Fondue Recipe Round-Up

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When we got married we were given two electric fondue sets as wedding gifts. We decided to keep both of them. And for four years they were both used once a year, on Valentine’s Day. It became our Valentine’s tradition to have fondue that night, and because we had two pots, we could do one cheese fondue and one chocolate fondue without having to worry about clean up between courses.

After Firecracker was born we still managed to make fondue his first Valentine’s Day. That was three years ago.

Those poor fondue sets have been sitting at the top of cupboard in SoCal for two straight years. They’ll probably continue to sit there until we leave here in 2020. Maybe February 2021 (wow that looks weird!) the boys will be old enough to be trusted around warm devices?

Or maybe, this round-up I’ve created will inspire us to have a date night at home the next Parents’ Night Out hosted at our wonderful church!

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue Round-Up | Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • You know that fondue I mentioned having made back in 2015? It was this one from Tara’s Multicultural Table – Caramelized Shallot Gruyere Fondue. My photos of the night were lost in camera fiasco of 2018, but I assure you, Tara’s are much better anyway.
  • Chef Markus discoverd the secret to authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and has shared it with his readers at Earth, Food, and Fire.
  • Traditional cheese fondue is typically made with gruyere cheese, which can tend to tip the grocery budget. Shari, of The Root Family Review, developed a Frugal Cheese Fondue using shredded Monterey Jack and Parmesan. I’m all for saving some money and still delivering on taste!
  • When I think about fondue I tend to think of a romantic candlelit dinner, typically geared towards the ladies. I know because, while my husband does enjoy fondue, he’s typically still hungry after the meal. Erica hit it out of the park with these Beer Brats in Blankets and Smoked Gouda Fondue!
  • Rachel pulled out all the stops for her Valentine’s Dinner with a Surf and Turf Cheese Fondue. I always pair cheese fondue with bread, chips, veggies, and apples. Why didn’t I think of using meat or even shrimp!?

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue Round-Up | Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • Chocolate lava cake is a classic Valentine’s dessert, and Gretchen turned it into 3-Ingredient Chocolate Lava Dip. Seriously, I’m sold!
  • Even if you don’t like dark chocolate, you need to go read Mystique’s post about taking full advantage of all five of your senses while eating. It will make you want to make some Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two and shut out the world!
  • Can you even have a section about chocolate and not mention its soul mate peanut butter?! Michelle figured out a way to make fondue night happen with her kids with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue. Now, I don’t know how old her two boys are, but I’m definitely hopeful again!
  • White chocolate tends to be a sensitive topic when it comes to chocolate discussions, but I’m all for it! Especially if that white chocolate is paired with champagne and turned into fondue! Thank you, Blair, for sharing this White Chocolate Champagne Fondue with the Internet.
  • There can be fondue for everyone thanks to Laura’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue – unless your Valentine can’t have coconut – but for all the rest of you out there, grab a strawberry and dig in!

Countdown to 2017: Most Popular

unnamedWe’re polishing off the year with the five best recipes of 2016.

I skipped yesterday’s Best Slow Cooker Recipes because, believe it or not, I didn’t blog a single one! I’ve used my Slow Cooker plenty but always remaking something or not finding the dish blog worthy. Ah well. There’s always next year.

This blogging countdown party is hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

2016 was an interesting blogging year for me. I’ve struggled to find my rhythm ever since our move in the spring. We’ve been in California 8 months now, I can’t keep using the move as an excuse! We are enjoying California living and are looking forward to the boys growing and the opportunities we have for exploring the West coast.

I’ve been contemplating whether or not I want to continue blogging. It’s hard not getting caught up in the numbers. I’m part of a lot of blogging groups and some support groups on Facebook. Comparing my little piece of the internet to all of these other “more successful” bloggers brings me down a little bit. I’ve taken a step back from those pages and am just enjoying being me.

It’ll be fun (hopefully?) to look at my annual stats from WordPress.

Well, it could have been fun, however the annual stats report hasn’t come in yet (as of 8:30pm PT on 12/30) and I’m hitting “schedule” on this post soon! If the report comes in and I’m available, I’ll edit this post as needed.

