Behind-the-Scenes Dinner with Ariane and Les Marmitons

Have you ever wanted to cook with a whole group of friends? If so, you might be interested in Les Marmitons. The members of this gentlemen’s social club share an interest in fine food, wine, and the culinary arts, and they gather monthly to cook multi-course meals under the tutelage of a professional chef. Of course, they eat…

You Don’t Have to Be French to Make these Classic Recipes

Every July 14th the French celebrate Bastille Day, commemorating the revolution of 1789, and in every major city around the world with a significant number of French expatriates, there is sure to be a good party, parade, or petanque tournament on the holiday. Find one near you or join in the fun at home by…

Hot Stuff! Are You Missing This Pantry Staple?

The chile pepper you’ve never heard of – piment d’Espelette – is a D’Artagnan pantry staple. Often called for in our recipes and other specialties of Southwest France, piment d’Espelette is the French name for a specific type of chile pepper, known as Capsicum annuum in Latin and Ezpeletako biperra in the Basque language. But can you get this…

Heirloom Flavor: Cooking with Tarbais Beans

What’s so special about Tarbais beans? Brought from the New World, the Haricot Tarbais flourished at the foot of the Pyrénées in Southwest France, and its cultivation secrets were passed down from generation to generation. Today the farmers that carry the tradition forward produce beautiful white heirloom beans of outstanding quality. These distinctly French beans are…

Remembering Paul Bocuse

On Saturday, January 20, Paul Bocuse, the “pope” of chefs and founding father of nouvelle cuisine passed away in his sleep at the age of 91. We at D’Artagnan join the rest of the culinary world to honor his life and mourn his passing. As the undisputed master of modern French cuisine, Bocuse is revered…

Are You Missing Out On the World’s Best Bean?

Not your average legume, Tarbais beans are an edible tour de force. Let’s take a moment and honor these haricots and learn what makes them so special. These ultra-creamy French beans are the quintessential ingredient in cassoulet – but they’re good for much more. From their unique growing conditions to their distinctive texture and luminous white color,…

8 of Our Favorite French Comfort Food Recipes

With all the duck fat, cheese, cream, butter, and bread, French cuisine is a treasure trove of comfort food recipes. Thick sauces, satisfying stews, and long braises, not to mention potatoes, all have a place in the comfort food hall of fame. Read on for eight comforting classics that are easy to master and perfect for winter cooking projects.

Happy Birthday Julia Child!

Today marks what would have been the 105th birthday of Julia Child, and the woman who brought French food to America is as relevant as ever. Here’s our blog post from the 100th anniversary of her birth, which shares Ariane’s memories of the culinary icon (and a fun photo of them together). Read on for…

People Are Talking About Duck Leg Confit

We love duck leg confit. There, we admitted it. We consider duck confit fast food at its best. Slow-cooked until tender, it is sold ready-to-eat, so you need very little prep. Find our recipes for duck leg confit, and also duck rillettes (shredded duck leg confit that is spreadable), a cousin to confit. What is…

7 Easy Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day

Every July 14th the French, already expert party-makers, throw a celebration so big that it’s heard around the world. Bastille Day is celebrated across the United States, from Chicago and New York City, to the more obvious New Orleans, and where ever expatriates live. At D’Artagnan we take la fête nationale pretty seriously. This Bastille Day…

French Lessons with Ariane & Alix

Traditional Home did a wonderful piece with Ariane and her daughter Alix a few years ago. It was recently made available on their website, so we thought it would be a nice Throwback Thursday post. For the article, Ariane and Alix cooked a typical Gascon Sunday meal at home, to show how the traditions continue…