Michael and Maria Allen have a great booth space at the 2nd Street Market with all sorts of delicious foods and great gift items. Many of the products offered are made by Amish and Mennonite families; the Allens focus on products made in Ohio, and have quite a variety of unique flavors of jams, fruit butters and jellies, cobbler and pie fillings, mustards, no-sugar-added items, pickled foods and salsas. Fresh cookies made in Kettering are also on offer, as are beautiful handmade quilted coasters, hot pads, pot holders and other items.
Most recently, I was looking for unusual mustard for dipping. Michael showed me all the different mustards in the shop, and I settled for a Sweet Hickory Mustard Sauce made by Royal Fireworks out of Lewis Center, Ohio. The sauce was sweet, but definitely has a spicy kick) was quite tasty for dipping Morningstar mini corn dogs, the spicy-sweet flavor made me think more of a barbecue sauce...and grilled tofu.
After slicing the extra-firm sprouted tofu (Trader Joe’s) ¼ inch thick, I initially basted the tofu with the barbecue sauce while grilling on a George Foreman Grill. The tofu turned out great, but the grill was rather a mess to clean up. A better option on round two was to simply grill the plain tofu, and then baste it with the Sweet Hickory Mustard Sauce after it came off of the grill.
The Sweet Hickory Mustard Sauce is vegetarian and is gluten-free, and you can find more recipes for it on the Royal Fireworks website.
Maria’s Unique Foods is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 to 3 and Saturdays from 8 to 3 year round, and they accept cash, checks and credit cards. They always provide GREAT customer service and will help you find just what you are looking for.
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