Sunday, December 25, 2011

The fondue

This year-end season is one filled with traditions. There are traditions that you inherit and there are traditions that you make. This is one we made. Many years ago we decided it would be fun to have a fondue savoyarde (a cheese fondue) on Christmas Eve. We enjoyed it so much we've been carrying it on as a tradition ever since. It's been at least fifteen years, maybe more.

I don't know why it looks so yellow in this photo. But it was delicious nonetheless!

This year was no different. We did the standard recipe, a mix of comté, gruyère, and emmental cheeses with white wine, a little nutmeg, and some kirsch. I will say that it's probably not the best recipe since we have mixed results with the consitency from year to year. But still, it's always tasty and we enjoy it. This year, along with bread cubes, we also dunked cubes of apple and pear into the melted cheese. It's not the first year we've done that, but it's delicious when we do.

Here's wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season, whatever holiday and tradition you celebrate!


  1. Enjoy the holiday! Thinking of you! The fondue looks wonderful...

    VW: thing! As in Ms. Thing!

  2. Merry Christmas to you both!
    Speedy recovery... glad your appetite hasn't been spoilt.

    The consistency problem; might it be down to the variation in the age of the cheeeeezez? After all, most French cheese is real.

  3. Merry Christmas to you both, Callie and Bertie. Will they be getting a piece of the action - aka the guinea fowl - too? :) Have fun! Martine

  4. Merry Christmas, wcs! I've never had fondue and I've wondered what kind of cheese is typically used.

    Have you ever done a chocolate fondue?

  5. You are so lucky!
    Merry greetings and Happy Roast Beast :)


  6. Joyeux Noël Walt et Ken ( et Callie et Bertie)

    J'espère que la pintade a été succulente .
    We are having a white Christmas - La météo was wrong !

  7. Merry Christmas!
    My family is taking a departure from tradition this year and having Mexican food for Christmas dinner. It should be interesting.

  8. Walt,
    I feel like I know you. You are like a wonderful friend I must keep up with every day. I am sad that you are under the weather. I hope you are up and about soon. Thank you for writing such a comprehensive, interesting blog. I look forward to catching up every day before bed time. I wish you, Ken, Callie and Bertie a Very Merry Christmas!

    Kim, in Wisconsin

  9. Wow. This is my second fondue holiday season with your blog. Happy anniversary!

  10. Fondue on Christmas Eve sounds like a wonderful tradition! Looks yummy.

    Belated Merry Christmas.

    Mary in Oregon


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