Put a New Spin on Brown Bag Lunches

Your kids might not be ready to close the door on summer and head back to school this fall, so Hickory Farms has compiled a list of some interesting lunchtime options you can use to spruce up their traditional brown bag fare. Check out our suggestions below.

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On hot days, a refreshing Pasta Salad with Sausage & Mozzarella is a healthy selection for school lunches. Just toss cooked pasta, spinach leaves, halved grape tomatoes and some Hickory Farms Summer Sausage together with olive oil and vinegar.

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Try a Turkey, Apple & Swiss Melt made with sliced turkey, cheese, thinly sliced red or green apple between hearty wheat bread. Give it some pizzazz with a light spread of our gourmet mustard and a touch of honey. Your kids won’t be trading this lunch with their schoolmates!

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This mayonnaise-free Chicken Salad with Apple & Basil covers all the bases — it’s nutritious, delicious and a great lunch option. Lime juice, white vinegar and brown sugar take the place of mayonnaise, while chopped apples and your choice of nuts with fresh sliced basil and mint leaves add texture.

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When the temperature drops, kids will warm right up with this hearty Bean & Sausage Stew that’s perfect for a chilly autumn day. Simmer our Turkey Summer Sausage, a can of beans, shredded kale, diced tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in some low-sodium chicken broth, and then season it with kosher salt and pepper. A thermos will keep the soup nice and hot for your favorite student’s belly. Round out the meal with a slice of homemade bread and a piece of fruit from our Summer Fruit Collection.

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With Hickory Farms, you can make the perfect lunch choices year round. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, gourmet fruits and nuts and savory sausage and cheeses blend into all your favorite recipes and are delicious as both meal and snack options.

Call today at 800.753.8558, or go online for round the clock ordering.

Family Fun – Fireside Activities for Cold Winter Days

 

When winter winds are blowing and snow piles up outside, there’s no better place to be than in front of a roaring fire. Delight the entire family with an indoor fireside picnic with Hickory Farms’ Hickory Fire Side, which includes beef and turkey sausages, four varieties of cheese and our special Sweet Hot Mustard. Add in a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, and you’ll have some yummy fixings for an indoor picnic.

Of course, the food’s not the only great thing about a picnic! Check out these fun activities you and your family can enjoy, while relaxing at home on a cold, winter day.

 

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Involve everyone in creating a family scrapbook by collecting photos from past celebrations and vacations, souvenirs from theme parks and ticket stubs from movies. Include programs from dance recitals, certificates and ribbons from awards at school and athletic events. Allow your kids to express their innate creativity with markers, stickers, glitter and glue sticks.

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Making fondue is almost as much fun as eating it! You can start with our Cheddar Flight, which includes four varieties of cheese, some cubes of crusty French bread, as well as a couple slices of delicious apples and pears from our Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box. Finish off the evening with this recipe for Ultimate S’Mores toasted over an open fire.

Watch classic movies and TV shows. Introduce a new generation of children to the delights of “Shirley Temple,” “I Love Lucy” and the slapstick comedy of “The Three Stooges,” while the whole family snuggles by the fire.

You can also organize an indoor scavenger hunt on a snow day when the kids are home from school. Write down clues on scraps of paper that lead to special stashes of treats like homemade cookies or the next clue.

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Work on a family project next to a warm fire. Let your kids assemble a large puzzle or a homemade masterpiece on poster board.

Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your memorable family traditions since 1951. Call us at 800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place an order for delivery right to your door.

Best Kept Kitchen Secrets

Even the world’s most famous chefs cut corners in the kitchen. Today, we’re going to share some of the tricks that top chefs hide under their toques in order to save time and trouble in the kitchen without sacrificing flavor or quality. These six top chef shortcuts can help you go from an amateur to an at-home chef and entertainer extraordinaire.

 

  • Breadcrumbs make a great substitute for flour when you need to thicken a sauce. Allow them to simmer for several minutes to release their starch, and remember to strain the sauce before serving. Your sauce will be thick and flavorful with no floury taste.
  • Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut meat swiftly with no mess. They make it easier to get the exact sized pieces you want while keeping your hands clean. Kitchen shears are also a quick and easy way to mince garden herbs for your favorite recipes.
  • Instead of starting from scratch, use a ready-made sauce or condiment to quickly add a zip to sauces, marinades and dishes to cut down on prep time.
  • Fresh cheese is a must for authentic Italian and other dishes, but soft cheeses can be difficult to grate quickly and easily. One trick is to freeze the cheese for 20 minutes to make grating a breeze.
  • Waiting for butter to soften adds precious minutes to a busy cook’s tight schedule. Hasten the process by grating the butter in a bowl. The small pieces soften much faster.
  • Homemade stock is the lifeblood of many great recipes, but is time consuming to prepare. Having pre-measured amounts on hand can save tons of time and energy. The next time you make a pot of stock, fill a muffin tin with the liquid after it cools and throw it in the freezer. Once frozen, pop the individual helpings out and store them in labeled and dated freezer bags.
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It’s no secret that Hickory Farms is a great gourmet shortcut with fresh fruits and nuts, award-winning sausage and cheese, and pantry essentials like Chipotle Ranch Sauce, Horseradish Sauce and Sweet Hot Mustard. Visit our website to place your order and stock your kitchen like a top chef!