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New Family Traditions – Fun with Fondue, Issue #67
September 06, 2019

Poof! Just like that it’s pumpkin spice season again! While I am not a pumpkin spice fan, I do love a good apple dessert! Maybe because it reminds me of when I was young and we would pick apples together as a family.

Family traditions are such a great way to create lifelong memories for our families and to spend quality time with those we love! Fondue can be a great family tradition. So, get the family together, put the cell phones in a safe spot away from the pot, and start a new tradition!

Monthly Fondue Tip

What Kind of Pot is That?

One of my most-asked questions is what kind of pot do I have? Because not all pots are created equal and have different uses. See below for my tips on what pots are used for.

Look at the burner:

It uses small candles: Chocolate or dessert fondue pot. Technically, it could also be used to "keep cheese fondue warm" (after it's been prepared).

It's a metal burner with holes: Burners like these use either gel or liquid alcohol for fuel and create a lot of heat. They're used for broth/cheese fondue pots, but the material and shape of the pot itself will determine which of these fondues you should have in it. More info on burners and their fuel here:

Sterno type canisters: See above.

Electrical: If it's a crock-pot that can't bring liquids to a boil rapidly, then you could use it for cheese or chocolate fondue. If you can adjust the heat from low to high heat settings (where you can bring liquids to a boil), then you've probably got yourself a versatile fondue pot that is suitable for all types of fondue.

Look at the pot itself:

Small ceramic: Dessert and chocolate fondue only.

Ceramic insert that goes into a metal pot: This insert is meant to be used for chocolate and cheese fondue, the metal pot itself (without the insert) is meant for oil and broth fondue.

Aluminum, copper, or stainless steel: Oil and broth fondue.

Cast iron: This one will depend on the shape of the pot.

Wide opening with one long handle: Cheese fondue pot, use low heat. Technically, you could use it for oil and broth, but it's not ideal since oil could splatter everywhere and you don't have a fork-holder/splatter guard.

Narrow opening: Oil and broth fondue with highest heat setting. Technically, you could also use it for cheese fondue, but make sure to keep your heat low or else the oil will separate from your cheese and you'll mess up the texture/taste.

To see examples of these pots, visit

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

What better way to have a family tradition, than with a traditional cheese fondue? For a fun Fall spin, I recommend using apples as a dipper. Yum!

Cheddar Fondue Recipe

Food For Thought

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.”

- Julia Child

That's it for now. See you next month with some spook-tacular Halloween ideas.

Feel free to visit the site and browse through the collection of fondue recipes.

You'll hear back from me next month as we prepare for back to school!

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


Caroline Begin (en français)

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