April 11 is National Cheese Fondue Day!

Although it first became popular in the US during the mid 1960s, few foods evoke the Avocado and Golden Harvest-hued era of the 1970s like fondue. I think that they might have been automatically issued to couples as soon as they got engaged. Doesn’t it seem like everyone’s parents had a set at one time? Like anyone in their 60s can say: I got a fondue pot at my wedding.  Never used it. I wonder what happened to it?

I imagine that there is a section of the Staten Island Dump dedicated to unwanted fondue pots.

But I LOVE fondue and I love f0ndue photos from the old cookbooks–everyone is happy and wearing sweaters, and the food is beautifully arranged and not at all messy and dripped all over the table and no one is suffering from second-degree hot oil burns or nursing a wound from a fondue fork that got stabby.

It’s getting dicey here–goldenrod sweater is going for the brown fondue while floral-print lady is going for the white. They’re crossing the streams!

A Swiss chalet! Sweaters! Skiing! Beer! And bread dipped in the blood of a virgin. Or a jar of Ragu.  Delightful!

“This set is for meat,” says Roger to himself. “Who knew that you needed one pot for cheese and another specifically for meat?” But while Roger is thinking about what could possibly be different between the two, it looks like Maude is getting an idea of where to stick that fondue fork—in his eye!

Mazola Margarine is what makes this Fondue party special! Or the fact that Mitch in the spiffy jacket is sleeping with both his wife Carol and his girlfriend Elaine. Keep those hands where I can see them, Mitch!

madmen fondue

And speaking of cheating spouses–chocolate fondue was a big hit at the Draper’s New Year’s Eve party.

And since I’ve mentioned Mad Men–who is stoked for Sunday night?!?! I need to find a recap somewhere so I can remember where we left off. What is going to happen to Don now?

Fondue Cook BookBut that is neither here nor there. If you want to see my foray into fondue from back in November 2012, click on the cookbook to the right! It was yummy.

Also, sorry for being AWOL this week–I’ve been ultra-busy at work and my calendar has been filled with social stuff and the gym (I’m upping my work-out schedule since my brother’s wedding is fast approaching and I want to look good in the photos).

I hope to have some good stuff for you next week. I have three DiS! meals waiting in the wings–I just have to write about them!

Everyone have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the weather!

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9 Responses to April 11 is National Cheese Fondue Day!

  1. Nancy says:

    Boy, this post brought back a flood of memories with my mom and dad hosting fondue parties! I have a pot somewhere, I think I’ll go dig it out! Yummy 🙂

  2. Buzz says:

    Oddly enough, we made fondue fairly frequently when I was little (although we stopped having it, along with a lot of other interesting dishes, when my father had to go on a special diet); but we did not have a proper fondue pot. My other just whipped the dish up in whatever stove top pots were handy, and we skewered our bread on barbecue forks.

  3. Eat The Blog says:

    There was a fondue place in Chicago that was popular as a place for the underage to get served. If you’re thinking underage drinking and fondue was a bad mix…well, yeah.

    The fondue thing persisted though-my sister married in 1980 and got more than a few of those pots at wedding showers. Probably still has them.

  4. Michelle says:

    Fondue is one of the few things from the Seventies that is worth saving. I’m worried about Mad Men. 1969 was a pretty bad year. I hate to think of Don with bad sideburns and everyone in bad clothes.

  5. Conor Bofin says:

    Distressing fact of the day: The AIDS epidemic put paid to the fondue. Fear of catching something from somebody double dipping saw the fondue party become as popular as a hog roast at a vegetarian convention.

  6. Angie says:

    I’m sure they will do a last season marathon on AMC this weekend. Fondue is coming back in style in a big way there are 2 fondue places here in bay area CA, We have thought of going to them but we are old so it would be an eat and RUSH home kind of a dinner. I would rather buy a pink pot on amazon and stay home and eat by myself so I can fart in piece. lol

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