I spotted this “Cheese Dog” painting on Bowery near Spring Street. I put the “#Cheese NYC” Tag into Google but all I got were pictures of cheese or tasty cheese food products found in NYC – which makes sense, but still.
All Photos By Gail
If you enjoy the idea of combining delicious foods with fun and easy home entertaining, then you should probably consider having a fondue party. I was recently introduced to Emmi brand Fondue, a product of Switzerland that you can buy now in the States. The idea of making fondue in your home probably seems like a hassle, but Emmi makes it so easy! I will tell you how easy right now.
First of all, I would like to thank my friend Lauren and her lovely teenage daughter Sophia for hosting the Fondue Party in their home, and helping with the minimal prep work. Here is all you have to do to have a fun, easy and delicious dinner party!
Emmi cheese fondue is made with natural Swiss cheese, white wine, kirsch brandy, salt and other spices to give it the authentic taste of Fondue that you would enjoy in a fine specialty restaurant. All you have to do is squeeze the fondue from the foil packet (which keeps it shelf fresh for months) into a fondue pot or enamel sauce pan and heat it up.
While the fondue heats under a watchful eye, prepare the food items that you will dip into the cheese. We had a crusty loaf of bread, which I cut into cubes.
We also chose lightly steamed fresh broccoli and baby carrots as dippers. The Emmi fondue package lists other appropriate dippers, but you can get creative according to your tastes. We were thinking that maybe next time we will choose some cubed ham.
The Fondue was hot in under ten minutes and ready to enjoy! Emmi Swiss Fondue has an excellent consistency – thick but not gloppy – and a rich cheese flavor enhanced by the wine and kirsch. One package easily feeds two hungry adults.
After a short period of rest, it was time for dessert!
Emmi makes an amazing Swiss Chocolate Fondue which was even easier to prepare than the cheese fondue. Do you see two packages there? Each serves two people. We made them both.
Over low heat it melts very fast! Smooth!
Reccommended dippers for the chocolate fondue are cut up fruits, cookies, marshmallows or cubes of pound cake or angel food cake. We cut up a couple of fresh pears, an apple and some bananas. Confession: we dipped the bread left over from the cheese fondue into the chocolate also. It was insane. Lauren noted that the melted chocolate perfectly enrobed each piece of fruit.
This pot may look empty but, trust me, we scraped it clean.
So, there you go: Delicious. Easy. Fun. Emmi Fondues sell for between $8 – $10 depending on the vendor. Lauren and I definitely agree that they are super convenient and an excellent value. Why not put an Emmi Fondue Party on your To Do List right now!?