How To Fondue

Fondue ForkHow To Fondue

I’ve been in this food blogging game for a long time. Even before the word blog was invented I had a couple of food related websites up and running way back in 2002. When you want to know how to fondue and searched Google for “Fondue Recipes”, my site was the number one result for many years.

The fondue site was called GoFondue and for back then it was awesome. I hand coded the site in HTML/CSS because back then no one knew what a blog was. And I was always a big fan of fondue. Who doesn’t love hot cheese or chocolate and dunking things. Fondue is good stuff.

 

I had tons of traffic and make some decent money running ads and using Amazon’s affiliate program. Money that paid for more fondue pots and tons of ingredients for recipe testing. There were no sponsors back then, I paid for everything myself. I tried many different recipes. Some were great, some not so much. I experimented with different cheeses and different ingredients to dip. I was learning more and more about how to fondue everyday. And I put it all on the GoFondue website.

 

But fondue is much more than hot cheese. I moved on to hot oil and broth fondues where you cook meat and vegetables in the fondue pot. And the recipes that were the most fun to try were for the chocolate fondues. Fondue is the way to go when you want a decadent dessert. And in my house, that was every single night.

 

Years later, after one of those infamous Goggle updates, I lost all of my traffic. It was sad but I really didn’t dwell on it and just moved on. I was writing on some blogs and I even got a publishing deal to write a Panini Cookbook. The fondue domain came up for renewal and I passed on it. I figured letting the domain expire would be the end of fondue days even though I still had all of these great fondue recipes just sitting on my computer.

 

Writing The Everything Panini Press Cookbook (Everything Series) for Adams Media was a great experience but it was really hard. I had about 3 months to come up with 300 recipes and do all the writing that goes with a cookbook. Trying out new recipes, cooking and writing are all fun things to spend your time doing. But on a crazy timeline like that, it was very stressful. Mostly I was glad when I finished the book and didn’t really enjoy the process as much as I thought I would.

 

If I was going to write another cookbook, I thought that i could do it on my own timeline and why not try out self publishing. The publishing industry is really going through an upheaval similar to how the music industry was completely turned on its head by file sharing sites and then by Apple. Amazon Kindle publishing seemed like the way to go so I read all the self publishing books, blogs and listened to the all podcasts I could find until I had a handle on it. There’s always more to learn and to experiment with in the self publishing world but I wanted to get a book out there.

 

So I took my all of best fondue recipes and wrote a Kindle eBook called How To Fondue. There’s cheese fondue, hot oil fondue, broth fondue and of course there’s dessert fondue recipes in there too. Here’s the link to my book in case you’re interested. By the way fondue pots make for great holiday gifts and why not throw in a Kindle eBook full of great recipes to sweeten the pot.

I enjoyed the self publishing process so much that I plan on doing it again and again. I like how I get to make all the decisions and how it’s totally on me whether the book does well or not. I’ll be writing more about self publishing on this site in upcoming posts. And there should be some more book announcements coming soon too.

 

Kindle Fire Unboxing

Kindle Fire Homescreen

My Kindle Fire has finally arrived. When I ordered this color Kindle on the day of it’s announcement I didn’t realize how long I would actually be waiting for this thing. But it was worth the wait.

If I was to do a quick review it would go something like this. If you need an ebook reader, then the Kindle Fire is the best device thats out there unless you plan on reading in bright sun on a regular basis. If you do, then you’ll want the regular Kindle instead. The Kindle Fire is also a pretty good tablet. If you have $500 and need a tablet, then the iPad 2 should be your first choice. But if you only have $200, then get the Kindle Fire.

Bottom line:

  • Excellent ebook reader
  • Decent tablet
Now here’s the unboxing pictures that I took
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing
Kindle Fire Unboxing - Shown with charger
Getting to know your Kindle
Getting to know your Kindle
Kindle Fire vs iPhone 4
Kindle Fire shown with iPhone 4 for size comparison
Kindle Fire Screen
Kindle Fire Screen
Kindle Fire Welcome
Kindle Fire Welcome
Kindle Fire Welcome 2
Kindle Fire Welcome 2
Kindle Fire Welcome 3
Kindle Fire Welcome 3
Kindle Fire Homescreen
Kindle Fire Homescreen

 

Color Kindle

Color-Kindle
Color Kindle
The New Color Kindle, The Kindle Fire

On September 28th, right after it was announced, I pre-ordered the Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi. Yes, that’s the new color Kindle. I usually don’t buy something without reading all the reviews and doing some research but since this is a brand new product I wasn’t able to do that. All I could do was watch videos like the one below. And that was enough to convince me that I wanted one.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want an iPad 2 but I don’t have $500 right now. But I did have about $150 in Amazon gift cards so this was a no brainer. Watch the video and make your own decision. When it ships on November 17th, I’ll post a full review of the new color Kindle, the Kindle Fire.

This is a video at the Amazon Kindle Fire announcement.

And here’s the TV Commercial