Bountiful Tastings: Baby Shower Fruit Baskets

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A bountiful fruit plate is a light and healthy dish perfect for any spring baby shower. Rather than simply placing fruit on a platter, you can transform your fruit display into a fun decorative item that matches the shower’s theme. Add a truly unique design to your baby shower buffet with these fun ideas. Why put fruit in an ordinary bowl when you can serve it in a baby fruit carriage? Starting with a watermelon, cut off most of the top half of the melon, leaving a small overhang that looks like the hood of the carriage. Then, scoop out the watermelon, leaving a light pink coating. Afterwards, finish the carriage with four wheels made of orange slices. Inside, transform a peeled cantaloupe into an adorable baby’s face, using blueberries or grapes for eyes, a melon ball for a nose and placing a pacifier where the lips should go. Put the face at the top of the watermelon carriage and fill the rest with an assortment of your favorite fruits. Cute animal designs are always a great option for baby showers You can make a fun fruit frog by topping half an apple with two marshmallows for eyes and a …
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Throw an Irish-Themed Party for St. Patrick’s Day

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It’s almost that time of the year to wear green! Here at Hickory Farms, we’d like to help you get in the mood with a few entertaining tips, so you can throw your own Irish-themed party. Green, of course, is the color of the day, so decorate with emerald shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold. You can make an Irish door hanging with inexpensive supplies from your local craft store, or learn how to fold a green napkin into a cute shamrock shape. Cook up some Irish-inspired treats like a Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup that can be made with the cheddar from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out a piece of bread to smear with pesto and float atop the soup. You can also fix some beer-glazed sausage and apples using our award-winning beef summer sausage and apples from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.   You can’t go wrong with serving a traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes. Use Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard from your well-stocked pantry to give it a burst of flavor. Break out the green beer (just add a couple drops of green food coloring to the cups before pouring) and Irish whiskey. …
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Southern Delights – Hearty Mardi Gras Recipes

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Laissez le bon temps roulez! It’s that time again! Mardi Gras is on March 4, which means Carnival season is at a fever pitch. Let Hickory Farms help you to host your own Mardi Gras party with the following suggestions. Decorations Purple, green and gold are the colors of carnival season, and each one has a special meaning. Let your decorations reflect justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold). Making your own Mardi Gras masks is a lot of fun, or you can simply pick some up at a party supply store. No Mardi Gras party is complete without beads, so make sure you have plenty on hand for guests to adorn themselves. Long, lustrous pearls are especially coveted. Menu Stick to New Orleans tried and true recipes, like a simmering pot of Red Beans and Rice (don’t forget to make your roux). Cut slices of beef and turkey summer sausage from Hickory Farms Beef & Turkey Hearty Hickory Gift Box into the pot to make it especially savory.   Another Mardi Gras favorite is jambalaya. As andouille sausage can be hard to find outside of south Louisiana, simply substitute Hickory Farms turkey or beef summer sausage to make it hearty and delicious. …
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