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.

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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!

 

Health Fix – Homemade Cracker Recipes

Whether you want a healthy afternoon bite or a nice treat to have around the house for guests, crackers and cheese spread is the perfect snack. By making your own crackers, you can add even more flavor to a healthy snack. Try combining one of these four delicious cracker recipes with our creamy Hickory Farms cheese spreads. It’ll be a treat you won’t soon forget!

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Parmesan and Basil Crackers

With a hint of salty cheese and a touch of fragrant herbs, Parmesan and basil crackers are sure to add just the right amount of flavor to your dips. To make your own, mix together flour, dried basil, salt and pepper and nice, freshly grated Parmesan Regianno. Then, add pieces of cold butter and a dash of cream until the dough forms. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and bake until your delicious crackers are golden brown.

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Honey Oat Crackers

For those of you who love sweet and savory combinations, try dipping honey oat crackers into a spicy spread. Using a food processor, pulse together rolled oats, baking soda, a dash of sugar and salt, a touch of cinnamon and some butter. In a small bowl, combine honey, vanilla and water before streaming everything into the food processor. Roll out the dough and bake.

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Sweet Potato Crackers

If you’d like to sneak in some vitamins and nutrients, try making your crackers with healthy sweet potatoes. Start by boiling your potato and making a puree. Let your puree cool, then mix with dry ingredients, honey and butter. Finish by cutting the dough into fun shapes and baking the crackers.

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Whole Wheat Crackers

If you prefer to take a more traditional route, consider sticking with a classic, like whole wheat sesame crackers. Simply mix flour, salt and sesame seeds before streaming everything in olive oil and a bit of water. Bake until crunchy.

With these recipes, baking fresh and nutritious homemade crackers couldn’t be easier. Combine these crackers with our Hickory Farms Sharp Cheese Ball or Bacon and Green Onion Spread for a quick and delicious snack!