Thomas Keller is a huge fan of spontaneous salads and invariably tops them with this creamy vinaigrette. It's inspired by his time at La Rive Restaurant in Catskill, New York; he's been making some version of it for more than 30 years. The salad itself changes constantly, based on what's in the French Laundry garden or at the market; make it with the best fresh vegetables you can get. If you don't want to eat raw egg, the dressing is easily made without the yolk.
Chef Ignacio Mattos prefers eating meat with mustard. "I can be very polite if I'm in a restaurant," he says, "but when I'm by myself, I really like mustard." Here he spreads it on simple but beautiful pork roast before cooking, sprinkling the meat with coarsely ground black pepper to create a pungent crust.
These rustic cannellini beans don't cook for very long, but they have a rich, rustic flavor because they're simmered with prosciutto and escarole. Along with the mustard-and-garlic-glazed salmon, it's a great one-dish meal.
In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater created a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors, perfect for a cool fall or winter evening.
Sour cream or cream cheese may be the usual spread with salty smoked salmon, but chef David Tanis thinks softened butter makes a tasty alternative. (Think of ham-and-butter sandwiches.) To give the butter a zippy bite, he stirs in lemon zest and both Dijon and grainy mustards.
Rosemary-Grilled Mackerel with Mustard-Dill Mayonnaise
In late summer, Rachel Allen's sons, Joshua and Lucca, fish for mackerel, and she has become an expert at preparing it. "It has a strong flavor that is not shy," she notes, "so it goes well with other strong flavors, like mustard and dill."