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School House Kitchen

SchoolHouse Kitchen

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
March 12, 2009

This month’s winners are Alexa and Maureen. Congratulations!

Below is the original Baking Friday post.


Scroll down to enter a comment, and click “submit” after the preview appears on screen. Send in your answer by midnight tonight and you will automatically be entered for the chance to win a SchoolHouse Kitchen combo gift pack of mustard, chutney and vinaigrette. Winners will be contacted via email. This Baking Friday is open to participants living in all 50 states in the U.S.

SchoolHouse Kitchen produces three stellar, all-natural products: SweetSmoothHot Mustard, Bardshar Chutney and Balsamic Vinaigrette Basico. All three condiments are welcome additions to my fridge, especially now that I am eating at home more often.

The mustard tastes exactly like its name. It’s sweet and smooth with a hint of heat — it jazzes up an order of fries. The Bardshar Chutney is the perfect burger topping. And for my side salad, the vinaigrette complements well its peppery and tart flavors.

SchoolHouse Kitchen’s mission isn’t just to produce gourmet products, but also to help provide educational resources by donating part of their profits. Run by mother-daughter team Pasty and Wendy, mom Patsy started making her secret recipe mustard over 30 years ago and launched SchoolHouse Kitchen a couple of years ago to bring her recipes to market to raise funds for educational organizations. Wendy recently joined her mother in this venture.

The culmination of SchoolHouse Kitchen is a fun loving way of providing the public with some much needed good sauces, while achieving a larger goal. Kudos to Mrs. and Ms. Smith!

Thank you, SchoolHouse Kitchen for this week’s Baking Friday contribution!


Comments (19)


Mar 13, 07:10 AM

Kee’s creme brulee


Mar 13, 07:15 AM

Chocolate Arts in Vancouver, B.C. The sculptural Haida aboriginal chocolate and dried berry medallions are unsurpassed.

Pat T.

Mar 13, 07:30 AM

Graeter’s ice cream in Cincinnati. They have log-sized planks of incredible dark semi-bitter chocolate in all their chip ice creams: mint, chocolate, dark cherry… It’s like finding a treasure trove. Mmmm.

anna c.

Mar 13, 07:44 AM

mmm… jacques torres or la maison du chocolat…


Mar 13, 07:50 AM

The simple dark chocolate covered raisin clusters at Lilac are hard to beat!

Tony Martino

Mar 13, 07:57 AM

J. Emanuel in Chester NJ
This chocolate man has the best!!!!


Mar 13, 08:13 AM

La Maison du Chocolat. Superb.


Mar 13, 08:14 AM

So many. La Maison du Chocolat. Valhrona. Michel Cluizel. See’s!


Mar 13, 08:36 AM

having a “FAVORITE CHOCOLATIER” is so vintage 2008; better to stick with hersheys! and you support an american homegrown company!


Mar 13, 08:51 AM

Without a smidgen of a doubt, Jacques Torres.


Mar 13, 09:48 AM

As Cynthia knows well, Jean-Paul Hevin in Paris. Their chocolate sorbet is unparalleled.


Mar 13, 10:42 AM

There are many great chocolatiers, (I buy Pierre Marcolini for my wife), but when I want chocolate I just want a bar of El Rey. No need to fuss with bon bons.


Mar 13, 12:51 PM

NYC – Jacques Torres & Mast Brothers

France – Jeff de Bruges

(I’m obviously indecisive)


Mar 13, 12:56 PM

Well…I do love the chocolate sorbet from Jean-Paul Hévin in Paris…as Alexa knows well…but in NYC, I love the coconut bonbon from Kee’s. And, any good dark chocolate bonbon with a real marinated —preferably in some kind of alcohol—cherry. C’est si simple!


Mar 13, 05:05 PM

Lately I have been really enjoying chocolate covered bing cherries from Harry & David-YUM!


Mar 13, 06:04 PM

Perugina’s Baci or Hersey’s kisses. What’s better than kisses??


Mar 13, 06:43 PM



Mar 27, 02:24 PM

Jacques Torres is the man.

Pat Savoie

Apr 3, 08:23 AM

The red foil covered-milk chocolate-sappy sweet covered cherry (fake colors, of course) of my childhood. Take me back!

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