Wonderful Wedding Present Ideas

While traditional gifts like china or towels are an appropriate gift for a couple that’s about to tie the knot, why not try something a little different. We came up with a few fantastic ideas for unique wedding or engagement presents that are useful and fun. And with these gifts, you can rest assure that no one else will have the same gift as you.

You can’t go wrong with presenting the happy couple with a gourmet wine gift basket to celebrate their newly wed bliss! Imagine how delighted they will be to see a gift basket filled with a bottle of wine that’s been carefully paired with a selection of flavorful Summer Sausage, cheese, crackers, and nuts. It’s a perfect collection of goodies for a romantic picnic or a spur of the moment gathering with friends.


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Another great gift would be to pair a gourmet wine or food gift with a wine bucket or galvanized tub for chilling wine and other beverages. A bucket or tub can be personalized with the couple’s last name or initials to make it even more meaningful. Wine buckets or beverage tubs are an especially thoughtful gift for couple’s that like to entertain and dine in style.

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Personalized cutting boards are also a fun and unique kitchen necessity to pair with a gourmet food wedding gift. To make it even more special, have the cutting board engraved with a quote, the couple’s names, or even their wedding date. Keep it simple with pretty script or get creative with a unique theme that suits the couple.

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What are some of your favorite ideas for unique engagement or wedding presents? Or, what was one of your favorite gifts that you received at your own wedding or shower? Share with us in the comments section below.

Winning Super Bowl Party Foods

Make delicious recipes using ingredients found in our gift baskets including gourmet cheese and summer sausage.


The Super Bowl is arguably one of the biggest sporting events of year. Even if your favorite football team didn’t make it into the big game this year, you can still plan for an evening of food and fun by throwing a Super Bowl party!

Food is one of the most important elements of the evening, coming in second to football, of course. Your menu should have a variety of items that are easy to prepare ahead of time and choices that your guests can munch with ease while they watch the big game. The beer and cheese spread we shared earlier in the football season is a great appetizer that can be made with any of our gourmet cheese selections.

Gourmet cheese spread from Hickory Farms.

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Setting up a baked potato bar is another idea that is sure to please all of your guests. In addition to butter, sour cream, chives, and cheese toppings, chop up some gourmet meat, like our beef summer sausage, as a zesty alternative to bacon bits.

Summer sausage as bacon bits from Hickory Farms.

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Chili is another staple among Super Bowl party foods and is always great when served with (or on top of) baked potatoes. Toss in some of our gourmet sausages for a new kick to a favorite recipe, or try a new one, such as this sausage chili recipe from Chef Emeril Lagasse. Make your party even more fun by having a chili cook-off with your guests!

Chili bar ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Of course, you can’t go wrong with a simple spread of gourmet meats, cheeses, crackers, and condiments. Several of our meat and cheese baskets include all of these items, which make for an instant party.

Gift baskets from Hickory Farms.

Don’t forget football-themed desserts! Football-shaped brownies, whoopie pies, and cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries decorated to look like footballs are sure to be winners at your Super Bowl party.

Super bowl party foods from Hickory Farms.

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What foods do you like to serve at your Super Bowl festivities? Leave a comment and share your ideas with us!

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta featuring Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms

Follow this tasty recipe that incorporates gourmet meats and cheese from one of our holiday gift baskets.

We always love discovering a new recipe and giving it a try, especially when it’s a dish that is easy to prepare and sure to be a hit with family and friends.  We love it even more when we find a recipe or when someone shares one with us that include Hickory Farms’ gourmet meats and cheeses on the ingredient list.

Gourmet gift baskets from Hickory Farms.

Recently, Carrie, the writer behind the blog Making Lemonade, shared a dinner recipe with us called Pepperoni Pizza Pasta that’s quick to prepare and includes our summer sausage.

Carrie shared how to prepare the dish on her blog, stating, “I simply chopped up a few ounces of the sausage, stirred it into tomato sauce, and warmed it in the microwave for a few minutes. Then stirred it in with some cooked pasta and topped it with Parmesan cheese… My kids and husband devoured it. Not too shabby – a family friendly recipe with about five minutes of work on my part…”

Doesn’t that sound delicious?! We think Carrie’s Pepperoni Pizza Pasta would be perfect for families on the go or even for a quick after-school snack.

Our gourmet meats and cheeses can be used in a variety of other recipes, not to mention how invaluable they can be as a hearty snack for parties or when an unexpected guest drops by. Here are a few of our favorite easy-to-make meat and cheese dishes that might surprise you and your guests when you realize the variety of ways to use the ingredients found in our gourmet gift baskets.

Gourmet meat and cheeses from Hickory Farms.

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Jambalaya with Summer Sausage - Cubed summer sausage in combination with chicken, rice, vegetables, chile powder, and other ingredients make for a tasty jambalaya everyone will enjoy.

Recipes made from Hickory Farms gift baskets.

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Breakfast Quiche – Leftover slices of any variety of gourmet cheese make for a yummy breakfast quiche when combined with eggs, spinach, and gourmet meat.

Enjoy turkey summer sausage from Hickory Farms.

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Hearty Stews and Salads – The next time you make a pot of stew, try adding beef summer sausage or turkey summer sausage for an extra burst of flavor. Or, add it to a simple salad for a more filling lunch or dinner.

Do you have a favorite recipe that includes some of Hickory Farms gourmet meats and cheeses? If so, we would love to hear from you! Share it in the comments below or on our Facebook page.