entrepreneurial woman behind them. These spices are tiny in name only; they pack big flavor! Thora Pomicter,…

Tips for Making Steak Tartare at Home

Steak tartare is a true culinary classic, and a dining experience like no other. It is a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy made from the choicest high-quality beef steak – freshly chopped or minced, highly seasoned and enjoyed raw. The texture and mouth feel is beyond buttery, and the delicate flavor of the beef exquisite, with a balance…

Meat and Fruit: Made for Each Other

You may not automatically consider meat and fruit to be perfect flavor companions. But think of classic dishes like lemon-pepper chicken, duck à l’orange, turkey with cranberry sauce, and pork with apples. These familiar meat-and-fruit pairings are just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Read on to see how fruit can make a magical accompaniment…

Why Let Meat Rest?

Let it Rest! This could be the D’Artagnan motto. Whether it’s a ribeye, skirt steak, duck breast or pork chop, all meat needs to rest after it is cooked. Cook the meat on a grill or cast iron skillet until it has reached your preferred level of doneness. Then be patient and let the meat…

How to Make Savory Crêpes

What is a crêpe? A crêpe is a very thin pancake, which is usually stuffed and folded. Commonly found throughout France, the crêpe is a classic at brunch or breakfast, but can easily serve at lunch or dinner. Many think of crêpes as being filled with fruit and topped with chocolate sauce or whipped cream….

What Does Mise en Place Mean?

Mise en place (pronounced meez ahn plas) is a French cooking term that literally translates to “put in place.” Often referred to as simply “meez” by the pros. Mise en place allows you to cook in the most efficient way, without having to stop. All necessary ingredients are chopped and ready to go, spices are measured,…