November 29, 2011

Cheese Fondue 
1 garlic clove1 1/2 cups dry white wine Flour 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded(tip from reader Miko: “It just says “swiss cheese” in your recipe – I’m a swiss, and we’ve got many cheeses. If you wanna get the best fondue, let me assure you, take “vacherin” in a 50/50 mixture with gruyere.” Many recipes recommend Emmenthaler. I used a smoked version). 
2 cups Gruyère cheese, shredded1 loaf of French bread, cubed Fondue Pot In a plastic zip-loc bag, sprinkle shredded cheese with 1-2 tablespoons of flour. Toss in bag until cheese is coated with flour. Cut garlic clove in half and rub the inside of a sauce pan with the cut garlic pieces. Discard Pour in white wine into pan (and into a wine glass for yourself) and bring to a simmer over low/medium heat. Slowly add cheese, stirring constantly in a zig-zag pattern until the cheese has melted into a creamy consistency. Simmer over low/medium heat for a few more minutes. Pour into a fondue pot and turn pot on low heat (or light the candle if it’s not electric). Dip bread and/or anything else that would taste good dipped in cheese (everything). Sometimes friends make fun of the sheer number of pieces of kitchen equipment I own. Stovetop grill; handblender; pierogi press; ravioli press; sushi kit, the list goes on. ”You’re like a real adult” Patrice commented as I nonchalantly shredded chunks of Swiss in my Cuisinart on Thanksgiving. I acquired my fondue pot at a place on Cape Cod called the Treasure Chest. where well-off vacationers dump their summer home trinkets that they no longer want. It’s all free, and it’s quite amazing if you’re into taking home other people’s junk. The pot has come in handy at many parties and fondue is an easy way to impress your guests. I would be impressed at least.
Over the long weekend I wandered over to the Goodwill Outlet in Long Island City, which is a great place to find dirt cheap glassware and dinnerware. The Calvary Cemetery is also in the neighborhood, so we stopped by to explore the massive space. I’ve shared pictures from there before, but here are some more decaying statues.