in the kitchen with: angela adams

angela adams’ romantic (or team-building!) recipe would have been perfect for valentine’s day, but alas, this column appears on fridays. so for anyone who is looking for a little something fun to do, take this weekend to relax and enjoy fondue wherever you’d like to spend time with someone special. this recipe will bring you together for an intimate (and delicious) meal that won’t require hours spent prepping in the kitchen. click here for the full recipe (or just click “read more” below) and lots of extra photos. xo, kristina.

about angela: angela adams grew up on an island twelve miles off the coast of maine. this island upbringing helped to shape her unique perspective on design. fashions and styles come and go on the mainland, but on the island the decades seem to linger. founded in 1998 by angela and her husband (furniture designer, sherwood hamill) angela adams design specializes in hand-tufted rugs and pairing these designs with handmade furniture. more on angela adams right here.

Fondue – Serves 4

1 clove of garlic, cut in 1/2 + rub inside of pot + wooden spoon.
2 cups dry white wine (320ml)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (15ml)
1/2 lb. Emmentaler, diced (Diced cheese melts better + more smoothly) (225g)
1/2 lb. Gruyère, diced (Diced cheese melts better + more smoothly) (225g)
1-1 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch (15-22g)
3 Tbsp. kirsch (45ml)
white pepper + nutmeg to taste.
1 loaf French bread, dry or toasted + cut into cubes with crust on each side.

1. Heat the wine + lemon juice carefully on medium-low heat.
2. Add cheese gradually, stirring continuously in a figure-eight motion (not in a circle) with a wooden spoon.
3. Blend kirsch + cornstarch together
4. When mixture is bubbling, add the blended kirsch + cornstarch.
5. Cook 2-3 minutes, season with white pepper + nutmeg to taste.

Also, serve with potatoes roasted with garlic + rosemary, steamed broccoli, baby dill pickles, and dry white wine – served at room temperature, not chilled.

[Angela. In addition to the bread, potatoes, broccoli and pickles are our favorite things to dip.]

Why I chose Fondue

Fondue is comfort food. Several members of the angela adams team have happy childhood memories about fondue. Nan fondly remembers her family’s red fondue pot. Betsy remembers how her mom made birthdays special with annual fondue party for friends. Fondue is a fun meal to enjoy with friends!

[emmentaler + gruyère were selected at K. Horton’s Specialty Food shop in Portland, Maine]

[Tegan Tanner]

[Wyatt Tanner, Nan Tanner, Tegan Tanner and Angela]

[White wine compliments the flavor of fondue]

  1. katelyn says:

    Oh my gosh this looks good! Fondue on the beach…I never would have thought of that! I’m going to need to use some of these recipes. It’s “couples night” tonight, maybe it’s a good time to try some out!

  2. sarah-maria says:

    yum, i use the same recipe. sometimes i add a third cheese like appenzeller or parmesan or something.

  3. Alia says:

    I love Angela Adams. Her rugs are so beautiful, and I was excited when she expanded to bags, glassware and the works.
    That Fondue looks good….maybe I’ll indulge in some this evening esp. with all this snow in NY.

  4. Chelsea says:

    This looks wonderful, and pretty easy. If I could eat it on the coast of Maine like that, I’d be even happier:)

  5. chic says:

    how about an in the kitchen with: grace + ac, that would be pretty interesting. I know you love to cook grace and you can drag your beloved ac to help you,lol.

  6. kristina says:

    quick note: the white wine should be 480ml (2 cups). sorry for the error!

  7. emily says:

    angela, where did you find your lovely sweater?

  8. Jnett says:

    What kinds of dry white wine would you recommend?

  9. kristina says:

    Grace is indeed in the line up for In the Kitchen With! You’ll just have to check back each week to see when!!

  10. I love these photos. And a fondue picnic on the beach is such a marvelous idea. I’m really enjoying your “In The Kitchen With” series. Beautiful design, interesting people, and delicious food – it’s a perfect combination!

  11. kendra smoot says:

    yum! i’m going to make this tomorrow for our oscar party.

  12. ThePeachTree says:

    Oh! Fondu sounds absolutely marvelous on such a chilly evening as this :)

  13. Celeste says:

    Looks fun for all ages! The kids look really into it. Clearly, it can also be a very romantic outing for two. Great idea, wholesome, yummy & romantic too.

  14. chic says:

    Thanks Kristina, that will be fun :)

  15. This looks great , I am going to try with my girlfriend thanks

  16. Kate says:

    I *did* make fondue for Valentine’s day! We had our own “picnic” in front of the fire; very cosy.

  17. angela says:

    Fun to read your comments gang. We had a lot of fun doing this so hope you all do as well. Emily, the sweater is vintage and I believe it was knit in Norway. I will double check. I like the seaweed color of it. Happy fondue-ing everyone!

  18. Carol Tanner says:

    Thanks for sharing!!! Great pictures and a wonderful recipe!!! Will take it to Sugarloaf this weekend! Isn’t the snow the best? Bigger snow banks the better, right?
    Love / Peace to all, Carol & Dennis


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