mustard and miscellany

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A Very Mustard Gift Guide December 18, 2012

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Years ago, I read that one of the rules of blogging is to never start a post with “Sorry I haven’t blogged recently, I’ve been soooo busy yadda yadda yadda” and yet here I am doing it. Sorry I haven’t blogged recently! Things have just felt…busy. But 2013 is going to be a busy year, so I better get my multi-tasking butt in gear because I love this blog and am going to keep it up. So don’t give up on me, check back here often, okay?

If you are doing last-minute Christmas shopping for the mustard lover in your life, I’ve got some good stuff for you today!

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This is a kids’ hoodie but they have it in adult sizes, too

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This comes with short sleeves, too, but I just like long-sleeved tees

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I love this, love the mustard-colored heart

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Cute and clever

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This is so cute – comes in your choice of a pillowcase or a duvet cover! I feel like a jerk for pointing this out, but it would drive me nuts that “viniger” is mis-spelled.

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A bumper sticker for me, yay!

Photo credit: Cafepress

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A bumper sticker for Schu, boo!

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This is a jewelry box but the image should be my personal logo…Cinco de MUSTARD is my birthday!

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But I guess the best gift for a mustard lover would be…MUSTARD! I’d be darn pleased to receive any of these…

mustard bucketPhoto credit: Amazon

Michigan basketPhoto credit: Amazon

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Cheers,

Stephanie

 

As if mustard needed to be more fun… November 7, 2012

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I mean, mustard is already pretty flipping fun all on its own, right? I sure think so. Mustard seriously makes my life more fun. No, that’s not a statement on how unfun my life is! It’s a statement on how bleeping fun mustard is!

But if for some reason, you think your mustard needs to be even MORE fun…well, I’ve found a few products for you. I suspect these are designed with children in mind but I don’t have kids. More importantly, why should kids get all the fun stuff?

You know who agrees with me? The aptly named PerpetualKid.com. Don’t fear, parents, they have stuff for actual kids, too. But a lot of the items on their awesome website are good for pretty much all ages. And mustard-friendly. Such as this…

Photo credit: Perpetualkid.com

Now this isn’t a political blog in any way, but posting here the day after a pretty divisive presidential election…well, regardless of who you supported, we can all agree that stocking up on this kind of gun is a good idea, right? If only the gun itself came in yellow. But I suppose the red could make for a good decoy, lulling the silly, delusional mustard-haters out there into thinking they are getting ketchup and then BLAMMO – MUSTARD!!!!

We’ll convert ’em, those poor souls who don’t realize the error of their mustard-hating ways. Even if it takes a bit of weaponry.

Moving on to a condiment fun-maker that is slightly less violent but a bit…grosser…

Photo credit: Perpetualkid.com

Mustard Marvin Spread Head. That’s his name. This guy goes on top of the mustard bottle and then, well, spews out mustard on demand. I can see this one appealing to the elementary school demographic. And also every adult I know. Schu might even like this product because Marvin’s face looks about like Schu’s face when he is confronted with mustard.

There’s evidently a Ketchup Charlie version, too. They’re demonstrated in this short video which also has a clip from the Rachael Ray show featuring…Joan Rivers with Mustard Marvin and Ketchup Charlie? Random.

I’d probably be one of those horrible, mean moms who wouldn’t buy this stuff for my kids because I’d be all “food should be eaten, not played with” and all that “manners” stuff (ugh, I know, it’s a good thing more people like me don’t have kids). Thankfully, Perpetual Kid has uptight-me covered with fun-but-not-violent-or-gross condiment holders to indoctrinate my hypothetical offspring into the world of mustard at an early age…

Photo credit: Perpetualkid.com

CraYUMS – how cute is that? Just have to hide that red one until the little darlings are old enough to make their own informed decisions regarding ketchup. But mustard? They’d be getting it mixed in their first semi-solid foods! In their sippy cups! Heck, even diluted in their nightly bottle!

Yeah, it’s probably a good thing I’m not having kids.

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

Happy Halloween! October 31, 2012

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I’m not dressing up for Halloween this year, but if I was…

I wouldn’t be this, because I’m not a “sexy costume” kind of girl

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Although, actually, this isn’t a very sexy costume

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I might be this

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Look how happy this guy is! Behold the power of mustard!

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But because I’m not a big costume person in general, I’d probably be this

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If I had a dog, I’d make it dress up like this

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And if I had kids I’d make them eat this

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And these

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Good thing I don’t have a dog. Or kids. Although I think both those foods look pretty great, with more mustard, obviously.

