Valentine’s Dinner, the Mustard Way


We love this menu featured a couple years ago on Epicurious. It’s not only delicious, it’s romantically retro. As they say on the web page, “it’s time to kick it old school.”

There’s something endearing about old fashioned romance, no matter the occasion. But that’s especially true at Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Dinner menu is fun not only because it’s retro, but also because it features a mustard-based salad dressing and lamb chops cooked with rosemary and garlic for VDay.

The author was inspired by a Valentine’s menu featured in a 1977 issue of Glamour (is that a super-youthful Christie Brinkley on the cover?!! We digress…). It’s a fun read with the authors thoughts and links to recipes.

While any of our Dijons on our French mustards page would be excellent for the mustard-based salad dressing, consider Delouis Fils Dijon Mustard (DLF100) or Edmond Fallot Dijon (EFL100).

For the lamb, we suggest you simply salt & pepper your rack of lamb or chops (or even a roast) and then generously schmear on some Daddy Cook’s Honey Roasted Garlic Onion Mustard (DDC104) for cooking to make a super easy variation of what’s listed on Epicurious.

And, you know, the carrots will be even more delicious when glazed with Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze (DRP100) just before the end of roasting. YUM!

Stop by the Mustard Museum & Gourmet Gift Shop for these and other easy VDay dinner & dessert ideas!

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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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Try This Delicious Beef Stew

We have received a lot of inquiries about the mustards used in a recently printed New York Times recipe for a mustard and cognac beef stew. The recipe calls for two mustards — a classic Dijon and the venerable Pommery Moutarde de Meaux.

For the Dijon, we recommend either the Amora Traditional Dijon (AMR102) or the Edmond Fallot Dijon (EFL100). There is no real substitute for the Pommery, the grainy mustard that has been around for more than three hundred years. Pommery Moutarde de Meaux is available as 17.5oz / 500g (PMM100) or 8.8oz / 250g (PMM101).

We are very familiar with the recipe. Here is our version of it:


Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

¼ pound thick bacon, blanched in water and cut into half-inch pieces
1 large onion, finely diced
4 tablespoons butter
2 pounds beef chuck, cut into in 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Cognac
2 cups beef stock
½ cup Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons Pommery Moutarde de Meaux
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into quarter-inch slices
½ pound mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
¼ cup red wine

  1. Place bacon in a Dutch oven or a large heavy kettle over low heat, and cook until fat is rendered. Remove pieces with a slotted spoon. Raise heat, add onion and cook until softened and just lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pan. Dust the beef cubes with flour, and season with salt and pepper. Shake off excess flour and cook them over medium-high heat until well browned on all sides, then transfer to a bowl with onions. You will probably want to do this in batches so the beef cubes are not crowded. If a lot of fat remains in the pan, pour off most of it but leave some.
  3. Add Cognac to the pan, and cook, stirring to deglaze the pan and scraping to get all the tasty bits from the bottom. Add stock, Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon Moutarde de Meaux. Whisk to blend, then return meat and onions to pan. Lower heat, cover pan partially, and simmer gently until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Add carrots, and continue simmering for 30 minutes. As they cook, heat 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat, and sauté mushrooms until browned.
  5. Optional: you may want to return the browned bacon pieces to the pot. Or not.
  6. Stir mushrooms into stew along with remaining Moutarde de Meaux and red wine. Simmer 5 minutes and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.
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Mustard Bites: The Gift Box

Bring home the “experience”. Inspired by some of our best mustards, we’ve packaged up the 9 favorites from our popular “Mustard Bites: A Tasteful Adventure” food-mustard pairing experience. Now you can enjoy this one-of-a-kind culinary experience at home. It’s a super fun tasting party for you and your food-loving friends!

Your Mustard Bites Gift Box includes information cards featuring: tasting notes, pairing advice, recipe ideas and mustard maker fun facts.

Makes a great gift for any foodie!

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Ordering Online or By Phone

Unlike a lot of businesses that would rather you order online than with a phone call, we love to chat with our mustard friends ordering holiday gifts. Our Confidential Condiment Counselors are here from 10 am to 5 pm, Central Time, seven days a week. Often they are here even earlier and sometimes stay later. So give a call, we’d love to help you find just the right mustard-inspired gift: 608-831-2222 or 800-438-6878.

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A Rare Acquisition…

We are downright giddy over our recent purchase of this old Knighthood Brand Prepared Mustard bottle. Based on our preliminary research, we figure it to be from the late 1800s. It certainly predates the 1906 Pure Food Law, since it does not state the net weight or give a list of ingredients. Also, the company seems to have disappeared shortly after 1900.

Your donations to the National Mustard Museum make our acquisitions possible. Come see this rare piece of mustard history and other fine mustard artifacts in Middleton, Wisconsin. As always, admission is free.

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The Gift of Mustard

When you think about it, there’s no better holiday gift than an assortment of mustards from the Mustard Museum. Tasty – healthy – and totally jolly. Ho ho ho, to you, big guy! Here are a few suggestions:

  • MBA608 – The Wisconsin 6-Pack.  The other popular “6-Pack” in the Badger State.  $29.95
  • MBA999 – Mustard Bites.  Our new “Mustard Bites” program brings nine small plates together with their nine paired mustards and you can now do it at home. Includes tasting notes, pairing advice, and mustard maker fun facts.  $84.95
  • MBA444 – Spirits of Adventure. Three “spirited” mustards to perk up any holiday party.  $22.50

More gift set ideas can be found here. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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The New Gift Guide is Here!

We’re excited to tell you our 2019 Gift Guide is back from the printer and headed to mailboxes around the country. But you don’t have to wait for your copy to arrive. You can view the digital version online right now. Or you can request a copy if you’re not already on our mailing list.

Just in time for the holidays, your Tasteful Adventure is about to begin!

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Introducing Mustard Bites!

There’s a great new culinary adventure waiting for you… Mustard Bites: A Tasteful Adventure.

Be part of our first MUSTARD BITES evening of delicious small plates paired with the “right” mustards and discover how well mustard makes everything taste better. Check our event signups on Eventbrite to take a voyage on the good ship “Mustard Bites.” Space is limited so sign up today for an unforgettable taste adventure. $45 per person.

Scheduled events on Eventbrite are our public events, and anyone can attend. We also offer private group adventures for groups of 12-48 people. To learn more about Mustard Bites or to request a private group adventure, click below.

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Vote for MUSTARD!

Regardless of red states, blue states and all the madness of politics, we can all rally behind the Yellow Wave — VOTE for the Mustard Museum for the “Best of Madison”!

Every year, Madison Magazine conducts its annual Best of Madison poll in hopes of honoring the very best the Madison area has to offer. We are honored to be representing the “Arts & Entertainment > Museum” category. To vote, you’ll just need to complete a simple on-the-fly registration (just super basic info, like email address, name, zip code). Voting runs through Halloween (Oct. 31).

Please, consider voting for the Mustard Museum and let everyone know, we’re truly the Best of Madison!

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