|Bonjour Mes Amis,
|Come celebrate International Macaron Day with us next Friday!
It’s tradition around the world for bakeries to give out free macarons on the first day of Spring. To help us celebrate, Ami Varsanyi of Luv Macarons will be handing out free macarons to our customers on Friday, March 20th from 11 am to 1 pm…
à la vôtre !
This Weeks Flavors $2 each
Chocolate Cassis Mint
Truffle Gouda Carbonara
adapted from a recipe by Aimee Blume
4 D’Artagnan smoked duck bacon slices, diced
2 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/3-inch pieces and washed well.
10 ounces House of Balsamic Lumache or Conchiglioni
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup grated Melkbus 149 truffle Gouda
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
1. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel to drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from skillet if necessary. Add leeks and sauté over medium heat until tender, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid.
3. Whisk eggs, lemon juice, and ½ cup Parmesan in medium bowl to blend; gradually whisk in ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid. Add pasta to leeks in skillet and stir to heat. Remove skillet from heat. Pour egg mixture over pasta and stir until sauce is just creamy and eggs are no longer raw, about 2 minutes. (Return skillet to very low heat if egg mixture is runny; do not overcook or eggs will curdle.)
4. Stir in bacon and parsley. Serve pasta topped with the truffle gouda.
CHEESE OF THE WEEK
Melkbus 149 truffle Gouda $35.99 lb
This may be the most powerful truffle cheese I’ve ever tasted–it’s a true show-stopper. This is a collaboration between the Dutch cheese-making company Uniekaas and small family dairy farms outside of the city of Gouda. Melkbus means ‘milk can’ & refers to the way fresh milk was transported from the farm to the creamery. Each farm is assigned a number, and the cheese is made with the milk of a single farm. This is addictively creamy with powerful truffle flavor–ideal on a cheese plate, or in omelets/gratins. Don’t let the price scare you, a little bit goes a Long way.
MORE TRUFFLE TREASURES
D’Artagnan Medallion of Duck Foie Gras with Truffles $14.99 6 oz/ $33.99 16 oz
This is one of the most luxurious products we carry, and you don’t need to pay shipping from NY! All foie (no chicken livers) poached in Sauternes with the decadent addition of black truffles. Ready to eat, no searing required. Canapes have never been so easy or delicious.
2014 ROSE HAS ARRIVED!
Domaine Clos des Lumieres Grenache Rose 2014, Pays d’Oc $7.99
Remember this from last year? Once again this rose over-delivers for the price…
This is ridiculously good rose that’s dangerously cheap. 100% Grenache–super light & lean, I’m buying a case for sure.
Domaine le Clos de Lumieres Cotes du Rhone Rose 2014, Cotes du Rhone $8.99
Clos de Lumieres is the work of three generations of vine growers. Begun by Andre Serrano outside the community of Fournes on one hectare of soil, the vineyards produced grapes for the local cooperative until 2003 when Andre’s grandson Gerald left the cooperative to realize the family’s dream of their own grower-winery! Their Rhone rose is a blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache grown in limestone & clay, and this is a steal with dried raspberry fruit & floral nuance. Oo la la la la…
Domaine Sorin Rose Terra Amata 2013, Cotes de Provence $11.99
Sorin is the rose with the distinctive blue wax capsule. For me summer would be incomplete without buying a bottle of this. The winery is 2 miles from the ocean & in the heart of Bandol, which belies the price. Old vine Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Rolle.
FOCUS ON WHITE BURGUNDY
Héritiers du Comte Lafon 2011 Mâcon-Milly Lamartine $31
Dominque Lafon was a trail-blazer in the Cote d’Or, going biodynamic with his Chardonnay and this comes from his flagship vineyard.
Jancis Robinson writes: Dominique Lafon was the first leading light of the Côte d’Or to take white Mâcon so seriously that he set up shop there – buying an existing domaine in the folds of the western hills in Milly-Lamartine way back in 1999.
“Outstanding, Top Value. Here the nose is almost completely composed of various citrus fruit aromas save for background wisps of spiced pear and wet stone, the latter of which can also be found on the soft, round and caressing middle weight flavors. The palate impression is really quite fine while the backend is notably dry, persistent and refined. Much like the 2010 version is, this is a wine of delicacy and finesse.” -89-91 points Burghound
Domaine Marc Morey Rully 1er Cru En Rabourcé 2009 $42
Marc Morey is a top producer in Chassagne-Montrachet whose low yields produce nicely concentrated fruit.
“A plush style, delivering peach and floral notes to fill out the flesh. This stays persistent and clean, with a lemon accent on the fresh finish…90 cases imported.” -90 points Wine Spectator