Tasty Memorial Day BBQ Meals to Try this Spring

Memorial Day is all about spending time with friends and family. Over the years, picnics have become an important part of the annual tradition. Be the star of the feast this summer by preparing these fun Memorial Day BBQ meals with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift box.

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Start with an appetizer

When enjoying time with friends and family, you don’t want to rush. Instead of cooking right away, put out a nice appetizer to nibble on while your guests chat.

For a snack that is simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time, try a sausage and cheese platter. Start by removing the casing from our Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, and cut the sausage into thin pieces. Then, slice our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into cubes. Place the cheese and sausage on a platter with slices of our Fuji Apples and Crown Comice Pears to give your guests plenty of possible flavor combinations.

Make an unexpected entree

While most picnics feature hot dogs and hamburgers, you can make yours a bit more elegant with a delicious salmon bake. For this simple recipe, start by making a crust for the fish by mixing a cup of our diced pistachios from the gift box with brown sugar, dill, black pepper, and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon, and bake until the fish flakes. For a nice final touch, serve your guests a glass of the La Crema Chardonnay. With its citrus notes, the wine is a perfect pairing for the salmon.

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End with a delicious dessert

The mixed nuts from the basket can quickly be transformed into a yummy nut bar. Start by making a crust out of flour, brown sugar, salt, and butter, and press the mixture into a pan. Then, melt down butterscotch chips and butter with a little corn syrup. Place the nuts on the crust, pour the butterscotch mixture over the top, and bake.

With the Toast the Traditions basket from Hickory Farms, you have everything you need for a great Memorial Day picnic, from start to finish.

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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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.

 

Memory Collage

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 single page collage 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. The time spent together looking at your past memories shared with your mom will be an experience that will mean the world to your mother.

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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. Looking for ways to make your movie night even more special and delicious? Surprise mom with the Pfaelzer Brothers Italian Ice Cream Truffles for a movie night dessert that is as much decadent and premium as it is fun and unexpected.

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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.

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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.

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