Gourmet Lunch Box – Delicious Sandwich Ideas

Composed of gourmet meat, cheese and freshly baked bread, sandwiches are a simple and delicious option for a fast lunch on the go. With the help of our Hickory Farms gift baskets and a few simple tips, you can whip up delectable sandwiches in moments. Try these five recipes and transform a simple lunch into a gourmet experience.

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You can bring to mind images of the French countryside with Open Faced Cornichon Butter Sandwiches. Starting with a nice crusty baguette, roughly chop a handful of cornichons, a small, tart European pickle and mix everything into fresh butter. Spread the mixture on half of your baguette and top with thin slices of our Signature Beef Summer Sausage.

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If you’re looking for a grown up version of grilled cheese, try a Balsamic Strawvocado. Just add mashed avocado and slices of strawberries to two pieces of toasted wheat bread and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Top with our Farmhouse Cheddar and Peppercorn Cheese Round and place in a skillet until it’s melted and gooey.

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Bring home the tropics with a spicy fish sandwich. Coat your fish in cornmeal and Cajun seasoning before pan frying. Then, using a kaiser roll, stack the fish, some shredded cabbage, cilantro and tomato, along with a spread of our Honey and Pineapple Mustard.

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Jazz up a deli sandwich with homemade onion relish. Cook down red onion in olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss with fresh herbs. Finish by layering our Turkey Summer Sausage, our Sweet Hot Mustard and relish on thickly-sliced bread.

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For a delicious sweet and savory treat that really takes the traditional cheese sandwich to the next level, try a Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Sandwich. Slice a baguette in half and spread each side with fig jam and slices of our Smoked Gouda cheese. Place the sandwich under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bread is a nice golden color. Finish with a sprinkle of arugula.

 

With these simple recipes and the gourmet meats and cheeses from Hickory Farms’ Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, you can turn an ordinary sandwich into something truly special.

3 Ways to Count Down to the New Year with New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve party ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Before you know it, it will be time to ring in 2014. Whether you decide to stay home with your family on New Year’s Eve or host a grand celebration, Hickory Farms has New Year’s Eve party ideas to make it a memorable night for all.

 

Planning a New Year’s party with Hickory Farms.

Family Fun

On this night of celebration, let the little ones to stay up in their pajamas and watch the ball drop on TV to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While Mom and Dad are enjoying a toast at midnight with some of Hickory Farms premium wines, pour some sparkling cider in a fancy glass for the kids. If it’s legal in your neighborhood, bundle everyone up and head outside to pop firecrackers. With parental supervision, children can delight in holding bright sparklers.

If you’re not one who enjoys rowdy crowds, have a couple friends over for a New Year’s pajama party. Lay out a decadent spread of New Year’s Eve party food with Hickory Farms Winter Wonderland Basket. Relax and enjoy bottles of Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, hard and soft cheeses, three varieties of summer sausage, sweet treats and much more.

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hickory Farms.

A Gala Affair 

Invite the gang to glam it up, and ring in the New Year with Charles Lafitte Sparkling Wine Brut Prestige, that, along with a bottle of Parducci Sustainable Red, are just two of the treats in Hickory Farms Cheers to You Gift Box. One interesting idea when planning a New Year’s party is to have a fondue pot with melted cheese and crusty French bread cut into bite-size pieces and skewers for guests to dip. Set out another pot full of melted chocolate for fruits like strawberries or delicious bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit from Hickory Farms Fresh From the Farm Basket.

No matter the occasion, Hickory Farms has plenty of festive and delicious New Year’s Eve party food ideas to please any palate. Start an account and order your wine and cheese basket today!

Cooking Safety Tips

On the day of your holiday feast, the kitchen is the most important room in your home. But between sautéeing, broiling and baking, accidents can happen. At Hickory Farms, we want to make sure everybody has a safe and joyful holiday season with these basic cooking safety tips.

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Take precautions for your holiday feasts.

A night or two before the feast and cooking, fire safety tips should be your priority. Walk around your home and check all of your fire alarms. If smoke from the cooking causes the alarm to go off, avoid the urge to remove the battery.

Before you begin cooking, scrub your range top and oven. Get rid of as much build up as possible to prevent unexpected flare ups. Also, make sure all of your supplies are approved by a recognized testing facility and keep a small fire extinguisher at the ready.

Dress to impress and show off your arms. Long sleeves with loose cuffs can easily catch on fire while cooking.

Be Attentive

With your guests talking and laughing in the living room, it can be tempting to leave the kitchen for just a moment to join them. However, unattended pans can quickly turn into kitchen fires.

Keep your working space clean. Avoid placing items, such as towels and pot holders, near the oven or stovetop where they can burn.

Know how to react

If a fire does break out, be prepared. If a fire breaks out on the stove top, turn off the heat and place a lid over the flames. Grease fires often require a fire extinguisher. For oven fires, keep the door closed and turn off the range.

If you follow these simple safety tips, enjoying this time with your family can be one of the best parts of your holiday celebration. Enlist some of your relatives to help you in the kitchen and put out a platter full of Hickory Farms’ pantry essentials to nibble on while you cook. But above all, enjoy a warm and safe holiday celebration!