Quick Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

Between getting dressed, dropping the kids off at school and making it to work on time, some days, the best kind of breakfast is one that’s quick and easy to prepare. You can enjoy a meal in moments without sacrificing flavor or nutrients with these simple recipes featuring our gourmet ingredients from Hickory Farms.

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Ham and Eggs

Flavoring scrambled eggs with ham and cheese is a time-honored tradition that’s packed with protein. Start by browning small pieces of our delicious Honeygold Ham in a skillet. Once you have a nice color on the ham, add some eggs whisked with a little milk, salt and pepper before cooking until nice and fluffy. Just before removing the eggs from the heat, top it off with a bit of our Smoked Gouda and a sprinkle of chives.

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Eggs and Berries

If you can’t decide whether you want something sweet or savory, try pairing a berry parfait with an egg in a hole. First, cut a three-inch hole out of a piece of bread using the top of a cup. Then, place the bread in a hot pan with a good amount of butter before breaking an egg into the hole and cooking to your preference. Finally, serve the dish with vanilla yogurt topped with fresh berries and a handful of our mixed nuts.

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Apple Rings

Apple rings are a delicious substitute for pancakes. Start by cutting an assortment of our apples (Granny Smith and Fuji are the best options!) into lengthwise slices. Then, dip the slices in buttermilk before coating with a mixture of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Lastly, pan fry until golden brown and serve with maple syrup.

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With these delicious recipes featuring our gourmet cheese, fruits and nuts, you can enjoy a decadent homemade breakfast even in the midst of your morning rush.

Seasonal Recipe: Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

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Dumplings are such warm and rustic treats that they can instantly give you a pleasant feeling of coziness and with National Apple Dumpling Day coming up on Sept. 17, now is the perfect time to make this delicious treat for your family. By taking advantage of the fresh fruits and crunchy nuts in our Hickory Farm’s gourmet fruit baskets, you can make this delicious Cinnamon Apple Dumpling recipe even more special.

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Assemble your dumplings

Start by unrolling your refrigerated crescent dough and separating each piece. Afterwards, take the apple of your choice, this might be Fuji or Granny Smith, and then peel, cut and remove the seeds and core. From here, simply wrap the crescent dough around your apple half before placing it in a greased baking dish.

To add a little spice to your dumplings, top them off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Bake until the dough is a beautiful golden brown and until the apples are nice and soft.

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Make a delicious orange sauce

To elevate your dumplings to the next level, the secret truly lies in the sauce. Start by combining orange juice with some sugar in a small sauce pan. Make sure you keep an eye on the juice as you bring it to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Once the juice reduced, throw in a bit of butter to make a flavorful glaze. While the mixture is still hot, pour the orange sauce over your baked dumplings.

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For the final touch, top your dumplings off with some toasted nuts from our Hickory Farms fruits and nuts collection. We recommend using our almonds or cashews.

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With just the right balance of sweetness and zest, this scrumptious recipe combined with the high-quality fruits and nuts from Hickory Farms is sure to be a new family favorite. There’s really no better way to welcome the new season than with some old fashioned apple dumplings.

Plan a Stress-Free Family Reunion Picnic

Summer is a great time to plan a festive family reunion and a fun picnic where everyone can enjoy a whole lot of mingling and reminiscing. Hickory Farms has put together a few suggestions for making your family reunion a stress-free and fun occasion for all.

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  • Location, location, location. Choose a spot everyone will enjoy spending time at, such as a state park, nearby lake or beach with covered areas for meals, picnic tables and a grill. If most of your family members live nearby, your local park may be the best option.
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  • As family members arrive, give them each a gift bag. Include an itinerary of the day’s events, along with a sheet with everybody’s contact information, including email, snail mail addresses and phone numbers. This will help family members stay in touch throughout the year. It’s also a nice idea to include a commemorative T-shirt, beach towel or drink koozie printed with the date and name of your family’s reunion.

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  • Each family member can bring their own dish, but as this is a day-long event, you want to make sure there are a couple snacks for hungry kids. Luckily, Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey Gold Ham is a picnic-perfect solution for hungry family members and can also double up as your reunion’s main course. Our Summer Fruit Collection contains a nice selection of fruits for healthy, low-cal snacking. Potato Salad is a hit at any outdoor gathering, so make sure it’s on the list.
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  • Since this is a gathering of generations, make sure you provide a variety of entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. A deck of cards, some board games, horseshoes and softball equipment for a pick-up game are all great options for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t forget to designate someone as videographer to capture priceless family memories.

Hickory Farms makes it easy to bring gourmet goodies to your reunion. Our Bountiful Tastings basket and a wide variety of our fruit and nuts selection can generate a delicious boost of energy to keep the fun going on all day long. Just shop online, or call 800.753.8558 for a quick delivery right to your door.