Last night we welcomed our neighbors into our home as part of our progressive holiday party (progressive meaning, moving from home to home, not progressive in any kind of political sense). Our German-inspired menu – cheddar beer fondue with a selection of bratwurst, pumpernickel bread and apple chunks for dipping – was a bit hit, as was the German beer we served to guests.
Tonight, faced with feeding the kids while Steve traveled on business, I realized we had enough shredded cheese, sausage, veggies and apples for a mini-fondue party for three.
Last night’s fondue, inspired by a recipe from the Inn at Danbury, included German beer, hot mustard and Worcestershire sauce (I say inspired because I didn’t do much measuring, instead throwing cheese into the pot until it was “just right”). For the kids, I updated the recipe, replacing the beer with apple cider and omitting the mustard and other spices.
Dinner, served at the coffee table, was (again) a big hit, with both trying (and liking) Pumpernickel bread, and Sophie experimenting with dipping items from last night’s veggie platter into the cheese (carrots, good. cucumber, not so much).
And the best part? No one got stabbed with a fondue fork and the kids told me I was “the best mom ever.”
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