November 6, 2018

Priscila’s Kitchen: Holiday Hosting

We spoke about how you should set a beautiful fall table, but here we are again, only this time we are talking holiday hosting! Yes, we might only be the beginning of November, but it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays!

Cheese fondue is a fun appetizer for a group or a cozy romantic night in front of the fireplace. Here is my absolute best cheese fondue recipe:

Cheese Fondue
  • 1 garlic clove halved
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tbs cold water
  • 2 cups Emmental cheese coarsely grated
  • 2 cups Gruyère coarsely grated
  1. Rub inside of a medium heavy pot with cut sides of garlic, then discard garlic. Add wine to pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

  2. Stir together cornstarch and water in a cup and set aside.
  3. Gradually add grated cheese to pot and cook while stirring in a zigzag pattern (never in a circular motion otherwise the cheese will ball up), until it’s just melted and creamy.

  4. Give the cornstarch mixture a good stir again and then stir it into the pot with the melted cheese. Bring the fondue to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer to your fondue pot set over a flame.
  6. TIP: For an added touch of decadence, add a dash of truffle oil or powder! Also, slice up some golden russet apples, cauliflower or boiled fingerling potatoes for more dipping variety.


Hosting can be stressful, especially if you leave things to the last minute! While food prep might need to be done the day of, things like setting your dining table can be done ahead.

Table Setting:

Start with the essentials (dishware, glassware, cutlery & napkins), then make sure to include serving dishes, decanters, bottle openers and table décor.

For tips on how to set the perfect table, see my previous post “How to set the perfect fall table”

After Dinner Drinks

While some like coffee or tea, others prefer a digestive after dinner. Set up a digestive table ahead of time that accommodates all tastes! TIP: Orange peel & cinnamon sticks can be used to flavour coffee and cocktails… or why not combine the two by adding a little bit of whisky to your coffee for special after dinner treat!

Cheers to being less stressed and able to enjoy more time with your guests!

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