real swiss goodness.

My maid of honor, {ch}, makes her home in NYC these days, but she spent most of her childhood in the outskirts of Boston. When she told me she was headed to Boston to clean out her childhood bedroom last weekend, I jumped at the chance to see her. {cv} and I live just under an hour outside of the city--so we made the quick trip this past Saturday night to see her!

{ch} invited us to a dinner party at her house and originally promised fondue. {I'm a HUGE fondue fan, so this suited me just fine!} One of my favorite random facts about {ch} is that she was actually born in Switzerland. After we arrived, she informed us that plans had changed slightly...
and instead of fondue, we'd be having Raclette.

Now, it's not the first time I've looked at {ch} dumbfounded when it comes to something food-related. She's much more adventurous than me, but over the past seven years, she has certainly helped me to broaden my food horizons...and we can now add Raclette to that mix.
I flipped back in my mental rolodex and remembered my first introduction to raclette, just over two months ago via Sara in Le Petit Village. When I read her post, I was both immediately intrigued and instantly hungry. Raclette is actually a type of cheese. The act of consuming Raclette is a lot like fondue--in the sense that it involves cheese and togetherness, but instead of dipping, the consumer must "scrape" the cheese. {Yes, scrape...in French, "racler" is the verb "to scrape".}

Essentially, you put a few pieces of Raclette cheese on something which looks a little like a small frying pan...and then put it on the grill {see above}. Once the cheese starts bubbling a bit, you scrape it over small potatoes {or for more adventurous eaters: pickled onions and gherkins}. We also ate some yummy veal bratwursts cooked on the top of that grill {as {ch} shows us in the top right picture}. Paprika and mustard are also available on the table to spice things up.

With our dinner, we enjoyed some Fendant--a traditional Swiss white wine. After we were sufficiently full of all that real Swiss goodness, we then topped off the night with some Kirsch {otherwise known as "cherry water"}. 

{ch} and her parents were so kind to open their home to us and to share one of their favorite Swiss traditions. Our first experience with Raclette made me wish I'd asked for a Raclette grill on our registry last year! {We did get a fondue set, so I guess I can't complain!} Cheese and togetherness are always a perfect recipe to me. 

 What new adventures have you taken lately? 
Or is there anything you'd really like to try?
Let's discuss!

For those of you affected by this winter wallop, be cozy and safe...
for those of you who escaped the wrath, be thankful ;) 
Can't wait to hear what adventures you're taking these days! xoxo {av}

P.S. I'd love to have you join me in sharing your Friday's Fancies this week! It could even get you an extra entry in my Minted giveaway. Here's a new graphic you can use!

45 comments:

  1. reading this made my day, i LOVE RACLETTE!!! We just went to a raclette dinner party last week and me and mark eat it all the time at our house! i'm so glad you got to experience it!

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  2. YUMMMMMM! I heart cheese ... in a REALLY big way! This makes me want to pull out my fondue pot! :)

    Are you snowed in? Aren't you so ready for winter to be O-V-E-R?! I am!

    Happy Wednesday! xo!
    Lauren
    tickledonline.blogspot.com

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  3. I have a raclette and I adore it- so delicious. And ps, I made your yummy chili last night- sooo good!

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  4. Anything that involves cheese...I'm in!!

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  5. Oh, my gosh... Your friend and I would be kindred spirits if we ever met in person. That sounds like SUCH a fun party to host (and attend)! I am going to do my research to possibly copycat this idea. (And if I do, I'll blog about it and give you a shout-out, of course.) ;)

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  6. Ohh, never heard of this, but it involves cheese so I'm in...What a fun Saturday!

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  7. Sounds yummy, I want to sample that one day! I recently ate spaghetti squash and it's my new thing...so good!
    This ice storm is so intense, stay cozy!

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  8. wow, that sounds great!

    I really want to try pasties....it's sort of a British hot pocket, not something a stripper wears. :)

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  9. This sounds so fun! Yum to fondu and hooray to seeing a best friend and having fun ;)

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  10. cheese in any (and every) form makes my heart happy! this sounds so fun!

