August 6th National Mustard Day
The first Saturday in August brings out the mustard enthusiast in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. They paint the town yellow to honor the mustard industry and the National Mustard Museum created by Barry Levenson since 1991. In recent years, weather allowing, the festival has turned into a street party where all seventeen brands of mustard made for the American market can be ample on hotdogs, pretzels, ham sandwiches, and anything your heart desires. Mustard adds a tangy flavor to everything that is used in combination with it, sometimes it even gets spicy hot! Make sure to sample just a taste of the mustard you are choosing so you know what you are getting yourself into.
How to celebrate – See how many of the National Mustard brands you can name that celebrate National Mustard Day. Try mustard on something new. Learn the different in yellow mustard and brown mustard.
If you are going to throw a party you have to have, no you must have, the most relished appetizer in the world… Pigs-In-A-Blanket. It cannot be a party without them. Not officially anyway.
There are many ways to make Pigs-In-A-Blanket. You can use hot dogs (the traditional), sausage links, or even ground up sausage with rice and herbs. You can serve them in pastry or bacon, or better yet, both. You may want to check out these recipes for additional information. Place them next to the caviar and see which goes first!
You can even serve these tasty treats as a meal! Just use full-sized hot dogs and serve with baked beans. They go equally well as a breakfast meal if you use sausage links with eggs and cheese mixed in.
You can serve them with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, cheese, onions … anything you might traditionally put on a hot dog. You can spice them up with peppers or sauces, make them plain and simple or even disguise them and they will still be found. Oh, and those you hide in the oven and pretend you forgot to serve so you can have some for yourself after the party, they’ll find those too.
No one knows when or where Pigs-In-A-Blanket were first made. More than likely it was by mistake or maybe a way to make another meal of hot dogs look a little more appetizing, the reason doesn’t really matter. They have been around for a long time and will probably continue to be served far into the future.
How to celebrate: Have a party. Make some Pigs-In-A-Blanket just for the heck of it. Go to a party, but make sure they are serving Pigs-In-A-Blanket before you go.