I have so little time off work that I use it wisely. Today, on a sunny Saturday, I hit a homerun. Two, actually.
I bought a fondue pot! To explore new culinary adventures. I plan to use it to make both cheese fondue and dark chocolate fondue. I like the idea of dipping fruits, breads and pretzels into tasty cheese and chocolate sauces.
Have you ever made fondue? Or tried it? Any advice for me?
- Vikki Carr (wonderful singer from the 1960's)
- Barbra Streisand (do I need to introduce her?)
- Janis Ian (Seventies singer)
- Olivia Newton-John (Eighties)
- Connie Francis (Fifties)
- Roy Buchanan (Best guitarist in history; played in the Seventies)
- Clarence Gatemouth Brown (Blues performer; Sixties and Seventies)
It's fun to listen to new sounds, especially when the price is right. I'm putting my turntable through a workout!
My Mom used to make fondue for my brothers and I when we were being fussy about eating. We'd have a three course fondue dinner. Cheese for an appetizer, with homemade bread for dipping (I like the idea of using pretzels too!), oil fondue for the entree - with meats, veggies and batter for breading veggies in before cooking and sauces for dipping cooked meat into. Then chocolate fondue for desert with banana, strawberries and angel food cake cubes.ReplyDelete
We loved cooking our own food and having all sorts of things to nibble on. It made dinner a fun event.
Let us know how your fondue adventures go! I'd love to know what recipes you use.
I read about using oil to cook meat and veggies. What an interesting idea. I may try it!Delete
Dark chocolate fondue! (trying to not drool on my keyboard here ...) I've never had fondue before, but that sounds heavenly. I hope you post about your fondue adventures ... :) Also, what a great find at the record store! I'd be interested in hearing more about Buchanan and Gatemouth ...ReplyDelete
Roy was THE BEST. I saw him perform live in person when I was a teenager in the Seventies -- he made his guitar sing. In my whole life, I've never heard a better musician. Sadly, Roy met a premature death.Delete
Only fondue that sounds like I would do is a chocolate fondue with cherries, strawberries, marshmallows to dip.ReplyDelete
So happy you found some new vinyls. I am seriously contemplating getting my son a record player as he LOVES vinyls.
For a sinfully delicious chocolate fondue, use melted Tolberone bars (I've done it many times, it works awesomely; here's the official recipe from Tolberone: http://www.toblerone.co.uk/recipespages/tobleronefondue). Your taste buds will be on the very highest of cloud nines!ReplyDelete
Great suggestion, Jessica. Thanks!Delete
I've had chocolate fondue and it is amazing. Can't wait to try cheese one day but it's expensive in a restaurant so am hoping to get my own pot one dayReplyDelete
While there are expensive pots, there are inexpensive ones. Target has one for $29. I encourage you to explore, like I am.Delete
i love fondue. can't remember the name, but there was a fondue place my then bf and i used to go to when we lived in colorado...loved that place. probably where i first had fondue.ReplyDelete
There's a big fondue-restaurant chain called "Melting Pot." Maybe it was one of those.Delete
This sounds pretty exciting. I wish I could have chocolate fondue right now, it is the best.ReplyDelete
I find there is something undulgent about foundue. I think its in teh act of dipping and that the sauce - cheese or choc is rich and very moreish and a bit messy . I tick four of the singers - vicki, barbs, connie and olivia. Divaas, country and ballad singers. Good accompaniment to drippy sticky fondue decadence and self indulgence. xxx EnjoyReplyDelete
Indulgence is good! Life is hard, so we need to grab pleasure wherever we can find it.Delete
I've heard of lots of those artistes but not heard them!ReplyDelete
Ooh fondue!!! We honeymooned in Switzerland and wanted to try a fondue but it was so expensive we didnt want to pay lots of money just for cheese! X
As I mention above, you can experiment with it at lower cost. And cheese fondue has much more in it than just cheese -- you usually put wine and liquor in it.Delete
Growing up, we always did an oil fondue. When I went on an exchange program to Charlesbourg, Quebec (the benefit of a bilingual country is language exchanges don't require a passport!), we had beef broth fondue. Hmm... maybe we'll have to do a valentine's fondue!ReplyDelete
V-Day is perfect for fondue! They even sell heart-shaped pots.Delete
Must be wonderful listening to those old tunes on the turntable.ReplyDelete
I LOVE fondue and used to make it quite often. I have 3 different fondue pots, one for cheese, one for oil or broth and another for chocolate. I think cheese is my favourite and then chocolate. Sometimes if you're not careful the cheese can roll up into one big messy ball if not heated correctly.
