A Guide to Red and White Wine Pairings

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Planning a party can be a fun experience. From selecting menu options and decorating your home to compiling the perfect playlist, the list of things to do goes on and on. But even experienced party planners can become stymied when trying to choose which wines go best with which foods.  However, Hickory Farms can make your choice a little easier when you’re planning your next soirée. Keep in mind there are no hard and fast rules, merely suggestions for the optimum taste experience. Some wine pairings work because of their similarities to the dish; others succeed because they make an interesting contrast. Other factors to consider are whether you’re serving lighter fare, which generally calls for a light white wine as opposed to a heavy-bodied red. The most basic wine rule has always been serve reds with red meats and whites with chicken and pork. This is because the fats and proteins in red meat mellow the tannins inherent in red wine. One interesting contrast you might consider recreating is the heat of a chili-infused or spicy Cajun main course offset by a sweet Reisling or Italian Moscato. Below are a few other suggestions that stand the test of time. Champagne tends to go best with …
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Host a Fun Cinco de Mayo Party in the Great Outdoors

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It’s time to break out some mariachi music and an assortment of colorful piñatas! Hickory Farms is gearing up for Cinco de Mayo, and you can celebrate with us by throwing a festive outdoor party with a delicious menu that will sure to wow your friends. It wouldn’t be a Cince de Mayo celebration without the day’s quintessential drink — margaritas! Stick to the basics with a classic blend of ingredients, or pick up the pace a little with some fancy variations. Blackberry brandy is an interesting addition, especially if you toss in some fresh blackberries as well! Sangria is a very refreshing drink to have on a hot day. You can make this drink a little more festive by throwing your favorite fresh fruits in it. If you like your drinks sweeter, substitute the club soda with ginger ale. Make some fresh fruit kebabs and use some flat cactus leaves as a natural platter. Just skewer some pieces of apple, pear and Mandarin oranges from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Box for a healthy treat that tastes great too. Sausage and pepper turnovers made with our Turkey Summer Sausage are a good choice for finger foods at your outdoor celebration.   You can’t go wrong with cheesy rice and black beans made …
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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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