Fondue for Two, in three courses ** Updated with actual costs **
First course - cheese & bread
No knead bread- flour, yeast, salt and water - 25 cents?
*Ended up buying crusty bread. $3.
Cheese fondue - Will probably cut that recipe in half, at least, so will end up costing about $2
Main course - Broth-based fondue with meat & veggies
1/2 lb steak - $2 (when you buy it from a local farmer!)
1/2 lb chicken - .50 (got bone-in chicken breasts for $1/lb on sale recently)
Potatoes - free, from my garden
Broccoli - $1.50
Mushrooms - $1.50
Broth- FREE - in the crockpot right now, using the leftover bones & meat from the aforementioned bone-in chicken breasts, plus vegetable cuttings and negligible spices.
Dessert course - chocolate with cookies, marshmallows, fruit
Marshmallows - .25
Graham crackers - .25
Banana - .25
Chocolate - $1
Heavy cream - $2
While this is way more expensive than a typical at-home meal, it's way less than we'd spend while eating out, and WAY less than the $100+ meals at fondue restaurants. To make the night less rushed & stressful, I'll make the broth & the bread ahead of time this week. It will be a romantic evening and a leisurely dinner- I can't wait!