Fondue Night!!

I don’t know if any of you have ever been to The Melting Pot before, but it is one of my favorite restaurants ever. What makes it my favorite? Well, there’s a couple things actually. First, the food. It’s amazing. Including the dessert. Melted chocolate that you dip cheese cake, pound cake, marshmallows, and fruits into. It’s divine!! I also love the whole experience of it. You go and sit for 2 to 3 hours and talk, cook your food, etc. And your hubby is stuck there with you in a kind of low lit romantic atmosphere with no Tv over your shoulder (like in many other restaurants). I just love it. But, it’s a little pricy, so we only go for special occasions, and it’s not really a “kid friendly” atmosphere. So I wanted to create the same fun experience for my little ones at home.

We had such a blast!! We only did the broth, but I have plans to make the cheese and chocolate fondues soon!! Especially the chocolate. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. So fun!! Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Mojo Fondue Broth
     5 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
     1 cup water
     1/4 cup orange juice, fresh-squeezed
     1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
     2 tablespoons ground cumin
     2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
     2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
     2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh-squeezed
     1 tablespoon minced garlic

Foods for cooking: Lobster, Shrimp, Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Mushroom Caps, Broccoli, Red Potatoes.

Other things needed (optional): Melted Butter and a Lemon Half (for lobster).

Combine ingredients in saucepan on stovetop. Bring to a boil. Transfer to fondue pot with alternative heat source.

Keep broth at a simmer, either on medium-high heat or set between 300-350 degrees F. Place meats onto fondue forks and into broth. Beef, Chicken, and Lamb meats take 2 minutes to cook, and lobster or shrimp take about a minute. Use Green Goddess Dip for vegetables or to put inside of cooked mushroom caps for stuffed mushrooms. Use Gorgonzola Port Sauce for meats, especially your steaks!!

Gorgonzola Port Sauce
     1/2 cup mayonnaise
     1/2 cup sour cream
     2 ounces gorgonzola cheese
     1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
     1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
     1 teaspoon chopped garlic
     1 1/2 teaspoons port wine
     3 teaspoons milk

Combine all ingredients except gorgonzola in mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly using a whisk. Add gorgonzola cheese and blend well. Cover and refrigerate. (sauce will stay good for 5 days)

Green Goddess Dip
     8 ounces cream cheese, cut into slices
     1/2 cup milk
     1/4 cup sour cream
     2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
     2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
     2 tablespoons finely sliced chives

In a microwave-safe container, microwave cream cheese and milk for 2 to 4 minutes, whisking after each minute, until cream cheese melts and mixture is smooth.

Stir in sour cream, onion, parsley and chives. Refrigerate until cold.

Printable Recipe

Fondue broth altered from, and Green Goddess recipes, from food.com. Port sauce from wafb.com.

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    Halloween Fun for Kids!!

    Hey all!! This week is fall break for my kids, and we are leaving out of town to Disney Land!!! So I will be vacationing all week, and am not taking any cooking supplies or my computer! Ok, I might be taking my computer, but I will not be posting for this week 😦 But here is a couple of posts to keep your kids entertained for fall break, or just some fun activities for Halloween. And I will be back next Monday with more super yummy recipes. Have an awesome week!

    Here are some free printable coloring sheets I found. My daughter always wants to decorate her bedroom for holidays, but I like the majority of my decorations to be where everyone can enjoy them. So we came up with this compromise. We find these really cute fun coloring sheets, she colors them and cuts them out and we tape them up in her room.

    It is actually such a fun way to add a little extra holiday spirit to your home. We’ve started putting them on the sliding glass door and the fridge now, just so the whole house feels spookily fun. Enjoy!!

    Source of coloring sheets: http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2009/10/06/halloween61_1.gif, http://www.lygwela.com/img/coloring-page/full/halloween-0028.gif, halloween-pumpkins-coloring-pages-7-com.gifwitch-05-source-944_pq1.jpg

    Halloween Slime

    Here is a super fun recipe that will keep you kids busy for hours. I saw this recipe a while back and knew we had to make it for Halloween.

    Here is my daughter, kneading away, to make the slime come together. Make sure that when you make this recipe you pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture. If you do the opposite, your slime will still turn out, but you will have to knead it for like 10 minutes. Whereas if you do it the right way it should only take a minute or two for the slime to come together.

    Be forewarned though, this stuff is a little sticky. It won’t stain or anything cause the borax is actually a laundry detergent, but not everyone might love the sticky consistency. At least my baby didn’t. As you can see he was a little distressed by the fact that he couldn’t get it all off his hands. But the thing that was nice is if this gets on cloths it will just wash off, and if it gets on the floor or carpet use a wet towel and some water and it will come right out. Super fun!! Enjoy!

    Halloween Slime Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon borax powder
    • 1 1/2 cups water, divided
    • 4 oz (1/2 cup) Elmer’s glue, clear or white
    • food coloring

    Add borax powder to 1 cup of water in medium mixing bowl and stir to dissolve. Set aside. Pour glue into a small bowl and add 1/2 cup water. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is reached and then stir to mix glue solution until smooth. Pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture and watch the solids start to form. Stir for a few moments and then use your hands to gather mass. The mixture will be very soft and wet. Keep kneading until it firms up and feels dry. Discard excess liquid in bowl. The more you knead and play with the slime the firmer it will become. Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container and slime will keep indefinitely.

    Altered recipe from Our Best Bites.

    Playdough

    So obviously this recipe isn’t edible, but I thought with summer coming up, this would be a fun recipe to share. My kids love playing with playdough, but we also have so much fun making it. 

    I like to use Neon food coloring, especially with it being spring, because the colors come out brighter. Also, I make my play-dough just a little differently then the normal recipe says. A normal recipe tells you to add the food coloring in with all the ingredients before cooking, which has it’s pluses and minuses. The good thing about it is, the color is mixed in right away and comes out just a little brighter then it would kneading it in. The down side is, you are only getting one color of playdough per batch. So I don’t add the coloring till after I’ve cooked the dough, but you can make it either way, I just do it differently. Enjoy!!

    Estimated Cooking Time: Less then 10 minutes.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups flour
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cups salt
    • food coloring
    • 1 drop of scented oil (optional)
    Place all of the ingredients, except food coloring, in a medium saucepan. Cook slowly on medium-high and stir it until the playdough thickens.
    After the dough has come together dump it on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Separate into equally sized balls. You will want one ball per color.
    Flatten the ball out and drop food coloring into the center. I usually to 6 to 8 drops, but it will very depending on how much playdough your adding it to. Fold dough on itself so you can no longer see the food coloring and knead until dough is an even color throughout. My kids love to help at this stage, and sometime even like to leave the dough kind of a tie dye pattern. Just knead the dough a couple of times first so the food coloring wont drip out while your kids are kneading the dough.
    Now break out the toys and have some fun!!