Featured Basket – Hickory Tropical Delight

When searching for the perfect gift for a special occasion, you can go the traditional route with a bouquet of flowers, or you can give a gift your friends and family will be able to enjoy for weeks to come. Whether it be for a wedding, baby shower, birthday, anniversary, or holiday, your loved ones are bound to gravitate towards a beautiful and delicious gift basket. With one of our Hickory Farms gift baskets; everyone can enjoy a great assortment of sweet treats, yummy snacks, delicious cheeses and a few fun surprises. Our Hickory Tropical Delight basket is the perfect basket for all occasions. 

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Sweet treats meet savory eats

No matter whether your friends or family prefer sweet or savory snacks, they’re sure to find plenty to love in this diverse basket. Cheese fans are in for a treat, as the basket includes both our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar. You can serve these cheeses with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers for a quick hors d’oeuvre.

Fresh fruits bring out new nuances of flavor when paired with a delicious cheese. You can complete a fabulous cheese plate with slices of our D’Anjou Pears, Red D’Anjou Pears, Navel Oranges, Kiwi Fruit and Fuji Apples. For an extra burst of protein, grab a handful of our Roasted & Salted Pistachios or Mixed Nuts.

If you’re looking for something a little decadent, this basket definitely delivers. Your family will love indulging in our Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints. Any lucky bride or birthday girl will love our extra festive and brightly colored flower-shaped sugar cookie.

A little something extra special

With this generous basket, you’ll also receive a bottle of Mirassou Chardonnay. Boasting refined flavors and a smooth finish, this easy drinking Chardonnay is the perfect finish to a delightful basket.

To truly customize your basket, add in a couple of your own additions, such as a couple baby outfits, an engraved frame, or just a nice card. With so many different treats, the Hickory Tropical Delight is a great gift for celebrations of all types. 

A Guide to Red and White Wine Pairings

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Source: Food and Wine

Planning a party can be a fun experience. From selecting menu options and decorating your home to compiling the perfect playlist, the list of things to do goes on and on. But even experienced party planners can become stymied when trying to choose which wines go best with which foods. 

However, Hickory Farms can make your choice a little easier when you’re planning your next soirée. Keep in mind there are no hard and fast rules, merely suggestions for the optimum taste experience.

Some wine pairings work because of their similarities to the dish; others succeed because they make an interesting contrast. Other factors to consider are whether you’re serving lighter fare, which generally calls for a light white wine as opposed to a heavy-bodied red.

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Source: Food and Wine

The most basic wine rule has always been serve reds with red meats and whites with chicken and pork. This is because the fats and proteins in red meat mellow the tannins inherent in red wine.

One interesting contrast you might consider recreating is the heat of a chili-infused or spicy Cajun main course offset by a sweet Reisling or Italian Moscato. Below are a few other suggestions that stand the test of time.

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  • Champagne tends to go best with salty foods, which is the reason you’ll often see the bubbly served alongside caviar at elegant affairs.
  • A white wine like Sauvignon Blanc does well with foods that are slightly tart or tangy. Think Orange Chicken or seafood-based dishes like Scallops with Grapefruit Onion Salad.
  • You can never go wrong pairing a thick, sizzling steak off the grill with a robust, red Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Consider all the dairy ingredients in a Chicken Alfredo and select something with a buttery component like an oaky Chardonnay.
  • Spring is an excellent time to serve roasted lamb with a light, fruity Beaujolais.
  • A Greek salad loaded with olives and feta cheese is delicious with a cold Pinot Grigio.

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Hickory Farms extravagant wine gifts have been carefully selected and paired with numerous delicious offerings to make your next party a huge hit! You can view our wine collection on our website, or contact us at 800.753.8558 for more information.

Great Seasonal Produce for Spring Recipes

Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime also brings delicious, fresh-from-the-garden produce. With their juicy, crispy texture, fresh fruits and veggies can help take your dishes to the next level. Celebrate the return of the growing season with Hickory Farms and these fantastic ideas for spring recipes.

Source: James Baigrie via Real Simple

As one of the very first crops of the year, asparagus is your sign that spring has truly arrived. Cheer on this milestone with a simple dish that allows the subtle flavor of asparagus to shine through. Just bake a little prosciutto until it’s nice and crispy and sauté the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the two together and serve with a crisp white wine, like the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc from our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box.

Source: Martha Stewart

Whether you harvest your own wild onions or pick some up at the local farmers’ market, spring onions are an important part of seasonal cuisine. Transform yours into a creamy spring onion soup by cooking down your mixed onions with fennel, salt and pepper until tender. Then, mix in wine and cream before pureeing. You can add an extra depth of flavor by melting our Peppercorn White Cheddar over the top of this dish.

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Bright, tangy and perfectly sweet, fresh local strawberries are only around for a limited time. Start your meal off right by enjoying some spring berries with a sweet and savory salad. In a large bowl, simply toss together fresh spinach, sliced berries, a handful of our Mixed Nuts and some homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Early and late spring brings the perfect weather for fresh greens. Savor this seasonal delicacy with a wholesome and satisfying meal that works well with any green. Simply combine the greens of your choice, such as mustard, chard, or collard, with white beans, fresh tomatoes and gnocchi. Add the finishing touch with a sprinkle of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend.

Cooking with fresh spring produce is the perfect way to brighten up your dinner table. Finish your delicious seasonal dishes with a few extra texture and flavor components such as fresh ground pepper, such as fresh ground pepper, for a true seasonal delicacy.