Back in the Saddle

Sometimes we run out of some of our popular mustards. When that happens, they go “out of stock” on our web site. But do not despair. We strive to get them back as soon as possible. Here are a few that were recently “out of stock” but are now back in good supply:

JLK100 CaJohn’s Jolokia Mustard (Hot! Hot! Hot!)
DFM100 Dillman Farm Smoky Chipotle Mustard (2016 Gold Medal winner)
EFL113 Edmond Fallot Walnut Dijon (2015 Grand Champion)
SBT103 Sutter Buttes Jalapeno Whiskey Mustard (a staff favorite)

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The Biggest Just Got Bigger

We now have 5,916 different mustards from all over the world. Our extensive collection of antique mustard tins – more than 400 – continues to grow as the Curator cannot resist buying them when he finds new ones. Here is the latest, a fine piece from the Van Ogden Company of Chicago.

We know little about the company except that it was in business as late as 1945 when the Illinois Supreme Court found against it in an unemployment compensation case. Van Ogden, Inc. v Murphy, 390 Ill. 133, 60 N.E.2d 877 (1945). According to the court’s opinion, Van Ogden was in the business of selling cosmetics, extracts, spices, and more. However, Van Ogden didn’t think its salesmen were employees subject to the Illinois UC Law. Alas, no one escapes the reach of the Illinois UC Law.

Will you help the Museum in its quest to acquire all things mustard? Your generous donation makes this all possible.

SMM10 A $10 Donation
SMM18 An $18 Donation (in honor of Elm Farm Ollie)
SMM25 A $25 Donation
SMM50 A $50 Donation
SMM100 A $100 Donation

The nonprofit National Mustard Museum is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations may be tax-deductible. Purchases of mustards and other items are not.

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Elm Farm Ollie Day is Feb. 18

True mustard lovers know that February 18, is even more special than that other February holiday with all the red hearts. Of course, it’s ELM FARM OLLIE DAY, celebrating the first flight in an airplane by a cow on that date in 1930.

Did you know that NASA honored Elm Farm Ollie’s historic flight in 2010, the seventieth anniversary, by putting a Guernsey, a Holstein, and a Jersey in a rocket ship and sending it into orbit? Yes, it was the “Herd Shot ‘Round the World.”

To celebrate, send your best bud a Bovine Beauties Gift Box (BVN33) featuring three mustards to honor three famous cows (Ollie, Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow, and the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon). Includes a cow spreader, an Elm Farm Ollie greeting card, and a CD recording of Madame Butterfat, the musical story of Elm Farm Ollie.

You won’t find this anywhere else. Not that we haven’t tried.

Bovine Beauties

For more about Elm Farm Ollie and other famous cows, you can also check out this article at mentalfloss.com

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The Curator’s Resolutions

The Curator has pledged seven New Year’s Resolutions for 2017… they are:

  1. I will be more tolerant of ketchup eaters.
  2. I will be more tolerant of mayonnaise eaters.
  3. I will try to make contact with reality.
  4. I will stop talking to inanimate objects.
  5. I will treat very stupid people with the respect they deserve.
  6. I will eat more kale than I did last year (very little).
  7. I will find a new obsession that will drive Mrs. Mustard crazy.

UPDATE:

The Curator has already given up on his first two resolutions…

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Winter Hours

Beginning January 2, the Mustard Museum and Gift Shop will be closed on Tuesdays through April 1. You can still call to order because Sam, the shipping whiz, will be here, chained to his desk.

Speaking of shipping, this is Jeremy and his hand-made ugly sweater showing the world that we do indeed ship.

Jeremy is currently undergoing treatment at the Wisconsin Home for the Criminally Absurd…

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Lucky 22

This Friday (December 30) is the Curator’s birthday and he is NOT 22 years old. But ever since seeing the movie “Casablanca”, 22 is his lucky number. He can never forget the roulette wheel scene in which Rick tells the poor Bulgarian lad to bet on the number 22 -– TWICE –- and he wins enough money for exit visas for him and his fiancée (watch the scene below).

How old is the Curator? Old. Leave it at that.

In honor of the Curator’s lucky number, we have picked 22 mustards and other goodies to go on sale with a 22% discount. Included in this sale are some of our most popular items, including the Stormin’ Gorman Gift Box (RSG2016), Pommery Moutarde Royale (PMM125), and even Slimm & Nunne Sweet & Nicely Hot Mustard (SLN100).

The 22% OFF sale is good online or by phone only, and valid now through January 2, 2017. Orders may not ship until after the first of the year.

If you want to send the Curator a special gift, how about a $22 donation to the nonprofit National Mustard Museum (SMM22)? He will really appreciate it.

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CRAZY PRICE! Slimm & Nunne

Regularly our Slimm & Nunne Trio is $16.95, but now our set of flagship mustards are on sale through December 24 for ONLY $9.95 (RSG222).

Tell your friends about this crazy price, but don’t let Mrs. Mustard know about this!

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Don’t Get Flustered, Get Mustard

There’s still time! Your Ace in the hole is a Mustard-of-the-Month membership. Three delicious mustards are expertly selected by yours truly. Of course, monthly is ideal, but if you’d prefer not quite so many mustards, choose our every-other-month or quarterly options. You can’t go wrong!

Also keep in mind, this is the perfect last-minute gift. It shows your impeccable taste in gifts for that special foodie in your life, and it is delivered via email — no worries about shipping and will-it or won’t-it arrive on time. Your other last-minute option is just as smart: a Mustard Museum Gift Card. These are redeemable online, sent via email (or mail), and they are good for two years from date of purchase. Perfect.

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Holiday Hours

We’re open late every Thursday until Christmas! Our regular hours of 10am-5pm daily are extended to 7pm every Thursday to help you get those gourmet gift ideas from the Mustard Museum Gift Shop. Stop in when you can for the unique holiday gifts that will satisfy those foodlovers in your life. The best part? You can “Try Before You Buy” at our Tasting Bar… see you soon and Happy Holidays!

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Thinking ahead…

It’s not quite Thanksgiving yet, but it’s definitely a good idea to think ahead. Things get busy quickly, so get the mustards below in advance and keep this post in mind when you’re relaxing Friday afternoon. If you’re like us, you’ll have a fridge full of delicious leftovers. While you can just reheat and attempt to relive your Thanksgiving feast, you might want to instead try to reinvent those yummy leftovers.

Here are recipes for two great ways to turn turkey and other Thanksgiving staples into awesome reimagined post-turkey day meals…

Turkey Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

Curried Turkey and Rice Salad

Happy Thanksgiving!

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