Fondue for Two
I’m a little late on this one (and by “a little” I mean “two months”), but I still wanted to share a quick recap of our January date night because we had so much fun.
As I mentioned in my goals for the year, I’ve planned a year of monthly date nights for Jeff and me. On January 1st, Jeff opened a manilla envelope to reveal our first date of 2012: Fondue for Two, also known as Poor Man’s Fondue. We don’t have a fondue pot, but I was sure we could still make it work and have fun. However, I did buy fondue forks to lend some authenticity.
On the appointed day, we went shopping for ingredients, put the kiddo to bed early, and prepared to enjoy a fun evening together. For our first course, we enjoyed a traditional cheese fondue (from Trader Joe’s) with pretzel bread, pear, and apple.
Our second course was the meat and oil course, which we had to do standing up at the stove since, as previously mentioned, we didn’t have a fondue pot. We used this recipe to marinate our steak; it was delicious.
As if we hadn’t already consumed mass quantities of food, we still had our dessert course: chocolate fondue! We used this recipe with our dippers of strawberries, marshmallows, angel food cake, apples, and peppermint Joe-Joe’s (Trader Joe’s brand Oreos).
No fondue night would be complete without lots of cheesy puns (get it?). Let’s just say there was a lot of groaning and eye-rolling happening as well as face-stuffing.
Sam stayed asleep the whole time and woke up to eat just as we were cleaning up. Good baby! Our little home version wasn’t as fancy (or expensive!) as The Melting Pot, but I bet we had just as much fun as we would have had at the fancy restaurant.