What do you do with a man who has more than enough cologne and neckties? Should you get him fancy cufflinks that he’ll probably never wear or a smoking jacket that will most likely never make it off of the bathroom hook? Nah, why not take a page out of grandma’s book of proverbs instead? She always said that the way to win a fella’s heart was with something tasty.

If an apron is the last thing you want to put on, don’t worry. Meat and cheese gift baskets can come to the rescue! They’ll give any man a tasty treat he’ll long remember and you won’t have to get your hands or clothes dirty in the process. Simply look, point and click on the perfect meat and cheese gift basket for Mr. Wonderful. Then wait for it to be delivered and hand it over to him with a smile. Shazam! Your gift giving problem solved.

And what if your man isn’t a fan of meat and cheese gift baskets? Hey, it happens from time to time because not every guy on the planet is a carnivore. For the vegans and vegetarians among us, we’d suggest creating custom baskets overflowing with martini olives, fruits, hot sauce, horseradish and Chubby Cheeks. Oh, and we can’t forget about the wasabi peas, party dips, sweet heat salsa and any number of other deli goodies.

What’s that you say? What about those new boyfriends, coworkers and others who may feel funny about receiving gigantic baskets of treats from the ladies in their lives?  Well, you could scale back and make stocking stuffer size gifts out of treats like garam marsala stoneground mustard and beef sticks. They just big enough to say, “Hey, I’m thinking about you”, without making them worry that you’re ready to sit down and plan a wedding.

To learn more about sending any size deli gift to the men in your life, please contact us today. It may be possible to have it shipped to their homes in time for Valentine’s Day.

In no time, we’ll be putting on our turkey hats and strutting into the best neighborhood parties. What about you? Will you be gobbling up the holiday hospitality? If so, don’t go to your loved ones’ events empty-handed. Bring deli meats. Otherwise, you’re apt to feel like Miles Standish at a medieval joust, woefully unprepared. Here’s how to show up at any local event looking like a standup pilgrim:

Buy a small gift for the host and hostess, like our Deli Direct® Thanksgiving Bucket. It has a little something they can enjoy after all the guests go home but don’t stop there. Make an antipasto or charcuterie board with our deli meats and cheeses that everyone can share before dinner. Every antipasto platter or charcuterie board, regardless of size, would look fantastic with the following:

  • Hard and Soft Cheeses (Mild to Strong)
  • Dry Cured Sausages and Crusty Breads
  • Salted Nuts and Olives
  • Assorted Olives (Stuffed and Natural)
  • Shaved Meats and Condiments
  • Fatback and Pate or Terrine
  • Pickled Delights and Sweet Chutneys
  • Dried Fruits and Jams
  • Crunchy Offerings (e.g. Chubby Cheeks)

If you’re unsure of how much of each to place on to the board or platter, don’t worry. Party planning experts widely agree that three ounces of each should suffice for most November shindigs. After all, most people will pick at the platters and save their appetites for the main course. And if there are deli meats leftover, simply leave them behind for your host or hostess.

Of course you could take the novel approach towards holiday platters by skipping the meats and cheeses altogether. For example, you could grab a bunch of A Spice Above Dip Mixes and make a sweets platter complete with bite-sized baked goods. We’re sure that everyone would love noshing on them after dinner, especially if coffee is being served. To learn more and spread the bounty around town, please contact Deli Direct® today.

Okay, so let's be real, who doesn't love cheese? The taste, the color, the way it melts perfectly. Cheese is definitely a favorite of many food loving citizens in the world. That is why we endlessly try to find ways to incorporate the delicious delicacy that cheese is into any meal we can possibly imagine. Macaroni and cheese, cheese toast, cheese sticks, nacho cheese sauce; adding cheese just makes any food better. I mean, maybe even cheese on cheese would be worth trying.

One way that is terrific for incorporating a variety of cheeses into one gathering, without making it look like you are a cheese obsessed maniac, is to have several different types of cheese spreads. There are so many options available in terms of cheese that is in spreadable form. Perhaps you could try Asiago Cheese Spread, Blue Cheese Spread, Cheddar Cheese Spread, or pretty much any variety of cheese spread you can think of. Having these spreads coupled with various types of bread and crackers at your gathering gives the illusion that you just love the idea of having simple finger foods for your guests to enjoy. All the while you get to bask in the deliciousness of an unending variety of cheese. That seems like a win-win!

