Recipes Inspired by Your Kids’ Favorite Books

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With National Book Lovers Day coming up on Aug. 9, it’s a great time to read a fun book with your kids. Encourage their love of reading by pairing story time with these delicious, book-inspired recipes from Hickory Farms. The Very Hungry Caterpillar This beautifully illustrated classic children’s tale is a great educational tool for your little ones. For the perfect pairing, read this story while your children snack on sandwiches adorably arranged into a caterpillar shape.   Start by making six sandwiches on whole wheat bread, topping three with our Farmhouse Cheddar and three others with our HoneyGold Ham. Then, use a circular cookie cutter to create five shapes from each sandwich. Stacking each circle on its side, arrange the sandwich pieces in a swirling pattern that resembles a caterpillar’s body. Finish by creating a cute head out of a tomato with cheddar eyes and celery antennas. Green Eggs and Ham Told in rhymed verse, every kid enjoys Dr. Seuss. You can really bring this tale to life with these fun Green Eggs and Ham cups. In a sautee pan, combine shallots, spinach and a bit of cream, cooking until the cream thickens. Meanwhile, line muffin cups with slices of our HoneyGold Ham. Then, add a …
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Seasonal Recipe: Baby Cheesecake with Toffee Pears

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Creamy, rich and decadent, cheesecake is delicious on its own, and it’s even better when paired with a number of fruity toppings. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on July 30, it’s the perfect time to celebrate this delicious cake by preparing your own version with our gourmet fruit baskets and this one-of-a-kind Cheesecake with Toffee Pears recipe. Make the crust As the base for the decadent filling, the crust is an important component of any cake. Make yours by tossing together a scoop of rolled oats, a handful of our chopped mixed nuts, a bit of brown sugar and some melted butter. Then, place a spoonful of the mixture into muffin tins lined with baking cups. Use your fingers to pat down the mixture, and then bake the crust for about eight minutes to set. Mix up the filling Now, it’s time to make the filling. Using an electric stand mixer, whip room-temperature cream cheese until it’s smooth and airy. Then, slowly mix in an egg. For something a little unexpected, add an intriguing savory element, like blue cheese, that will complement the pears. Finish by adding even more creaminess with a scoop of sour cream. Spoon the blue cheese-tinged cheesecake …
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5 Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

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Plump and juicy with a delicious burst of flavor, blueberries are a tasty, low-calorie treat that pack tons of health benefits into a tiny berry. You can celebrate this fantastic summer fruit during National Blueberry Month this July by enjoying some of its amazing benefits. Improve your immune system Blueberries are absolutely brimming with antioxidants. In fact, they contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable that has been tested. These amazing components neutralize free radicals in your body, giving your immune system a serious boost. The pigment in blueberries, known as anthocyanin, is responsible for both the beautiful blue color of the berries and many of the health benefits. Maintain brain function Blueberries aren’t only good for your body; they’re also good for your mind. As you age, you can begin to lose memory function and the ability to control your emotions. Anthocyanins can help reverse this, improving memory and brain function. One study found that participants who were given blueberry juice scored higher on a memory test than those that were not. Preserve eyesight Have you noticed that you’re having a harder time seeing clearly? Blueberries may be able to help. Clinical studies have found …
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