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  • Date night at home recipes

    Reasons to Do Date Night at Home

    While going out for a night on the town with your significant other is normally the perfect go-to date idea, it can sometimes get tiring. From reservations and parking to trying to find a babysitter if you have kids, sometimes it can seem like more of a hassle than its worth. Instead, why not consider a date night at home? You can still share great food and laughs without the price tag or added hassle of leaving your home, which is especially appealing during winter or when the weather is less than desirable. So cozy up with a blanket and your special someone for a low-key date that won’t break the bank.

    At-Home Date Night Ideas

    When you’re spending a night in, you may be worried about how to make it feel special and not just part of your typical routine. Here are a few suggestions to switch things up:

    • Instead of simply watching TV, choose a different activity besides your typical Netflix binge. Bring out the board games, play cards or build a puzzle. All of these activities will help you bond while also encouraging relaxation.

    • Create a playlist of all your favorite songs. Spend the evening dancing around the living room together.

    • Pretend you just started dating and play an icebreaker/get-to-know-you type game where each person has to share things the other person doesn’t already know about them.

    Date Night Recipes

    Another way to avoid having things feel mundane is to incorporate a new dish into your evening. While we always recommend a bottle of wine to go with your date night at home, check out some fresh dinner ideas to spice things up.

    Lemon Chicken with Asparagus—this lemon-fresh favorite will have you both clamoring for seconds.

    Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach—bring a little Italian flair to your evening with this festive pasta dish.

    Stuffed French Bread—truly make an impression with these delicious sandwiches. Who can say no to French bread?

    Or, if you’re planning a spontaneous night in, use your Hickory Farms gift basket for inspiration. Slice up delicious sausage and cheese to be paired with crackers and mustards for a no-fuss meal that you and your sweetheart can enjoy snuggled up next to a roaring fire or outside on the porch in the warm weather. No matter what you end up doing, the best way to embrace a date night at home is by having fun and creating new memories and traditions for you both to cherish for years to come.

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  • Baseball home opener party food

    MLB Opening Day: Baseball Party Ideas

    “Take me out to the ball game…buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks!” A big part of annual spring fever is the return of baseball. Your home team’s MLB opener is probably akin to a national holiday in your town. As the excitement grows, you’ll probably want to join in the celebration. Even if you don’t have tickets to MLB Opening Day for your hometown, you can still gather together with friends and family to enjoy the game. Here’s some great baseball party food to enjoy while doing so.

    Baseball Snacks

    At the ballpark, you can dine on fan favorites such as hot dogs, burgers, cotton candy and more. Most stadiums even have specialty beers and food from local restaurants to try. However, if you’re watching the game from home, it’s much simpler to have your own fun foods ready and prepared for your party. Here are some finger-food suggestions that will have everyone rounding the bases for seconds!

    Quinoa Pizza Bowls—Everyone loves pizza, right? Make it less messy with these easy-to-customize bowls.

    Crock Pot Chicken Taquitos—Feel free to use smaller shells to make these more bite-sized!

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip-Stuffed Garlic Bread—You love carbs? Good, so do we. This bread makes for the perfect appetizer.

    Or, for some even simpler baseball party food, pull out your trusted Hickory Farms favorites to create a complete spread with hardly any effort on your part! From a delicious meat and cheese gift basket to nut assortments or even sweet treats, we have everything you need to make your baseball home opener party a grand slam. For even more food ideas, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page!

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  • Seasonal Recipe Baby Cheesecake with Toffee Pears

    Seasonal Recipe Baby Cheesecake with Toffee Pears

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    Creamy, rich and decadent, cheesecake is delicious on its own, and it’s even better when paired with a number of fruity toppings. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on July 30, it's the perfect time to celebrate this delicious cake by preparing your own version with our gourmet fruit baskets and this one-of-a-kind Cheesecake with Toffee Pears recipe.

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    Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    Make the crust

    As the base for the decadent filling, the crust is an important component of any cake. Make yours by tossing together a scoop of rolled oats, a handful of our chopped mixed nuts, a bit of brown sugar and some melted butter. Then, place a spoonful of the mixture into muffin tins lined with baking cups. Use your fingers to pat down the mixture, and then bake the crust for about eight minutes to set.

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    Mix up the filling

    Now, it's time to make the filling. Using an electric stand mixer, whip room-temperature cream cheese until it's smooth and airy. Then, slowly mix in an egg. For something a little unexpected, add an intriguing savory element, like blue cheese, that will complement the pears. Finish by adding even more creaminess with a scoop of sour cream. Spoon the blue cheese-tinged cheesecake mixture on top of your prepared crust and bake until just slightly puffy.

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    Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    Time for the topping

    To make the toffee pears, start by melting a dab of butter before mixing in brown sugar and cream. While continuously stirring, cook the sweet mixture until it begins to bubble. When it reaches the point of bubbling, add some sliced Red and Green D'Anjou Pears. Lastly, cook the pears until tender and then remove from the heat before adding a dash of vanilla.

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    With a delightful combination of sweet and savory, these baby cheesecakes are a perfectly balanced treat that you'll want to make again and again. Celebrate National Cheesecake Day this month by throwing together this delicious recipe with our Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

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  • Hosting Tips for an Entertaining Oscar Night Party

    Hosting Tips for an Entertaining Oscar Night Party

    Every year, the Oscars bring a night of true Hollywood glitz and glamor to our televisions. Rather than letting the stars have all of the fun this year, why don't you use the Oscars as a great opportunity to host your own fabulous gala? Plan a red carpet event your friends won't forget with the help of Hickory Farms and these simple entertaining tips.

