Local Bacon Mustard = Best. Hotdog. Ever.

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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!

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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!

Chef Perry

*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!


Bacon A Home Chef's GuideThe Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen” was your overview of the basic concepts and tips for taking your cooking to the next level, but let’s face it, you can only fit so much information into one book!

Each Home Chef Guidebook delves more deeply into the professional quality recipes and techniques of specific cooking styles and cuisines.

This one is all about BACON.