Regardless, whatever you’re dressing as/dressing your dog as/eating this Halloween, have a great and safe one!

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

Un-recipe: Spam Hash October 9, 2012

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Remember those yummy mustard-roasted potatoes I posted the other day? Well, as delicious as they were, there were a lot of leftovers. I was looking at them one morning and thought…mmm…breakfast. I love ham hash using Easter leftovers, but alas, no Easter or ham to be seen. And then my eye fell on this distinctly non-gourmet can in the pantry…

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Ohhhhh yeaaahhh. This is pretty fancy-dancy. So, Spam hash it was. And it was really, really good.

This is an un-recipe because I threw it all together. Sauteed some chopped celery and onion in olive oil, added cubed Spam and the leftover mustard potatoes, some crushed dried rosemary, and let them whole thing cook a while longer until the Spam was a little browned on the outside. Topped with a couple over-medium eggs…

Don’t turn your nose up until you’ve tried it!

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

Recipe: Colman’s Mustard Rice September 24, 2012

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New recipe today…a side dish! This recipe was posted by the nice folks at Colman’s Mustard on their Twitter account a week or so ago. You should follow them on Twitter if you don’t, they post lots of cool recipes and are very interactive if you say hi to them there. I’ve been a fan of Colman’s mustard for years, especially their dry mustard. You can add a pinch of it to pretty much anything savory – salad dressings, marinades, sauces, soups – for a nice hint of flavor.

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When they posted this mustard rice recipe recently, I was intrigued…never would have come up with this idea myself. We paired it with some simple kielbasa and veggie grilled skewers and it was really good! The rice is a little spicy from the mustard powder. I would definitely make this again.

It’s a drier rice because you sort of stir-fry it into the onions and spices at the end, which I really liked. My mom commented that it kind of looked like fried rice, and she’s right – but it’s not oily at all. Very nice and light. It should be obvious from the recipe but do keep in mind that this only makes 2 cups of rice, which isn’t a ton depending how many people you are feeding…adjust accordingly. This recipe calls for one onion and while I love onion, we only used half of a large one here and it was plenty. I’d say one whole onion only if it’s a pretty small onion. Also, we used white rice so that the color would show up and it tasted great, but I think this would be really good with brown rice, barley, quinoa, or whatever grain you like.

Printable recipe

Colman’s Mustard Rice

Feeds 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Colman’s dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil

Directions:

  • Mix mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, and set aside
  • Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add chopped garlic until slightly brown
  • Add the onions to the pan and saute until they turn translucent
  • Add the cooked rice and mustard mix to the pan and toss everything until the rice is well mixed with the spices

If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you! I’d love your feedback.

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

Fun with mustard September 17, 2012

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Quick post – just some pics from The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival of 2012 held on Sunday in Regina. Looks like so much fun! All of these pictures are from the GSK Mustard Festival Facebook page and these are only a few, so head over there for a better look at the festivities.

I will definitely make it up there for this event some year! Have you been to this festival? I’d love to hear your thoughts, see your pictures, anything!

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival of 2012! September 13, 2012

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As mentioned in a previous post there are a few mustard festivals that I would like to attend. One of them is happening this Sunday, September 16th 2012…

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

That’s right, it’s finally time for The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival in Regina. As I learned recently, the province of Saskatchewan is kind of a big deal for mustard…in fact, it is the number one supplier of mustard to the world! Damn good reason to have a festival.

One of the organizers who I have been lucky enough to correspond with on Twitter, Chef Malcolm Craig (click on his name there to find him on Twitter and follow him!) says they have 20 participants not including the sponsors this year. Admission is free, food tickets are only $10, and there will be music, games for kids, and other entertainment. Local chefs will be judged as they compete with the culinary creations they whip up using mustard. Some of the sponsors include mustard from French’s, hot dogs from Nathan’s Famous, and beer from Great Western Brewing – my mouth is watering just typing this!

I’ve never seen these varieties of French’s mustard in the United States! Those lucky Canadians.

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

Plus it’s held on Wascana Lake – I’ve never been there but I bet it has water and is pretty. Really, how can you go wrong hanging out eating mustard, drinking beer, and listening to music with the kids on a lake? I am nowhere near there but if you are within a reasonable distance, you should GO! And email or tweet me pictures of how much fun you have there so I can turn green with envy! Hope it’s a great event for all involved.

Cheers,

Stephanie