Coolhaus Is Serving French’s Mustard Ice Cream This Week In Honor of National Mustard Day

French's
French's

This Saturday is National Mustard Day, and condiment brand French’s is reinforcing its “Not From France” campaign by celebrating in a quintessentially American way: with a seemingly disgusting food mashup. According to a press release, the company has partnered with edgy ice cream brand Coolhaus to bring you mustard—yes, mustard—ice cream.

If you live in New York City or Los Angeles, you can try it in person. The Coolhaus shop in Culver City, Los Angeles, will carry it from August 2 to August 4 and again from August 9 to August 11. In New York, you can catch the French’s Mustard Ice Cream truck at select street corners throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Hamptons from August 1 to August 3. And, if you thought you could pass off your frankly alarming flavor selection as just a deeply golden French vanilla, think again—the ice cream is served in a festive cup plastered with the words “mustard ice cream.” It also comes with a pretzel cookie to help temper the tang.

French's mustard ice cream
French's

For those of you who find your taste buds tingling expectantly at the idea of such an innovative confectionery abomination, French’s has published a mustard ice cream recipe that you can whip up at home, wherever you live.

The recipe may shed some light on just how mustard-y the ice cream actually is. It contains 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 cup each of whole milk and light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and only 1/4 cup of mustard. Its secret ingredient is one entire teaspoon of yellow food dye (plus a single drop of green coloring). So although the ice cream looks intense, it probably tastes relatively mild.

Who knows? Maybe mustard ice cream will join the ranks of other bizarre-yet-admittedly-delicious food fusions like French fries in milkshakes, maple syrup with bacon, and pineapple on pizza. Coolhaus CEO and founder Natasha Case is optimistic. “As lovers of sweet-meets-savory, pure ingredients, and unique creations,” she said in the press release, “we are incredibly excited to be collaborating with French’s Mustard in creating this one-of-a-kind product. It’s been so fun to explore this classic condiment in a whole new way and create an unforgettable thoughtfully-crafted ice cream flavor with an All-American taste.”

You Can Now Order—and Donate—Girl Scout Cookies Online

It's OK if you decide to ignore the recommended serving size on a box of these beauties.
It's OK if you decide to ignore the recommended serving size on a box of these beauties.
Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts may have temporarily suspended both cookie booths and door-to-door sales to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be deprived of your annual supply of everyone’s favorite boxed baked goods. Instead, you can now order Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and all the other classic cookies online—or donate them to local charities.

When you enter your ZIP code on the “Girl Scouts Cookie Care” page, it’ll take you to a digital order form for the nearest Girl Scouts organization in your area. Then, simply choose your cookies—which cost $5 or $6 per box—and check out with your payment and shipping information. There’s a minimum of four boxes for each order, and shipping fees vary based on quantity.

Below the list of cookies is a “Donate Cookies” option, which doesn’t count toward your own order total and doesn’t cost any extra to ship. You get to choose how many boxes to donate, but the Girl Scouts decide which kinds of cookies to send and where exactly to send them (the charity, organization, or group of people benefiting from your donation is listed on the order form). There’s a pretty wide range of recipients, and some are specific to healthcare workers—especially in regions with particularly large coronavirus outbreaks. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York, for example, are sending donations to NYC Health + Hospitals, while the Girl Scouts of Western Washington have simply listed “COVID-19 Responders” as their recipients.

Taking their cookie business online isn’t the only way the Girl Scouts are adapting to the ‘stay home’ mandates happening across the country. They’ve also launched “Girl Scouts at Home,” a digital platform filled with self-guided activities so Girl Scouts can continue to learn skills and earn badges without venturing farther than their own backyard. Resources are categorized by grade level and include everything from mastering the basics of coding to building a life vest for a Corgi (though the video instructions for that haven’t been posted yet).

“For 108 years, Girl Scouts has been there in times of crisis and turmoil,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said in a press release. “And today we are stepping forward with new initiatives to help girls, their families, and consumers connect, explore, find comfort, and take action.”

You can order cookies here, and explore “Girl Scouts at Home” here.

Can't Find Yeast? Grow Your Own at Home With a Sourdough Starter

Dutodom, iStock via Getty Images
Dutodom, iStock via Getty Images

Baking bread can relieve stress and it requires long stretches of time at home that many of us now have. But shoppers have been panic-buying some surprising items since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to pantry staples like rice and beans, yeast packets are suddenly hard to find in grocery stores. If you got the idea to make homemade bread at the same time as everyone on your Instagram feed, don't let the yeast shortage stop you. As long as you have flour, water, and time, you can grow your own yeast at home.

While many bread recipes call for either instant yeast or dry active yeast, sourdough bread can be made with ingredients you hopefully already have on hand. The key to sourdough's unique, tangy taste lies in its "wild" yeast. Yeast is a single-celled type of fungus that's abundant in nature—it's so abundant, it's floating around your home right now.

To cultivate wild yeast, you need to make a sourdough starter. This can be done by combining one cup of flour (like whole grain, all-purpose, or a mixture of the two) with a half cup of cool water in a bowl made of nonreactive material (such as glass, stainless steel, or food-grade plastic). Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let it sit in a fairly warm place (70°F to 75°F) for 24 hours.

Your starter must be fed with one cup of flour and a half cup of water every day for five days before it can be used in baking. Sourdough starter is a living thing, so you should notice is start to bubble and grow in size over time (it also makes a great low-maintenance pet if you're looking for company in quarantine). On the fifth day, you can use your starter to make dough for sourdough bread. Here's a recipe from King Arthur Flour that only calls for starter, flour, salt, and water.

If you just want to get the urge to bake out of your system, you can toss your starter once you're done with it. If you plan on making sourdough again, you can use the same starter indefinitely. Starters have been known to live in people's kitchens for decades. But to avoid using up all your flour, you can store yours in the fridge after the first five days and reduce feedings to once a week.

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