The History of Mustard

Did you know that there is a National Mustard Day? It’s celebrated on the first of every August at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, WI. Yes, there is a museum solely dedicated to mustard! But this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as mustard is one of the most universally loved condiments in the U.S. And while few of us can imagine some of our favorite American foods without it, the history of mustard begins elsewhere.

The world’s love affair with mustard first began in ancient Rome. In its earliest form, mustard was made by combining unfermented grape juice known as “must” with ground seeds of the sinapis (mustard) plant. The concoction was known as “must ardens” in Latin, which became “moutarde” in French and then eventually “mustard” in English.

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As the Roman Empire expanded, methods for making mustard began to spread throughout Europe. As country after country fell in love with this delightful food dressing, several regional varieties based on local flavors and cuisines began popping up. One of the most famous, Dijon, which was developed in France, dates back to the 13th century.

A true testament to the popularity mustard continued to gain during the Elizabethan Era is a memorable line from Taming of the Shrew: “What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?” In Henry IV, Part II Falstaff also says, “His wit’s as thick as Tewkewbury Mustard.” And remember Mustardseed from A Midsummer Night’s Dreams? As you can see, Shakespeare loved mustard, and he managed to incorporate it into several of his plays!

Europe is not the only continent where mustard gained momentum as a favorite pairing. Thanks to Marco Polo, India, China and several other countries in Asia developed a fondness for this spicy condiment. While it was created in a similar manner to European varieties, Asian mustards gained a reputation for being significantly stronger as they are traditionally made from the seeds of the brown mustard plant.

Fast forwarding to today, mustard has become a pantry essential. Who doesn’t love a delicious mustard with their summer sausage and cheese? And speaking of which, is your pantry stocked? If not, head over to the Hickory Farms and order your Sweet Hot Mustard 3 Pack today.

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Winning Tailgate Recipes for Football Season

Football season is solidly upon us, and that means it’s time to create your very own tailgating playbook! Tailgate parties are all about quality time with family and friends, team spirit, and most of all, fun!

The perfect tailgating dishes are portable and easy to make ahead of time.  Wraps and sandwiches packed with gourmet meats and cheeses can be individually packaged and tied with chives for easy, no-mess presentation.

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Veggie dip from “The Kitchn”

Get creative and keep convenience in mind. For instance, veggies and dips in individual mason jars travel well, making them a great choice for food gifts to present to your generous host or hostess.  As an added bonus, they are neat and easy to eat without a table and serving pieces. You could also try presenting fruit salad in ice cream cones for a great hand-held snack.

For a tailgating buffet, consider serving salad and sides in large glass jars with lids. This not only keeps the bugs out, but also adds a bit of refinement to your tablescape.

True tailgating tradition demands a few hearty, savory dishes as well. Burgers are a classic choice, but don’t fall into the boring burger trap. Dress your patties up with some flavorful gourmet cheese spreads or Sweet Hot Mustard for an extra-special flavor experience.

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Beer and Cheese Spread from My Recipes

And as any host can tell you, cheese dip will always be a hit at a football party or any other gathering. This recipe for beer cheese spread looks like a crowd pleaser. Made with any of our favorite gourmet cheeses like Farmhouse Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar or Smoked Gouda, this dish is sure to disappear fast.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Sausage Kebabs from Bon Appetit

Serving anything on a stick makes it a little more fun, but kebabs are also great because they can be assembled at home and simply tossed on the grill once you get to your tailgating location. The stick also makes them easy to eat. There are endless combinations when it comes to kebabs, but you can’t go wrong with a combination of gourmet meats and vegetables flavored by Sweet Hot Mustard.

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When you choose flavorful foods with high quality ingredients, there’s no fancy preparation necessary. And as a bonus, you’ll spend less time on the food and more time enjoying all the tailgating excitement!

What are your go-to tailgating recipes? Share your ideas with us in the comments!