Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

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April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.   Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:   Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food. When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties. Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies! Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits. What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious …
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Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids

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  Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child’s unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year’s spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas. For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads. If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket. Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves. Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, or any other little …
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Make Our Holiday Ham the Star of Your Easter Dinner!

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  With the perfect combination of smoky, salty and sweet, gourmet ham is a fantastic addition to your spring feast. Since it works so well with a variety of flavors, customizing your ham with sauces and sides to suit your tastes couldn’t be easier. Make our Hickory Farms’ Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham the true star of the show with these simple tips. A slightly sweet glaze is the perfect way to accentuate the natural sweetness of the Ham. For a delicious and unique sweet and savory combination, try topping your ham with a Cherries Jubilee – Black Pepper Glaze. Simply mix together black cherry preserves, chicken stock, a dash of brandy, a splash of cider vinegar and a bit of ground pepper. Heat the mixture in a saucepan until reduced, and pour over your ham before warming.     If you’re looking for a main dish that’s just a little spicy, try basting your gourmet ham with a fiery Fresh Peach Chutney. Simply cook down fresh peaches with sweet onion, brown sugar, a bit of balsamic vinegar and a touch of spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning.     Sharp mustard and smoky ham is a natural pairing. Enjoy this delicious combination …
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