Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Wells Melting Pot has a place to sign up for their quarterly magazine (it's free!), and I have actually gotten several recipes from there. The point of the publication, obviously, is to push Kraft products, but they are all substitutable, and it's a bunch of new ideas to stall my dinner burnout every now and again. This last issue had this recipe, which we tried last night, with the following variations: 1. Low-fat Velveeta--I don't know what difference full-fat Velveeta would make, since it seemed cheesy and creamy enough for us.
2. Served with cooked bowtie pasta, cubed whole-wheat french bread, raw carrots, steamed asparagus, grape tomatoes, and broccoli florets. All were hits. I might not do both pasta and bread next time, since those were the last things to be eaten, and the pasta is the most time-consuming of the dipping items.
3. Dished the dip out onto the girls' plates rather than run the risk of double-dipping.
4. Used fat bamboo skewers instead of fondue forks because:
a. we have no fondue forks, and
b. regular forks would have been boring.

It was a hit. The vegetables all disappeared quickly, and the "fundue" sauce was good enough to do again. I'm sure it's at least slightly healthier than just plain cheese fondue, and it stays runny in the bowl because of the tomato/spaghetti sauce, so you don't need a fondue set.

I thought this last issue had some especially promising recipes. We are going to try the dijon almond chicken and the bruschetta-stuffed chicken breasts as well.


Keriann said...

I have been getting the magazine for a few years now and I love it. Jon and I have found many recipes that we love in it. I would definately recommend it for anyone. It is free, but still wonderful.

Kent and Leisy said...

the bruschetta chicken is GREAT! and I even substituted the dressing for one that I already had. you should also try the cheesy manicotti in that issue (I ousted the mushrooms). my next challenge is the chocolate cake at the end!! did you do the "fundue" for dinner or a snack? We will have to try that out, I love fondue and the melting pot.

Emilee said...

We had it for dinner--lazy mom that I am, I would not be willing to put in that much work for a snack. With the processed-ness of the cheese, it's not something we'll have very often, but it was certainly a fantastic novelty.

brittani c. said...

I'm hosting a fondue party soon/next month/whenever. I'll have to figure it out since I'm used to planning it with girlfriends and roommates, so more details to come!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I will have to check it out, it sounds like they have lots of great recipes!