I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with your love ones! I spent the Christmas Eve at my parent’s house, celebrating the holiday over a pot of bubbling cheese with my mother, my father, my sister, and my boyfriend. Yep, we had a fondue party! 🙂
It was interesting that my mother decided to do fondue instead of the traditional ham, beef, or other meaty dishes that we’ve been enjoying for the past several years, especially because we have never had fondue together in the past (this was actually my first time, ever), but the party was a hit. Yay! She boiled asparagus, Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes, and broccolis, and sliced up chunks of baguettes and sourdough breads, and we all used the metal barbecue skewers to dip the cheese sauce made with Emmenthal and Grueyer cheeses. She was smart to pick up the packaged fondue mix from Trader Joe’s so we didn’t have to be bothered with shredding the cheese blocks. We ended up adding about half a cup of white wine to thin the cheese sauce out toward the end, but it was a hassle free way to enjoy the lovely Swiss dish without the mess! We ended the meal with chocolate fondue and dipped fresh strawberries, bananas, and apples to the velvety chocolate sauce! It was an amazing Christmas dinner!
I had the chance to enjoy the traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, ham, and all the other delicious sides the following day, when I was invited to my boyfriend’s family Christmas party! This was my first Christmas that I didn’t either cook or host in years, and while I missed entertaining, I actually enjoyed a very relaxing day, wrapping gifts and eating blocks and blocks of William Sonoma’s famous chocolate barks that I had ordered online.
Speaking of the bark, have you had one before? OMG, the peppermint bark from Billy (that’s what my boyfriend and I call William Sonoma … got the idea from my friend Gabriel) is what holiday is all about. It has layers of thin but decadent milk and creamy white chocolates, topped with peppermint candy bits. When you bite into each block, you marry the two chocolates together in your mouth, with a little crunch from the candy. It’s so heavenly. I’ve given them as gifts in the past but never tried it myself, and I’m kicking myself that I’ve deprived myself of this sweet deliciousness for all my life!
Anyway, time for me to clean up the house. Since most of my Christmas shopping was done online, I have mountains of boxes that I have to get rid of / recycle. I wonder why people still shop brick-and-mortar style. I can never go back to anything other than online shopping now … seriously.