The Difference Between Muenster & Munster Cheese + Cheese Dip

On April 7th, National Beer Day, we made a recipe called Pub Crawl Muenster Dip (photo #1). We don’t have any pub crawl experience, but we liked the idea of melted cheese with dippers—a.k.a. fondue with an American twist. We ended up with this rather long article on the difference between muenster and Munster cheese.…
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Fondue Vs. Fonduta: What Is The Difference?

April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day. Fondue, a melted cheese dish (photo #1), originated in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. (Don’t confuse Neuchâtel with Neufchâtel, a soft cheese made in Neufchâtel-en-Bray, a commune* in the French region of Normandy.) Fondue, which derives from the French verb “fondre”, meaning to melt, is an 18th-century dish…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Raclette, A Swiss Cheese Cousin To Fondue

When there’s a chill in the air, it’s time to make fondue or raclette. Most Americans are familiar with fondue; less so with raclette (rah-CLET—photo #1). Raclette is a melted cheese dish that’s easier to eat than fondue: no bread or veggies to get dropped and lost in the pot. Raclette is a specific type…
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RECIPE: S’mores Popcorn & More Recipes For National S’mores Day

This recipe for S’mores Popcorn comes from Valerie’s Home Cooking, a new cookbook by actress Valerie Bertinelli (photo #2). Valerie advises: “All I can do here is issue a warning: Get ready for an amazing, tasty, and addictive treat—and only eat these if you’re with someone who won’t mind your licking your fingers. “I was…
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TIP OF THE DAY: French Onion Soup Fondue, A Neighborly Fusion

Voilà: a fusion of French onion soup and fondue. Photo courtesy QVC.   We love fusion cuisine—the art of combining ingredients or techniques from different cuisines to create exciting new flavors. Fusion cuisine typically combines foods from different countries or global regions (Japanese-Mediterranean, for example, or barbecue chicken pizza). But is it still a fusion…
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