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…

Best Food Gift: Mangalica Ham

Looking for something mind-blowing for the serious food aficionado in your life? This is for the one who has tried it all … because nothing can come close to this Mangalica Ham. Dry-cured in Spain for three years, it’s a rare combination of perfect breeding and masterful preparation. Mangalica is the ham of all hams,…

Black Winter Truffles Are Here!

They’re back – the best reason to love winter! Tuber melanosporum is known as the “black diamond” of the kitchen, and is prized by connoisseurs and four-star chefs for its distinct and pungent aroma. Also called the Perigord truffle, after the legendary truffles of that region in France, this truffle can be found during the winter…

5 Pork Recipes for Christmas Dinner

The Christmas ham is a classic holiday dinner – no one will deny that. However, pork, especially our Berkshire pork, or our milk-fed Porcelet, is a great option for a special occasion dinner. This is not the other white meat; our pork is richly flavored, meltingly tender, and nothing like that pale commodity stuff on…

Is Truffle Oil on the List?

Yes, it is. Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News included our truffle oil on her list of items she loves for the holidays. We can see why! Shopping for a foodie? Slip a bottle of truffle oil into their stocking this year. It’s shelf-stable, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it cold. Truffle butter…

Tasty New Gift Boxes for the Holidays

Brand new for the holiday season: Charcuterie Gift Boxes at dartagnan.com. The perfect gift for a food lover, each of our three gift boxes holds a world of savory delights. Generously packed with something for every palate, from the timid to the most adventurous eater, our gift boxes are a great way to share your…

30 Years Ago They Thought I Was Crazy

This is a great article about the founding of D’Artagnan – and how far we’ve come since our modest beginnings in 1985. Read the entire piece at Upstart Business Journal. And thank you for over 30 years of support. Without the chefs, retailers and home consumers, D’Artagnan would not be where it is today. Every…

You Can Put Stock in This

There’s stock and then there’s brown stock…which makes a wonderful, hearty base for thick, dark gravy. And this time of year, with turkey and mashed potatoes on the holiday menu, that’s music to the ears. Read on for the simple techniques that will make your gravy the best ever. You could say it’s the secret…

4 Ways to Eat More Turkey Breast

Every family has them: staunch supporters of white breast meat, and the other side that seeks only the darker meat of thighs and legs. Generally a whole turkey will satisfy both parties. But what to do when the white meat lovers outnumber the rest? One clever solution: roast a separate turkey breast. This is also…

Grilled Turkey for Thanksgiving

If have the good fortune of a temperate climate, or are intrepid and adventurous enough to brave the elements, grilling can be much more than just a novel way to prepare your holiday bird. Grilling aficionados will tell you “Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor!” and grilling one of our turkeys is no exception. For this…

5 Ways to Cook with Truffle Butter on Thanksgiving

Black … truffle … butter. The words alone have the power to induce salivation. And while black truffle butter is a year-round kitchen staple, it’s versatility is especially appreciated during the holidays. 1. Truffled Turkey Beginning with the turkey itself, truffle butter plays an essential role in our Thanksgiving feast. That’s because we cram truffle butter…