Seasonal Recipe: Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

 
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    Dumplings are such warm and rustic treats that they can instantly give you a pleasant feeling of coziness and with National Apple Dumpling Day coming up on Sept. 17, now is the perfect time to make this delicious treat for your family. By taking advantage of the fresh fruits and crunchy nuts in our Hickory Farm’s gourmet fruit baskets, you can make this delicious Cinnamon Apple Dumpling recipe even more special. Assemble your dumplings Start by unrolling your refrigerated crescent dough and separating each piece. Afterwards, take the apple of your choice, this might be Fuji or Granny Smith, and then peel, cut and remove the seeds and core. From here, simply wrap the crescent dough around your apple half before placing it in a greased baking dish. To add a little spice to your dumplings, top them off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Bake until the dough is a beautiful golden brown and until the apples are nice and soft. Make a delicious orange sauce To elevate your dumplings to the next level, the secret truly lies in the sauce. Start by combining orange juice with some sugar in a small sauce pan. Make sure you keep an eye on the juice as you bring it to …
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Our Favorite Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes

 
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      Oktoberfest and its festivities date back to the day when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The events that followed were repeated again the next year and soon became a favorite annual celebration starting at the end of September and ending on the first Sunday in October. Now that September is coming to an end, you can bring this fantastic tradition into your home with a few Oktoberfest-inspired recipes featuring our gourmet Hickory Farms ingredients. Oktoberfest Bread Cheddar, sausage and bread are important components of any Oktoberfest celebration. Rather than just making a traditional sandwich, try combining all of these ingredients into one amazing loaf of bread. Start by sautéing chunks of our Beef Summer Sausage in a skillet until they reach a nice golden brown. Then, in a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder before mixing in an egg and a bit of honey. Finally, finish by folding the beer, sausage and plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar into the loaf before baking. Beer Cheese Soup Featuring a creamy texture with light and fruity flavors, a good beer cheese soup is an excellent dish to serve with bread. Start by browning bacon, and then use the fat to cook some onions, carrots, celery and chopped Fuji apples …
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A Creative Gift Guide for Working Parents

 
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        Coming up on Sept. 16 is Working Parents Day, and Hickory Farms understands the hard work and dedication of every committed parent. Corporations can give parents special recognition by offering benefits like paid sick leave and flexible work schedules, along with an occasional gesture of appreciation for their contributions and sacrifices. Below are some gift-giving suggestions for working parents. Gifts for Employees You run a tight ship and expect everyone to pitch in and give their all for your new project, so it’s nice to show your thanks for great results by giving your team a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some downtime with their families. Hickory Farms Deluxe Signature Sausage & Cheese Gift Box, with a variety of gourmet cheese, mustard and beef summer sausage, is a nice surprise to have delivered to the office for workers to enjoy on nights when they’re working late and missing family dinners. Hickory Farms also offers gift cards you can send to team members who lead the company with their sales figures or bring coveted clients on board. Gifts for Valued Coworkers Hard-working team players keep you up to date on missed meetings and cover you when you need to duck out early …
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