I had a reader ask about the "fondue" referenced in my checkerboard headband post. We Americans tend to race through meals, clean up and move on to the next task at hand. We think of meal times as necessary sustanance instead of relational opportunities. Fondue does not allow for the "quickie" meal. You must cut up meats into bite size pieces prior to the meal. You can also do veggies if you like them fried. My fondue pot has a moving base that holds 6 individual cups of food. You poke your skewer into the meat and then place in the boiling oil to cook. You then have to wait on your food. I usually bake sweet potatoes and serve salad so that people have ready food in front of them while they are waiting on each delectable piece of meat/shrimp to cook. I love sitting at the table for atleast an hour with family and friends, laughing and talking about life while we eat tasty little morsels. You don't typically leave the table with a belly ache because you eat slowly. We actually realize we are full. You can do cheese fondue with veggies and breads, chocolate fondue with pound cake and fruits. It is all good. I think my family needs to have a fondue night every month! Most fondue oil recipes call for peanut or grapeseed oil. You can visit GoFondue on the web for many recipes.