Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cookbook Review: Great Party Fondues


Mozzarella Surprise: Marinara Fondue

Matt & I were told, some years ago, that we were, in fact, people who looked like they'd own three fondue pots...

I think it's ridiculous, how fondue has fallen out of favor. That everyone thinks it the same way they do avocado green appliances & gas shortages.

But fondue is fun. And it is truly is the ultimate party food.

It brings everyone together. It instigates a certain amount of laughter, as melting cheese strings out for yards, connecting that hot pot to a fork-full of dip-able food. You eat, you laugh, you talk. Good times.

Welsh Rarebit

So, OK; we're already pro-fondue in our house. And yes, I have fondue cookbooks. But when I got my hands on a copy of Peggy Fallon's Great Party Fondues, it was truly an 'oooh'-worthy moment. Page after page decorated with those brilliant sticky tabs. Recipes that, while certainly enticing, were accessible & uncomplicated.

Dippers for sweet fondue

I made several fondues. Because I was dealing with molten cheeses and such, I opted not to photograph them in my 'studio' (box on sideboard, with attached light), and risk poor picture quality from high ceilings and low light in the dining room.

The food may not look as gorgeous as it really was, but trust me: it was good. Seriously.

I think my favorite was the Mozzarella Surprise Marinara Fondue.

Blindingly simple. Onion, tomato paste & garlic, cooked. Add crushed tomatoes, with juices, red wine, salt, red pepper flakes, and sugar, boil/reduce/simmer till thickened. Add basil & parsley.

Cubes of mozzarella go into the fondue pot, pour the sauce over, and keep warm.

Each time you dip in your bread or pasta (or whatever you like), you get this tomato-y cheese lovefest. We absolutely cleaned the pot. Amazing stuff.

Minted Milk Chocolate Fondue

The majority of the recipes have been marked; in fact it's only the meat-heavy ones we ignored, as 2/3 of the household happens to be vegetarian!

But whatever you like to dip, there's a fondue for you. The recipes are quality, the results are gorgeous and filling.

And hey...the holidays are almost here: what better way to feed a crowd?

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6 Thoughts for food:

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Debinhawaii said...

I have two fondue pots and a mini warmer. The book sounds great--I'll check it out. Although if you view my post on my cookbook collection, you'll know I shouldn't!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Melody said...

I confess. I too have two fondue pots. My favorite fondue is toffee fondue or cappuccino fondue or...

At 11:21 AM, Blogger barbie2be said...

Mmmmm! because, how can you go wrong with melted cheese or chocolate? you just can't!

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Deb, see? There's a reason we get on so well!

It's an amazing book. So many good recipes. And I saw your collection; I'm working on reorganizing mine so I can show you mine!

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Melody; another kindred sister!

Oooh...I too love toffee, that sounds so good.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

barbie...you really can't!


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