Like last year, we did a big celebration for the opening day of football season this year.
It's become not only about football...even though I have three fantasy football teams...but it's also become one of the few days a year that Adam and I give ourselves permission to stay in our pajamas all day. We usually drag our queen-sized mattress into the living room and, literally, stay in bed all day. And it's one of the rare times when we actually let Bug jump on our bed. It's a true Family Day.
This year, just like last, I made Cooking Light's Roasted Red Pepper and Cannellini Bean Dip for lunch.
But for dinner I decided to change it up and, at Bug's request, we made "Cheesy Fun-due" from Rachael Ray's kids' cookbook: Cooking Rocks!
Adapted from Rachael Ray
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 + 1/4 c. whole milk
1 lb. Swiss cheese, grated
1 lb. sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
Juice of 1 lemon
2 c. cauliflower
Chunks of sturdy, dense bread
Apples slices (we used Gala)
Cherry tomatoes (1 pint)
Salami, cut into chunks (we used mild for Bug, but spicy could be awesome)
Put the flour and 1/4 c. of the milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the milk to the saucepan and whisk until smooth and thickened. Add cheeses gradually, stirring until combined, then add lemon juice.
Transfer the fondue to a fondue pot or a smaller bowl. Or keep in the saucepan, which is what I did. Place a pot holder on the table and put the saucepan on top. Use forks or skewers to dip.
I altered the heck out of it, especially since we don't have a microwave and Rachael's entire recipe depends on using one (realllly?!). I tried finding the original recipe online for you guys but, dang it, it appears that no one has posted it and Rachael Ray sure ain't giving it up for free. So give my stovetop version a shot and see what you think.
But the point is that this was the perfect end to the perfect day. Or, to borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, "I'm not, like, putting a period at the end of this. I'm putting like... an ellipsis on it." Because that's what the best days feel like with my family and friends. No periods, just ellipses.
Eat, drink, and find comfort in family and friends.