National Fondue Day!!!

For all those fondue lovers out there, listen up!  Sunday April 11th, is the National Fondue Day!! Talk about the most genius day ever!!!

It has always cracked me up with how there seems to be a club, a group, association, or a national day set aside, for anything and everything under the sun.  Lucy from Charlie Brown coined it best when sitting at her psychiatrist booth with Charlie,  “Let’s figure out what you are feeling, so that we can label it.” Isn’t that how we tend to be here in America?

I must concede, however, and admit that this day is one that is truly genius!  Nothing is better than fresh strawberries and chocolate fondue, right?  So in honor of this day, I would like to post two of my favorite fondue recipes.  For those cooking challenged, I’d like to also point out that these are simple and delicious! So, be daring and spontaneous and bake up a fondue storm . . .

Chocolate Caramel Fondue

2 cups baking chocolate (I use a bag of milk chocolate chips)

1/3 cup evaporated milk

2/3 cup caramel sauce

*place all ingredients in ceramic fondue pot, or bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave another 30 seconds, stir, continue until chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Pour into fondue pot with fire lite underneath.  Makes 2 cups.

Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

8 ounces cheese, cut into cubes

1 Tablespoon flour

1 (8oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1/3 cup chopped spinach

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

* melt cheese and flour 30 seconds.  Stir. Continue heating until cheese completely melted.  Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into lite fondue pot and enjoy.

Fondue is fabulous!  And we all know we could use a sweet excuse like this to relax, laugh, and enjoy our weekend!  Bon Apetit!

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