Superbowl Sunday- Easy Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Super Bowl Sunday is TOMORROW so how about a crowd pleaser that is easy to make, yet seems super elegant?

Over my birthday weekend my husband and I visited the Melting Pot for the first time and tried fondue. I knew I’ve always had a love for cheese, but REALLY?! I am IN LOVE with fondue. The act of dipping anything you want into freshly warmed melty cheese is just too good to be able to describe with words. What is even better is that I remade it at home several times since then and I am going to tell you how to do the same.

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Now, Here is what I use- feel free to change it to your liking;

  • 8oz Beer – I used O’douls (2 reasons… I was serving it to my children and didn’t know if my fondue pot was hot enough to get the alcohol completely out of it like it does at the Melting pot) & I live in NJ and didn’t want to make a separate run to the liquor store and they sell O’douls at the grocery store here. I’m sure something like a Bud or Coors would make the flavor that much better though, but this worked.
  • 1 1/2 packs of Shredded Cheese – I used packaged sergento shredded cheddar and swiss (2 different packs) but you can shred your own higher quality cheese if you’d like. This is Cheddar fondue we are making, so the cheddar is a must, but you can omit the swiss however as a normally “swiss cheese hater”, I do still suggest you add the swiss into this, it’s just that much more flavorful. The ratio is 1 package Cheddar to 1/2 package swiss.
  • 1 tspoon Flour – It must be All purpose flour however you may use whole wheat. Just add into either the package of cheese and shake until mixed in.
  • Mustard Powder – Not sure everyone has dry mustard powder laying around, but you can omit this if you do not. It does make the flavoring better, but it’s not a total deal breaker if you don’t have it.
  • Garlic– 1 Cloved finely chopped. Fresh is best, but dried will do too.
  • Worcheshire Sauce – Just a few drops.. I like to add a tad more, but that’s just me.
  • Black Pepper – just a few shakes.

MAKE IT;

  1. Add the beer & garlic to the steel pot (or fondue pot, or whatever you’re using). Wait for it to heat up nice.
  2. Add the already floured Shredded cheese in handfuls, one handful at a time mixing after each with a fork in an up and down motion. You’ll see the cheese start melting and at first it’ll look really watery.. that’s OK. after about the 4th handful, you should see it start to thicken and turn into a fondue consistency.
  3. Add the Dry Mustard Powder, about 5 good shakes into it.
  4. Add the Black Pepper & Worcheshire Sauce & Mix it all up.

You’re done! Keep away from direct heat an consume immediately after. It is not good heated up and will start to burn quickly if left over heat too long.

Suggested Dippers;

  • Cubed Apples – YES. Apples. Green are best.
  • Carrots
  • French Bread or any kind of hard bread
  • Cauliflower

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Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe? Let me know your thoughts!

 

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2016 Hyundai Tucson, Blizzard of 2016, & The Melting Pot

2016 Hyundai Tucson ECO – Cute, Affordable, & Efficient

There was so much going on this week. This is one day that will go down in history, and not just because it was my 30th Birthday (!!!!!) January 23rd 2016, but it was the biggest recorded blizzard on the East Coast in years. The last I remember was actually 20 years ago – the Blizzard of 96′ we all refer to it as.

My plans to go to Atlantic City with my husband for a long weekend were not ruined because I had just gotten the 2016 Hyundai Tucson to review. This made it easier to get out of town (literally!) and make the 1 hour and 30 minute hike to Atlantic City NJ. We wound up having to wait until Sunday to go, but the Tucson made it a smooth ride.

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It definitely has a slick exterior an some flashy 17″ Alloy wheels. I thought the fact that it is a keyed entry was a little outdated, but then again, this is the standard model. For this model, it’ll run you only $25K which is amazing for a CUV of this sort. The inside seats 5, but the trunk space is huge! You can fold down the back seats to make it even larger, and the front seat down you can fit something straight from front to back easily.

I also thought about the fact that this CUV is ECO model and gets 29 MPG on avg which again, is a win when you’re talking about a family vehicle that you’ll be driving a lot. The interior felt a little basic to me to, but it works. It’s especially good for those who may not be ready to take the leap into all of the modernized technology around these days. Hyundai is known for their outstaning warranties and this behicle will not disappoint. It comes with a 50,000 Mile New Vehicle Warranty, and 100,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty.

The standard features it does come with is;

  • The touch screen – 3.5″ LCD Display
  • Sirius Radio compatible (with 6 mo free trial subscription)
  • Blue Tooth
  • ECO Option
  • Teether bars for child car seats (3 of them)
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels

This one was FWD, so although it did not do well navigating the unplowed roads, it did handle the slushy, icy, salted roads well. This color is Ruby Wine and there is something about the deep red color that is so attractive, especially with the beige interior.

Check out the video review for footage of the vehicle and how we used it for our weekend getaway even in the 2 feet of snow!

We stayed at Bally’s in Atlantic City and unfortunately we didn’t get to go out to the boardwalk because of the snow. I didn’t get an ocean view room this time but the room was huge and so nice.

Luckily, Bally’s Casino was just 2 blocks from the Melting Pot fondue restaurant that we made reservations at so we were able to walk there. What a nice place for a date night! It took about 2 hours for us to cook and eat all 4 courses (Cheese, Salad, Entree, & Dessert) but that was the best part. We weren’t in a rush, and the atmosphere was just perfect. I got the chicken/shrimp/& Beef terryaki. I have to say, I would never go there just for the entree. It is what it is, you boil the meat to cook it. I prefer it cooked other ways to preserve flavor and have a better texture, but overall we enjoyed the experience and would go back.

I got free chocolate covered strawberries for free for my birthday to take home too!

*Disclosure: I received this vehicle to drive for a week in exchange for my honest opinion and review. All of the opinions and photos are my own.