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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monastery Mustard

Last fall, our friends Michael and Sue Ann asked us to go for a day trip to Silver Falls State Park.  We planned to have a picnic lunch and then go for a hike to see the falls along the 8.7 mile Trail of the Ten Falls.

On the way to the park, our friends asked if we could stop at the Mt. Angel Abby to purchase some mustard.  We are always ready for a new adventure, so of course we said yes.  Mt. Angel is the site of Oregon’s oldest Oktoberfest celebration.  The monastery sits on a wooded hilltop overlooking the town.  We drove up to the monastery and walked through the well-groomed grounds to their small store.  Amid the books and texts for sale, the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel offer their Monastery Mustard

Monastery Mustard is available in 12 different flavors.  A few of the flavors are seasonal and have limited availability.  Our friends liked the Hallelujah Jalapeno, so we purchased a jar, and we also purchased a jar of Garlic Dill.

We had a great afternoon hiking at the falls, and when we got home we opened the jar of Hallelujah Jalapeno.  We immediately knew we had made a mistake!  We only purchased one jar!!!  This mustard is aptly named Hallelujah!  It has a nice spicy taste that is perfect for sausages.  There is just a hint of jalapeno, so it complements instead of overpowering the taste of the food.

About a month ago, my wife was in a small deli in town, and there on the counter was Monastery Mustard for sale.  Hooray, she purchased several more jars including some different flavors (were getting really bold!)

When we attended the “Boomer” expo (see post My New Pan), the sisters had a booth and we were able to sample all the different flavors of mustard and purchase a few more jars.  It was interesting to talk with the sisters to find out how they cooked with the mustard and which mustard is their favorite (Glorious Garlic).

I strongly recommend this mustard.  If you can’t get down to the Abby, you can purchase the mustard through their website at  Be sure to also check out their recipes they include on the web site.

Adventures In Food: Author: Kerry Howell

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