Sew You Think You Can Cook was viewed 40,349 times – that’s 2,535 more times than last year! Definitely not as big a jump as between 2014 and 2015, but my social media presence has been gaining great ground. My Facebook page has reached over 1,000 followers; if you’re one of them I thank you – keep clicking and please keep sharing!

Last year, the majority of my referrals came from Foodgawker. I’ve been quite proud of my photography skill advancement this year thanks to my new macro lens (sure, it’s still got ways to go), but the time and effort I’ve been able to expend towards submitting to Foodgawker and other similar “food porn” sites hasn’t been up to what it used to be. My acceptances have had a higher percentage, but I’m simply not submitting as often as I like or should. I’ll work on getting my images into more public spaces in the future.

This year, my most popular referrer were search engines (mostly Google and Bing), funnily enough though I don’t know what people are searching to reach me!

I’m fairly positive that my busiest day of the year was December 1st when I wrote about having lost our Christmas ornament box. Thanks to fellow military spouses who connected to my pain and shared my post on their own Facebook pages. It was my highest grossing Facebook post ever, reaching over 2,000 people alone! While I don’t think we’ll ever get our box of Christmas memories back, I’m blessed to have the people in my life who can help me make new memories and remind me that it’s still just “stuff.” I was touched when I received a surprise package from my mom’s step-sister with a kind note, a brand new Auburn ornament, and a sweet book for the boys.

And now for the top five recipes of 2016, these are in ranking order:

  1. BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta: A perfect way to use up leftovers!
  2. Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork: A tangy spin on slow cooker pork!
  3. Pot o’ Gold Cookies: Save these addicting cookies for St. Patrick’s Day!
  4. Chocolate Cherry Brownie Pie: This decadent pie was one of my favorite desserts this year, too!
  5. Cappuccino Crinkle Cookies: Save these caffeinated cookies for the adults!

Top 5 posts of 2016 | Sew You Think You Can Cook |

To see more popular recipes click here: An InLinkz Link-up

Countdown to 2017: Dessert

unnamedToday’s countdown though is all about dessert. Desserts are definitely the highest grossing posts on Sew You Think You Can Cook.

I actually make a fair number of sweets, too. Thanks to #BundtBakers.

This blogging countdown party is hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

My sweet tooth returned with a vengeance after Treat’s birth near the end of 2015 and I’m becoming a chocolate lover. The desserts I’m sharing as my favorites are those that I ate way more of than I care to admit.

Apple & Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Apple Oat Crisp

Cherry Chocolate Brownie Pie

Egg Free Mint Gelato

Honey and Walnut Pear Bundt Cake

Best Dessert of 2016 | Sew You Think You Can Cook

To see a bunch of other dessert round-ups click here: An InLinkz Link-up

Countdown to 2017: Breakfast

unnamedIt’s day two of the Countdown to 2017 – and it’s arguably the best round-up of them all: breakfast!

This blogging countdown party is hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day and when we’re in a pinch for what to do for dinner, the answer is always to whip up some waffles or pancakes.

Muffins saw an increase in my kitchen this year as I’ve joined in with #MuffinMondays once a month. There are even some egg dishes that are making the cut this year!

Almond Croissant French Toast

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze

Breakfast Quinoa

Buttermilk Cornmeal Waffles with Blackberry Syrup

Chocolate Chip Blood Orange Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Dutch Cream Waffles

Frittata with Jalapeno Pesto

Olive Oil Poached Eggs with Tomato Relish

Best Breakfast of 2016 | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Check out some more great recipe round-ups here: An InLinkz Link-up

Countdown to 2017: Appetizers & Snacks

unnamedLast year I participated in a Countdown to 2016 and it’s that time of year to start the countdown again. This time to 2017!

Sarah, blogger at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes, is hosting the countdown again this year and I’m so glad she is. At this busy time of year it’s fun to look back on 2016 and share yours and my favorite recipes and posts. I hope you join me on this ride.

