Savory Steak Marinades with Red Wine

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You know that your steak tastes fantastic with a glass of bold red wine. But did you know that putting red wine in a marinade can add flavor and make your steak more tender? Transform the Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box with Red Wine into an amazing marinade for your steak with these tips. Marinade Basics The first thing you should know when preparing red wine steak marinades is how to achieve a good balance. A great marinade packs your steak with flavor while also tenderizing the meat. The basic rule of thumb for the mixture is to use one cup of acid, 1/2 cup of fat, two tablespoons of herbs, and two tablespoons of salt. Start by choosing your acid, which, in our case, is red wine. Add the wine to a storage bag, then mix in your fat, such as olive oil or grapeseed oil, a bit of spice, like chili powder or allspice, and your herbs, including garlic or cilantro. Mix the ingredients together, and place the meat in the bag for a few hours. Putting it all together Now that you know the basics, you can perfect any marinade. For a …
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Spring Entertaining with Hickory Farms

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With the warm air, and long awaited sunshine, we are starting to see that spring is finally here! There are so many things that come to mind when we think of spring: picnics, outdoor activities, baby and wedding showers, and one of our favorite activities-spring entertaining. With the combination of springtime and some helpful tips from Hickory Farms, you’ll be well on your way to hosting spring gatherings that are second to none. Create the Perfect Table Spread Spring is the perfect time to host a housewarming party or small gathering with your closest friends. Nothing brings friends together more than a colorful and delicious spread of snacks and beverages. To create a spread that appeals to everyone’s tastes, an array of colors and textures is key. Crunchy nuts, sweet candy, delicious seasonal fruit, and savory flavors like creamy cheese really create a springtime spread that appeals to every taste bud. Host a Picnic at the Park Now that it’s finally warming up, wait no longer to enjoy a picnic in the park with your loved ones. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket filled with your favorite quick, easy, and healthy lunches.  Slicing sausage and cheese before you leave …
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3 Delicious Deep Red Wine Recipes

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Whether you drink it along with your dinner or add it to your recipe, a bold red wine is a great addition to any meal. Use the fruity Cabernet Sauvignon from our Hickory Farms Signature Gift Box to cook a rich and comforting meal with one of these delicious red wine recipes. Short Ribs with Veggies Braised meat cooked low and slow is the perfect cold weather meal. Start by making a marinade by combining the bottle of wine with leek, onion, garlic, carrots, and herbs. Then, place the short ribs in storage bags, pour the marinade over the top, and refrigerate overnight. The next day, brown the ribs and veggies before transferring to a roasting pan. While the meat roasts, make a sauce of wine, mushrooms, shallots, and thyme. Serve the sauce over the tender meat. Leek Wine Soup Combining leeks and red wine into a silky soup is the perfect start to any dinner party. Begin this decadent dish by sauteeing saffron and leeks until tender. Then, pour in the red wine and simmer until reduced. Once the mixture is thickened, add chicken stock and large chunks of toasted peasant bread. Use a stick blender to puree the …
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