Favorite Things: A Fondue Set

I have been lusting after a fondue set for years now. I thought when we moved out of Wagon Wheel Lane that my mother’s harvest gold, mid-70s fondue pot would turn up for me to claim as my own, but we never saw it with the big clear-out. I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was, since my mother never considered herself a “keeper,” with her relentless purging of stuff on a regular basis.

Fine then, I would just have to get a new one. Wouldn’t you know though that when it has come to tossing change and bills at kitchenware, a fondue never reached priority status.

So when I walked into Cutler’s with Dan and I started dancing around their display of fondue sets like a kid in a candy shop, he told me to pick one out and make it a birthday present. Well okay then!

Fondue sets are different depending on what type of fondue you’re making. The steel basin is for broth fondue, the ceramic for cheese or chocolate. I’ll take all three, please, so the fondue I chose has insets for all. Mine is by Swissmar (the name alone sounds so authentic), with a copper coating. Pretty! See them here, here, and here.

Do you have a fondue? It’s Valentine’s week—there isn’t a better time than right now to have at a cozy dipping party for two (or the whole family). It’s great to go fondue-retro, with brand-spanking-new!

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  1. Andrew Brown on February 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    So funny to read this, as we JUST used our fondue pot last week for a little gathering… and it was the first time we used it since buying it more than 10 years ago! In fact, we weren’t even sure it was in the house… maybe in the basement, or in storage. And we didn’t even use it for fondue (it was a warming pot for meatballs in a mushroom cream sauce). Now that we know it’s actually accessible, and with inspiration such as yours… we may actually USE it as intended! So, where could those fondue forks be… ?!

    • Maureen Abood on February 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      How fun and funny Andrew! Your meatballs sound as delicious as fondue….

  2. Diane Nassir (my maternal grandmother was an Abood (Jamileh) from Ammun Leb. on February 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Beautiful–copper and stainless and white porcelain-such a happy birthday present from your beloved!

  3. Libby Pasztor on February 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    My husband and I married in 1974 and I’m quite sure we received a fondue set as a shower or wedding gift—I think it was avocado green. . . :p I haven’t seen it in years and suspect it ended up at the thrift shop long ago. THIS one, however, looks like quite a worthy replacement—-it’s gorgeous! And who doesn’t like fondue, after all? We’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary in October—this would be a lovely thing to pick up at Cutler’s when we’re up there this summer (or on Amazon, if I really can’t wait. . .:-)

    • Maureen Abood on February 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      That’s fantastic Libby!

      • Libby Pasztor on February 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Okay, so I have no willpower. . . Ordered one from Amazon today, will be here in time for Valentine’s Day! Yippee!! 🙂

        • Maureen Abood on February 13, 2014 at 10:11 PM

          Yay!

  4. Lucy on February 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Maureen –
    What a lovely birthday gift !
    May your family and friends continue to be blessed with your creativity in the kitchen.
    Much love !

    • Maureen Abood on February 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Thank you Lucy!

  5. Edra Case on February 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Ok, Maureen, it’s time to get in the confessional booth. I have about 8-9 fondue pots, mostly electric, that I have collected over the years in all the vintage colors. I have been known to have several fondue parties during the winter months, and the last one was in January, after the big one Christmas Night at the neighbors. I have over 100 forks, and the best cheese recipe that is over 110 years old. I am known as the fondue Queen in this neighborhood and in Northern Nevada. LOL Your birthday gift is simply AWESOME and I love it.

    • Maureen Abood on February 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Edra, you rock the fondue!!! Your collection is phenomenal! I’d LOVE to see your cheese recipe…(maureenabood@gmail.com)…

      • Edra Case on February 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Maureen, I will send it at first opportunity. You are going to be surprised! You must promise to try it. It’s over 125 years old! I extracted it from the family.

    • Hiba on February 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Please share the recipe 🙂 hibadialdin@gmail.com

  6. Edra Case on February 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    PS: I need all these pots because I do the OIL where you fry your meats, more oil for tempura items, and pots of cheese and chocolate. That’s why I NEED 9 pots. There’s usually LOTS of people. I love using the potato rosemary bread from Costco, not just plain ole french bread. LOL

    • Maureen Abood on February 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      How I’d love to come to one of your fondue celebrations!

  7. Edra Case on February 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    And to take this even further, I have about 25 plates, especially made for fondue that are made in sections. I have bought them at yard sales over the years from people who had no idea what they were. My last set of Williams Sonoma still in the box had never been used, set of four, $1.00. Purchased on the Highway 127 yard sale two years ago.

  8. Terri Brantley on February 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I married in 1960 & have two fondue sets, a copper and a stainless one. ONe for meat cooked in oil and one for chicken cooked in broth. My kids loved fondue! When I tried it with my grandsons, they could have cared less! I was so dissapointed. perhaps I should try again, now that they are older. I only have four fondue plates, but many forks. Mine are different colors, not numbered.

  9. Marilyn Rees on November 10, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    I know this is an old thread but I’d love Edna’s recipe as well – please if you’re willing. I have yet to find what my family considers a good cheese recipe! Growing up, we always had fondue on great days! My husband isn’t a fan but it’s still an occasional indulgence here.

    • Maureen Abood on November 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks for asking Marilyn–I found Edra’s recipe in my file, and here it is:
      3/4 LB GRUYERE OR SIMILAR CHEESE
      3/4 LB JARLSBERG OR SIMILAR
      3 TBSP CORNSTARCH
      2 CUPS WHITE WINE
      NUTMEG TO TASTE
      2 TBSP FRESH LEMON JUICE
      3 TBSP KIRSHWASSER (CHERRY BRANDY)

      Rub fondue pan interior with cut cloves of fresh garlic. Don’t skip this step, makes all the difference in the world. Mix the shredded cheeses with the cornstarch. Hear wine in fondue pot rubbed with garlic cloves until it starts to bubble then add the cheese by handfulls and stir until melted, then add another handful. Don’t boil. When cheese is melted, add the KIRSHWASSER, lemon juice and nutmeg. Turn heat to low. Toast bread slightly or blanch veggies to dip in this delightful cheese concoction.

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