Shannon here: Romantic suspense author, Lillian Duncan shares her recipe for romance – fondue plus a chance to win e-copies of all of her books & a $25 Amazon gift card. Contest details at the end of the post. Any comments will go into Friday’s drawing. Here’s Lillian:
A Romantic Recipe?
I am a child of the sixties and seventies. And that means one thing as far as food goes…FONDUE! Instead of being called fondue, it should be called FUNdue. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I feel obligated to share my “recipe” with everyone.
That’s right… I love fondue. And I’m not afraid to admit it. Fondue may not be as popular as it once was but it never seems to completely disappear, and it won’t as long as I’m around.
The first time I did a fondue for my husband, he was so impressed! And that’s not easy to do—he’s a much better cook than me.
Most people think of cheese fondue when they think of fondue at all. But I rarely go for the cheese fondue.
Men are meat eaters so if you want to make a fondue for your romantic partner to enjoy, it needs to have meat for him, a little veggies for both, and then chocolate for you!
No matter where you are in your relationship, fondue is perfect. If you’re married, then fondue is a great way to make the meal last a little longer than normal and you’ll look great in the candlelight. But fondue is a great first date option as well. It gives you plenty of time to get to know each other as you laugh at each other while you try to get the fondue method perfect. Not to mention, it will give you some insight in how your partner reacts in difficult situations.
One of the worst things about fondue has always been the heat source. I’ve tried them all and none of them are good, but never fear. The new infrared cooking tops are perfect. It lets you heat up to whatever the desired heat is without all the fuss and muss of traditional heat sources for fondue.
And talk about easy! Even if you can’t cook, you can impress your partner with a fondue. So, let’s talk about the “recipe.”
Oil is the traditional way to cook fondue meat, but chicken/beef broth will work if you want a healthy alternative.
The last fondue we had, I added some appetizers by way of frozen egg rolls, cheese sticks, and chicken wings. They were a great addition but you might want to let them thaw out in advance.
I cut up at least two types of meat. Chicken, pork, steak, or shrimp are favorites. Along with that I add cut up carrots, potatoes, broccoli and/or cauliflower. But if you don’t want to do that, a tossed salad works well, too.
The fondue is all about the sauces. You can make them but why bother? There’s plenty of tasty sauces to pick on the grocery store shelf. Some of our favorites are barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, hot sauce, horseradish sauce, and sweet and sour sauce. You are only limited by your creativity when it comes to sauces!
And then there’s dessert! Of course, you can have a chocolate fondue if you wish. I’ve done it many times, but you might be fondued out by now.
The last few times I opted out of the chocolate fondue at the table and simply made some chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas, and pretzels instead. It gave the feeling of a fondue without the mess and believe me chocolate fondue can be messy—even if it is fun!
I believe I’ve inspired myself to have a fondue for Valentine’s Day for my hubby! We haven’t had one since New Year’s Eve 2012. I think it’s time to have another.
About Lillian: Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com
About the book – BETRAYED: Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules–every rule. She’s given up everything–her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.
Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.
When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she’s wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one…and that’s her first mistake.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR BLOG:
To celebrate the release of BETRAYED, I’m giving away a virtual gift basket at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com. The virtual gift basket includes e-copies of all my books. Along with the books, a $25 Amazon gift card is included. To enter the contest, simply hop on over to Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com, leave a comment on the post titled CELEBRATION! Winner will be chosen and announced on February 14.
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