Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies

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The holiday season is loosely translated to the “chocolate” season in our family. Whether we’re gifting each other our favorite chocolates, candy bars, or truffles, some of us end up with countless boxes of these festive holiday chocolates…more than we could ever eat! If leftover chocolate is not a problem in your home, you’re one of the lucky few. That’s where these Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies come in to save the day. By chopping and folding in bits and pieces from into this semi-healthy brownie batter (it has applesauce that replaces some of the fat in this recipe, so it’s not too bad!), you’re turning your holiday chocolate gifts into a delicious, chocolate packed treat.       American confectionery craftsmen and women make the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection with the finest ingredients, along with premium milk and dark chocolate, and these chocolates are like little bites of heaven. The flavor combinations include Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, and Espresso Coffee Cream, among others. For this recipe, I chose all the caramel based chocolates to accentuate the caramel flavors of the brownies. These brownies are the perfect treat to bring to teachers, …
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Sausage Fall Flatbread

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It’s always a good idea during the holidays to have a backup plan, and back up plans in my entertaining world mean flatbreads! Flatbreads are a fancier word for thin crust gourmet pizzas and can be served either as an appetizer when cut into small squares or as a full meal when served alongside a hearty salad. A flatbread is a party waiting to happen! It takes no time to put this flatbread dough together, but it does have to rest, so be sure to factor that in. What I like to do is make a double batch of it, separate it into four dough balls and freeze two of them. That way, I’m always at the ready. They can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week and in the freezer for up to two months. This Harvest Sausage Flatbread showcases the fantastic Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage as the main topping, alongside some seasonal flavors like sweet potato and cranberries. Living on Cape Cod, cranberries are everywhere from cakes to cookies, as well as flatbreads and other savory dishes. The balance between the sweet, tart cranberries and the savory, hickory smoked sausage makes this flatbread the perfect …
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Seasonal Recipe: The Perfect Bloody Mary

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Classic Bloody Marys have been a classic and delicious brunch staple since the days of brunching began. Not only do they seem to go well with anything on your brunch menu, but they can be tailored to fit everyone’s tastes. But, why stop at brunch? With fall being prime time for tailgating season, take your Bloody Mary to new heights by adding some unique and tailgate friendly twists.   Prepare the Bloody Mary You will want to start off by choosing your vegetables. Although most Bloody Mary recipes are tomato based, the fun in creating your own is that you can personalize this drink to incorporate all of your fall veggie favorites.   For a traditional start, combine 3 cups of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce, freshly grated horseradish to your taste, salt and pepper in a one-quart container. You will want to whisk this until the ingredients are well mixed. If you and your guest tend to lean on the spicier side of food and drinks, you’ll want to add about 5 splashes of hot pepper sauce to your mixture and mix that into the concoction as well. To give this classic beverage the kick that everyone loves, add …
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