Think Outside the Bird: Stuffing & Dressing Recipes

There are a few things on a Thanksgiving menu that are non-negotiables, and stuffing is one of them. Whether you are serving turkey, goose or capon there’s always room for stuffing. Even with a turkey alternative like wild boar, venison, or pork, a side dish of the good stuff is a welcome part of the…

Heritage Turkey Making the News

When it comes to heritage turkeys, beware of imposters, says Bloomberg. “Spending big on ‘heritage’ is no guarantee you’ll get a pure-blooded bird.” Yesterday’s article quotes our own Ariane and points out that some turkeys are being sold as “heirloom,” a term normally associated with fruits and vegetables, not turkeys. There are confusing marketing terms…

Best Way to Cook a Turkey: Poached & Roasted Bresse-Style

We’ve already discussed the pros and cons of turkey brining here. For those that want to go beyond the brine, there is the Bresse style of poaching a turkey. Ariane is a huge proponent of this style of cooking from Bresse, the capital of all things poultry in France. Why? Because poaching a turkey, chicken…

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…

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…

Turkey Pre-Order Begins Today!

That’s right, it’s time to start planning Thanksgiving. The early bird gets the turkey of their choice … and today is the first day to pre-order and reserve your turkey for the feast on November 23rd. Because we work with small farms, we have limited supply and the most popular sizes often sell out quickly….

Team USA Wins Bocuse d’Or!

For the first time in 30 years of stiff culinary competition, Team USA has won the gold medal at the Bocuse d’Or!  Congratulations to every member of the team! The New York Times reported the win. Social media went wild, and Ariane was in Lyon to support Team USA. In fact, D’Artagnan has supported the…

Save the Turkey Bones!

Surely you are making turkey stock with the bones left after your Thanksgiving feast? If not, read on for a few compelling reasons to do so. Seven Reasons to Make Turkey Stock Bone stock is packed with gelatin which supports skin, hair, joint health and many processes in the body. It has lots of minerals,…

Roasted Capon for the Holidays

Capon: the super chicken. A capon is a rooster that is gelded at a young age, and raised until it’s between 8 and 12 pounds. With its large size and broad breast, capon makes the perfect holiday bird; in fact it’s quite common to find roasted capon at the Christmas table in both France and…

4 Ways to Eat More Turkey Breast

Every family has them: staunch supporters of white breast meat, and the other side that seeks only the darker meat of thighs and legs. Generally a whole turkey will satisfy both parties. But what to do when the white meat lovers outnumber the rest? One clever solution: roast a separate turkey breast. This is also…

Grilled Turkey for Thanksgiving

If 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 this…