And let the mustardy fun begin!
Hi! I’m Stephanie, the mustard-loving creator of this blog. I’m not sure exactly when my love of mustard began…I definitely liked it as a child but I don’t remember being obsessed with it until maybe college. For some reason, I started eating it mixed in with canned vegetables, especially corn. Out of the can. Yeah, I don’t know how I came up with that. Let’s blame it on college food choices. But I’d be lying if I said I don’t do it anymore.
Don’t worry, though, this blog will have much more appetizing and sophisticated cooking than that. But not always! I’ll be trying and reviewing as many different mustards as I can find, from store-brand yellow to fancy truffled-champagney blends, and everything in between. I’ll be trying recipes with mustard as an ingredient, but again, there will be days (like, erm, today) when dinner consists of rolled up turkey and cheese slices dipped in mustard. On a paper plate. I didn’t think it was photo-worthy, but I do intend to have plenty of pictures on here of the mustards I eat, homemade mustards I make, and the dishes I use them in.
Stay tuned for the mustard hater in my life, a chap who goes by Schu, to show up with vitriolic diatribes against mustard. He is also plotting to devise creative and violent ways of destroying different containers of mustard, and capture this in pictures or video for the viewing pleasure of fellow mustard haters out there. And people who like to see stuff get destroyed.
Okay, all that said, here’s a product I tried for the first time recently. Well, first a small disclaimer. I’m not any kind of expert or aficionado of mustards, self-proclaimed or otherwise. Part of my purpose with this blog is to expand my horizons and learn more about mustard. So if you are some kind of mustard connoisseur, and are offended or embarrassed by my lack of knowledge, terminology, whatever – drop me a line! Help me learn! But please be friendly about it.
So here’s the most recent mustard in my pantry: Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce
Photo credit: Amazon.com
I bought this at Trader Joe’s and actually didn’t even know you could buy TJ’s products at Amazon, but if you click on the link above, they sell this. That’s great to know for people who don’t have a local TJ’s. Although…are they charging $13.95 a jar?? That must be the price for more than one jar, but I don’t see the quantity on there. Maybe I’m overlooking it. Anyway, I know I didn’t pay nearly that much at TJ’s.
Overall, this is a good mustard. I’ve dipped baby carrots in it as a snack (you’ll see that often from me), dipped smoked sausage in it for dinner, and used it on a turkey sandwich. I enjoyed them all.
The only reason I’m hesitating a little on calling this a GREAT mustard is that it wasn’t what I was expecting from the name. It’s basically a regular dijon mustard. From the name, I expected…well, more aioli, more garlic, and for it to be more sauce-like in consistency. I don’t really know where the aioli comes into the name, because in my many years in the restaurant business I learned that aioli is simply fancy house-made mayonnaise, and I didn’t get any hint of mayonnaise in this. So, if you want a nice dijon mustard with a little bit of heat to it, this is good. And that’s about all I have to say about it!
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