To Stuff, Or Not To Stuff, Your Holiday Bird

A bone of contention, or at least discussion, at the holidays is the stuffing of the turkey. Or is it dressing? There are 15,000,000 searches on Google for “stuffing or dressing,” and no end to the debate in sight. Regional language differences and family tradition dictate what you call this holiday dish. Bread stuffing cooked…

Should You Brine Your Turkey?

When it comes to preparing Thanksgiving turkeys, there are two camps: the briners and the anti-briners. What is brining? At its most basic, brining is submerging meat in a solution of salt and water for many hours before cooking. The purpose is to enhance the meat’s ability to retain moisture and tenderness while seasoning it….

Pre-Order Your Organic Turkey for Thanksgiving

By far the most popular choice at Thanksgiving, our USDA-certified organic turkeys are bursting with superb flavor, and roast up nice and crispy on the outside, with tender, meaty and moist center. The turkeys are raised free-range and fed a 100% organic, all vegetarian, non-GMO diet with no antibiotics or hormones. Treat yourself—and your family—to…

Roast a Second Entrée this Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving it’s all about the turkey … or is it? Some people don’t care to eat turkey, and others don’t have the oven space to roast the 28-pound turkey that the assembled crowd would require. Why not serve a smaller turkey alongside a slow-roasted pork shoulder? Or a roasted leg of lamb? Make it a special…

Gobble It Up: Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

Long before the Pilgrims landed and had time to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, the turkey was a bird well known and appreciated in the Americas. Native to the continent, it was brought back to Europe by Spanish Conquistadors, became a popular barnyard bird there, then returned to New England with the Pilgrims. Sometime later it…

Spatchcocking & Roasting a Turkey

If a grand entrance with a turkey straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting is not part of your Thanksgiving ritual, you can cut cooking time substantially by butterflying the bird. This is an especially good method if you prefer to bring platters of carved meat to the table, or are setting a buffet. Spatchcocking, or…

Grilled Turkey for Thanksgiving

If you have the good fortune of a temperate climate or are intrepid and adventurous enough to brave the elements, grilling can be much more than just a novel way to prepare your holiday bird. Grilling aficionados will tell you “Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor!” and grilling one of our turkeys is no exception. For…

Top 6 Turkey Recipes

Roasting the Thanksgiving turkey is a subject of much discussion and trepidation. Perhaps because most people are accustomed to poultry coming in convenient pieces, there is a bit of uncertainty about roasting a large, whole bird. Then there is the added pressure of entertaining; all eyes are on the cook at Thanksgiving. Here are six recipes…

Choosing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

There are a lot of birds available for your Thanksgiving dinner. Which one is right for you? Read on to learn about the holiday birds we offer at D’Artagnan. Or watch our video and let Ariane explain the differences between them. Because we work with small farms, we only get a certain number of birds every…

Ariane Talks Turkey on TV

Ariane appeared on ABC 7 Eyewitness News yesterday to share her tips for making the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving.  If you missed it, you can watch the video  and get Ariane’s recipes here. For more turkey recipes, go to our website. Ariane brought three different types of turkeys — wild, heritage and organic — to…

Holiday Workhorse: Black Truffle Butter

Black … truffle … butter. The words alone have the power to induce salivation. And while black truffle butter is a year-round kitchen staple, it’s versatility is especially appreciated during the holidays. 5 Ways to Use Truffle Butter on Thanksgiving 1. Truffled Turkey Beginning with the turkey itself, truffle butter plays an essential role in our…