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.