Dipping and Dancing New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the perfect night for "family time." I really prefer that no one is out driving--much better to settle in for a long night home together.


Fondue makes a perfect New Year's Eve dinner. As Christian so aptly put it, "It takes forever to dip and cook enough to make a meal."


Three Cheese Fondue

1 cup White Wine

1 Tablespoon Butter

1 Tablespoon Unbleached Flour

7 Ounces Gruyere, grated

7 Ounces Emmenthaler, grated

7 Ounces Cheddar, grated

Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan and turn it off. Then, melt the butter in a different saucepan, using medium-low heat. Stir the flour into the butter until it's smooth. Stir the wine into the flour mixture, slowly, using a wire whisk. Over medium-low heat, slowly add the cheese, stirring with the whisk as you go. Before we were finished adding, we had to switch to a wooden spoon. When it's all smooth, transfer to a fondue pot and keep it melted and gooey on low.



We dipped Granny Smith apples, hearty rustic sourdough, and blanched broccoli florets. There was no three-cheese left over, but we had bread, broccoli, and apples left on New Year's day. So, I used the above recipe, substituting a cup of beer (not too dark) for the wine, and four generous cups grated cheddar for the cheese. Before adding the cheese, I sprinkled it with a healthy dose of garlic powder and cayenne.

Very yummy.


At the other end of the island, we cooked marinated cubes of London Broil in equal parts butter and olive oil. I had marinated over night in bottle Italian dressing. Simple and really addictive.


Sarah Annie was one happy dipper.



If you give a gang full and happy tummies, they might just break into wild dancing.


(Poor Christian is a bit concerned and maybe just a little bored.)




When they were all danced out, it was time for chocolate fondue. I melted equal parts chocolate chips and heavy cream.


We dipped pretzels, pineapple, and angel food cake.

Pound cake, pirouette cookies and marshmallows are other favorites.




When things got a little too chocolatey and sticky, a little whipped cream, straight from the can, did the trick.


A little sparkling cider before going up to bed.

Goodnight, sweet princess.


Happy New Year!