4 Ways to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings This October

One of the main reasons why so many people love October is because of the seasonal harvest and all of the wonderful sweet and savory dishes you can make with pumpkin. Some recipes call for processed, canned pumpkins, but a good source is the leftover flesh from your personally carved jack-o’-lanterns.

Hickory Farms is sharing some of our favorite fall recipes to get you inspired and creating in the kitchen. For your next dinner party, try making one of the below recipes to satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings this season.

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Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Cheddar

Simmering this dish on your kitchen stove is a great way to start a crisp autumn day. Subtle notes of nutmeg and creamy Smoked Cheddar Blend add a delightful complexity that blends well with a bit of bacon.

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Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Applewood Smoked Cheddar

Autumn is the perfect time to explore a variety of soup recipes. This one’s great to have on the back burner for a lazy football weekend. Grate a bit of Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend on top to complete the dish.

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Pumpkin Cashew Curry over Coconut Rice

Add some Eastern inspiration to your menu with this Indian curry dish featuring chicken, pureed pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk. One healthy benefit of this dish is that the “rice” is actually finely processed fresh cauliflower, so those dieting and watching their calorie intake can enjoy a guilt-free meal.

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Fruit-Nut Pumpkin Bread

We all have a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, and here’s ours. The best thing about this recipe is that, with its call for raisins, dried cranberries and a variety of nuts, it can be customized to suit a variety of tastes, while accommodating those with food allergies.

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Stock up on Hickory Farms gift baskets that are overflowing with autumn’s bounty this season. As the perfect addition to any party or football gathering or as a loving care package for a military member or college student, our gourmet gift baskets are ready to ship daily all over the country. Bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces and place your order today.

Our Favorite Oktoberfest-Inspired Recipes

Oktoberfest and its festivities date back to the day when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The events that followed were repeated again the next year and soon became a favorite annual celebration starting at the end of September and ending on the first Sunday in October.

Now that September is coming to an end, you can bring this fantastic tradition into your home with a few Oktoberfest-inspired recipes featuring our gourmet Hickory Farms ingredients.

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Oktoberfest Bread

Cheddar, sausage and bread are important components of any Oktoberfest celebration. Rather than just making a traditional sandwich, try combining all of these ingredients into one amazing loaf of bread. Start by sautéing chunks of our Beef Summer Sausage in a skillet until they reach a nice golden brown. Then, in a large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder before mixing in an egg and a bit of honey. Finally, finish by folding the beer, sausage and plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar into the loaf before baking.

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Beer Cheese Soup

Featuring a creamy texture with light and fruity flavors, a good beer cheese soup is an excellent dish to serve with bread. Start by browning bacon, and then use the fat to cook some onions, carrots, celery and chopped Fuji apples from our gourmet fruit baskets. Cook until the onion is translucent. Next, add in garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, dried mustard and paprika. Then, reduce the heat before tossing in plenty of our Farmhouse Cheddar along with some beer, milk and chicken stock. Lastly, cook until the soup thickens.

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Fried Pie

Apple desserts are an Oktoberfest classic. For a perfect end to your meal, whip up a fried apple pie. Start by heating butter, cinnamon, sugar, salt and a bit of whiskey along with our sliced Fuji apples. Cook until the apples are tender. Then, wrap the apples in your favorite pie dough before sealing with egg wash and frying until golden brown.

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You can easily whip up these three yummy recipes with a gourmet Hickory Farms basket on hand. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll be able to invite the whole gang over to celebrate the historic Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest.

A Creative Gift Guide for Working Parents

Coming up on Sept. 16 is Working Parents Day, and Hickory Farms understands the hard work and dedication of every committed parent. Corporations can give parents special recognition by offering benefits like paid sick leave and flexible work schedules, along with an occasional gesture of appreciation for their contributions and sacrifices. Below are some gift-giving suggestions for working parents.

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Gifts for Employees

You run a tight ship and expect everyone to pitch in and give their all for your new project, so it’s nice to show your thanks for great results by giving your team a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some downtime with their families.

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Hickory Farms Deluxe Signature Sausage & Cheese Gift Box, with a variety of gourmet cheese, mustard and beef summer sausage, is a nice surprise to have delivered to the office for workers to enjoy on nights when they’re working late and missing family dinners. Hickory Farms also offers gift cards you can send to team members who lead the company with their sales figures or bring coveted clients on board.

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Gifts for Valued Coworkers

Hard-working team players keep you up to date on missed meetings and cover you when you need to duck out early for PTA, so thank them with a day at the spa or a round of golf at a local course.

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For the Boss

It never hurts to show a good boss that he or she is appreciated. Consider the Vintner’s Savory Selection Gift Box with our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Sweet Hot Mustard and two types of cheese that pair wonderfully with the gift’s bottle of Lucinda & Millie’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hickory Farms makes corporate gift-giving easy and accessible. Call our friendly representatives at 800.715.1474 to set up your corporate account with special pricing plan for orders over $500. You can also fax us at 419.893.5548 or email our corporate division at B2B@HickoryFarms.com.