A neighbor of ours has a condiment problem. Her refrigerator is littered with jars of pastes and sauces that dress up a slice of steak or a warm tortilla elegantly. There is no way we're telling her about SchoolHouse Kitchen's Sweet Smooth Hot Mustard and Bardshar Chutney. She doesn't have the room.
Last night we slapped some of the mustard on a few pork chops before grilling them, then served them with a spoonful of the chutney. The mustard gave a subtle flavor to the meat, and the chutney, made with peaches, apples, onions, green pepper and garlic, offered a playful balance to the sometimes-on-the-dry-side experience a pork chop can be. It was the perfect thing to turn a very minimally-planned dinner into something a bit more elegant.
SchoolHouse Kitchen was founded in 2004 by Patsy Smith who, for many years, worked on behalf of nonprofit health and education organizations. She also happened to have a mean mustard recipe. Put those two together and you have a line of products like mustard, chutney, and vinaigrette whose sale benefits education programs.
"Democracy depends upon those who can read, think, and reflect. As the SchoolHouse Kitchen grows, we will contribute to causes that we feel will enhance society by empowering our youth to create a better world."
You can purchase the mustard and chutney through their website (two chutneys and two mustards for $25.00) or at select retailers around the country. Here in NYC, you can find the products at Dean & Deluca and Balducci's.