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 from …
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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 for …
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Scrumptious Platters for School Functions

 
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        When school bells ring again this fall, it’s a good bet there will be plenty of after school and evening functions for parents to attend. Whether it’s a back-to-school potluck, a dinner for the annual PTA meeting or tailgating before high school football games, students and parents will need to keep their energy up with some healthful treats. There’s a skill and an art to preparing an appetizing spread quickly and efficiently. Hickory Farms knows that today’s parents are busier than ever, so we’ve found a few simple recipes for delicious offerings parents can bring along with them to please even the pickiest of eaters. Fruit Kabobs All the nutrition with none of the mess, fruit kabobs are easy to make and very portable. They’re quite versatile, making them the perfect snack, appetizer or healthy dessert for when you’re on the go. Simply cut some fresh fruit into cubes, place on a skewer and serve on a large platter. Mini Ham, Cheddar & Apple Paninis These paninis are so scrumptious kids will be coming back for seconds, so make sure to pack a big batch of this tasty course. Smoked ham, cheddar cheese and thinly sliced apples are all you need besides the bread to complete this easy dish. Monkey Platter Make a platter with a little bit of …
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