It's okay to love cheese as much as you love your significant other! Sharing a pot of cheese fondue is an intimate meal that is as fun as it is simple to prepare. Perfect for the weeknight Valentine's Day at home.

Chardonnay Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

300 g grated gruyere

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup chardonnay

1 garlic clove, peeled

2 tbsp kirsch

1/8 tsp nutmeg

baguette, cut into cubes

blanched broccoli florets

kale

apples, cut into cubes

Preparation

Toss cheese with cornstarch. Set aside. Combine wine with garlic in a medium saucepan and bring just to a simmer over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually add cheese mixture to wine, whisking constantly in a figure-8 motion to keep cheese from clumping. Whisk until cheese is completely melted and smooth, 3 to 5 min. Stir in kirsch and nutmeg. Pour into a fondue pot set over a low flame and place in a serving stand, or spoon mixture into warm ramekins for individual servings. Serve with baguette cubes, broccoli, kale, and apples.

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For dessert, impress with this quick and easy Instant Pot dessert recipe!

White Wine–Poached Pears with Vanilla

Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 pears firm but ripe, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken in half
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 pod vanilla bean split open lengthwise
  • 1/2 lemon cut into rounds
Instructions
  1. Add the wine and sugar to the Instant Pot and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the pears, cinnamon stick, cloves, vanilla bean pod, and lemon.
  3. Secure the lid. Select the Manual function and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Once cooking is complete, use a natural release. For best results, store the pears in their cooking liquid overnight before proceeding.
  5. Remove the pears and set aside.
  6. Remove the spices and all but 2 cups of liquid. Select Sauté function and cook the sauce until reduced by half, or 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Serve the pears drizzled with the sauce. Enjoy!

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