We used to take a clove of garlic, cut it in half and then wipe it all around the inside of the pot we were going to use with the exposed half. That'll flavour your pot a bit. Make sure you choose the right kind of cheese for melting and a combo is usually better than just one kind of cheese. Also, don't go cheap on the wine. It'll make a difference. I also think we added a tiny pinch of nutmeg. Added some depth.
I've started studying fondue-cooking and learned all of your points are exactly right. The garlic idea is terrific (plus I love its flavor); mixing cheeses is better; using quality wine counts; and a touch of nutmeg is recommended. How'd you get to be so smart?!Delete
And, researching pots, I read that the electric work better with their adjustable control of heat. Mine (the Cuisinart shown) gets high ratings for its cooking-ability.
Thanks for the advice, friend!
BTW…I just noticed that pot looks electric! Much better idea. Ours were flame.ReplyDelete
I love fondue too. Chocolate fondue with banana is the best. Also I love fondue with hot veggie broth and veggies. Since I am vegan and I not really into cheese fondue ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for your last comment!
Happy start in the new week!
Ohh, I love fondue! Our friends got us a fondue pot a while back and I love it. My favorite cheese fondue recipe is this one: http://www.food.com/recipe/the-melting-pot-wisconsin-trio-cheese-fondue-361384. My advice: Whatever you do, buy good, high-quality cheese. The Kraft pre-shredded ones don't melt well at all. (Speaking from experience.)ReplyDelete
And I know a few of those artists! Does the Janis Ian album have "At Seventeen" on it? Love that song!
We had an oil fondue with beef at least once a week when I was growing up in the 70s. Occasionally we would have a dessert fondue with chocolate. These days I don't eat beef, but I still eat chocolate and there is a little restaurant down the street that serves decadent fondues that I go to sometimes---good memories!ReplyDelete
Good for you, I definitely am like you--when having time off, make your day off useful. I love dipping pretzels and veggies! There's nothing like vinyl, and a visit to the record store was one of my favourite things to do growing up. Enjoy your weekend of fondue delectables. :-)ReplyDelete
I've never had fondue before. I had a vintage fondue set for a while and had no idea what to do with it or how to get started, so I sold it.ReplyDelete
My girlfriends and I love fondue. The man usually find it is not filling enough but if you do it as an app I think it would be fine. We just love going to restaurants to have it but at home would be cozy.ReplyDelete
My Grandpa has a record player at his house and I remember every sunday morning during breakfast he would play songs from their youth. I can't remember artist names but if I hear them I would know right away…
Oh, Thank you so much for the heartfelt remarks on my tribute post for my dad and my super cute Valentine's Day Card.
You are so thoughtful.
I haven't used a fondue set (why?) but melted cheese or chocolate is going to make any day better x x xReplyDelete
I've never actually used a fondue set! But then again, I subscribe to the Alton Brown concept of unitaskers. But it certainly does have a lot of appeal, especially the cheese version.ReplyDelete
I've never made my own fondue but it is SO delicious!ReplyDelete
The Tiny Heart
Oh so much fun! One of my friends gave me a vintage fondue pot and I have yet to use it! I need to get on that!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fine idea. I've never made fondue myself but it looks like a great social indulgence to share.ReplyDelete
I have the chocolate fondue maker as well, haven't been using it for ages but you made me wanna use it again. I love to dip strawberries and banana bites into chocolate, mmmm...but I said I'd be eating less sugary foods...oh well ! As for vinyl, nothing can beat its sound ! I love 70s and 80s music so much.ReplyDelete
Fashion and Cookies
Ahhh! I love fondue. We have a restaurant here called The Melting Pot. It's a fondue restaurant. It's soooo good. They have all sorts of meal plans. You can get cheese and bread, or desserts. The cheese fondues are my favorite! I've never made fondue, but from some of the recipes I've seen, it seems pretty simple. :)ReplyDelete
thanks for your lovely comment, kissesReplyDelete