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FONDUE! Make Your Backyard Party the Talk of the Town

Backyard fondueWarm weather has arrived! And you know what that means - it's time to fire up the grill and dust off the patio furniture.

With holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day just around the corner, how many backyard parties are you planning to host? It's no surprise that 44 percent of us will barbecue at least once or twice a week this summer.

How to do it with flare? We have three tips to help you create the ultimate outdoor gathering.

Ignite your party with fun food

Culinary trends come and go, but one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent years is fondue. The presentation alone is enough to incite a reaction from your guests.

"Fondue is one of the most interactive foods you can serve at a party," explains Shirley Evers, Zippo consumer relations manager. "Get creative and involve your guests in the cooking process. Invite them to help you think of new ingredients to mix or dip in the fondue." And, for dessert, how about chocolate fondue?

She suggests setting out different fondue pots on each of your patio or picnic tables for a fun summer fondue party gathering. For dipping, be sure to have lots of summer-fresh fruits like berries and pineapple on hand. Your party will be a hit after serving such a memorable treat.

Basic fondue recipe

New to fondue? Here's an easy, classic recipe for cheese fondue to get you started with your own unique recipe. All you need (besides basic ingredients, below) is a fondue pot, and fondue forks or skewers.

And, don't forget the dippers! They may include anything from cubes of crusty French bread to sliced apples or cauliflower florets. Have fun, and enjoy!

1/2 pound shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 pound shredded Gruyere cheese
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


1. Over medium heat, add the wine to the fondue pot and bring to a simmer.
2. Gradually add the cheese until melted and silky smooth in texture. Stir in mustard and add a pinch of nutmeg.

Source... ARA Content

More about fondue around the Web:

Fondue Recipes from Martha Stewart

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