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April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day
you're looking for something to do today then why don't you melt down
some cheese because it's National Cheese Fondue Day! You best
to dippin'! Let's get right into celebrating National Cheese
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because fancy folk just love dipping
in melted cheese. I'm not really sure what it is... Maybe it's a social
thing; because you all have to come to the same pot to get your cheese.
Maybe they enjoy the meshed flavors of cheese, other ingredients and
whatever they're dipping in the fondue. But either way, they want to
celebrate it for at least one day! Fondue is actually a
word that comes from the verb fondre which means "to melt". And the
first known recipe for fondue popped up in Zurich in 1699 in a book
where the title translates to "to cook cheese with wine". And that's
pretty much what fondue is. The first recipe called for grated or cut
up cheese that was melted with wine and had bread dipped into it.
the name cheese fondue was actually first used for a dish that had eggs
and cheese in it. Up until 1875 that is, when the first modern version
of cheese fondue was published under the cheese fondue name. But by
that point it was already a national dish for the Swiss. All
really takes to make fondue is a clove of garlic, a rich cheese like
Gruyere, some white wine, a little bit of cornstarch and maybe some
nutmeg for a little extra taste. Rub the garlic on the pan, pop
everything into the pan except the nutmeg and stir it up until it
melts, then add in the nutmeg and you're good to go. Then you can dip
in little squares of bread and enjoy your drippy feast.
So how can you celebrate today? Well, let's start out with
the easiest option. Head on out with a bunch of friends or family to a
restaurant like The Melting Pot and get some fondue served up to you.
This does away with a lot of the hassle and let's you celebrate right
away. Just sit, dip and socialize! Or you can go shopping for
some ready-made fondue that you can easily melt down in any pot you
have. All you have to do is rub a clove of garlic on the pan, pop in
the contents, melt it down and then season it if you like. Then get to
But if you want to do it the "right" way you can pick
up a whole fondue kit. It'll melt down your cheese and then keep it
warm so it stays at the right consistency. Plus you'll get those nice
little dipping forks to go with it. And then you're welcome to make
your own fondue with fresh cheese, wine and other ingredients.
But since it's a celebration, why not get a little crazy with
what you dip in your fondue? Just try to think of what goes good with
cheese and then try it out and see if you're right. How does sliced
pieces of summer sausage sound? What if you mixed this cheese up with
some macaroni? And how about pouring a line of cheese fondue on a taco?
Have fun with it! Enjoy your day and don't let your cheese