mustard enthusiasts.

by Janetha on July 24, 2014

in meals,product review,recipes

the great thing about utah is that the 24th of july is a holiday–pioneer day. which also means no work for me.. and when it lands on a thursday, like this year, i can typically get away with convincing my bosses to keep the office closed through the rest of the week. high five for a four-day weekend! okay, that’s not the only great thing about utah.. but it’s pretty high up there on the list of cool things unique to this state.

i used my day off to my advantage and actually stepped foot in my kitchen! ever since getting pregnant, my poor kitchen (and this poor blog) have been neglected. but not today.. i made full use of the kitchen! in fact, i whipped up not one, not two, but three new recipes today. marshall asked me, “are you sure you remember what you are doing?” ha–that should tell you how long it’s been since i created a new recipe (let alone three.) what in the world has gotten into me?!

mustard. that’s what. yep.. mustard.

i was recently contacted by french’s mustard to share their #naturallyamazing campaign. french’s mustard has an unwavering commitment to creating a 100%-natural product with no artificial ingredients. just stone ground mustard seeds and spices naturally give french’s the taste we all know and love (and that famous yellow color!) french’s wants to remind the world that their mustard is all-natural and always amazing. i couldn’t agree more.. which is why i got overly excited when i received their initial email.

no, really. it’s kind of ridiculous how excited i was. marshall, too. you see.. we are, what you would call, mustard enthusiasts. marshall especially. in fact, he’s got a mustard bottle tattoo. i call him mustard man.

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and while we love all mustard–honey, spicy, dijon, you name it– it’s safe to say that we especially love french’s yellow mustard. i’m not saying that because they hired me. i’m saying that because once we bought the whole foods brand of mustard and promptly discarded it after realizing the taste doesn’t come close to that of french’s. it was too vinegar-y. we made sure to pick up a bottle of french’s the very next trip to the store so we didn’t have to deal with mustard disappointment one more time. have i convinced you that we are crazy yet? yeah. mustard freaks over here.

anyway, i got their email and was excited. then i got the package and was even more excited.

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all the mustard things!

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they even sent mustard seeds! i mean, i suck at gardening, but i will give it a go…

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i told marshall i needed to create a recipe to showcase french’s and drive home the fact that it is naturally amazing. wanna know what he said?

“make a mustard sandwich. bread. french’s. bam. that’s all you need because mustard is that good. it doesn’t need anything else.” 

while some folks might agree that a sandwich comprised solely of mustard and bread is downright fantastic.. i have a feeling that it doesn’t quite count as a recipe. so i decided to get my creative juices flowing and whipped up this mustard-based meal–perfect for a sunny summer day!

#naturallyamazing with French's and meals & moves

on the menu: mustard marinated grilled chicken tenders with mustard barbecue sauce, tart & tangy mustard & vinegar slaw, and corn. because every summer meal needs corn. it was the only component not containing mustard… but, come to think of it, i really don’t think mustard on corn is a bad idea.

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here are the recipes!

French's Mustard Marinade #naturallyamazing

mustard marinade makes enough marinade for ~1-1.5 lbs of meat of choice; great for chicken, pork, or steak

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup french’s yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • a dash or twelve of hot sauce (depending on your taste buds)
#naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. whisk together all ingredients.
  2. pour over raw chicken/pork/steak/whatever you are using.
  3. seal in a tupperware container (or you could also use a gallon ziploc bag.
  4. let marinate for at least 30 minutes (but the longer, the better!)
  5. cook meat however you want.. we grilled our chicken!
 
tart & tangy slaw #naturallyamazing
tart & tangy slaw serves 4-6
 

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TB french’s mustard
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 cups undressed, bagged coleslaw 
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced thin
  • 4 green onions, diced thin
  • 1/2 a granny smith apple, grated
tart & tangy slaw #naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. blend oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and spices together using a blender, shaker bottle, or whisk.
  2. place remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  3. pour dressing over the slaw, toss well.
  4. cover coleslaw and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Mustard BBQ Sauce #naturallyamazing
mustard BBQ sauce makes about 10 ounces
 
ingredients:
  • 2/3 cups french’s mustard
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3-4 TB brown sugar
  • 2-3 TB honey
  • 2 TB white vinegar
  • 2 TB water
  • 1-2 TB hot sauce
  • salt & pepper, to taste
mustard BBq sauce is #naturallyamazing
directions:
  1. combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. turn heat to medium, whisk until sauce begins to boil.
  3. turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. add more sugar/honey/hot sauce/salt/pepper according to your taste preference.
  5. transfer to a bowl to cool.
  6. you can use immediately, but the flavors will get better with time. it is recommended to let sauce sit for 4 hours before using.
as you can see, i tried to use a lot of similar ingredients for all of the recipes. i hate preparing a meal that takes 532 ingredients. plus, using similar ingredients in each component really tied everything together.

#naturallyamazing mustard recipes with meals & moves

i have to say that my first big day back in the kitchen was quite the success! marshall definitely agrees. however, he better not get his hopes up… i am officially 5 weeks away from my due date (eep!) so i have a feeling there won’t be a whole lot of culinary creations coming up.

