When we refer to "ballpark mustard," most often that's generic-speak for the iconic French's yellow mustard. The classic condiment gets its distinct color from turmeric, a plant in the ginger family with alleged powers of healing.
Now the 100-year old French's is offering two new mustard options. The creamy Dijon with chardonnay has a nice puckery bite ($3 for 12 ounces), a sparky addition to potato salad and deviled eggs. The tamer Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce ($2.50) is sweet and tangy, and a suitable pairing with finger foods like veggie sticks or pretzels. More information is at www.frenchs.com.
As a bonus, here's a recipe from French's:
Grilled ham and cheese
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
8 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 large slices Italian bread, cut 1/2-inch thick
8 ounces thinly sliced deli ham
8 ounces sliced Swiss or Fontina cheese
1 tomato, thinly sliced
2 to 4 tablespoons butter
Spread one tablespoon mustard on each slice of bread.
Arrange ham, cheese and tomato on 4 slices of bread, dividing evenly. Cover each with second slice of bread, mustard-side down.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet. Cook sandwiches until golden brown and cheese melts, turning once. Cut in half to serve.
Makes 4 servings
Note: Sandwiches may be prepared in a panini or sandwich grill.