Celebrate National Pistachio Day with Hickory Farms!

We love to celebrate at Hickory Farms, and we’re currently gearing up for National Pistachio Day on Feb. 26. This day is dedicated to celebrating a great-tasting and healthy nut! It originated in the Middle East, and has become a favorite of many Americans. People living Middle East call them “smiling nuts” for the way the hull splits open and looks like a grin when they’re ripe.

You’re sure to see grins on the faces of your family members if you make any one of the three pistachio recipes we’ve collected below. Try one or all of them to see which is your family’s favorite!

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Pistachio Shortbread is a tasty treat you can make to brighten up a wintry day. Simply add pureed pistachios to basic shortbread ingredients like flour, vanilla, sugar, salt and butter. Afterwards, just bake! After cooling, serve with or without a dollop of fruity jam on top. Mmm mmm good! And at only 70 calories a serving, it’s good for your waistline too.

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Make some Chicken Salad with Grains and Pistachios for a twist on a classic dish. Shred the meat from broiled chicken breasts and toss with cooked grains like quinoa, barley, farro or rice, along with some savory garden herbs. Add a few shallots and some chopped up pistachios, and then top with light vinaigrette. You can also grill the chicken breasts, but remember to remove the skin to keep it healthy.

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This Poached Pear Tart with Caramelized Pistachios is a decadent treat you can make by poaching pears from our Hickory Farms Crown Comice Pear Gift Basket with a fruity red wine like Zinfandel and some orange and lemon zest. Add pistachios to a pastry cream mix, then add more nuts, sugar and water over high heat to make a caramel syrup to pour over your crust. Delicious!

 

All of our recipes can be made with pistachios from Hickory Farms Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Call 1.800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place your order today!

Cheese Fondues Make for Cozy Dinners

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What better way is there to enjoy a cozy dinner with your sweetie than with some fine wine, great conversation and a bubbling pot of cheese fondue? Combining just the right amount of decadence with a creamy texture, fondue is synonymous with romance. Treat someone special to a memorable meal this Valentine’s Day, or any day, by whipping up delicious cheese fondue with these simple tips.

 

A great fondue starts with delicious cheese. For a lovely, gooey texture, choose cheeses that melt well, such as the Classic Cheddar in our Cheddar Flight. If you want to create a complex and unique flavor, pick at least two different varieties. Start with your special someone’s favorite cheeses and experiment with your ratios until you find the perfect combination.

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You can make your fondue even better by combining gourmet cheese with a little wine. To keep it traditional, choose a dry white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does the wine make the cheese taste fantastic, it also helps break it down, making the fondue even creamier.

With your ingredients ready, it’s time to get melting! Combine your gourmet wine and cheese in a small pot with just a dash of thickener, such as flour. For best results, shred your cheese and combine your thickener with the wine before mixing together. Now, all you have to do is let the cheese melt, and pour it into your fondue pot for serving!

 

While the basic recipe for fondue is simply cheese, wine and thickener, you can always have a little fun by getting a bit more creative. Try using unique cheeses, such as the delicious options from our Hickory Farms Smoked Flight of Three Cheeses, which include Smoked Garlic Cheddar or Smoked Pepper Jack. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try adding a little something extra with a flavored liqueur, such as cherry brandy, or spice up your fondue with nutmeg and mustard powder.

With these tips, you can enjoy a romantic meal surrounded by Hickory Farms’ gourmet cheese and wine and, most importantly, your special Valentine.

Celebrate National Popcorn Day with Hickory Farms!

 

January 19 is National Popcorn Day, and Hickory Farms’ gourmet popcorn will melt in your mouth. Try our delicious Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolatey Drizzle sold in 8 oz. three packs and currently on sale 50% off. You can’t beat a deal like that delivered right to your door!

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We’ve also found some great popcorn recipes you can have fun trying this winter when you’re ready to settle in for movie night at home or just snuggling up in front of a roaring fireplace. Try this recipe for savory Popcorn with Brown Butter and Parmesan that can be made with either microwave popcorn or on top of the stove. We like the way the brown butter adds a nutty flavor, which mingles perfectly with the cheese.

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Fix up a batch of some Nutted Popcorn made with almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds. Flavor everything with sugar and spices, such as cinnamon and a mild bite of chili powder for a little extra kick.

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You can also incorporate popcorn into your everyday cooking. This Cheesy Popcorn Bread is made with corn meal, four cups of popped popcorn and shredded pepper jack. To really make this dish stand out, you add a can of drained green chilies for an extra zesty touch.

There’s lots of fun ways to experiment with popcorn recipes for different takes on one ofAmerica’s favorite snacks. Let the kids help you select and prepare different popcorn treats. Maybe you’ll even find a new family favorite popcorn recipe.

Hickory Farms uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in our gourmet products, so you’ll be able to serve family and friends delicious delights year round.