Pack the Perfect Basket for a Fun Outdoor Meal

What could be better than sitting on some fresh-cut grass with a warm breeze and a delicious gourmet basket? For the finest in al fresco dining, spend a little time reconnecting with nature by gathering your friends and family for a lovely picnic. Grab your basket and pack up these four enticing dishes to create one memorable meal.

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The Appetizer

Fight off hunger with a couple yummy Chicken Bites. These are easy to share with your friends and family. Start by cutting up pieces of boneless chicken breast into chunks. Then, give the chicken a little bath in buttermilk before tossing it in crushed crackers, like our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, mixed with a bit of flour, salt and pepper. Pan fry the chicken in hot oil and serve your cute little bites with a side of our Honey & Pineapple Mustard, or try our Chipotle Ranch Sauce.

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The Salad

Since lettuce doesn’t tend to travel well, pasta-based salads are a great alternative for a picnic salad. Cook and drain your pasta as you sauté a variety of fresh seasonal veggies, such as garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of white wine and fresh cooked black beans, then continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Finish by combining the pasta and veggies with a big scoop of pesto sauce and diced pieces of our Beef Summer Sausage.

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The Entree

No picnic is complete without a delicious sandwich. For a simple gourmet treat, stop by your local bakery and choose a fresh baked artisan loaf. Spread our Horseradish Sauce on one slice of bread, and then top it with a pile of thinly sliced roast beef, pieces of our Peppercorn White Cheddar and a heap of caramelized onions.

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The Cheese Course

For a fancy dessert alternative, end your meal with a traditional cheese course. Simply slice pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, Peppercorn White Cheddar Blend and Smoked Cheddar Blend, and serve everything with crackers, assorted preserves and some ripe seasonal fruits.

With these delightful picnic dishes, featuring items from our Hickory Farms’ Pantry Essentials, you can enjoy a flavorful summer full of delicious treats!

4 Patriotic Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Hickory Farms has long been a supporter of our country’s military forces, and we want to join our fellow Americans in honoring our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Some of the best ways to celebrate this holiday and kick off the summer season include:

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Attending a patriotic parade.

Kids always love the excitement of seeing a marching band and soldiers in a parade, but take the time to explain their significance so they can understand the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform.

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Have a family picnic.

After the parade has passed, take your family on a picnic. Our signature Beef Summer Sausage and a variety of cheeses from our Savory Cheese Collection make delicious appetizers atop our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers. You can keep the kids busy while dad is firing up the grill by bringing a baseball and glove. This is the perfect opportunity to give your throwing arm (and your little sluggers!) a workout.

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Catch a local fireworks display.

Many cities stage patriotic displays after the sun goes down on Memorial Day to honor the lives lost in service to our country. Make sure you arrive early to spread your blanket or set up lawn chairs. Don’t forget the bug spray! Kids will love an opportunity to light up some sparklers of their own with mom and dad supervising.

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Hang our colors proudly from your front door.

Did you know that it’s a Memorial Day tradition to fly the American flag from dawn to noon at half-staff? During the remainder of the day, it’s flown at full height.

 

A good way to honor your favorite active duty and retired service members is to send them a selection of Hickory Farms Military Gifts, which we’re proud to ship free to any AFO/FPO address. Let them know you appreciate their commitment and bravery by surprising them this Memorial Day with some tasty treats.

Hickory Farms makes it super easy to place your order. Just call 800.753.8558, and speak to one of our customer service representatives or order online right from home at your convenience.

Top Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her

No matter when your anniversary is, Hickory Farms has got you covered with plenty of suggestions for gifts to delight your beloved. Below are a few of our favorites!

Gifts for Her

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This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Russian amethyst is wrapped securely in 24 karat gold and swings from a lovely gold vermeil chain with hoops. It makes a wonderful gift of natural jewelry, and as amethyst is the gem for February, it’s perfect for anniversaries that fall during this month.

 

Break out your crystal glasses and Toast the Traditions with our Hickory Farms gift box full of pears and apples, summer sausage and cheese selections, sweet treats and nuts, as well as a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay. Curl up by the fireside for your own private celebration!

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Give her a special spa day at home with Amazon’s Art of Appreciation in a keepsake gift basket. Full of vanilla-scented spa products, she’ll feel loved and pampered.

Gifts for Him

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This Steampunk-inspired watch with a leather strap will remind him of you every time he glances at his wrist. Encased in stainless steel for durability, it also has a clear back.

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We love this personalized keychain bar inscribed with your message to him along with the date of your anniversary. It’s made of steel and aluminum and clips right to a belt loop, so he can keep track of his keys.

 

Hickory Farms Game Day Gatherings will fuel him through all those basketball and hockey games this winter. This combo of four of our favorite snack treats includes Beef and Turkey Summer Sausage, Bacon and Green Onion Spread, Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers and our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

From the heartland of Ohio, Hickory Farms has been proud to be a part of your family’s cherished celebrations since 1951. We offer convenient online shopping and ship right to your door. You can also place your order via phone by calling 800.753.8558. Our quality and your satisfaction are always 100 percent guaranteed.