Father’s Day Gifts for the Food Obsessed Dad

We like food gifts because they offer the experience of cooking and sharing, in addition to the delight of receiving a present. And when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, a shared experience is often the gift he wants most. Steaks and chops of all kinds (which are 15% off right now) and racks and whole…

You’ll Never Believe What’s in These Vending Machines

Now trending: meat at your fingertips. Simply insert your credit card into one of these vending machines and receive the butcher’s bounty. Vending machines are associated with junk foods and a hint of desperation, but all that could change with this idea. In Paris, just outside of a Basque butcher shop, you can buy their…

A Valentine for You

History tells us that the very first Valentine card was sent by the 21-year-old Duke of Orleans while he was held prisoner at the Tower of London in 1415. It was written to  his young wife, Bonne of Armagnac, but did not reach her before her untimely death. What makes his poem the first Valentine? In it,…

This Valentine’s Day, Say it with Meat

No run-of-the-mill gift is going to cut it with the committed carnivore in your life. So what can you give the girl or guy whose passions run to the meaty side? Read on, dear eater, for some tasty gift ideas. Don’t Go Bacon My Heart Start with the right sentiment. This card, available on Etsy,…

Vintage Views: Toy Butcher Shops

Once upon a time there was a child with an elaborate butcher shop instead of a dollhouse, accurate to every detail including primal cuts on tiny hooks, butchers with aprons and cleavers, and even sawdust and blood on the floor. The other children would come to play … and order lamb chops, a smoked ham…

Introducing a New Pork Chop

There’s a new cut of pork in town. What the New York strip steak is to beef, this chop is to pork. And that’s why we call it a NY strip chop. This uncommon Berkshire pork chop is cut from the short loin and offers all the flavor and texture of heritage pork. In other words,…

A Day of Meat: Backstage at a Photo Shoot

What do you do when you’ve got a whole lot of meat to photograph? Well, here at D’Artagnan we turn to Ted Axelrod, a local photographer with an appreciation for good food and a meaty sense of humor. Ted’s studio is in his home, which is crammed with all kinds of cool props, from cutting…

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…