Simple Ways to Send Holiday Greetings to the Military

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It’s important to remember our brave, dedicated servicemen and women stationed throughout the world. With the holidays upon us, many of our military personnel are separated from their family and friends. Hickory Farms wants to bring the feeling of family to them by making it easy to send an array of gourmet military gifts consisting of sausages, cheeses, fruits, snacks and sweets.

 

Read on for some other military care package ideas you can send to faraway loved ones.

 

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Memories of home

Give your military loved ones something that will strike a fond memory of friends, family and good times. Copy some photographs and place them inside a treasured book they will enjoy reading later. Another gift idea with great sentiment is to upload a collection of pictures to a digital frame, so your special someone far away can relive old times.

Children can make an art project or write a poem for their military loved ones to help maintain that special connection across the miles.

Hickory Farms supports our men and women in uniform, and we salute their service to our country by offering free shipping to APO/PPO addresses. To assure standard delivery by December 25, your order must by placed by Dec. 2.

How to Serve Up a Tasteful Open House

Even in this digital age of online house hunting, June Fletcher of the Wall Street Journal encourages all home sellers to hold an open house.

“While it’s easy to spend an afternoon blasting through slide show after slide show of homes for sale, photos alone don’t sell homes. They can’t convey how a home smells, sounds or feels — and, as anyone who has seen a room shot through a wide-angle lens knows, they can deceive.”

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So once you’ve cleaned and staged your home, how do you make it even more appealing to the senses? Serve refreshments!

Mark Nash of Realtor Mag says the first rule of a delectable open house is to ditch the silverware: “If a guest at your open house needs to use a spoon, fork, or knife to graze at your buffet, the food is too fussy. Finger foods are always best.”

Finger sandwiches were one of HGTV’s “10 Foods for a Delicious Open House” because “they are the perfect size for snacking, and they’ll lend your open house a distinctive upscale feel.”

Whole washed fruit, nuts and cheese and crackers are some other great finger food options. To estimate how many visitors you will have, try to find out what the average attendance was for a previous open house in your neighborhood or area. Then, accommodate for three hors d’oeuvres and one beverage per person. As Nash says, “Be careful not to go overboard; lavish spreads could signal desperation to savvy home buyers.”

Set up a pretty food and beverage station with fresh cut flowers to display food and drink. Outfit the station with quality plastic cups, cocktail-sized plates and napkins. For beverages, stick to bottled water and coffee (unless you have white carpets).

Selling a home is hard enough. Let Hickory Farms take care of the open house refreshments for you. Our Deluxe Signature Summer Sausage and Cheese makes for fabulous finger food and mini sandwiches. Or, any one of our gourmet food baskets filled with a combination of sausage, cheese, crackers, nuts, fruit or mints can be all you need for a tasteful open house. Head over to the Hickory Farms online store to order.

The History of Mustard

Did you know that there is a National Mustard Day? It’s celebrated on the first of every August at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, WI. Yes, there is a museum solely dedicated to mustard! But this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as mustard is one of the most universally loved condiments in the U.S. And while few of us can imagine some of our favorite American foods without it, the history of mustard begins elsewhere.

The world’s love affair with mustard first began in ancient Rome. In its earliest form, mustard was made by combining unfermented grape juice known as “must” with ground seeds of the sinapis (mustard) plant. The concoction was known as “must ardens” in Latin, which became “moutarde” in French and then eventually “mustard” in English.

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As the Roman Empire expanded, methods for making mustard began to spread throughout Europe. As country after country fell in love with this delightful food dressing, several regional varieties based on local flavors and cuisines began popping up. One of the most famous, Dijon, which was developed in France, dates back to the 13th century.

A true testament to the popularity mustard continued to gain during the Elizabethan Era is a memorable line from Taming of the Shrew: “What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?” In Henry IV, Part II Falstaff also says, “His wit’s as thick as Tewkewbury Mustard.” And remember Mustardseed from A Midsummer Night’s Dreams? As you can see, Shakespeare loved mustard, and he managed to incorporate it into several of his plays!

Europe is not the only continent where mustard gained momentum as a favorite pairing. Thanks to Marco Polo, India, China and several other countries in Asia developed a fondness for this spicy condiment. While it was created in a similar manner to European varieties, Asian mustards gained a reputation for being significantly stronger as they are traditionally made from the seeds of the brown mustard plant.

Fast forwarding to today, mustard has become a pantry essential. Who doesn’t love a delicious mustard with their summer sausage and cheese? And speaking of which, is your pantry stocked? If not, head over to the Hickory Farms and order your Sweet Hot Mustard 3 Pack today.

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