Pass the Mustard, Please

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Touch of Europe Gourmet Mustard

 

Picture it. You’re in the supermarket looking for a mustard to top 100+ hot dogs and hamburgers for the family cookout – you go for the giant, no name yellow mustard with the red twisty top. Right?

If you get hungry in the middle of the night and want to make yourself a simple ham sandwich – Grey Poupon is your GO TO! Am I right? (Honestly, I get it. How could you not love Grey Poupon!)

If you answered yes to either scenario, you were me and I was you. Until one day, I dubbed myself a gourmet foodie and decided that I needed more from my mustard. More variety, more flavor. Luckily, I work somewhere with over 40 different kinds of mustard at the ready. Here’s a short list of my favorites (in no particular order). Hopefully I can convince you to try one (or try them all)!

 

Pommery Meaux Mustard with Cognac Royal MustardPommery Meaux Mustard with Cognac Royal Mustard

Fallot Napa Valley Pinot Noir Dijon Mustard 7 oz JarFallot Napa Valley Pinot Noir Dijon Mustard 7 oz Jar

Pommery Honey Mustard from Meaux in Stone JarPommery Honey Mustard from Meaux in Stone Jar

Fallot Basil MustardBasil Mustard Fallot French Dijon Moutarde au Basilic 7 oz.

Pommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with CranberriesPommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with Cranberries

Epicurien Fig Flavored Mustard 7 ozEpicurien Fig Flavored Mustard 7 oz

Amora Dijon Mustard Fine and Strong 5.3 oz jarAmora Dijon Mustard Fine and Strong 5.3 oz jar and large jar

Pommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with HerbsPommery Mustard Meaux Moutarde in Pottery Crock with Herbs

Honey Balsamic Mustard Fallot French GourmetHoney Balsamic Mustard Fallot French Gourmet

Epicurien Truffle Flavored Mustard 7 ozEpicurien Truffle Flavored Mustard 7 oz

 

As you can see, I love unique mustard – and you will too! Try one of over 40 flavors available at Touch of Europe. You can thank me for the introduction by inviting me to your next BBQ and passing the mustard!

Have a favorite mustard flavor or recipe using mustard? Tell us about it in the comment section.

 

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Spring Cleaning | Linen Care Tips, Product Ideas, and Easy Solutions

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Linen Care Touch of Europe

 

After a cold and gloomy winter, there’s nothing like springtime — sunshine, flowers in bloom, great weather! I can’t think of anything to complain about… except allergies and spring cleaning.

Many people love spring cleaning, but even more of us dread the very idea of it. We can all agree that a light, airy, and organized space that looks and smells amazing is well worth the effort though.

Let’s talk laundry (collective sigh). Specifically those heavy, bulky winter linens. When the weather starts to warm up and you need to store your winter linens and bedding in a safe place until next year,  it’s easy to fold everything up, throw it in a plastic tub, and shove it in the garage… but how effective is that practice? Not very. Your linens, (especially the vintage ones) need more attention than that.

So roll up your sleeves, throw the windows open and let some fresh air in, find some music you can jam to, and let’s get started.

Before you store your winter bedding and linens and pull your spring/summer linens out of their containers, you want to take great care in cleaning them all.

Linen Care Checklist:

Here, you’ll find great care tips and instructions that may help you get rid of stubborn stains or yellowing on your fabrics before you store them or display them.

Here, are a few laundry products to help you get your winter linens washed and stored, and get your spring/summer linens white, bright, fresh, and out on display.

If you’d like to read even more tips, please visit the Hints & Tips and About Linens sections of our website. If you have additional linen care tips you’d like to share, leave a comment!! We’re always interested in hearing from you.

 

Linen Care Solutions Touch of Europe

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4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce

4 Minute, 4 Ingredient, Healthy, Creamy Chestnut Sauce. Yes please! Thanks to Micheline at The Miniature Moose for featuring Touch of Europe as the go for the whole chestnuts needed for this recipe.

Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
4 min
Creamy Chestnut Sauce
  1. Heaping 1/2 cup peeled and cooked Chestnuts
  2. 1 cup unflavored, unsweetened Almond Milk or milk of choice
  3. 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  4. 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil or other mild flavored oil of choice
  5. Cooked Pasta of choice
  6. Chopped Parsley
  7. Fresh Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender combine chestnuts, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and oil until very smooth.
  2. Toss with hot, drained pasta in the cooking pot over medium heat until heated through. Half of a 1 lb box of Rigatoni works well. If sauce becomes too thick add a bit of the pasta cooking water or a bit more milk. Once heated add 1/4 teaspoon remaining salt to taste. Serve immediately and sprinkled with chopped parsley, black pepper.

Get the full recipe and many other wonderful recipes, DIYs and more at:
http://theminiaturemoose.com/four-minute-four-ingredient-creamy-chestnut-sauce-vegan-gluten-free

Thanks again Micheline! We’ll be trying this recipe very soon.

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Not your regular pumpkin pie – Pear tart with Chestnut Cream

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Chestnuts are popular in Europe, even more so than they’ve become here in the US.  When the weather gets colder, in many cities in Europe you can buy hot roasted chestnuts on the street, they come in a paper cone and you enjoy them al fresco – a quintessential taste of Fall.