Today we’re talking Appetizers & Snacks. I hope you find something to fit your New Year’s Eve celebrations and to munch on during the College Football Playoffs and bowl games.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Broccoli Artichoke Dip

Chickpea Cocoa Dip

Maple Fish Party Mix

Best Apps & Snacks from 2016 | Sew You Think You Can Cook

See more great recipe round-ups here: An InLinkz Link-up

Countdown to 2016: Sunday Supper

countdownto20162016 is finally here and it’s the last day of our countdown. Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes has left this final day to be a collection of our choosing. To see what other bloggers are celebrating scoot on over her her page.

In early 2015 I joined a fantastic blogging community – Sunday Supper. 2016 is their 5th year and it’s going to be a milestone. This January is the very first National Sunday Supper Month! That is why I am sharing my favorite Sunday Supper recipes of 2015.

If you want to join The Sunday Supper Movement click here: Sunday Supper Movement. And take the pledge to gather around the table with your family.

Buffalo Macaroni Salad

Copy Cat: CPK’s Thai Salad

French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potatoes

Oven Baked Tilapia Tacos

Salmon in Puff Pastry

Sweet Potato Alfredo

Whiskey Bacon Baked Beans

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Countdown to 2016: Most Popular

countdownto2016We’re polishing off the year with the five best recipes of 2015. This blogging countdown party is hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. Scoot on over to her page to see more round-up recipes.

I was anxiously awaiting my email from WordPress giving me my stats for the year. And the results are in!

I have enjoyed blogging in 2015, and 2016 already has a lot of ideas in the works. Here’s to hoping I can keep up with Sew You Think You Can Cook as much as I want to with two boys under two.

2015 stats

Sew You Think You Can Cook was viewed 37,000 times – that’s 9,000 more times than last year! I’m sure there are sophisticated bloggers who achieve those numbers in as little as a month, but I’m happy to see that my little corner of the internet is reaching out to a few people. My most popular referrer this year was Foodgawker, which means my photography skills have improved since 2014! Quite exciting. Facebook has been a big help this year, too. In 2015 my Facebook page reached almost 580 followers; if you’re one of them I thank you – keep clicking and keep sharing!

My busiest day of the year was June 5th – my Salmon in Puff Pastry was to blame. It’s one of my favorite recipes: less than 5 ingredients and beautifully impressive.

One of the top five most popular posts was actually from 2013 – it’s crazy to see how some of my very first recipes had staying power. (My Key Lime Pie is holding steady at number 1.)

And now for the top five recipes of 2015, these are in ranking order:

Whiskey Bacon Baked Beans

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt with Tart Lemon Glaze

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Salmon in Puff Pastry

Cracked Sugar Cookies

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Round up: Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week I’ve been showing you ways to mix up your Thanksgiving leftover routine. Today you’re probably still very excited about the feast and will happily reheat your meal as is, or even enjoy the classic cold turkey sandwich. Here we’ll be sprucing up a grilled cheese with some turkey, creamed onions, and green apple; maybe some cranberry sauce will join the party too!

Thanksgiving Round Up

Because the possibilities are endless I wanted to finish off the week with a round up of more ways to use up those Turkey Day leftovers.

Cheesy Turkey and Rice Skillet

Cranberry Barbecue Turkey Sliders

Cranberry Chili Meatballs

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cran-Turkey Enchiladas

Green Bean Casserole Bites

Mashed Potato Tater Tots

Thanksgiving Casserole

Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Turkey and Mashed Potato Empanadas

Turkey Pie

Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce


Cinco de Mayo Recipe Round Up

With it still being my blog’s first year I’ve never been able to do a Recipe Round Up for a holiday before. But thanks to my Mexican Mondays I have plenty of suggestions for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Cinco de Mayo

Featured above:

  1. Mexican Stuffed Shells
  2. Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
  3. Three Bean Nachos
  4. Baby Baked Beef Burritos
  5. Chorizo Carbonara
  6. Protein Packed Southwestern Salad
  7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
  8. Corn Pepper Salsa Chicken Quesadilla

Other favorites:

  1. Turkey Enchilada Meatloaf
  2. Chorizo Mac and Cheese
  3. Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad
  4. Spicy Taco Cheese Soup

And my most popular Mexican Monday recipe: Healthy Chicken Tacos

Healthy Tacos