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Christmas Eve Fondue

I’m sure all of you have your own family-centric holiday traditions. Well, one of mine is a Christmas Eve fondue. I do love to fondue… I mean, c’mon, what’s not to like? Lovely, soft pieces of bread, dipped into warm, gooey cheese. You really can’t go wrong. Just add a glass of wine and The Grinch (classic animated version, please!) for me, and hot chocolate and Charlie Brown Christmas for the sprout, and you have a perfect Christmas Eve.

Last year's Christmas Eve fondue.

Last year’s Christmas Eve fondue. Don’t you love my “vintage” 1970’s fondue pot?

We usually wrap up the evening with a chocolate fondue. Because, really, the only thing that can make a fondue better is another fondue. Made of chocolate.

This year’s recipe comes from Chef David Robertson, owner of The Dirty Apron. You’ll remember I just got his cookbook recently. This recipe, however, is not in the Dirty Apron Cookbook. He developed this one in association with Jackson-Triggs, and the recommended pairing with this fondue is the 2010 Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Valley ENTOURAGE Grand Reserve Sparkling Brut. Could you serve Prosecco with it? For sure. But the JT is a more local choice. By the way, if you have any left over (HA!!) you can make this sparkling cocktail to have with your Christmas Brunch tomorrow.

Speaking of local choices, I’d use the Cows Applewood Smoked Cheddar from PEI to make this (Whole Foods). It’s my absolute favourite.

Happy Christmas Eve! Cuddle up with some cheese and wine and The Grinch, and relax.

Applewood Smoked Cheddar & Mascarpone Fondue


  • 1⁄2 lb Apple-Wood Smoked Cheddar, shredded
  • 1⁄2 lb Mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled
  • 1 c Dry White Wine
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Calvados
  • 1⁄2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg


  1. In a small bowl, coat the applewood smoked cheddar with cornstarch and set aside. Rub the inside of a ceramic fondue pot with garlic, then discard.
  2. Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Gradually stir both cheeses into the simmering liquid, melting it until smooth in consistency. Once smooth, stir in the calvados, mustard and nutmeg.
  3. Arrange an assortment of bite-sized dipping foods, such as pieces of French and sourdough breads or blanched vegetables like carrots and asparagus on to a plate. Spear the pieces with fondue forks or wooden skewers, dip and enjoy.

Sparkling Christmas Cocktail

It’s friday!! That means it’s the weekend, and the weekend (especially right before Christmas) means parties and get-togethers.

This time of year, I like to make use of seasonal ingredients, and this cocktail does exactly that–and adds some celebratory sparkling bubbles into the mix, as well.

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Anything with bubbles feels like a celebration, but this cocktail combines some Christmassy elements as well, like pomegranate seeds, cranberry juice, orange juice, and rosemary, which both smells and looks like a Christmas tree.

By the way, I’m using a local wine here–you can’t call it champagne, because it wasn’t grown in France, but this lovely sparkler from the Okanagan has lively notes of lemon, apple and vanilla. I’m a big fan of Jackson-Triggs. Their 2012 Black Label Merlot is my go-to wine pick–it’s inexpensive and perfect for sipping at home snuggled under a blanket on the couch while watching the Shaw log on TV.

This cocktail would be lovely with your turkey, at a NYE party, or at a brunch. I served it at a brunch I hosted last weekend, and it was a big hit.


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Make the rosemary simple syrup: in a small saucepan, combine one cup sugar with one cup water, and add a good sprig of fresh rosemary or two. Bring slowly up to a simmer, allowing the sugar to dissolve. After all the sugar has dissolved, allow it to simmer slowly for about 5 minutes, just to let the rosemary infuse the simple syrup. Remove from heat, allow to cool, then strain.

To make the cocktail: in the bottom of a champagne flute, place about a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds. On top of that, add the cranberry juice, rosemary simple syrup and orange juice. Fill almost to the top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and cheers!