"Okay, but we're not buying a new one. That's something you can find at a thrift store."
I had to admit that he was right and that was a good idea, but then I also had to say goodbye to the idea of getting a Le Creuset or Emile Henry fondue pot, which are pretty nice. They're also pretty pricey. So we started hitting the thrift stores on Sunday. Bad idea- only one was open on Sunday. It had a fondue set but it was meh, not so nice. Monday we were coming down 82nd from Trader Joe's and saw two thrift stores near enough each other that we could park the car once and check them both out. Somewhere between the two of them we saw another, old teflon-coated thing that was pretty icky, so we passed on that. Tuesday, we made the trip back up 99 where we'd gone on Sunday, and at the last thrift store I found it while Steve was checking out the beer glasses. The whole set, minus the forks, was sealed in a plastic bag and looked pretty good, and since it was marked at $4.95, we bought it. We stopped at the grocery store closest to home to round out the cheese and wine stores I'd need to make the fondue, which at this point I was practically panting for. I would have had it last night, but I'd already defrosted several short ribs from the freezer, which I cooked up in twenty-five minutes in my pressure cooker. (Really, get yourself one if you don't have one. What a time and fuel saver. I'm going to try to remember to use it more often!) Steve had been stuck in a meeting all day, which means he was on the phone all day, and since he doesn't particularly like meetings (who does?) or talking on the phone, I thought he should have a nice treat for dinner and short ribs sounded like just the thing to make him happy, which they did. So I had to put off my fondue fix for one more night.
Today I took the set out of it's bag, and guess what? It's never even been used. It's stainless steel and there wasn't a scratch on it anywhere. It even still had it's Made in China sticker on it. So score!
|Granted, the cheap Chinese fondue pot itself is pretty cheesy|
Except now I need to get some forks, which can be had fairly inexpensively from Amazon, but those can wait. We're making do with skewers. We only had to fish a lost chunk of bread out a couple of times.