Last week, I joined a group of old friends, piled into an RV, and headed up the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge on a gorgeous fall day to get a taste of the world famous Hood River Fruit Loop.
This 35-mile loop through the stunning Hood River valley in a brightly colored daisy-chain of fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, local wineries, fresh fruit pies, jams, syrups, fruit smoothies, and local artisan gifts.
You will never, my friends and neighbors, bite into a more perfect tasting apple of pear, or take a more delicious sip of fresh cider…anywhere…ever.
I, of course, was a kid in a candy store, coming waddling home with bags of new, local, goodies to try.
One of these, was AJ’s* Walla Walla Sweet Onion Mustard with Smokey Bacon.
I pan-seared a couple of all-beef hotdogs this afternoon, gave it a generous spread of this pork-centric condiment, hit it with a sprinkle of sweet and red onions and, MAN…so freaking good!
Plus, you’ll be helping us teach nutrition, shopping, and hands-on cooking classes to at-risk kids, in our MY KITCHEN Outreach Program.
The mustard has a great texture, a perfect balance of tang, heat and sweet, and a very clear, very clean (but not overwhelming) bacon flavor.
It is, I kid you not, the best mustard I’ve ever had on a dog. Can’t wait to make some soft pretzels!
MY KITCHEN Outreach
*AJ’s Edible Arts, Inc. is a woman-owned business based in Pasco, Wa. They specialize in hand crafted mustards, sauces, dry mixes, and gourmet gift boxes. Check ’em out!