Behold the power of cheese.....

Here's the simple recipe for filling your house with holiday joy and your belly with goodness:

Cheese Fondue (serves 4 people dinner as main course with leftovers)

2 cups dry white wine

1.5 to 2 lb. grated cheese (I use Gruyere, Emmental, Appenzeller)--I spent a lot of money on cheese but rationalized it's dinner for 4 people and then some.

1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed

2 TBS. cornstarch mixed with one TBS. cold water to form a slurry

Dippers: we used bread, broccoli and apples--tiny potatoes have been a hit in the past as well

Bring wine to a simmer in fondue pot along with the garlic.  Gradually stir in the cheese a handful at a time until melted.  Add the cornstarch slurry and cook until thickened, about 5 min.  Do not boil.  Adjust consistency with more wine as needed....for the fondue or the cook.