Rabbit: The Other White Meat

The big question: why don’t Americans eat more rabbit? Is it because they are cute and fuzzy? Or because some people keep them as pets? In fact, we are eating more rabbit now than at any other time since World War II. But that’s still not a lot, compared to European countries, and it’s a…

Happy Duck Fat Tuesday!

It’s Mardi Gras, which means, of course, “Fat Tuesday.” It’s the last chance to let it all go before Lent begins. Traditionally, fatty, decadent and sweet foods are eaten on Mardi Gras, and much alcohol is imbibed. It’s the time to indulge before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. In the past, Christians gave up…

Quail Eggs: Tiny but Mighty

Quail eggs are pretty on the outside and delicious on the inside… Good things come in small shells. Lovely speckled brown shells, in this case. Quail eggs are a fraction the size of chicken eggs (5 quail eggs are equivalent to 1 chicken egg), but amazingly, pack more nutrients and minerals. Some consider them more…

Happy National Italian Food Day! Celebrate with These 7 Recipes

You may think of D’Artagnan as the home of all things French, but we are truly American; born in the United States of a French mother, Ariane Daguin. For over 30 years, we have been based in the greater New York area with its multitudes of cuisines, carried with other immigrants to these shores. So we revel…

Ariane’s Oscar Party Recipes

The Academy Awards is just two weeks away… what will you be eating for the big show? Ariane has some ideas for you, and if you are in the greater New York area, tune into CBS News on Sunday morning, February 26, at about 8:45 AM. Ariane will be on live, demonstrating how to make a…

Duck Confit & Porcini Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie is one of the great comfort foods. This simple and satisfying dish is usually made with ground beef or lamb, but in our version the meat of choice is duck confit. Tender and rich, the duck meat pairs well with the creamy potato topping. This recipe will soon become a favorite. Known in…

Classic Dish: Coq au Vin

The classics sometimes get a bad name, associated with stuffy old restaurants that are no longer stylish, or even in existence. But there are reasons that these recipes became classics. In this series we will share some of those stories, and our versions of the recipes so that you can rediscover these dishes at home….

International House of Comfort Food

Comfort food encompasses more than just traditional American favorites like mashed potatoes. The basic tenets of comfort food have been embraced by cuisines from around the world, including Italy, France, Morocco, and Japan. The only requirements are that the flavors are familiar and the food fills you up like a hug from mom. The following categories…

Top 7 Recipes in a Roll

What is it about food in a roll? Sushi rolls, so many wraps, burritos, rolled and tied roasts, egg rolls, enchiladas, spring rolls and summer rolls, crepes, dolmades … to name just a few. And think of the sweet rolls, too: cannoli, cake rolls, cinnamon buns, even the croissant is rolled. What are your favorite…

In the Kitchen with Ariane: Cassoulet

Cassoulet season has officially begun! With cold weather comes the irresistible urge to  enjoy a hot bowl of this ultimate comfort food. Watch Ariane making cassoulet with Jake Cohen at the Tasting Table kitchen, and learn the principles (and rules) of cooking this classic dish. Once you understand the basics, it’s easy to improvise and create…

Eat More Wild Boar

Tap into your inner caveman and eat wild boar! What is wild boar? It’s a hybrid of Old World boar and escaped domestic pigs, and termed by the USDA as “feral swine.” These wild boar number in the millions, and are running rampant in 39 states where they cause damage to agricultural crops, gardens, destroy native…

Top 10 Recipes of 2016

The beginning of a new year gives us an opportunity to examine the year that is ending … and remember all those great meals we had. These are the top ten most shared recipes of 2016. 1. Easy Duck a l’Orange This is a great recipe – and no doubt popular in our busy age for…