So go ahead, get some cheese spreads, line the party table with 5 - 10 different kinds and watch your guests enjoy the brunch, potluck, birthday party, or other occasion. They're sure to be a hit!

If you would like to place an order for a cheese spread for yourself, be sure to contact us today!

With Halloween fast approaching and the weather crisp, it is once again time to think of some way to get people to eat some real food before they raid the Halloween candy haul. (Personal note: yes, of course I steal all the girls Tootsie rolls. I consider it repayment for their college fund.) The best way to get some bread and vegetables in before the sugar fest is to smother them in cheese spreads - it's a double win because cheese is a delicious source of protein and calcium. Here is a recipe for Baked Cheddar Bacon Spread that will have everyone devouring the bread slices and vegetables.

    Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 16 ounces of sour cream
  • 1 chopped up onion (feel free to use a food processor.)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 pound of cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, with 3 cups to go into the body of the dip and another cup to sprinkle on top.

Beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, onions and mayonnaise, then add the bacon and 3 cups of cheese. Once it is all mixed together, dump it in a 2-quart baking dish and layer the last cup of cheddar cheese on top. Pop it in an oven that is a 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes. This will give 7 cups worth of dip, so your party should be satisfied no matter how big it is. If you want to spice it up a bit, try substituting some of our Hot Pepper Cheese for some of the grated cheddar. Our Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese would not be a bad addition, either.

As it so happens, we have 2 lb blocks of Wisconsin cheddar cheese that will work perfectly in your spread. If you need to convince a party of ghouls to eat something filling before the candy binge, contact us for your entertainment needs.

It never fails. The temperature zooms to over one hundred, and you have to make supper for the family. The air conditioning unit can only handle so much and it’s too hot for you to handle much more! It’s time to decide whether to call out for pizza and wings or think of something a little cooler. Then your eye falls on your Deli Direct Deli Classic meat and cheese gift basket. Walking to the fridge, you open it to see how you can combine its contents with the goodies in the gift basket. Grab some skewers, something to use for marinade (we suggest olive oil or Italian salad dressing) and all the fresh veggies you've got. Have we got some cool ideas for you (pun intended)!

Caesar Surfer

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Romaine lettuce with leaves separated
  • Diced tomatoes, cucumber and stuffed olives from your Deli Classic gift basket
  • Diced meats and cheeses

Combine all ingredients and drizzle with classic Caesar salad dressing. Finally finish off with Gourmet Chocolates from your Deli Classic gift basket!

Skewer Fun

Ingredients:

Thread the ingredients onto the skewer. Fold the spinach leaves until they’re the size of the other ingredients. Marinate in a Pyrex dish using the olive oil and a little basil or Italian salad dressing for two to three hours.

Of course, you can always just chunk everything in the fridge into a gigantuous bowl and make a rocking salad. A different meal idea would include flour tortillas, your choice of Deli Direct cheese spreads, a little lettuce, a few chunks of summer sausage, diced tomatoes and strips of red onion for a new twist on a wrap. However you choose to beat the heat, we have the best quality meats, cheeses, pickles, olives, spreads and sweets. Just contact us when the heat is too much for you to stay in the kitchen.

April is one of our favorite times to kick back and celebrate for one simple reason. It’s National Grilled Cheese Month and who doesn’t love to find a great, hot and gooey sandwich on the menu? We don’t know of anyone that would kick such a great lunch to the curb, do you? Especially when there are so many fantastic cheese blocks, cheese spreads and dips available to delight the senses. Here are a few fun ideas to get the cheese fest started:

Aged Alpine Asiago Dip

There’s nothing that says you can’t celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with a twist. So, whip up some Aged-Alpine Asiago Dip and slather it on garlic toast points. Then top the toast points with grilled tomato slices and enjoy a Tuscan-style meal on the go or a leisurely wine and craft beer tasting session with friends. Oh, and by the way, the dip would also pair well with roasted bell peppers, avocados and fresh fruit spreads.