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    Planning the food and drinks

    As with any good party, food and drinks are key components of a successful Oscars gathering. Break out your finest China and champagne flutes and prepare a buffet featuring refined treats, such as a platter of Hickory Farms Smoked and Farmhouse Cheddars, accompanied by Golden Toasted Crackers from our Red Ribbon Treat.

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    Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    Next, add a couple refined hors d'oeuvres. Try stuffing green olives with our Hickory Farms Reserve Smoked blue cheese before drizzling the olives with fresh rosemary and olive oil, or take meatballs to the next level by adding a crust made of Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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    For a fun cocktail theme, stick with red drinks, such as cherry sangria, to match the red carpet. Starting with the Hahn Pinot Noir from our basket, simply add orange juice, sweet cherries, cherry syrup and orange liqueur.

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    Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    Preparing your home

    To give your party real Hollywood drama, you have to set the scene. Make your home feel like a true A-list gathering with elegant accents, such as large bouquets of flowers, stunning hanging lights, and plenty of candlelight. For the total Oscar experience, find a long red rug or piece of fabric to make your very own red carpet.

    Another important part of staging your party is determining the dress code. For an extra special event, ask your friends to come in their finest formal clothing. When they arrive, make your guests feel like the stars that they are by taking their pictures and conducting mock interviews on the red carpet.

    By combining these simple decorating ideas and entertaining tips with the delicious cheeses and wine found in our Red Ribbon Treat, you can create an Oscar-worthy experience that's sure to become an annual tradition.

     

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  • 4 Patriotic Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

    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.

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    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.

     

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  • Last Minute Holiday Decorating Tips Last Minute Holiday Decorating Tips

     

    Between shopping, cooking, and cleaning, hosting for the holidays involves a ton of planning. With so much to keep up with, give yourself a break by keeping your holiday table decorations simple and stress-free. Just grab a few accessories and a couple items from our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, and, using these holiday decorating tips, you can make your home look festive in no time.

     

    Holiday table decorations from Hickory Farms

     

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    Transform your wine bottles into a glowing centerpiece. Start by placing your empty bottles in a simple wine rack. Then, decorate by winding the Christmas lights of your choice through the rack. The lights will make the bottles shine, which will create a glittering glow around your kitchen.

     

    Holiday decorating tips from Hickory Farms

     

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    Add instant warmth and coziness to your home with lots of candlelight. Keep it sophisticated and festive by sticking to a monotone color scheme, such as silver, red, or gold. Put candle groupings in your bathroom and kitchen to spread the festivity throughout your home.

     

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    Use an assortment of fruits from your wine gift baskets to create a fun holiday display. Begin by gathering a variety of glass and crystal containers or bowls in different shapes, colors and sizes. Fill them with your fruits and finish by adding a bit of holiday flair, such as holly, pine branches, poinsettias, or even brightly colored candies.

     

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    Add a quick touch of greenery with garland. Wrap the garland around your railings, over your mantle and across the ceiling for a natural accent.

     

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    Make fun last-minute ornaments with our Snowflake Pretzels. Simply loop a ribbon through the pretzel and tie a bow. You can hang these pretty ornaments on a tree, from a chandelier, or along a wall.

     

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    Don't forget that our beautiful baskets also make great holiday decorations for the home on their own. Enjoy them as decor during the party and as a great treat for later. With Hickory Farms wine gift baskets and a few holiday decorating tips, making your home festive has  never been easier!

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Thank You Gift Baskets & Unique Gift Ideas

It’s important to honor and celebrate the people who make a difference in our lives. Tell someone thank you with one of our unique thank you gifts from Hickory Farms. Whether you are looking for thank you gifts for friends, parents, or coworkers, we have you covered. Our collection of specialty food items, gift baskets and sweet treats are sure to brighten anyone’s day.

There are so many wonderful options to choose from when shopping our unique thank you gifts. Our gourmet food gifts packed with savory snacks and delicious treats are absolutely irresistible! One of our classic thank you gifts is the Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and Cheese Gift Box, packed with smoked cheddar cheese, beef summer sausage, sweet hot mustard and more! This gift basket is perfect to use for a small get together with friends and family, or to enjoy at home while watching a favorite TV show or movie.

Some other ideas for unique thank you gifts at Hickory Farms can either be on the healthier side, or sweet side, too! The Hickory Farms Crown Comice Pear Gift Box is a fabulous seasonal item your healthy friends will love and appreciate. If you want to say thank you to someone who loves dessert, there is no better way to do so than by sending our Italian Ice Cream Truffles filled with creamy and refreshing gelato. Or, try browsing our chocolate gift baskets and healthy gift baskets for additional inspiration!

Sometimes finding the right gift for someone you really want to please can be challenging. Fortunately, Hickory Farms has thank you gifts that make for wonderful presents as well. Who wouldn’t want to open up a gift basket filled with mouthwatering snacks and sweet treats? No need to worry about saying thank you to your friend or family member in person if you aren’t going to see your special someone. You can surprise your friend or family member with one of our unique thank you gifts that will ship directly to their front door. 

It’s important to celebrate those who make a difference in our lives by rewarding them with something meaningful and special. Whether it’s a sibling, teacher or neighbor, everyone deserves to be told thank you once in a while. Let our unique thank you gift ideas inspire you to show someone how much you really care.

Ship a Hickory Farms Gift Box

Whether you are shipping unique thank you gifts across the street or across the country, we guarantee quality and freshness upon arrival. During checkout, request to have your thank you gifts packaged and delivered straight to your loved ones’ door. Let Hickory Farms help make saying thank you easy with our thank you gift ideas.