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Spotlight On Spices! Issue August 2012 - Mustard, A Burning Must!
August 14, 2012

Please excuse my tardiness in sending out this month’s e-zine.

Several weeks ago I enjoyed my first-ever cruise vacation, and I haven’t been back to reality yet. So, some of our favorite food days, including National Mustard Day on the 4th (celebrated the first Saturday of the month), have already passed (can you believe it’s mid-August?) Keep in mind though that on the 29th we’ll get to celebrate "More Herbs, Less Salt Day".

But, let me get back to the cruise. What an enjoyable experience I had on the high seas where for seven days I got to eat all the salmon, my favorite fish, I wanted prepared in so many ways by the Norwegians. They know how to do salmon right! The dill-mustard (spoiler alert) sauce I ate one evening included this month’s …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Mustard - A Burning Must For Cooking!

All Mustard Seeds come from just a few members of the cabbage family. Brown and black seeds are the most closely related, and brown ones, the smaller of the two, have largely displaced the black ones in cooking. Black seeds continue to be used in the dishes of India.

The milder white mustard plant (Alba) produces large yellow-beige seeds used extensively in the United States for prepared mustards. German prepared mustards, dark and smooth, are made from brown and black seeds. Most mustard powders are a blend of two or more seeds (e.g., white and black, brown and black). Turmeric Spice provides yellow coloring. The name "mustard", a blended derivative of Latin and French words, means burning must. The burning refers to the spicy heat released by crushing mustard seeds, and must is unfermented grape juice used to make prepared mustard.

The amount of coat (hull) of the seed left on and included in prepared mustards determines their strength. Mild mustards have more hulls in them. Wholegrain mustard is made with whole seeds (seeds with their hulls).

Dijon Mustard, made from mustard seeds, vinegar, citric acid and salt, is the one used to flavor mayonnaise.

Gai is a spicy Chinese mustard made from brown seeds.

Karashi, used in soy dipping sauces, is a hot potent Japanese mustard.

For more about Mustard seeds, the foods for which they're good, and to learn of their healthful properties >>>read more...


August is the Month for:

Catfish, Peaches, and National Apple Week (2nd Week)

Some Favorite National Food Days in August Include:

August 2 National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3 National Watermelon Day

August 4 National Mustard Day (1st Saturday)

August 5 National Waffle Day

August 5 National Oyster Day

August 8 National Zucchini Day

August 9 National Rice Pudding Day

August 10 National S'mores Day

August 13 National Filet Mignon Day

August 14 National Creamsicle Day

August 15 National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

August 16 National Bratwurst Day

August 19 National Potato Day

August 19 National Hot & Spicy Food Day

August 20 National Lemonade Day

August 22 National Eat a Peach Day

August 23 National Sponge Cake Day

August 24 National Peach Pie Day

August 29 National More Herbs, Less Salt Day

August 29 National Lemon Juice Day

August 30 National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31 National Trail Mix Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

Check out our website that's All About Sweet Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes

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Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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