Impossible to Cook, Beautiful to Behold

Since October is National Cookbook Month, we’ve been talking about cookbooks that we love at the office. There are cookbooks that we use again and again, wearing them out and staining them with spilled ingredients. Then there are the cookbooks that sit on a shelf like art books; there to inspire us with masterpieces that…

Favorite Middle Eastern Cookbooks

October is National Cookbook Month, so naturally, we’ve been talking about cookbooks and sharing recipes from our favorite books. An informal poll of the D’Artagnan staff reflected the growing interest in Middle Eastern cuisine. Doesn’t it seem like hummus is turning up everywhere lately? D’Artagnan staff member Chloe, who supports our New York team, chose Jerusalem:…

Marvelous Meat Pies

What image do you conjure up when you hear the word pie?  Something with fruit – maybe apple, blueberry, cherry or key lime? As much as we adore those, the most important pies in the annals of gastronomy are not the ones served for dessert, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. No, the serious…

Hello, Hard-to-Find Ham …

Here’s a spicy kick in the taste buds! Our Cajun-inspired Tasso Ham brings the heat and the smoke to gumbos, jambalaya, soups, grits, beans, pasta and stews. Some of our happy customers shared their thoughts about this ham on our website. Read on to see how folks are enjoying it, then get yourself a Tasso…

It’s Cookbook Month: The Classics

We are examining the importance of cookbooks in our lives all month because October is National Cookbook Month.  The staff has been talking about cookbooks and sharing our favorites. This time we are looking at three of the American classics. My favorite cookbook? For me it is the Joy of Cooking. It’s old, well stained…

New Arrival: The Super Quail

Here’s something unique for the game bird enthusiast: French Quail. In many ways this is a super quail. Larger (twice the size!) and tastier (twice the flavor!) than the average quail. All of this, and French too! Many of our chef clients are serving French Quail to rave reviews. Some of these chefs shared their impressions…

Best Pork Ever, Cuts Like Butter

Our celebration of all things pork for National Pork Month continues … Let’s just say it: Berkshire pork is special. It looks different than the pork you may have known before. For one thing, it’s redder, and it’s more marbled. And you can taste the difference blindfolded. This heritage breed of hog makes some of…

Pig Head Confit Stands Out at Sauvage

Congratulations to Chef Lisa Giffen and the whole team at Sauvage in Brooklyn for the one-star NY Times review! Opened in May of this year, Sauvage  has been attracting attention for the pig head confit, which Pete Wells raved about (see below).  And we just happen to supply them with the porcelet heads for this extraordinary dish….

Who Has the Largest Cookbook Collection?

October is National Cookbook Month, so we’re thinking about cookbooks, and will be posting about them all month here on Center of the Plate. We thought we had a lot of cookbooks, but the Guinness Book of World Records claims that Sue Jimenez has the largest collection of cookbooks – 2970 – in her New…

Andouille Noted

We love to see what’s cooking! Lately a lot of happy home cooks have written reviews of our Andouille Sausage, and we wanted to share some with you. What’s so great about this sausage? Well, our spicy Cajun-style Andouille Sausage is made with heritage-breed pork, all-natural ingredients and is smoked over real hardwood. It’s an authentic…

When Cauliflower Meets Truffle Butter

Cauliflower is gaining on kale as the vegetable of moment. It’s showing up in all kinds of recipes, and brings back over 25 million hits in a Google search. We love our vegetables at D’Artagnan; we just like them a little better with truffle butter and cream. So this Truffled Cauliflower Gratin recipe is just our…

Makes a Gourmet Meal in Minutes

Have you tried Duck Leg Confit? It’s a signature D’Artagnan product – and a tasty one! The meaty legs of duck are cooked in aromatic juices until tender. This fully-cooked product is our favorite fast food. Here are two recent reviews left on our website about our duck confit. We love to see how people…