d'artagnan meat collage

Exciting news for people who love meat! The fine folks at D’Artagnan Foods are giving away two $500 online shopping sprees to celebrate the holiday season and asked me to help spread the word since they know Gutsy By Nature readers share their commitment to wholesome food from free-range, natural production and sustainable, humane farming practices.

I was only recently introduced to D’Artagnan when they generously sent me the below pictured  collection of charcuterie yumminess, but they have actually been around since 1985. Founded by Ariane Daguin originally to supply high end gourmet products to top restaurants, it now also has a robust direct-to-consumer market as well.

d'artagnan meat gift basket

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My favorite item in the gift basket is the pâté de campagne (country-style pâté). The recipe for this gluten and dairy-free treat is based on the pâtés of the Southwest France that Ariane Daguin remembers from her childhood. It is made from heritage pork raised on pasture, and features a simple ingredient list of egg whites, water, onions, salt, spices, garlic, parsley. I also really enjoyed the duck leg confit and my less adventurous guests enjoyed the jambon de bayonne (french prosciutto) and the artisanal dry cured saucisson sec (a fancy name for sausage!).

I had to pass on the truffle butter because it contains wheat and decided to skip the mousse trufée as well because it includes corn starch, which I try to avoid due to previous possible allergic reactions to it. Fortunately, the D’Artagnan website lists all ingredients and clearly marks which items are gluten-free and which are not, so I know I won’t have problems with future purchases. I’m looking forward to trying out the rest of the charcuterie as well as some of the other fresh meat that I can’t easily source locally, like wild boar and goose.

As my readers know, I  try to purchase from local farmers whenever possible, but for speciality items and treats I appreciate that a company like this exists. I was happy to learn that D’Artagnan partners only with small farms and ranches that have strict standards, never use antibiotics or hormones, and sign affidavits to that effect. This is important to me because these methods result in the healthiest, best-tasting, meat possible and is best for the animals and the environment.

Click here to learn more about D’Artagnan Foods for yourself and be sure to enter the giveaway below. One winner will be selected on December 7, 2015 and the other on December 22, 2015.

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