 

but, hey, there’s always mustard sandwiches.

 

Qs~
 
1. do you like mustard? 
 
2. how did you last eat mustard?
 
xo. janetha g.

 

this post was sponsored by french’s mustard. product and compensation was provided. all enthusiastic opinions regarding the product are, quite clearly, my own. 
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check out more great #naturallyamazing recipes on french’s pinterest! their pinboards are definitely something to salivate over! 

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hi! happy wednesday!

how is your week going so far? mine has been pretty good, no complaints over here. well, aside from the fact that utah has been a balmy 100 degrees on the daily.. but luckily i spend the majority of my time indoors—either at my desk at the office or inside my house.  i should probably get out more.. but it’s ridiculously miserable to be outside for more than four minutes.

thought i would tell you a bit about my life lately!

i had my 33 week check up and all is well with the little squirmy dude inside of me. tomorrow i’ll be 34 weeks pregnant (which is about 8 months for you non-pregnant-speaking folks) and then next week i switch to weekly doctor appointments! eep! things are really getting down to the wire!

i had an amazing baby shower on saturday, thrown by a life-long family friend. all the ladies from my church group growing up (mormons call it a “ward”) came and spoiled this little baby. i am a failure and only took photos of the food. go figure. but it was so nice to catch up with so many familiar faces!

veggies on a poppy plate since we call him poppy :)

we started making randy’s homemade dog food on sunday. we had to wait for all the supplements and vitamins to get here (i ordered from three sites online to get the best deal on each one.) definitely a labor of love, folks. the food consists of lean ground beef, white rice, cottage cheese, mixed vegetables, oil, salt, and then the very precise vitamin and supplement panel. we will make a big batch every sunday—a week’s worth of food.

so far that hound dog is LOVING his new diet (obviously.. i mean.. why wouldn’t he?!) and so far penny has no idea that she’s not getting the royal treatment when it comes to feeding time. phew.

i had a date with my mom and sisters (minus the one in cali) on monday. we got pedicures (i will spare you a photo of my feet—gross) and then tried a new-to-us restaurant, spitz! ummm.. ALL utah locals MUST try this place! it was incredible! i got a chicken street car doner wrap. yum, yum, yum.

my sweet niece, nora, turned one and we went to her birthday party. it was lemonade themed! super cute. hard to believe that little lady is already one. it was just yesterday that we were praying for her to come home from the NICU. so glad she is healthy and happy and basically the cutest one year old around.

speaking of kiddos.. marshall and i got a little parenting practice last night. we headed up to my brother’s and watched greyson (well, and nora, but she was asleep) for a couple hours. it was fun to play with him, read him stories, and put him to bed. i think we will be pretty good parents.. at least i hope so! as long as our little man is anything like grey, it shouldn’t be too terribly tough ;) fingers crossed!

on the nursery front, things are really coming together! the crib is still on back order and should be here in a few weeks, but we have checked almost everything else off the list. we need random things like a sound machine (i am saving up for this one!), a laundry basket, drapes, and other odds and ends.. but nothing too pressing. we have had fun getting various prints to hang on the walls, but everything still needs to be framed (turns out they are all weird sizes!) here are some of the prints we picked:

I'll Eat You Up Digital Print Where the Wild by DaleighDesignsThe Solar System Art PrintX-Files Twin Peaks Mashup Art PrintAge of the Giants  Art PrintThe Whale  Art Print

we have also been busting out some of the baby gear to see how it works. marshall tried out the ergo carrier with a teddy bear. he’s a pro.

annnd finally, it’s our 4th wedding anniversary tomorrow! awwww.

crazy that it’s been four years already. in a way, it seems like our wedding wasn’t that long ago, but then i look back at all the things we have been through and four years sounds about right. i will say this—marriage is not a walk in the park! it has ups and downs and twists and turns and it definitely takes work. but i am so glad marshall and i have stuck together (we have been together for 7 years now, married for 4) through thick and thin. two years ago things were basically falling apart and the world was ending.. but with some communication and effort, we have turned our marriage into something much more solid, concrete, and strong. we have learned to lift each other up and help each other out in the areas where one of us may struggle. i am actually glad we have been through some crappy times early on in our marriage, because it makes me confident that we can get through anything life throws at us in the future. and i know that the counseling we went through and the communication skills we learned will be crucial in being great parents! ok.. sappy moment over, ha.

we don’t have a ton planned for our anny. we will probably go grab some dinner tomorrow and then on saturday we are going to see joe rogan (yay!) usually we go on a vacation for our anniversary (first year was tahoe, second was costa rica, third was boston & maine) but this year i am having a baby instead.. which means all time off will go towards maternity leave. yippee! haha. well worth it! we will pick back up on our trip tradition next year.

well.. that’s all for now! hope you have a fantastic rest of your week. i am sure i will pop in again soon! i have been missing this blogging thing lately, and hope to be more regular about it. :)

xo. janetha g.

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