It’s here – today is National Mustard Day!
As I posted recently, there is an annual Mustard Festival on the first Saturday of August in Middleton, Wisconsin, the home of the National Mustard Museum…wish I could be there today! But alas, not this year. However, here is a short interview with Barry Levenson, founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum on Down & Dirty Radio. If you don’t want to listen to the whole podcast, skip ahead to right about 28:00.
But just because I (and presumably, some of you) can’t be there for the festivities doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate National Mustard Day in our own different ways!
A lovely food blogger who I came across via Twitter, @how2beagourmand, is celebrating with this great-looking recipe for mustard and honey glazed chicken over a grilled red pepper, tomato, and rocket salad.
Photo credit: HowToBeAGourmand
Colman’s has been celebrating the Olympics in London this summer with recipes using their traditional British mustard, and offers up some great recipes for Mustard Day on their blog, including grilled cheese-and-mustard as well as a crab dip…both hassle free for easy breezy summer mustard eating.
If you are in the Chicago area, head out to Evanston and hit up one of the best-named restaurants around, Wiener and Still Standing. They will be offering three unique mustards as toppings for the awesome variety of hot dogs and burgers on their menu: Honey Habanero, Cherry Chipotle, and the one that sounds most intriguing to me, Candied Sweet Potato Pickled Plum. I definitely have them on my “must-try” list next time I’m in the Windy City. Just look at how happy this corn dog was on National Corn Dog Day…imagine that happiness multiplied by a trillion when the official holiday of mustard is the occasion.
Photo credit: Wiener and Still Champion
If you are a Pinterest “Pinner”, you need to check out the National Mustard Day board set up by the blogger who keeps us abreast of all the important days like today, Months of Edible Celebrations. She’s got some great links on there to recipes using mustard. I’ll definitely be trying some of them and posting the results here.
(As an aside, I “pin” a lot of fun mustard AND non-mustard related recipes on my Pinterest account so come follow me there, too! Send me your email address if you need a Pinterest invite: firstname.lastname@example.org…I’ll update here if I run out of invites.)
And what am I doing for National Mustard Day? To be honest, I didn’t really plan for a mustard celebration today…I know, I know, BAD MUSTARD BLOGGER! Eh, life is busy and the day snuck up on me. At the same time, pretty much every day is a celebration of mustard in my world. So instead of a recipe, I give you a photo shoot of my current mustard collection, many of which are unopened and untasted as of yet. A little sneak peek of things to come.
Mustards listed from left to right
Middle row: Jack Daniels Hickory Smoked Mustard, Beaver Sweet Honey Mustard, Desert Farms Jalapeno Mustard, Trucker Treats Route 66 “Hazardous” Jalapeno Honey (no info on the internet about this one…I’ll update if I find something), Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Spicy Brown Mustard, Bone Suckin’ Mustard – Sweet & Hot, Ass Kickin’ Mustard with Habanero
Bottom row: Old Pecos Foods Green Chile Mustard, Temeraire Authentic Dijon Mustard, Inglehoffer Deli Mustard with Grated Horseradish, Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder, Temeraire Old-Fashioned Dijon Mustard, Old Pecos Foods Red Chile Mustard
Not pictured: Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce – forgot this guy was hanging out in the fridge and not with the rest of the gang in the pantry!
While I’m not having a big mustard extravaganza today, I will be celebrating in a simple way…pictures to come. For now, I’d love to hear from you – how are you celebrating National Mustard Day? Let me know! And have a great weekend.