Delicious Lunch Ideas with Hickory Farms Pears & Cheddar

If you’re looking for a delicious combination of flavors, pears and cheddar cheese taste fantastic together, as the crisp, juicy pear really brings out the natural fruit notes of the cheese. Order a Hickory Farms Fruit & Cheese Fest Gift Box, so that you can try out these delicious pear and cheddar cheese lunch recipes at your home.

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Source: Hickory Farms

A rich and creamy soup

The brightness of the pear makes this decadent cheese soup pop. To create this dish, start by sauteeing potatoes, celery, onion, thyme, and your diced pear until everything has softened. Next, add a big splash of the white wine. Once you have cooked down the wine a bit, stir in chicken stock.

After 30 minutes, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Now, it is time to add handfuls of grated cheddar cheese, cream, and salt and pepper. Heat the soup until the cheese is melted.

A one-of-a-kind grilled cheese

This twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich will please eaters of all ages. First, you will want to preheat a griddle. Then, butter one side of two pieces of bread, before placing them butter-side down on the hot griddle. Top the bread with cheddar cheese, pears, and more cheese. Complete the sandwich with another slice of buttered bread. Once the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is turning golden brown, flip the sandwich to toast the other side.

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Source: Oh My Veggies

A super crunchy salad

For a salad your whole family will love, try this unique version of a Waldorf. In a large bowl, start by blending apple cider vinegar and honey with a little salt and pepper. Then, combine the vinaigrette with chopped apples and pears, slices of celery, and cubes of cheddar cheese. Finally, stir in a handful of pecans and serve the salad over a bed of lettuce.

The combination of crisp pears with creamy, decadent cheddar is a flavor profile that your whole family is sure to love. Bring home the Fruit and Cheese Fest basket today, and surprise everybody with a little something different for lunch this week.

4 Ways to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings This October

One of the main reasons why so many people love October is because of the seasonal harvest and all of the wonderful sweet and savory dishes you can make with pumpkin. Some recipes call for processed, canned pumpkins, but a good source is the leftover flesh from your personally carved jack-o’-lanterns.

Hickory Farms is sharing some of our favorite fall recipes to get you inspired and creating in the kitchen. For your next dinner party, try making one of the below recipes to satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings this season.

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Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Cheddar

Simmering this dish on your kitchen stove is a great way to start a crisp autumn day. Subtle notes of nutmeg and creamy Smoked Cheddar Blend add a delightful complexity that blends well with a bit of bacon.

smoked cheddar blend

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Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Applewood Smoked Cheddar

Autumn is the perfect time to explore a variety of soup recipes. This one’s great to have on the back burner for a lazy football weekend. Grate a bit of Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend on top to complete the dish.

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Pumpkin Cashew Curry over Coconut Rice

Add some Eastern inspiration to your menu with this Indian curry dish featuring chicken, pureed pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk. One healthy benefit of this dish is that the “rice” is actually finely processed fresh cauliflower, so those dieting and watching their calorie intake can enjoy a guilt-free meal.

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Fruit-Nut Pumpkin Bread

We all have a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and here’s ours. The best thing about this recipe is that, with its call for raisins, dried cranberries and a variety of nuts, it can be customized to suit a variety of tastes, while accommodating those with food allergies.

festive cheese sampler

Stock up on Hickory Farms gift baskets that are overflowing with autumn’s bounty this season. As the perfect addition to any party or football gathering or as a loving care package for a military member or college student, our gourmet gift baskets are ready to ship daily all over the country. Bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces and place your order today.

Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids


Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child’s unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year’s spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas.

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  • For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads.
  • If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket.
  • Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves.
  • Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, or any other little toys you can find.
  • For a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your older children, consider filling their spring basket with fun activities rather than toys and treats. Stuff a basket with vouchers for the movie theater or admission tickets for local museums or zoos. Another great alternative is movie night in a basket. Simply fill a basket with a movie or two, a box of microwaveable popcorn and a bag of your teen’s favorite candy.


Once you have your kid’s baskets prepared, make sure to get a spring basket treat for yourself. With Hickory Farms gift baskets, such as our Bountiful Tastings or Hickory Tropical Delight, you can treat yourself to an adult twist on the traditional spring basket that includes fresh fruits, yummy cookies, decadent cheeses and other delicious treats that are perfect for a spring feast. Your kids will love it too!