No-Fuss Cheese Fondue


Since we’re talking about being a bit unconventional, we’ve got another idea you may want to try. It’s a fun way to celebrate the holiday in fuss-free, gourmet style. Simply take one of our fantastic cheese spreads and heat it up in a microwave-safe dish. Next, set out a variety of bread sticks and let people dip them into the hot cheese. You can pass it off as a deconstructed grilled cheese sandwich or a no-fuss fondue. And if you’re worried about double dippers, simply give everyone their own bowl of melted cheese spread.

Flavored Cheese Blocks

Lastly, let’s not forget about traditional grilled cheese offerings. You could make yours with a slice of cheddar or something unexpected. Good choices that will undoubtedly send shock waves through everyone’s palate are hot pepper, horseradish, onion and garlic cheese. Make the slices as thick or as thin as you like and grill them up when you’re ready. Oh, and don’t forget to include cheese block offerings for the less adventurous members of your bunch too.

To grab all the cheese blocks, spreads and dips you need to make National Grilled Cheese Month menus complete, please contact us at Deli Direct today.

It’s almost time to dust off your picnic blankets and head to the park in search of the perfect place for a romantic, afternoon repast. So, we wanted to share some of our best spring picnicking tips in the weeks ahead, starting with how to pair cheese gift baskets with wines. Let’s start with our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket and spread out from there.

Our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket contains all the essentials couples need to enjoy a quick snack under a shade tree. It comes with your choice of cheese spread and cheese block flavors. So, since we can’t be sure which cheese flavors you’ll choose, we’re serving up a few general wine pairing tips:

If you plan on selecting spicy cheeses, like our hot pepper or habanero, go with a bottle of off-dry, white wine. They seem to compliment spicy varieties of cheese perfectly. For Danish blue cheeses, try serving dessert wines or a great bottle of port. And as for the assorted cheddar cheeses, give a cabernet sauvignon or oak-barrel aged chardonnay some consideration.

We’ve also got other gift items like the Ham and Cheese Masterpiece, Cabela’s Gourmet All-Occasion Snack Basket, Rat Pack, Incredible Party Favorites and Happy Mom Basket as well as ones that include fruits and sweets. If you choose one of them, try pairing light-bodied white wines with the mild cheese spreads and full-bodied red ones with the aged or heavily seasoned varieties. The same pairings should work for block cheeses and cheese curds snacks.

For the best results, serve the gift basket cheeses at room temperature. If you are worried about the weather, chill the cheeses in your home fridge first. Then pack them in your picnic basket and head off into the afternoon sun. By the time you reach your picnicking destination, the cheeses should be back at room temperature and ready to eat. The wine, on the other hand, may be served slightly chilled.

To learn more about stocking the perfect picnic basket in the lovely spring days ahead, please contact us today. At Deli Direct Inc., we’ve got meats, cheeses, pickles, dips, snacks, drink mixes and beer buckets in stock that are ideal for outdoor dining.

Top of the morning to ya! If there is anything that gets Irish eyes smiling at this time of day, it's meat snacks and loaded potatoes! So we’ve put together a few meal ideas that will help you bring the family’s littlest leprechauns to the table with an impish twinkle in their eyes. Our first classic Irish dish starts with hickory-smoked ham roll and beef summer sausage.

Most full Irish breakfasts include two types of meat snacks, baked beans, eggs, roasted tomatoes, potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and two types of pudding. They are normally served alongside of Irish soda bread, assorted spreads, teas and juices. For our Americanized version of the dish, we’d suggest pan frying slices of our perfectly seasoned, hickory-smoked ham roll and summer sausage. However, you could opt to use gourmet hard salami, super stick pepperoni, old-fashioned bologna or Canadian style bacon instead.

As for the puddings, the traditional dish calls for black and white. Because many Americans tend to shy away from European style puddings, we’d suggest sticking with an extra helping of creamy braunschweiger liverwurst or cooked oatmeal. It won’t be the same, but the kids are likely to find it more palatable.

When it comes to the baked beans, consider kicking them up a notch. Add a small amount of horseradish products or hot sauces to them before filling up the kids’ plates. The potato pancakes could be made into something extra special too with the introduction of horseradish or Wisconsin specialty cheeses. There are a lot of different cheese flavors to consider, including horseradish cheese. We’d also suggest bringing cheese spreads to the table, which could be paired with the Irish soda bread.

