Host a Fun Cinco de Mayo Party in the Great Outdoors

It’s time to break out some mariachi music and an assortment of colorful piñatas! Hickory Farms is gearing up for Cinco de Mayo, and you can celebrate with us by throwing a festive outdoor party with a delicious menu that will sure to wow your friends.

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  • It wouldn’t be a Cince de Mayo celebration without the day’s quintessential drink — margaritas! Stick to the basics with a classic blend of ingredients, or pick up the pace a little with some fancy variations. Blackberry brandy is an interesting addition, especially if you toss in some fresh blackberries as well!

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  • Sangria is a very refreshing drink to have on a hot day. You can make this drink a little more festive by throwing your favorite fresh fruits in it. If you like your drinks sweeter, substitute the club soda with ginger ale.

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  • Make some fresh fruit kebabs and use some flat cactus leaves as a natural platter. Just skewer some pieces of apple, pear and Mandarin oranges from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Box for a healthy treat that tastes great too.

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  • You can’t go wrong with cheesy rice and black beans made with our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar. Delightfully creamy, it has the added texture of crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and onions.

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Once you have your menu down, it’s time to focus on your party’s decor. Stringing colorful paper lanterns or strands of festive chili pepper lights across your patio or in the trees will give your space a Mexican cantina vibe. Visit your local party store for some inexpensive, bright tablecloths and napkins, and scatter a few small sombreros around the table. Pick up a couple of terra cotta serving dishes you can reuse at later celebrations and set out a few cacti around the party area to give your party a touch of authenticity.

Whenever you celebrate, make sure to include some gourmet food baskets from Hickory Farms. For delivery right to your door, we’re only a phone call away at 800.753.8558.

Southern Delights – Hearty Mardi Gras Recipes

Laissez le bon temps roulez! It’s that time again! Mardi Gras is on March 4, which means Carnival season is at a fever pitch. Let Hickory Farms help you to host your own Mardi Gras party with the following suggestions.

Decorations

Purple, green and gold are the colors of carnival season, and each one has a special meaning. Let your decorations reflect justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold). Making your own Mardi Gras masks is a lot of fun, or you can simply pick some up at a party supply store. No Mardi Gras party is complete without beads, so make sure you have plenty on hand for guests to adorn themselves. Long, lustrous pearls are especially coveted.

Menu

Stick to New Orleans tried and true recipes, like a simmering pot of Red Beans and Rice (don’t forget to make your roux). Cut slices of beef and turkey summer sausage from Hickory Farms Beef & Turkey Hearty Hickory Gift Box into the pot to make it especially savory.

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Another Mardi Gras favorite is jambalaya. As andouille sausage can be hard to find outside of south Louisiana, simply substitute Hickory Farms turkey or beef summer sausage to make it hearty and delicious.

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The only dessert you’ll need is a King Cake, a delicious, brioche-style pastry topped with Mardi Gras-colored sugar. Don’t forget to stash a tiny plastic baby inside, as according to tradition, the person who gets the baby must host the next carnival party.

Libations

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The quintessential New Orleansdrink is the Sazerac, which is said to be the Big Easy’s first cocktail. Another distinctly New Orleans cocktail is the Hurricane, made famous by Pat O’Brien’s bar in the French Quarter. Serve this tasty treat in a signature hurricane lamp-style glass for authenticity.

Music

No party is complete without music, so make sure you add some Mardi Gras songs to your playlist from some of the city’s finest musicians, past and present. The Meters, Professor Longhair and Dr. John are just some of our favorites!

Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your Mardi Gras celebration wherever you may be. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order today.

Spice Up Your Meals with Tangy Mustard Sauce

Hickory Farms has found a few recipes to add a spicy little kick to your dishes this winter by using mustard as an ingredient. Try some of these to give your taste buds a real treat!

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Rigatoni with Shredded Pork in Mustard Cream Sauce puts a delightfully different twist on a very simple pasta recipe. It’s a great way to finish up the end of a pork roast, or you can simply substitute crumbled sweet Italian sausage. Both meats blend deliciously with the tang of the mustard to create a tasty sensation you’ll love. Along with these ingredients, combine heavy cream, olive oil, chicken broth, sliced onion, fresh thyme or basil with mustard and salt and pepper. Serve hot from the stove to the table!

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You can make this Vegetable Ragout in Mustard Buerre Blanc either as a hearty side dish or as a stand-alone main course. The ingredients call for asparagus, potatoes and cauliflower, but you could add or substitute broccoli according to taste. Roast some strips of bell pepper, add some chopped onions and mushrooms to a little white wine, mustard and a few other herbs and spices, and you’ve got a savory dish perfect for a cold winter night.

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Kielbasa with Honey Mustard is a quick dinner fix that can be ready in as few as 15 minutes, making it a perfect dinner choice for on-the-go families. All you need is kielbasa, brown sugar, honey mustard and ginger ale. If you don’t have kielbasa, substitute some of Hickory Farms’ award-winning summer sausage from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, which is chock-full of tasty treats — four varieties of sausage and cheeses, Cranberry Mustard, Honey & Pineapple Mustard, two jars of our Sweet Hot Mustard and more!

 

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