Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Shares

Do You Fondue?

Remember when fondue was all the rage? You know, back in the 70s? Am I the only one around here who can remember back that far? Well, if you don't remember, let me tell you, fondue was big in the 70s. There was a reason for that too. It's pretty simple. Fondue is GOOD. I mean, not that there aren't other types of fondue, but I generally go with a cheese based fondue and who doesn't love melted, ooey-gooey cheese?

Last night I made fondue, with beer for my liquid. White wine is nice too, but last night since I was using sharp cheddar I thought the beer would go nice. It did.

I started by poaching some chicken thighs in, of all things, Italian dressing. I'd seen a recipe using it online this week and thought it would add some extra flavor. Once it was cooked I shredded it all up and threw it into the fondue along with shredded cheddar and a really nice sharp cheddar by Cabot which Gar shredded for me.  Sam Adams was the beer of choice. Dijon mustard, garlic powder, old bay seasoning and salt and pepper rounded out the ingredients.

Another thing about fondue. It's easy.  I threw all the ingredients into the fondue pot I scored from Mom/Marge.  Lit the Sterno and let it do it's thing. 

Stirred it a couple of times and then it was good to go. Wish I'd take pics when it was done but I forgot.  We were interrupted, in a good way, by Skypers from Dublin.  Ah well. When we got around to the fondue I put some french bread in the oven to get it nice and warm and a little crusty. We cut that up for dipping.  It was all delicious. A great Saturday night meal. 

I Think You Should Know

I like sharing good things, and here's a few for you:

1. A beautiful necklace giveaway over at BelleMaisonetmoi.

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2. If you have an online shop, Melissa is hosting her first shop link up of the year on Bella-Expressions.

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2. Again, if you have a shop, Kat at lifesjewelsonastring has set a goal to list something new in her shop every week. To encourage herself and others, she's hosting a 'new listing' link up over on lifesjewelsonastring.

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4.  Kristen at bythebookpaper is celebrating the first year of her etsy shop with a giveaway for your own personalized note cards. Sweet!

5. We are having our first giveaway of the year on Mercantile Muse. Have you entered yet? Can't win if you don't play, so to speak.  By the way, I would really, really love it, and would be ever-so-grateful if you shared a link to our giveaway on facebook, or twitter, or your blog or wherever.  Be sure to add a comment on the giveaway page if you do, it will earn you extra entries!

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Sunset Meadows

Wow. It was really something yesterday. I'm hoping for another today, but for now I'll just share this.

I hope you're having a fantastic Sunday. Today, we're hanging low. It's too cold to go anywhere if you don't have to. I still have to pack up my Santas and put them in the attic, along with the snowmen and penguins I took down yesterday. I think I'm going to take this opportunity to make some changes. I'm going to move things around instead of putting them back where they 'usually' are.  As for tonight, we're having crockpot beef stroganoff, a perfect meal for a perfectly freezing day. Those are our big plans, what about you?

Ciao for now,


  1. Thanks for sharing my giveaway Pam! I never got the e-mail saying you entered, so I was so pleased to see your comments!!! I'm so amazed to have been open for a year already- and only one sale to go to 100!! :)

  2. Hello again!

    You're a sweetie, thanks for promoting my bloghop... See you around

    Kat x

    1. bloghops and shophops are a great way to meet new people, network and increase the visitors to your shop- happy to mention yours kat. thanks for hosting.

      our next shop/blog hop starts this coming thursday!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and shop! I'm a newbie here in the blog-sphere, so I'm learning as I go. LOVE your fondue. My mom (Margie!) had a fondue pot with the skewers, but I don't remember it getting much use. I do love fondue though, and you've reminded me of it with your photos! Thanks again!


    1. Hi Laura, thank YOU for stopping by Mercantile Muse. Congrats on your leap to the blogosphere. It's tons of fun and there are so many nice people to meet.

      LOL- guess our 'Marges' were hip! we had one like that too, skewers and all. I don't remember this one, but it worked great!

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  5. I remember the 70's fondue fad! In fact I have my mom's fondue pot too - it's that gross 1970's green lol! Your recipe looks great. I may have to pull out the fondue pot and give it a try! :)

    1. But sib, that gross 'avocado' green is back in vogue. What goes around comes around. That recipe is pretty basic and I always end up taking food pics at night when I cook and they look awful because of lighting. But I can attest, it tasted SO good.


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