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…

Makes a Gourmet Meal in Minutes

Have you tried Duck Leg Confit? It’s a signature D’Artagnan product – and a tasty one! The meaty legs of duck are cooked in aromatic juices until tender. This fully-cooked product is our favorite fast food. Here are two recent reviews left on our website about our duck confit. We love to see how people…

Never Had Venison Before …

Have you tried venison? We heard from a first-timer named Antonio, a health-conscious foodie, who really enjoyed his venison tenderloin … Never had venison before, but I bought this based on a recommendation from a friend, who suggested I try venison instead of lamb. He couldn’t have been more right. Extremely tender, and very flavorful. I…

Brining Your Meat

To brine or not to brine? Our favorite fried chicken recipe – Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken – begins with a brine. So what is brining all about? What is Brining? At its most basic, brining is submerging meat in a solution of salt and water for many hours before cooking, enhancing the meat’s ability…

The Best Fried Chicken Recipe

The most popular chicken recipe on our site is Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken.  And we can’t say that we’re  surprised. The internet loves this recipe, and so do we. Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant is famous for this fried chicken, brined for 12 hours with herbs  and lemon.  The meat is well-seasoned, super juicy and…