Monday, January 18, 2010

Cheese & Chocolate Fondue Party

Matt and I host monthly potlucks for the Houston Heights Time Bank. This year we made a new year's resolution to: a) make the potlucks more innovative and interesting and b) to expand the guest list by inviting some of our favorite friends.

Our first one of the new year was a cheese and chocolate fondue party. Mmm, mmm, good!

Making cheese fondue from scratch can be quite expensive, so we opted for a pre-packed kind from Whole Foods. Matt picked it up on his way home from work, and he reports that it cost something like $6. What a deal! People complimented the cheese fondue, so I will definitely go that route again.

We cut up yummy bread into cubes to dip in the cheese and used my friend's fondue pot. She has a ceramic pot with a double-boiler function from Williams-Sonoma (like this one), so it creates the perfect temperature for the cheese.

For the chocolate fondue, we used my pot (like this one) and we followed the recipe on the box:

  1. 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  3. 14 ounces of sweetened, condensed milk
  4. 1/4 cup of milk
  5. 1 t vanilla
We served it with pineapple (frozen and thawed), honey wheat pretzel sticks, and homemade pound cake using this recipe. The cake was divine! After we stuffed our faces, we played a rousing game of Crainium. Matt kept us hydrated with a special concoction: Sprite + cranberry/pomegranate juice.

Hosting a party after a really hard week was honestly not something I was looking forward to. However, after it was all said and done, I'm so glad we prioritized good food and good friends. I'm looking forward to next month's potluck (a Valentine's party!).

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