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 it hearty …
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Top Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her

 
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      No matter when your anniversary is, Hickory Farms has got you covered with plenty of suggestions for gifts to delight your beloved. Below are a few of our favorites! Gifts for Her This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Russian amethyst is wrapped securely in 24 karat gold and swings from a lovely gold vermeil chain with hoops. It makes a wonderful gift of natural jewelry, and as amethyst is the gem for February, it’s perfect for anniversaries that fall during this month.   Break out your crystal glasses and Toast the Traditions with our Hickory Farms gift box full of pears and apples, summer sausage and cheese selections, sweet treats and nuts, as well as a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay. Curl up by the fireside for your own private celebration! Give her a special spa day at home with Amazon’s Art of Appreciation in a keepsake gift basket. Full of vanilla-scented spa products, she’ll feel loved and pampered. Gifts for Him This Steampunk-inspired watch with a leather strap will remind him of you every time he glances at his wrist. Encased in stainless steel for durability, it also has a clear back. We love this personalized keychain bar inscribed with your message to him along with the date of …
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Seasonal Recipe: Grilled Sausage with Fruit Relish and Curried Walnut Couscous

 
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        Pairing fresh, juicy fruit with bold gourmet sausage is an unexpected and delicious combination. You can even add a side of curried walnut couscous for greater textural complexity. Fantastically sweet and savory, grilled sausage with fruit relish and curried walnut couscous is a recipe that works well for everything from a summer cookout to a winter treat that transports you to the tropics. Preparing your Fruit Relish Start making your sweet relish by chopping up some fruit. For a delicious treat, pick dried mangoes, apricots, and sun plums from our Dried Fruit Collection. If you prefer fresh fruits, choose juicy Crown Comice pears, Fuji apples and Mandarin oranges. Remove the seeds and stems before dicing into small pieces, then place your fruit in a bowl. Finish your relish with a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Cooking the Sausage Make your sausage super tender by boiling your meat before grilling. Simply cut thick slabs of our Summer Sausage and add to a boiling pot of apple juice and water. Boil for five minutes before placing the sausage on the grill until a nice char forms. When perfectly cooked, place your sausage on a bun …
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