If a full Irish breakfast sounds like too much for your kids to handle, don’t worry. You could always serve scrambled eggs, loaded home fries, Irish soda bread and cheese spreads instead. To load up the home fries, season them with our Loaded Baked Potato Dip and chunks of 95% fat-free lite summer sausage. Then pan-fry the mixture until the potatoes are tender and brown.

To learn more about our meat snacks and other products that may be used to whip up traditional Irish meals, please contact us at Deli Direct, Inc. today.

With the holidays fast approaching, there is no doubt you may be host to a slew of wonderful holiday parties, or perhaps that has already begun. With all the planning you have to put into them-from cleaning the house to putting up decorations to finding the best assortment of delicious foods-you will certainly want to simplify the preparation process while simultaneously wowing your guests. Cheese spreads are just the thing you need to accomplish that! Here are three reasons why you need cheese spreads at your next soiree!

Cheese spreads offer class

They are beautiful and can really add to the ambiance and festive decorations you will have at your party. While upping the warmth of the room, cheese also provides an air of sophistication and attention to detail. And don't forget that a cheese spread pairs excellently with some gourmet crackers and delicious wine!

They are conversation starters

Nothing pleases a connoisseur of cheese quite like having a plethora of cheeses to discuss with other party guests. Two people who may have nothing in common other than their appreciation for a good cheese spread may find themselves having a delightful conversation simply because of the Jalapeno or Swiss Almond cheese spread that you are offering at your party. So to put it plainly (which these cheese spreads are not!), your cheese spreads just helped make your party a success!

Pairs with other delicious foods

When you decide to serve cheese spreads at your next party, you are now opening up the opportunity to serve a wide array of delectable, gourmet breads and crackers. Or mix some in to rev up your appetizers. This will have your guests raving and will make the party so much more memorable.

Now that you are ready to include some wonderful cheese spreads at your next holiday party, contact us so we can help you get started.

This year for Father’s Day try something new and exciting! Go with the Father’s Day Cheese of the Month Club. Is your dad, brother or special man in your life a cheese lover? Well if the answer is yes then this is the perfect gift for them! This special Father's Day gift will touch his heart and stomach! The bonus is that it keeps on giving and giving throughout the year!

 
What is included in this limited time only gift? Start out with twelve of our delectable Cheese Spreads, spread out over six shipments. Our Cheese Spreads are jam packed full of flavor! We make our Cheese Spreads from only Real Wisconsin cheese. These make for the perfect party snack, bonus it is quick and easy! With the Cheese of the Month Club you get to choose twelve Cheese Spreads any way you want. Want seven Habanero Cheese Spreads and five Jalapeno Cheese Spreads? That’s fine! Or you can branch out and try twelve separate spreads. Any way you want to divide it up for his taste is up to you!

Next you get to choose two of our Summer Sausages! These delicious smoked meat snacks are just what he needs. From an exciting Cajun Summer Sausage to a nice Beef Summer Sausage. Ditch the boring and go with these meats that make a delicious snack or appetizer!

We didn’t forget his dipping needs! So no need to worry! You also get to select two Dips from our twenty-one different options. All of our dips are made from all natural ingredients. They are so easy to make, that you’ll serve them every chance you get! He can use his dips in many different ways too. He can use some for a last minute snack or use as a replacement to mayonnaise or mustard on a sandwich. Anyway he wants to use our delicious dips he can!

And now, to top it off with more cheese! Choose one Cheddar block from four different options. We hit all corners on the market here! Choose from Cheddar N’ Salami Block, Hot Pepper Cheese Block, Onion and Garlic Cheese Block and Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Cheese Block. These cheese blocks are certain to bring excitement to occasion. Whether it’s to step up a cheese tray, adding to salads, pasta, or on your favorite veggies. The options are endless! 

And don’t think we forgot what you would be eating all that cheese with and on! These shipments will include two cheese spreaders and an assortment of crackers and pretzels with a bit of candy to top off the last shipment! Make sure to make this year’s Father’s Day with the best gift possible, one for the stomach and heart!
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