...but Sartre is smarter??? (reference joke here)
First of all, a huge thank you to those who provided such thoughtful comments on my last post about wedding woes. All of your stories were so fun to read. We think we've made a decision, but that can wait for another time. ;)
A few weeks ago, my friends came over to help use christen the lonely fondue kit (and three-tier tray).
Tier 1: carrots/celery
Tier 2: (banh mi) baguette bread
Tier 3: mini pretzels and more bread... plus some salami hidden in the back
Some Private Selection BBQ chicken thin crust pizza served as an appetizer while the fondue was being prepared. These pizzas are kind of small, although it's not a "single-serve" pizza. One of my guests pretty much annihilated the pizza within a few minutes.
And this white balsalmic jelly from the House of Balsamic. If you love balsamic in your sandwiches but not the feel of soggy bread, this is the perfect solution. My friends enjoyed sampling it on baguettes.
We also dipped bread in orange balsamic... also from the House of Balsamic. I can't wait to try it in a salad! The flavor was lightly cirtus-y and not too sour like some balsamics can be.
After the "main course" (which was mostly bread, as you can tell by the pictures), we moved on to the dessert phase.
Most chocolate fondue recipes require milk, butter, or heavy cream, but we forewent all of that and just dumped 50% dark chocolate chips and 50% milk chocolate chips into the boiler and went for it.
I cleaned and refilled the trays.
Tier 1: apples and strawberries
Tier 2: shortbread cookies (homemade--see below), bacon (!)
Tier 3: more strawberries, cubed pumpkin bread and pannetone
The strawberries, were the most classic and best-tasting.
I got a bit crafty and baked some shortbread cookies. I combined the dough (pretty much just sugar,butter, flour, and vanilla extract) the night before and rolled it into a log, which I cut the next day and baked for 15 minutes (probably too long in retrospect).
I topped some with lavender sugar from Ticings, which had blown me away at Foodbuzz Festival. Unforunately, the flavor didn't come through once baked, so I really should have just used it for the strawberries. I topped the other cookies with some green+white sprinkles, also from Ticings, but they seemed to change color in the oven.