Tonight's dinner is from a cookbook I checked out of the library - Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals. She has written it as a low-carb cookbook, but that's not why I checked it out - I checked it out for some ideas for quick and easy meals. One thing I noticed right away is that most of the meals do not look quick and easy, at least not at first glance. Still, there are several that interest me and I'm willing to give it a try. I've heard similar complaints from others who say that 30 minutes is pretty unrealistic for many of her recipes, especially considering we don't have everything so conveniently at hand like she does on her show.
We tried the Italian Fonduta with Roasted Red Pepper tonight and it was a hit. It's a very mild cheese fondue - perfect for the kids. I've tried other cheese fondues in the past but the flavors were just too intense for them - I think it must be the Kirsch used in many fondues.
We served the fondue with steamed broccoli, cut up red bell pepper, crusty bread, sweet Italian chicken sausage and gala apple. The wine in the fondue was Lindemans Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Bin 65 2004 (Wine Spectator Rating - 85). The wine in the glass was Chateau St. Michelle's Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2003 (Wine Spectator Rating - 87). Yum!
She has several other fondues in this cookbook that I look forward to trying, or at least variations thereof.