Valentine's Day is almost here, lovebirds! Myadoration for homemade and DIY giftsis no secret and, this year, my husband and I have decided to really focus on the homeaspect of homemade. Rather than going out, we're staying IN. After all, why spend such a romantic day navigating the inevitable large crowds, long lines and lost reservations?
Once we decided that going out was out, we very quickly agreed on a menu: FONDUE! Ooey, gooey, and delicious, fondue is best enjoyed a) with someone you love, and b) at home because all that melted, mmm mmm-goodness can get mmm mmm-messy. Below are my three easy tips for making sure this homemade adventure ends up as smooth as the velvety cheese and chocolate:
1. Notice how I said cheese AND chocolate. When you're planning a fondue menu, remember to include both sweet and savory options. The savory cheese recipes (here's one I like) will leave you full and satisfied, and the sweet will deliciously “check off” the obligatory Valentine’s Day “chocolate box”. Below is theeasiest chocolate fondue recipearound, created by my family during ourtrip to Catalina Island last year.Tip: I'd suggest adding a generous dash of heavy cream to the mixture for even more indulgence!
2. Just as important as what's in your melting pot, is what you're dipping into it! Lay out a variety of ingredients with a wide range of textures & tastes — broccoli, cherry tomatoes, bread, salami, pound cake, strawberries, grapes, etc. The more color you lay out, the more beautiful your presentation will be.
3. And speaking of beautiful presentation, I am in love with this layout below! We have a rustic wooden table in our dining room, and I think it would be gorgeous to lay out all the "dippers" on the table. No rustic wooden table? A cutting board would look just as good (and would be portable, too).
From savory to sweet, my husband and I are set for the big day. While we love each other 365 days a year, it's nice to dedicate an evening to fondue for two and quality, one-on-one time with each other. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!