Whether you’re newly dating or if you’ve been married many years, February 14th can feel like a big, scary trap ready to suck you and your significant other into an evening of disappointment. For us, Valentine’s Day falls at the end of what we sometimes call “forced celebration season,” which includes our anniversary, Hannukah AND Christmas, New Year’s Eve, my birthday, and finally, V Day. I’m not a huge celebrator and I tend to feel guilty demanding gifts from my significant other when I know that we both should be saving our money for real life. So we decided to change things up this year.
Last year (for my birthday), Marcus treated us to a delicious meal at the Melting Pot in Boston.
It was so yummy! This year, we decided to do it ourselves.
We picked up this fondue pot for 19.99 from Bed, Bath and Beyond (using a 20% off coupon, of course).
We mixed up a recipe based on several we found online, mainly this one from Tyler Florence. Here’s our version:
- 1/2 lb Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1/2 lb Swiss cheese, shredded
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Yellow mustard
- Shred the cheese and toss with cornstarch until coated
- Combine white wine, lemon juice, and a big squirt of mustard, bring to a simmer on the stove over medium heat
- Gradually add cheese until mixture is smooth, add a pinch of nutmeg
- Rub the inside of the fondue with the garlic clove (I don’t really know why, but Tyler says so) and transfer the cheese into the ceramic fondue pot
This recipe is definitely not for two people – we had so much extra! We toasted up some bread and frozen soft pretzels and filled our ramekins (I taught M that word) with cherry tomatoes, salami slices, baby carrots, bell peppers, tortilla chips, and artichoke hearts. My favorite dipper was definitely the artichoke hearts; he preferred the salami.
We tried not to fill up because dessert was waiting in the wings! Can you guess what it was??
More fondue! No fancy recipes for this one, we just picked up some chocolate candy melts. The chocolate melts much easier than the cheese so you can skip the stove and melt it right in the pot!
This time for dippers we had strawberries, rice krispie treats, pretzel sticks, oreos, banana slices, and graham crackers. The ban on store-bought baked goods was lifted for this very special occasion!
We both made sure to coordinate our pale blue outfits with the color of our walls. : )
We both agreed that it was a really fun night. Now I really want to have a fondue party – is that trend retro enough to be cool again yet?
What did you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day?