August 3, 2013

National Mustard Day

“I tell you the truth. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move." - Mathew 17:20

It's National Mustard Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It usually occurs on the first Saturday of August each year.)

Mustard, unlike its rival ketchup, has had a food holiday dedicated to it for quite some time. It was originally started in 1991 by the National Mustard Museum as a way to pay homage to, and promote the use of, one of the most popular condiments in the world. The museum, now located in Middleton, Wisconsin was started by Barry Levenson. He was so upset after the Red Sox lost the World Series in 1986 that he started a hobby of collecting mustard... it has since grown into quite the collection, obviously!

National Mustard Day - which is a true event in Middleton full of games, music, free hot dogs, free mustard sampling, and absolutely no ketchup! - helps raise funds for local charities. In the past Restoring Hope Transplant House, Friends of the Middleton Library, and the Middleton-Cross Plains Kerl-Endres-Brannon American Legion Post 245 have all been recipients. For more information check out the National Mustard Day website.

I always have anywhere between three or four types of mustard. Usually a basic yellow, a small jar of Coleman's, something spicy (like Dundicott Hott from Raye's Mustard), and something sweet (like Olde Cape Cod's Cranberry Mustard). They all have their place, don't they? Some are good for sandwiches, on hot dogs, to dip pretzels in, to use in baked bean recipes, etc.

So squeeze a little of the yellow stuff on the foods you love today (like homemade veggie cretons) and have a delicious and...

Happy National Mustard Day!