With so many tasty fresh green beans available at farmers markets here in Wisconsin and wherever you are, we wanted to share a wrinkle on how we prepare them. While we love them hot with melted butter, we also love them with a delicious mustard vinaigrette, warm or at room temperature.
Gorcheetza is Russian for mustard and we got a chance to say it via Skype on NTV, the largest non-government television station in Russia. It has not yet aired so you can look for it online and learn about how Russians, just like us, are fascinated by food. (Their website is in Russian but there is a translation option.)
Thanks to Julia Gaponova for reaching out to us all the way from Moscow. I asked her if she had anything to do with Russia’s involvement in our elections. She replied, “I know only of borscht, vodka, and gorcheetza.”
Monday’s solar eclipse created wonder and awe in the hearts and minds of millions. But in the days before the spectacular event, we received hundreds of inquiries like this one from Bleephus T. in Woozerton, TN: “Mr. Curator, I am concerned that the eclipse might damage my precious mustards. Should I take any special precautions to protect my mustards?”
Fear not, Bleephus, the eclipse did not damage your mustards. To the contrary, as the 16th century gourmet astronomer Gallipoochee Gallilhoot theorized, a solar eclipse dramatically improves the taste of mustard.
Of course, that phenomenon occurs only when mustards are actually exposed to a solar eclipse. Not surprisingly, the condiment counselors at the National Mustard Museum shop made sure that the entire inventory of mustards was exposed to Monday’s eclipse.
This is the best time to buy mustards, certified as solar eclipse enhanced for your total enjoyment. We suggest these sun happy mustards:
The healing powers of yellow mustard have resurfaced. That’s right, “healing powers”. The folks at the People’s Pharmacy have seen reports of yellow mustard relieving kitchen burns come up again as a 5-star tip in the Home Remedy Q&A section of their popular website. Continue reading →
Yes, the popular Chicagoland PBS show has made its way to Milwaukee public television. The Milwaukee PBS channel will air “Wild Travels” Sunday night, August 20, at 6:30pm. Why is this big mustardy news? Because the episode features the National Mustard Museum!
The Emmy Award-winning series celebrates “America’s Quirky Side”, including multiple stops in Wisconsin. In addition to the Mustard Museum, other local stops include: Baumgartner’s – Home of the Limburger Sandwich – in Monroe, The Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum in Sparta, Fountain City’s Rock in The House (not to be confused with House on the Rock in Spring Green), and the Amazing World of Sculptor Dr. Evermor near Baraboo.
Curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum Barry Levenson joins Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen to talk about how (and why) he started the museum, dispenses some advice on what mustard pairs the best with what tubed meat, shares his special relationship with former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas and answers the age-old question…is a hot dog a sandwich.
Lastly, make sure you stick around for the Poupon U fight song!
There was something for everyone at National Mustard Day on Saturday, and there was plenty of news media who took notice. Below are a few links to stories about the “Big Yellow Day” here at the Museum.
The 27th National Mustard Day celebration in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin, lived up the hype and was a truly amazing day. Without question, the highlight of the day came when the French’s mascot helped orchestrate the “World’s BIGGEST #MustardChallenge” to help No More Kids With Cancer raise awareness and donations for pediatric cancer research. You can watch a video of the “challenge” at Mustard Day here: https://youtu.be/axTUaep5a1M
With mustard makers present, mascots walking amongst us, games in full swing, live music rockin’ the streets, and TONS of mustard to go around, it was an event for all ages and it didn’t disappoint. A sun-splashed Saturday afternoon in Middleton was without question the place to be in Southern Wisconsin.
Thank you so much to our sponsors, especially French’s and Vienna Beef. Their contributions were instrumental in National Mustard Day carrying on the tradition of the world’s premier condiment street festival.
Until next year… viva las mustard!