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Cheese Fondue

More than just a meal, this is an experience. If you have an electric fondue pot, you can make this directly in the pot. Otherwise it can be made on the stove.

1/2 lb. Gruyere cheese
1/2 lb. Emmenthaler cheese
1-1/4 c. dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons cognac
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon corn starch

Grate all the cheese. Rub the inside of a pot with the garlic clove. Add the wine and simmer until bubbles form. Add lemon juice. Slowly add the shredded cheese while stirring constantly. Mix the cognac and corn starch together and add it into the cheese mixture once the cheese has melted. Keep the cheese warm but not boiling. Serve with cubed bread and green apples.

Avo-Cuke-Corn Salad

A refreshing side perfect for summer. No better way to celebrate being together!

1 avocado
1/2 can corn
1 mini cucumber
1/2 lime
1/4 small onion

Dice avocado, cucumber, and onion. Place into a large bowl and add corn. Squeeze lime onto mixture and stir. Serve alone or with tortilla chips.

Southwest Style Guacamole

When in Palo Alto…

1 avocado
1 tomato, diced
1/4 medium sized onion, chopped finely
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 can whole kernel sweet corn, drained
1/4 c. blackĀ  beans, drained
chili powder
minced garlic

Mash the avocado in a medium sized bowl. Add in the tomato, onion, corn, beans, and lime juice and mix well. Add a dash of chili powder, minced garlic and pepper. Add more of these to taste. Serve immediately with your favorite tortilla chips!

White Bean Dip

A healthy and easy alternative to hummus when you’re straight out of chickpeas or need a change of pace!

1 can navy beans
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If too thin, add more beans (without any liquid). Enjoy with pita, chips, vegetables, or bread!


Chocolate Fondue

In my household, this is the pinnacle of all things dessert. It is a fun activity and also the most delicious thing ever. Warning: I’ve never left the table not feeling ill from eating too much, but that’s all part of the experience. Whip up this chocolate fondue, chop up some fruit and cake, and go to town – totally worth it!

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 c. heavy cream
4 tbsp. corn syrup
4 tsp. vanilla extract

Turn on the fondue pot to medium (or use a medium-sized pot over the stove) and combine the corn syrup and cream. Stir in the chocolate chips until fully melted and then add vanilla. Cut up your fruits and cakes of choice – strawberries, bananas, and pound cake are a must, but other great options are raspberries, pineapple, blackberries, and banana bread.

Mama’s Hummus

My mother is a huge fan of hummus. For a while she has been determined to find hummus that tastes like the delicious hummus she ate in Israel. She recently began making her own hummus instead of buying it at the store, and is very pleased with the outcome. She actually found this recipe on the back of an emergency card published by Israel Experts. Here is her recipe! Note: it is very garlicky because that’s how she likes it, but feel free to cut back on the garlic.

1 16 oz. can chickpeas
1/4 c. liquid from can of chickpeas
1 1/2 tbsp. tahini
2 garlic cloves
4 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. olive oil

Crush the garlic. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until mostly smooth. Serve with pita bread and carrots or your favorite dippers.


We’ve tried a bunch of different guacamole recipes and they’ve all been delicious, but this is a slightly alternative one that we really enjoyed.

1 avocado
1 small tomato
1/4 onion, diced
1 ear of corn, cooked
Pinch of salt
Cilantro, chopped

Drizzle fresh lime juice over diced onion, sprinkle salt on top, and stir. Remove all the seeds from the tomato and dice. Combine onion, tomato, and cilantro. Cut the corn kernels off the cob and add to the mix. Finally, cut the avocado in half and remove pit. Leaving the skin on, cut through the flesh to make a grid of squares of about 1/4-inch. Spoon the avocado out of the skin and add to other ingredients. Stir together just a few times, making sure not to mush the avocados. Add more lime juice to taste.

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