Friday, January 15, 2010

An at home version of The Melting Pot

So it's Friday and we don't have any special weekend plans. Well other than not cooking tonite but that's not really a special plan. That's more like a standing order. I never cook on Friday nights, house rule. I think it's been in place since 1984. It's been in place long enough that if my husband comes home to find me cooking on a Friday night he is disappointed. He loves my cooking but he enjoys going out to dinner too, especially on Friday nights. This quality always goes onto my mental list of things I love about my husband whenever I feel the need to make a mental list of such things. If you know what I mean.

On Fridays we generally go someplace low key, maybe our local Italian restaurant or more often our local pub. Did I tell you we have a pub in our little town? It isn't exactly like our favorite pubs in the UK but there are similarities which we love. For one thing it's old. The building is on the list of National Historic Landmarks and was built I think in 1927. It has wood beams and a low ceiling and the tables are just a teensy bit crowded together. And they are friendly and already know us which is nice. The food is pub like steak and kidney pie but they do hamburgers and fish and chips and a few more substantial dishes. It's fun, kinda like a hangout.

Anyway, back to my not cooking. Last Friday night I made an exception and actually we all cooked...we made fondue and it was scrumptious. The daughters bought the dad two fondue sets for is strictly for chocolate. He loved the gift because when we eat fondue we all think of happy ski trips to Austria and France. When it comes to cheese and chocolate France gets an A+. Lets many times have I mentioned French cheese on my blog in the course of a year? I'm thinking more than a few. It's highly deserving though so I'll probably bring it up a few hundred more times before we're through.

Fondue is a fun family's casual and relaxed and we had such a nice time talking and laughing and remembering and of course tasting. We started with cheese fondue using the recipe found here.

We cut a loaf of French bread into cubes for dipping and we also sliced some Granny Smith apples which tasted really good in the cheese. We had some champagne too because I'm pretty sure when you eat French food you need champagne. We ate a lot of cheese and afterwards we all felt the need to play a little Wii and pretend to burn calories with some pretend sports. Incidentally, can you throw your shoulder out fake bowling because I totally did something to my shoulder that night? After our 'workout' we were ready for the dessert fondue. It was chocolate and it was heavenly. We used the Ghiradelli Ultimate Chocolate Fondue recipe which you can find here. You're welcome.

We cut a buttery pound cake into cubes for dipping along with bananas, strawberries and pineapple. The fruit was good but the cake was my favorite. Big surprise I know.

It all felt very celebratory and I think if someone mentions fondue now I'll not only think France...I'll think New Jersey too.

And I'll think about my family happy and relaxed at our kitchen table...sharing fondue, talking and laughing and making new memories in our new home in a brand new year.

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Yum! I have never had fondue . . . crazy, I know! Great idea!

  2. Champagne is so essential!

    ANd I'm so jealous, that looks amazing!

  3. Yes, thank you for the two recipes. I have NEVER made fondue... ever. I don't have a fondue set, but that will go on the list. We joined some friends years ago for fondue and it was delicious and fun.

    Your spread looked amazing and I imagine you made some great memories that night.

  4. Thanks for these great recipes. I printed them out to keep in my recipe files. We enjoy beef fondue too. I can't wait to try the cheese and chocolate. YUM!!! Have fun eating out tonight. Love & blessings from NC!

  5. What great memories you're making! Looks so yummy... and fun! You tempt me while I'm on diet restrictions right now. :O

    Oh... and "whenever I feel the need to make a mental list of such things"... no, I would have no idea what you're talking about. ;)

  6. Yum! It looks so good! What a fun post! You have a good weekend too!
    Hugs. Karen

  7. That sound worth the breaking of the Friday rule. I love fondue and love hanging out with my win if you ask me!!


  8. Brian and I always say that if we're on death row that we will request The Melting Pot as our last meal because it will easily add an extra 3 hours to our life before execution! ; )

    Not that we PLAN on being on death row! We love that place! It's just so relaxing; no one is in a hurry to make you leave and it's the best place to go and be able to talk during a meal since you have to wait for each piece to cook. Now you have me craving the Swiss cheese and apples and carrots!

  9. I have BEGGED Mr. CPQ to take me to the Melting Pot to no avail. I may have to take matters into my own hands and bring the Melting Pot home.

  10. When I hear fondue, for some reason I think of the 70's. Was it a 70's fad or something? I don't know but your description of yours is making me want to give it a try, Joyce! Soooo, now I am going to be on the hunt for a fondue set!! Thanks for sharing the memories AND recipes! :-)