March is National Peanut Month!

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March is National Peanut Month, and here at Hickory Farms, we like to promote the health benefits of a wholesome diet supplemented by tasty nuts. Here are some of our favorite “health nut” facts that may surprise you.   Weight Control A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that those choosing to add nuts to their daily diet don’t have to limit their consumption of tasty snacks in order to drop pounds and lose inches. Nuts are satisfying to eat and are nutritionally dense and high in fiber. As a result, your body metabolizes them slowly, making you feel fuller, longer.   Heart Healthy Foods Eating nuts is also a great way to promote cardiovascular health. Research conducted at Harvard indicates that healthy men and those recovering from heart attack both benefit from eating peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts. Additionally, your immune system gets a welcome boost from high levels of magnesium and vitamins B and E if you eat almonds while experiencing stress.   Cancer Preventative The American Association for Cancer Research has found that vitamin E in pistachios can be a cancer preventative. Vitamin E also prevents cognitive decline in senior citizens. High levels of folate in peanuts can …
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Unique Gifts for National Employee Appreciation Day

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Hickory Farms would like to join you in honoring your employees for Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, March 7. Let your valued employees know that you appreciate their contributions to your company’s success by sending them a nice gift. Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions below. Birchbox is a cool monthly subscription service that sends a box of high-end grooming and beauty supplies to your recipient. These boxes can be customized by the recipient, so that they receive only products they’ll actually use. If your employees get a new box each month, they will definitely feel the appreciation year round!   Hickory Farms Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box is a thoughtful gift for an executive assistant or personal secretary. It’s packed with a bottle of Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 5 oz. of our Classic Cheddar and some delicious pears and an apple, perfect for letting in a little glimmer of summer on a late winter day. Every office has at least one employee who’s always plugged in to his or her headphones. An iTunes gift card will allow your co-worker to pick the songs they like to listen to all day long. A gift certificate for two to a nice restaurant is …
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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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