October 14, 2009

La Boutique de la Truffe


To celebrate special occasions, we've been fortunate to dine at restaurants like Per Se and The French Laundry and hope to one day be able to save enough in order to check out Alinea, Daniel, Le Bernardin, and Masa.

So when we received a package from the woman who ships truffles (the mushroom-type, not the chocolate) to all of these restaurants, we were ecstatic!  Since 2003, Manhattan-based Celine Labaune has been importing truffles for chefs like Thomas Keller.  She has now launched La Boutique de la Truffe which features products that easily enabled us to make a 5 star dinner at home.


 
We received the Truffle Honey ($19) - once we opened it, we were hit with a rich, truffle fragrance.  We decided to pair it with a salty meat and earthy cheese.  We sliced a baguette, grilled it with olive oil, and topped it with blue brie cheese, a thin slice of speck (prosciutto), and drizzled the Truffle Honey on top.  
 
We only needed a little bit of the honey as it was full of flavor.  The truffle adds a nice dimension and complexity to the honey.  Since we have so much left over, we will likely use the La Boutique de la Truffe Truffle Honey to baste pork or chicken or to drizzle it over ice cream or fruit.

We also received a jar of La Tartufata ($27) or White Truffle Cream.  We decided to mix it with some pasta water, oil, and cream to make a rich pasta sauce.  This went well with the fresh egg pasta we bought at Raffetto's in the West Village.
 
Lighted a candle, poured ourselves a glass of wine, and enjoyed an almost-instant haute cuisine dinner chez us.

La Boutique de la Truffe products are available online as well as at the following local gourmet stores:
Grace's Marketplace
Raffetto's
Get Fresh Table and Market
Marlow and Daughters

14 comments:

  1. Oh--the baguette looks so wonderfully good, too!

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  2. Wonderful! I'm featuring their truffle carpaccio on my site today, loved it! Have yet to make something with honey!

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  3. Sigh - don't think we can afford the French Laundry next summer in Napa (there are five of us!) so it will have to be Bouchon for us.

    What a great looking meal!

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  4. I want truffle honey! haha
    I really do want some! Where can I find it?
    Not to mention, your dinner looks fab.!

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  5. Thanks everyone for the nice comments! We're back to low-cal steamed fish tonight! =)

    @Miranda - You can find these online at http://www.laboutiquedelatruffe.com

    You can also tweet them @GourmetAttitude and ask if/when they'll be in your area!

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  6. You got one too! You guys are so lucky!

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  7. I love them! They are sooo sooo good. Especially just with scrambled eggs and a simple pasta.

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  8. This chili rocks! I love the farmers market and I always have so much veggies! I can't wait to make this...Awesome pic too!!!

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  9. Fantastic combination of flavors--love the speck with the truffle honey!

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  10. Your truffle cream looks to die for! I have some truffle honey I bought for a cheese platter and didn't really know what else to do with it. Love the baguette and proscutto idea. I'll be trying that for sure. :)

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  11. Oh yum! What a fun gift. May your dining dreams come true.

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  12. Oh wow, look at that crostini and fettucine. I'm sorry, I just couldn't find the exact words to describe it. Words not enough to describe it.

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  13. Thanks for the well wishes! It's always nice to get to try new products, but even better to share with fellow food lovers. We're thinking of using our leftover truffle sauce for a luxurious mac n cheese.

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