The recipe below comes from one of our favorite French Blogs, called Papilles et Pupilles (translated loosely it means Taste buds and pupils (as in the pupils of your eyes), a reference to the fact we taste our food but we also taste it with our eyes.

Pear chestnut pie

Image source Papilles et Pupilles 

This pie is not only beautiful, it’s really easy and it would make a great addition to a holiday gathering.   The ingredients are easy to find and according to the comments, it works well with apples too, if you prefer to use them instead of pears.

Below is a translation of the recipe:

Preparation 10 minutes.  Cooking time 40 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams (about 3.3 oz) chestnut cream (the sweet kind with vanilla) – available on our site here
  • 5 pears or equivalent canned pears in syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 25 cl of cream (8.4 fl oz)
  • 50 grams powdered sugar (a little over 1/4 C)
  • one pie dough (your choice, premade)

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (210 degrees C)

Peel pears, remove cores and cut in 2. If using canned pears, drain well.  In a pan, warm the chestnut cream with 2 tablespoons of the cream.  Mix well.

Line a pie pan with the pastry dough and prick it with a fork.

Spread the chestnut/cream mix on the bottom of the pie. Place the pears face down (back up) all around (you can slice them if you want to)

Beat together the 2 eggs, sugar and remaining cream. Pour over the pears.

Cook 40-45 minutes.

Cool on a pie rack.  Serve at room temperature or cold.

 

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Paper Napkins! Can You Really Ever Have Too Many?

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Paper Napkins! Can You Really Ever Have Too Many? 25 Paper Napkin Designs For Any Occasion.

 

Random fact: Paper napkin collections are a thing. Don’t believe us? Read this story about a Slovakian woman who has a very cool collection of over 62,757 paper napkins (and counting). While we’re not THAT obsessed with paper napkins here at Touch of Europe, we do have a ton of fun and quirky designs that we think are perfect for the holidays and beyond! If you frequently host dinner parties, but don’t want the duty of folding or washing linen napkins – these 25 disposable napkin designs are for you!

 

Eiffel Tower I Fell Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

1. Eiffel Tower I Fell Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

Citron Lemons Ephemera Disposable Elegant Napkins

2. Citron Lemons Ephemera Disposable Elegant Napkins

VIP Gold Cocktail Luncheon Disposable Napkins

3. VIP Gold Cocktail Luncheon Disposable Napkins

Red Poppies - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins 4. Red Poppies – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

 

Age Isn't Important Unless You're Wine or Cheese Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

5. Age Isn’t Important Unless You’re Wine or Cheese Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

Blossom the Pig - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

6. Blossom the Pig – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

 

 

Fine Wine, Great Friends Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

7. Fine Wine, Great Friends Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

 

Great Wine, Good Company is Cheaper than Therapy Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

8. Great Wine, Good Company is Cheaper than Therapy Cocktail or Beverage Napkins

 

Vineyard Sheep - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

9. Vineyard Sheep – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

Love Bug - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

10. Love Bug – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

 

Being Perfect Makes My Day That Much Easier Ephemera Humor Paris Disposable Napkins

11. Being Perfect Makes My Day That Much Easier Ephemera Humor Paris Disposable Napkins

 

Iris and Stanley Swan Whimsical Napkins

12. Iris and Stanley Swan Whimsical Napkins

 

Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Cocktail Napkins

 

13. Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Cocktail Napkins

 

After Monday and Tuesday is W T F Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

 

14. After Monday and Tuesday is W T F Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

 

The Berry Festival - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

15. The Berry Festival – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

Macarons Luncheon Disposable Napkins

16. Macarons Luncheon Disposable Napkins

Save Water Drink Champagne Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

17. Save Water Drink Champagne Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

La Lavande Ephemera Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

 

18. La Lavande Ephemera Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

They read about the perils of drinking... disposable Napkins

19. They read about the perils of drinking… disposable Napkins

Union Jack Mosaic Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

20. Union Jack Mosaic Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

 Victoria Garden Flower and Butterfly Napkins

 

21. Victoria Garden Flower and Butterfly Napkins

 Le Velo Parisien Bicycle - Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

22. Le Velo Parisien Bicycle – Beverage or Luncheon Napkins

Winter in Paris Disposable Eiffel Tower Holiday Luncheon Napkins

23. Winter in Paris Disposable Eiffel Tower Holiday Luncheon Napkins

  Save Water Drink Wine Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

24. Save Water Drink Wine Beverage or Cocktail Napkins

Bon Appetit Ephemera Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

25. Bon Appetit Ephemera Luncheon or Cocktail Disposable Napkins

 

If you’ve read our previous posts, you know that we’re all about reusing and recycling – but, we know that it’s sometimes easiest for a dinner host to use paper products. Paper napkins are so versatile. Many designs can go from elegant to casual and back again with ease. Serve them up with a holiday meal. Present a hostess with a pack of napkins to accompany a nice bottle of wine. Collect them just because! Whatever the occasion, these napkins are sure to add the right amount of pizzazz (and/or humor) to any table or bar.

+ Check out these pinnable ways to FOLD PAPER NAPKINS for many occasions.

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