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Fun with Fondue, Issue #9 -- Cheesy Halloween Ideas
October 28, 2012

Will you spend Halloween night at home, ready to hand out candy? Why not enjoy some delicious cheese fondue bites between trick-or-treaters!

This month, I recommend a traditional cheese fondue with 3 types of Swiss cheeses.

I also answer a question from one of our readers and share some wonderful words from Roxann, another one of our readers. Her story may inspire you to start your very own family fondue tradition!

Monthly Fondue Tip — Fondue Pots

This month's question comes from Holly H.

Her question:

Can I use my meat/oil-fondue pot to make cheese fondue?

My answer:

You should be able to make cheese fondue in an oil-fondue pot. However, you'll need to reduce the heat.

I recommend that you prepare the mixture on the stove top, where you can really control the temperature, then transfer to your fondue pot for the "meal" itself.

Depending on the type of pot you have, heat can be reduced in one of three ways:

  • Adjusting the heat dial on electrical pots
  • Using an insert (some versatile pots come with an insert for chocolate/cheese fondue)
  • Reducing the opening of the holes on the alcohol/gel fuel burner.

Make sure to regularly stir the cheese to prevent it from burning at the bottom.

Also, cheese fondue pots normally have a wider opening, so if your oil-fondue pot comes with a "removable rack" that holds the forks in the pot, do NOT use it (thereby creating more room for people to dip their pieces of bread into the pot).

Learm more about various types of fondue pots here:

Do you have a fondue question you'd like to ask? Please email your questions at [email protected] and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Your question may also be featured in next month's issue of Fun with Fondue!

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Have a craving for cheese?

Head out to a nearby grocery store to get Jarlsberg, Gruyere and Emmenthaler. These three Swiss cheeses are commonly used in traditional cheese fondue recipes. Feel free to experiment with dippers other than bread. Steamed vegetables, Granny Smith apple slices and cooked shrimp make excellent dippers for cheese fondue.

Here's the full recipe:

Featured Fondue Fan — Roxann M.

Thanks to all fondue fans who contacted me with their fondue questions last month.

I exchanged a few emails with Roxann M., a die-hard fondue fan like me. We discussed various fondue recipes, and she even gave me her ice cream and cake oil-fondue recipe, which I'm dying to try!

With her permission, I thought I would share how she incorporates fondue into her family life. Her story is pretty similar to how my family introduced me to fondue many years ago.

"I have been having fun with fondue for the past forty years. When my children were young we started a yearly tradition of fondue for their birthdays and special events. They were able to choose the meat, the dips, the dessert and everything included in their birthday dinner. I think it is a wonderful way to celebrate and they are grown now and continue to have fondue with their children for special things. It is a great way for a family to sit around the dinner table and have discussions, laughter and fun. Thank you for providing a wonderful place where anyone can go and learn about fondue."

-Roxann M.

Thanks Roxann for sharing your fondue tradition with us and I hope that your words will spark new traditions for many other families in North America and around the world.

Food For Thought

"Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate. "

- Gina Barreca

That's it for now. Feel free to visit our site and browse through our collection of fondue recipes.

You'll hear back from me in November.

Until then, be careful with open flames and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin

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