Featured Basket – Complete Cellar Flight

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To get the most flavor and enjoyment from Hickory Farms’ award-winning cheeses, here’s a short guide to our most popular brands. It’s a better taste experience to begin with the younger, milder cheeses and build up to the bolder varieties. We also suggest using separate knives to cut each type to keep flavors from mixing.   Classic One-Year Aged Cheddar Cheddar is the world’s most popular cheese and is made from cow’s milk. It’s a hard variety, and when aged one year, should be slightly crumbly in texture with a rather mild, mellow taste. Color can range from white to yellow-orange.   Three-Year Aged Cheddar The sharper taste of this selection will melt in your mouth. It has an almost nutty flavor that is perfect atop a burger, a piece of summer sausage or a cracker. Our Smoked Garlic Cheddar and Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika have interesting layers of flavor that will linger on your taste buds.   Smoked Pepper Jack Originally derived from Monterey Jack, pepper jack cheese gets its kick from an infusion of jalapenos, habaneros, garlic, rosemary and sweet peppers. It makes delicious quesadillas and also works well on burgers. You can also enjoy this semi-soft, flavorful cheese …
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Cheese & Pears – Sweet and Savory Pairings

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Topping a crisp, juicy pear with creamy cheese is a delicious and texturally-rich flavor combination. Whether you’re looking for a quick midnight snack or sophisticated hors d’oeuvres for your next dinner party, a cheese and pear pairing is a fun and sophisticated option. Perfect your pairings with these simple tips. Start by becoming familiar with the flavor profiles of your pears. Comice pears, for example, are rich and creamy, featuring an almost custard-like texture with a strong, sweet flavor and a delightful scent. If you prefer a snack that’s light, crisp and refreshing, you may want to choose the smooth and slightly citrusy d’Anjou pear.   After you’ve selected your pear, it’s time to find the perfect cheese. The first thing to consider is what cheeses have flavor profiles that will complement your fruit. Comice pears, for example, are so sweet that they benefit from just a little bit of salt. Try pairing your Comice with a salty, full-flavor cheese, like a Manchego. D’Anjous, on the other hand, work well with fresh, bright cheeses, such as feta. Golden pears, which are sweet and crisp, pair with anything from a strong blue cheese to a creamy aged cheese.   Another important …
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Impressive Cheese Platters for Party Guests

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Nothing gets the party going quite like the delicious combination of fruit, cheese and wine. By choosing complimentary flavors of gourmet wine and cheese, you’ll be able to make the perfect cheese plate. Wow your guests with a fantastic platter using these simple guidelines. Start by selecting the cheese. This is where you get to be a little bit adventurous and have some fun. As a general rule, you want to pick between three and five different varieties and have two ounces of cheese per guest. Try mixing and matching cheeses with different flavors and textures to really keep your guests on their toes. Start with one blue cheese, one soft ripened cheese and one hard cheese, such as artisanal cheddar. Then, spice it up a little more by adding a fun or exotic cheese you’ve never tried before. Remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least an hour before serving. Next, it’s time to add the accompaniments, starting with the fruit. Create a pretty presentation by rimming the platter with mixed slices of fresh fruit, including apples, plums, pears and peaches. Then pile on the dried fruits. Your platter should be filled with golden and dark raisins, dried apricots, …
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