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  11. This sounds delicious. I hope you're staying warm during this icy-storm, Jesus!! but I've got good news for you, ready? The groundhog is predicting an early spring, I might go out tonight just to celebrate this :)

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  12. I am not a fan of cheese, but all of that sounds delicious!!! haha oh and could you email me the new logo, I don't want to forget to make a Friday's Fancies! :D

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  13. wowzah that sounds SO SO good!! i really want to try korean bbq, i think we'll go for sunday dinner sometime soon. i've tried LOTS of new food lately because h's family is pretty adventurous w/ food (lots of persian food, ethiopian, indian, thai...) i always just want a burger but im glad they help me venture out :) have a wonderful day lady!! stay warm and safe, and please send me the new ff image! xoxo jcd

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  14. kid you not, we JUST went to a raclette dinner party on sunday night. It was also our first experience with raceltte (apparantley they are pretty big out here) It was so fun! Glad now I am not the only American who knows what raclette is!

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  15. Posts like this are why my grocery bill keeps climbing.

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  16. That sounds delicious! I am such a cheese fiend!

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  17. Raclette is delicious! Every time I go to Geneva, I make sure and have it! Fun post!

    ~ www.thealyway.blogspot.com

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  18. That sounds so fun and I love trying new stuff...You have a really love friend and Im so glad you enjoyed your time with her:) happy day, sweetie
    Kisses

    Ps: I am hosting Paloma’s Nest GIVEAWAY today:).Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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  19. I've never had Raclette but it's been a subject of conversation a few times in recent history. I'd love to give it a try!

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  20. Uhm new adventrure was my first time at Amsterdam International Fashion Week!!
    I ready for a big change in my life though =)

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  21. sounds delicious! if it involves cheese, i'm in. what a fun night!

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  22. What a neat idea! I haven't heard of Racelette before, but I sure do love foundue :) We actually just had fondue night the other night. Thanks for the new idea!

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  23. I remember my first Raclette experience-I was with my boyfriend's family in the French Alps, and the picky eater inside me was SHRIEKING in protest! Luckily, it was delicious, and perfect for all this crazy weather you guys have been having!

    xo, Lena

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  24. Love that you got to see one of your besties - that's always a great feeling. i've never tried raclette but i'll have to add it to my list. so many of your readers agree it's great!

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  25. I am mad at you right now because I am starving and this SOUNDS SO GOOD!!!!! My stomach is growling! I have never heard of raclette, but I'd love to try it!!

    PS: Totally loving the new Friday's Fancies image! It's gorgeous!

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  26. I've heard of this Raclette before and it's intrigued me ~ to try it with someone who knows what they're doing would be an absolute delight!

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  27. I love raclette! We have it all the time when we invite friends over for dinner!

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  28. I really don't know what any of this is, but it sounds delightful.

    http://glamkittenslitterbox.blogspot.com/

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  29. Raclette sounds like absolute heaven!! I could certainly use some to warm up this evening :)

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  30. oh my word. warm cheese is the epitome of heaven. sounds like such a fun night!

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  31. Friday fancies? Count me in doll! <3

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  32. Yum! Sounds delicious! I am all about anything involving cheese. We got a fondue set as a wedding gift too. Fondue parties are so fun:-) Yay for being able to see one of your besties! xoxo

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  33. This all looks like so much fun! I love swiss cheese if that counts for my swiss experiences! lol.

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  34. I love you!!! Thank you so much for making the trek up :) Next time you're in nyc we'll have a fondue party! xoxox

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  35. raclette is one of my faves! i was introduced by my swiss friend...such a delish treat!

    xo,
    joAnn

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  36. Sounds like a great time! I am now craving cheese hehe :)

    Great blog!

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  37. great photos...i am the #1 fan of cheese and can't wait to try this! this is the best thing i heard about all day haha.
    ps - can't wait for you to post about your upcoming nola trip! i am headed down there for a wedding in the spring.

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  38. ahh i love your enthusiasm for a meal that has become so normal for me! It makes me feel excited about it all over again! thank you :)

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  39. You're making me hungry! Raclette is the perfect meal in the winter time, the French can't get enough of it. Super cute blog, by the way!

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  40. These are great!
    Thanks for your wonderful comment on Dylana’s Post about me! I have started a new blog! Follow it and let me know if you want to cross blog and be featured discussing your style and hopefully we can work something out!!!
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  41. Wow sounds amazing, I'm hungry now!! xx

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  42. You could to try Raclette AND hang with your bestie! Perfect evening!
    Thanks for the shout out sweetie xo

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  43. i am really surprised you can buy those "ovens" in the US! I've been to the States in summer and this is something that surpised me a lot. I live in Switzerland ans as soon as you want to get something international or special you have to pay half a fortune. Such a petty..
    Lots of love, Annika

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