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Fun with Fondue #23 -- Fondue Outdoors + Kid-Friendly Cheese Fondue
August 01, 2014

How's summer in your corner of the world?

I hope you took (or will take) some time off to relax with friends and family.

I normally live about 2,000 miles from my family, but for the first time in 9 years, I spent the summer close to them. It's been nice catching up and seeing my nephews grow up. Of course, we enjoyed a fondue dinner together.

It's often hard to think about fondue when it's nice and warm outside, but there are no rules saying you can't enjoy fondue outdoors! In this month's newsletter, I'll discuss a few tips on how to do just that.

Tips for Outdoor Fondue Meals

Two things can ruin an outdoor fondue:
  • wind
  • bugs

Fortunately, you can do a few things to reduce their impact.

Using a fondue pot with the original burner can be tricky on windy days. You may be constantly relighting the burner, and that's no fun. So what can you do? Assuming you're only up against a light breeze, you can use a 'camping stove' for your source of heat. Most camping stoves (like the one shown below) have a wind block system that will greatly improve the efficiency of your heat source when it's windy.

As for bugs, you know the drill: wear light-colored, long sleeve garments, and spray yourself with bug repellent, but do it away from food!

I've been using this OFF! Skintastic FamilyCare Insect Repellent Spray all summer, and I've been pleased with the results. It's fairly low on the toxicity scale (it's kid-friendly), it smells great and it's not greasy or oily. It keeps mosquitoes away (and believe me, they normally like my sweet blood!)

If you're having a 'sweet' fondue mixture or dippers (i.e., chocolate fondue or fresh fruit to dip in chocolate or cheese fondue), you'll likely want to cover these with a lid or some sort of wrapper to keep bees away. Same goes with drinks. Bees may be attracted to sweet drinks.

My trick for this?

I drink from a travel mug. Sangria stays nice and cold in my travel mug and bees can't get in. It's a win-win! ;)

Monthly Recipe Idea

Here's an alcohol-free, kid-friendly cheese fondue recipe that the whole family will love. It contains unsweetened apple or white grape juice, cheddar, gouda and dried cranberries:

Try it out this summer, over a camping stove! If you prefer wine-based fondue, replace the juice with dry white wine (same quantity).

Food For Thought

"Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality."

- Clifton Fadiman

That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?

Visit the site and browse through my collection of fondue recipes or explore my fondue site in French.

You'll hear back from me in a few weeks.

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


Caroline Begin

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