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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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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Pairing Wine with Spring Foods

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One of our favorite things to do at Hickory Farms is to pair exceptional wines with delicious treats for the perfect sweet and savory taste experience. We’ve come up with a few tips to help our loyal customers pair their favorite spring foods with the perfect wines. Spring is a transitional season for wines. Heavier reds enjoyed during winter holiday feasts give way to lighter, fruitier wines to accompany the season. Below are some suggestions you can try at your own table.   A traditional Easter dinner with baked ham is best complemented with the soft tannins and red raspberry notes of the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir from our All the Cellar’s Best basket.   Another perennial Easter favorite is roast leg of lamb. The gaminess of lamb blends best with the smooth and refined flavors of the Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Celebration Feast basket.   The fruitiness of a La Crema Chardonnay makes it an ideal choice with mild cheeses like Hickory Farms Apple Smoked Cheddar. It also pairs nicely with seafood dishes, pasta and poultry.   White asparagus shoots are a wonderful side dish for a brunch omelette on a leisurely spring weekend. Pair them with a cold glass …
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