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National Mustard Day 2012 August 4, 2012

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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.

Looks delicious and beautiful!

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.

Happiness abounds where there is mustard. The girl in the background looks like she might need more mustard.

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:…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.

Pardon my slightly drooping “display” made up of random boxes I had in the house

Mustards listed from left to right

Top row: French’s Classic Yellow MustardKoops Arizona Heat MustardKoops Honey MustardSafeway Coarse Ground Dijon MustardNathan’s Famous Coney Island Deli MustardZatarain’s Creole Mustard

Middle row: Jack Daniels Hickory Smoked MustardBeaver Sweet Honey MustardDesert 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 MustardBone Suckin’ Mustard – Sweet & HotAss Kickin’ Mustard with Habanero

Bottom row: Old Pecos Foods Green Chile MustardTemeraire Authentic Dijon MustardInglehoffer Deli Mustard with Grated HorseradishColman’s Dry Mustard PowderTemeraire Old-Fashioned Dijon MustardOld 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.




Let’s get the mustard parties started! July 20, 2012

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(Now, of course, I have this song in my head. But I digress.)

Did you know there is National Mustard Museum? You didn’t? Well, you’ve been missing out, especially if you live or travel near Middleton, Wisconsin. And if you get to go there, I’ll be SO ENVIOUS. Because I haven’t been there…yet. The museum features over 5400 mustards from 70 different countries and has exhibits about the history of mustard, according to their own website and this article.  The owner of the museum, Barry Levenson is quoted as saying “I’ve always liked mustard but I’ve gone from having a healthy preoccupation with it to be being totally delusional.” I can’t imagine how that could happen. Not at all.

I suspect I could drop a year’s salary in their shop, and even without visiting I may end up doing so since they sell a ton of mustards and other goodies in their online store. Look at this international sampler:

I know what I’m asking for this Christmas!

Photo credit: National Mustard Museum

But as much as I’d love to visit this museum in general, I’d really love to go for their annual Mustard Festival, which is held in honor of National Mustard Day, the first Saturday of August every year. This looks like so much fun!

Photo credit: National Mustard Museum

They serve up Oscar Mayer hot dogs – with mustard, of course – Klement’s brat sliders, and even mustard flavored frozen custard from Culver’s! I’d love to try that. There will be live music, mustard tastings, games and contests, and even an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

…which, by the way, I have a picture of Schu standing in front of at another location. Photographic proof that he’s a closet mustard lover *insert evil laugh*

His head doesn’t actually look like that…he has a little more hair in real life

Back on topic – if you are anywhere near Middleton, Wisconsin on August 4th, 2012, I think you owe it to yourself to go to this festival. You can learn more by following the Museum on Twitter @MustardMuseum.

However, if you live a little further northwest (and across the border into Canada), you can attend the Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival in Regina on September 16th, 2012.

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

Who knew Saskatchewan is the world’s largest mustard exporter, with about 2700 producers? Now you and I do! This sounds like a great event, featuring local chefs being judged as they show off their talents using mustard to create unique dishes. Live music, kids’ activities, and hot dog eating contests, all along Wascana Lake – sounds like a perfect day. Learn more about this festival by following @GSKMustardFest on Twitter.

Someday I’ll make it to these events. Not this summer, and I don’t know about next summer, but…someday. A girl has to have her dreams.