Throw an Irish-Themed Party for St. Patrick’s Day

 
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    It’s almost that time of the year to wear green! Here at Hickory Farms, we’d like to help you get in the mood with a few entertaining tips, so you can throw your own Irish-themed party. Green, of course, is the color of the day, so decorate with emerald shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold. You can make an Irish door hanging with inexpensive supplies from your local craft store, or learn how to fold a green napkin into a cute shamrock shape. Cook up some Irish-inspired treats like a Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup that can be made with the cheddar from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out a piece of bread to smear with pesto and float atop the soup. You can also fix some beer-glazed sausage and apples using our award-winning beef summer sausage and apples from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.   You can’t go wrong with serving a traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes. Use Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard from your well-stocked pantry to give it a burst of flavor. Break out the green beer (just add a couple drops of green food coloring to the cups before pouring) and …
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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 …
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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 …
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