Delicious Lunch Ideas with Hickory Farms Pears & Cheddar

If you’re looking for a delicious combination of flavors, pears and cheddar cheese taste fantastic together, as the crisp, juicy pear really brings out the natural fruit notes of the cheese. Order a Hickory Farms Fruit & Cheese Fest Gift Box, so that you can try out these delicious pear and cheddar cheese lunch recipes at your home.

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A rich and creamy soup

The brightness of the pear makes this decadent cheese soup pop. To create this dish, start by sauteeing potatoes, celery, onion, thyme, and your diced pear until everything has softened. Next, add a big splash of the white wine. Once you have cooked down the wine a bit, stir in chicken stock.

After 30 minutes, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Now, it is time to add handfuls of grated cheddar cheese, cream, and salt and pepper. Heat the soup until the cheese is melted.

A one-of-a-kind grilled cheese

This twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich will please eaters of all ages. First, you will want to preheat a griddle. Then, butter one side of two pieces of bread, before placing them butter-side down on the hot griddle. Top the bread with cheddar cheese, pears, and more cheese. Complete the sandwich with another slice of buttered bread. Once the cheese is starting to melt and the bread is turning golden brown, flip the sandwich to toast the other side.

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Source: Oh My Veggies

A super crunchy salad

For a salad your whole family will love, try this unique version of a Waldorf. In a large bowl, start by blending apple cider vinegar and honey with a little salt and pepper. Then, combine the vinaigrette with chopped apples and pears, slices of celery, and cubes of cheddar cheese. Finally, stir in a handful of pecans and serve the salad over a bed of lettuce.

The combination of crisp pears with creamy, decadent cheddar is a flavor profile that your whole family is sure to love. Bring home the Fruit and Cheese Fest basket today, and surprise everybody with a little something different for lunch this week.

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Sweet Hot Corned Beef & Cabbage

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, it is time to dress in green, decorate your home with shamrocks, and make a big pot of corned beef & cabbage. If you’ve never made your own corned beef, you may find that it is easier than you thought. Impress your guests with the authentic flavors of this Sweet Hot Mustard Corned Beef recipe using our Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard.

Prepare your beef

Although traditional corned beef is boiled, baking infuses the beef with tons of extra flavor. The recipe is so simple, you can easily try it both ways.

Start by removing the corned beef from the package. If you are baking the beef, just toss the spice packet, you will be adding plenty of flavor. As corned beef can be salty, you may want to boil the meat before baking to draw out some of the excess sodium.

After you have removed the beef from the water, place it with the fat side up on a piece of aluminum foil. Then, dot the beef with cloves and cover it with a nice layer of our Sweet Hot Mustard and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Wrap the beef in foil, and roast for two hours or until tender.

If you choose to boil the beef, simply add the spice packet to the water and simmer until cooked through. Before serving either version, add an extra touch of mustard.

Make your cabbage

Baked corned beef pairs wonderfully with sauteed cabbage. In a large pan, cook onions and garlic. Then, add thinly sliced green cabbage, and don’t touch it until the cabbage has begun to brown. When your veggies have a nice caramel color, give them a flip and and add salt and pepper to taste.

For a more traditional version, boil your cabbage. After removing the beef from the pot, simply add the cabbage and boil until tender.

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The bold and delicious flavor of our Sweet Hot Mustard adds a nice zesty note to your traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast. To make any holiday celebration more memorable, bring home some Hickory Farms today.

The Delicious Benefits of Ceylon Tea

In the midst of a hectic day, it is important to take a few minutes to get away from it all by sneaking in a little break. Take a moment for yourself by curling up with a nice hot cup of tea from our Hickory Farms Ceylon Tea Collection and experience these amazing benefits.

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The health benefits of tea

Ceylon tea has been a favorite with tea drinkers for generations. One of the reasons that this tea is so beloved is that it is a great pick-me-up. Containing between 25 and 110 mg of caffeine in each cup, tea gives you the perfect amount of caffeine to get you up and going without feeling jittery.

Studies have shown that regularly drinking tea can help your body fight free radicals. These harmful atoms have been known to cause some kinds of cancer, which makes fighting them extremely important.

If you want to drop a couple pounds, try picking up a cup of tea. Ceylon’s unique combination of vitamins, caffeine, and antioxidants is a great recipe for boosting your metabolism and can help you burn fat faster. This same combination of health boosting properties will also improve kidney function and lower your chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

Hickory Farms Ceylon Tea Collection

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In our Ceylon Tea Collection, you will find 12 different varieties of tea. For those of you who like your teas bold and flavorful, choose the English Breakfast. If you prefer to allow the subtle flavor of the tea to shine through, you will love the Asian Green Tea. Flavored tea varieties include Pomegranate, Mint, Blueberry, Mango, and more.

While the teas are great on their own, you can add an extra burst of flavor with the addition of a little milk and honey. For the perfect pairing, serve your tea with the Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

With fantastic flavors and great health benefits, pairing our Ceylon Tea Collection with one of our tasty snacks from Hickory Farms is the perfect way to treat yourself to a healthy moment of rest and relaxation.