Sweet Dried Fruit Desserts for a Memorial Day BBQ

Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather your friends and family together for an afternoon of outdoor fun accompanied by plenty of food. Of course, every good feast needs a sweet ending. Make the perfect treat for your summertime celebration with these dried fruit desserts for picnics made with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Source: Hickory Farms

Spiced Fruit Salad

Combining dried fruit with warm spices gives you a dessert that is truly special. For this sophisticated treat, start by placing our dried apricots, pears, and peaches along with a handful of dried figs and apples in a saucepan. Then, spice up the fruit by adding cloves, honey, saffron, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and lemon zest. Cover the mixture with water, and simmer for 15 minutes so that the fruit reconstitutes and gets nice and juicy.

After cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves before tossing with our almonds and a few pistachios. For a beautiful finishing touch, stir in a bit of orange water. This dish is fantastic served hot or cold and accompanied by Greek yogurt.

Fruit Compote

A delicious dried fruit compote is the perfect topping for your cake, ice cream, or anything else you can imagine. To make yours, start by soaking your favorite dried fruits in water for an hour. Then, combine water, fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon zest, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and throw in your fruit. Cook the fruit for about forty minutes or until it is nice and soft, almost forming a jelly-like consistency.

Pear Biscotti

Whether you dip it in your coffee or snack on it throughout the day, pear biscotti packs tons of flavor into a crunchy cookie. Start by creaming butter and sugar with vanilla, eggs, and our diced almonds. Then, mix in flour, baking soda, and pieces of our dried pear. Finish by dividing the dough and baking until golden brown.

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With the delicious fruits and nuts in our Dried Fruit Collection from Hickory Farms, you have the perfect flavor profile to make your summer picnic extra festive.

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day

Mom’s do so much for us, and ask for absolutely nothing in return. From offering great support and advice, to being our biggest cheerleaders, with the help of moms everywhere, the world is made to be a much better place. Here at Pfaelzer Brothers, we look forward to Mother’s Day, because it’s an opportunity to shine a lot on moms everywhere, and thank them for all that they do. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, use the day to spoil mom. With a few ideas from Pfaelzer Brothers on how to make this Mother’s Day stand out above the rest, your mom will feel loved and appreciated.

 

Scrapbooking

As time goes on, everyone’s lives are getting busier and busier. Nothing shows true love and appreciation more than taking the time to make something special for your mom. A scrapbook is a heartfelt and sentimental gift that will show your mom all of your favorite memories together, as well as her importance in your life today. Take images with your mother from your childhood, all the way to the present day to really highlight your relationship, and to take her back in time to those childhood memories you have with her.

Movie Night

While everyone is busy in their own individual lives, one of the best ways you can say ‘Thanks’ to your mom, is to put the phone down, put the laptop away, and spend a few hours fully engaged with mom. You can tend to work and other priorities later on. Find out what movie mom has been wanting to see, and spend the evening watching it with a giant bowl of popcorn while enjoying the company if one another. Some of the best ways to say ‘thanks’ are by doing the activities that are the most low maintenance, and this is certainly low maintenance, but still very fun.

Family Grilling

To make your mom really feel like the shining star that she is, host a dinner at your home and grill up all of her favorite flavors. By bringing together all of her favorite people on a day that is focused on her and all that she does, she’ll be able to bask in her special day. To make the grilling experience really premium, throw some Pfaelzer Brothers Famous Filet Minion and Succulent Lobster Tails. This is a flavor combination that is so delicious and exceptional, it’s sure to put an instant smile to her face.

Whichever way you decide to spoil mom this Mother’s Day, the most important thing is that this is time spent together. By using this time to show appreciation, and with these three tips from Pfaelzer Brothers, you will be able to give your mom a grand ‘Thank You’ that she will never forget.

 

Visit pfaelzerbrothers.com for delicious steaks and seafood that is fitting for any occasion.

 

Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips.

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Source: Hickory Farms

Marinade Basics

The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt.

Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours.

Putting it all together

Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a good place to start, opt for a simple steak marinade. First, combine wine and vegetable oil in your bag. Then, add in a little extra boost of acid with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. For the herbs, mix in oregano, cumin, and garlic. Finish with a dash of sugar and some salt and pepper.

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If you like your steak a little zesty, spice your marinade up with a bit of mustard. Try combining your red wine with olive oil, a spoonful of our Sweet Hot Mustard, a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary, some coarsely chopped garlic, and salt and pepper.

With a red wine marinade, you can make your steak more tender, more delicious, and more memorable than ever before. Marinate our Pfaelzer Famous Filet Mignon at home to taste for yourself how well red wine and steak really go together.