The chefs' competition at the annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival produces some ingenious dishes. As a past judge, I've tasted mustard in almost every possible application. In my book one of the most creative was apple pie: I loved the pungent kick under the sharp cheddar streusel.
Mustard and sweet foods ― especially fruit ― have actually enjoyed a long and synergetic relationship (although some notable fellow judges were slightly less enthusiastic about the pie than I was). If you like contrasts, you'll find these desserts downright intriguing. And if you're a mustard fan, check out the festival in Napa this year, through March 31 (main event weekend March 9-11). Call (707) 938-1133 or go to www.mustardfestival.org.