Anatomy of the Ultimate Burger

For us, the best burger always begins with a Wagyu beef patty. By the way, they are currently 40% off in our freezer sale … wink, wink. You will elevate any burger when you start with this marvelous beef. Classic bacon cheeseburger with Wagyu?  Yep, it’s even better. But we like our Ultimate Wagyu, Foie Gras…

Our 7 Best Homemade Edible Gifts

Edible holiday gifts, made lovingly by hand, are often the most appreciated. Not only are they a delightful gesture, but rolling up your sleeves and getting messy in the kitchen can be a lot of fun. Here are 7 easy recipes – both sweet and savory – that will get you all kinds of compliments this holiday…

Seriously: Try this Kale Recipe

Kale. The four letter word that launched a thousand juice bars. When we eat kale, we like it cooked, thank you very much. Preferably with animal fat such as bacon or duck fat. Hard to believe, but kale is not the best leafy green to eat raw. It has goitrogens which can inhibit thyroid function,…

Watch Ariane Cooking on TV

Ariane made an appearance on the local CBS station in Minnesota earlier this month to to cook some tasty sausages. Watch her in action as she makes a few quick and easy recipes with D’Artagnan game sausages right here. Then, do try this at home. Look for our sausages at your local grocery store, or…

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…

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…

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…

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…