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Fabulous yellow shoes in celebration of National Mustard Day

Marc by Marc Jacobs ($212.40 at Zappos)

Marc by Marc Jacobs yellow shoes

L.A.M.B. Tailynn heel ($298.99 at

L.A.M.B. Tailynn heel in yellow

Michael Kors Joslin Platform ($378 at Michael Kors)

Michael Kors Joslin Platform yellow

Jessica Simpson Pagona ($89.99 at

Jessica Simpson Pagona shoe yellow

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Aleia Trench Coat in mustard yellow is a hip and casual trench coat

In honor of National Mustard Day, finish off your look with this hip and casual long sleeve mustard yellow twill trench coat featuring a double-breasted styling, front inset pockets, button tab epaulets, adjustable sleeve straps, and a removable belt ($24.80 at Forever21)

Aleia trench coat in mustard yellow

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Best Mustards according to Every Day with Rachael Ray

Every Day with Rachael Ray has researched mustards and listed the following as the best mustards in a variety of categories:

BEST ODDBALL: Inglehoffer Creamy Dill Mustard with Capers.  Fragrant, with herbal hints (thanks to dill) as well as pickled capers and lemon, this silky mustard "hit the tangy spot." Tasters said they'd use it to add zing to potato salad or balance rich smoked salmon. ($1.69 for 4 ounces, at grocery stores)

BEST HOT: Silver Spring Beer'n Brat Horseradish Mustard.  If juicy brats and spicy mustard are best friends, this "addictively spicy" mustard makes them BFFs. Capable of cutting through the fattiest meats, it screams with "clean, fresh horseradish" grated straight from the root. ($2.79 for 9.5 ounces, at grocery stores)

BEST DELI: Hellmann's Deli Mustard.  Some mustards confuse "grainy" with "gritty." Not Hellman's. This hearty deli brown "has just enough texture to satisfy," said one taster. Our panel also raved about the slightly sweet and mildly spicy flavor combo, courtesy of horseradish and mustard seeds. ($2.50 for 9.5 ounces, at grocery stores)

BEST BALLPARK: Raye's Mustard Top Dog.  Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport, Maine, hit a home run with this "grown-up" winner. Unlike its too-vinegary competitors, Raye's uses an old-school cold-grinding technique that preserves the intense flavor. A "complex kick" of chili powder earned it even more fans. ($4.50 for 9 ounces, at select grocery stores)

BEST HONEY: Honeycup Uniquely Sharp Mustard.
 At first sight, this looks a helluva lot like caramel. Glossy, goopy and golden-brown, it opens with a "molasseslike sweetness" and "finishes with a kick" from cider vinegar. Try it as a dip for soft pretzels, with salty country ham, or straight out of the jar. ($4.59 for 8 ounces, at grocery stores)

BEST DIJON: Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard.  Grey Poupon turns out gourmet mustard that, one taster noted, would "class up a boring turkey sandwich." Almost custardlike, this smooth mix of mustard seeds, white wine and vinegar, inspired by the original recipe from Dijon, France, has a well-balanced taste. ($3.19 for 8 ounces, at grocery stores)

Best mustards by Every Day with Rachael Ray

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Catherine Michiels' Bronze Fig Silk Tie Bracelet in Mustard

You don't have to eat mustard to celebrate National Mustard Day!

Catherine Michiels' Bronze Fig Silk Tie Bracelet comes in bronze and mustard. Symbolizing abundance and prosperity, fig and leaf charms dangle from lush washed silk ribbon. This bracelet is tied with an adjustable knot closure so it can be wrapped around the wrist or unwrapped and worn as a necklace (it's about 30" long) ($220 at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Catherine Michiels Bronze Fig Silk Tie Bracelet in Mustard

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

National Mustard Day is today and is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in August

National Mustard Day celebrates the "King of the Condiments." When it comes to condiments, mustard is among the most popular. Mustard has been in use to spice up meals for thousands of years and it is a must have for hot dogs, sausages, and a wide range of sandwiches as well as an important ingredient in many recipes. This special day was created by the National Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and has been an annual event in 1991.

You won't believe how easy it is to make homemade mustard, both, as a condiment, and ground up. Unless you are growing your own plants, the hardest part may be the task for finding the seeds to use.

Ground Mustard

Use dried mustard seeds. Place them in a coffee grinder, or food processor. Grind them until they are a very fine, powdery consistency. Store in a baggie, or a small jar along with your other spices.

Mustard Condiment

Use dried mustard seeds. There are a variety of seeds. White, or yellow seeds make a yellow mustard. Brown seeds make a stronger, more pungent brown mustard. Place seeds and a small amount of water or vinegar into a blender. Avoid using too much liquid, or it will be runny. You can also use almost any liquid, including wine or even beer. Run blender until the mixture is smooth. Store mustard in the refrigerator.

Tip: Experiment and create your own mustard flavor. Add tiny amounts of other spices before processing. Salt, black pepper, and honey are popular choices. For some zip, add a very small amount of jalapeno peppers.

Ground mustard seeds

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