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Love dinner menu

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This month’s theme for Family Dinner Book Club is Love, and our lead book is Love by Matt de la Peña. Here you’ll find a menu that can be prepared with the help of your children, as well as festive table decorations. Head over to Growing Book by Book for a full reading list of books about fairness. Then visit Sunny Day Family for family activity ideas. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook or Instagram page!

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Love by Matt de la Peña is a tear jerker! It is such a sweet book that simply and beautifully illustrates love in many forms. My favorite line, of course, “A slice of burnt toast that tastes like love.” I really enjoyed this book and will be reading it to my kids often.

I made heart-shaped soft pretzels for Abby’s class Valentine’s Day celebration, and I immediately knew those would be part of this menu. What goes better with soft pretzels than cheese? Nothing! So here we are with a classic cheese fondue and all the dipping foods. I think chocolate covered strawberries for sure taste like love… Henry and I ate the whole batch in one sitting!

Love theme menu from

Family Dinner Book Club
Classic Cheese Fondue (recipe below)
-carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, green apples, croutons
Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl
Soft Pretzels
Strawberry Slushies
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Get all the details and how-tos for this Heart Doilies Tablescape!
Love theme menu from

Love theme menu from

Classic Cheese Fondue


  • 1 pound gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound emmentaler, swiss, or white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or microplane grated
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the grated cheeses with the cornstarch and set aside.
  2. Heat an enameled cast-iron dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic and dry-saute for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the white wine to the pot and bring to a high simmer.
  4. Add the cheese to the simmering wine and stir frequently until melted.
  5. Stir in the nutmeg, and add salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Continue to stir the fondue until it is smooth, and serve immediately. You can also transfer to a fondue pot over a low flame to keep warm and fluid.

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