Suite of Sweets—Chocolate Fondue & Cook IT Allergy Free App from Kim Maes

Full disclosure: The products offered in this post are complimentary from Cook IT Allergy Free. However, this review is not a paid one and the opinions expressed are strictly my own.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winners are shown below. (Note that if winners do not have a blog  to identify them, their comment is shown.) Congratulations! You all will be receiving an email from Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) shortly. For those gfe readers who entered, but didn’t win, please remember that the final giveaway package from the Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts (SSS) event will also include this app. So be sure to comment on all SSS posts and feel free to do the additional entry options as well.

Brittany–”Beautiful kitchen and yummy food! Looks like a great time all around!”

Florence P.–”This app sounds fantastic, would help me out quite a bit when food shopping and preparing weekly meals.”

Jennifer of Toadhaven

Mary C. of Thriving Without

I’m back with the second day of Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts. Today I’m sharing Kim Maes of Cook IT Allergy Free—the app and the blog. Many of you already know Kim. She has a fantastic blog with simply amazing recipes that are easy to make, delicious, and good for you. Her recipe photos and invitingly written posts make you want to be in her kitchen with her chatting about romantic songs, making up silly poems, sharing some delightful girl talk, and, of course, cooking and eating. Kim is a little bundle of sweetness; she’s always fun to be around. I could tell all that from her posts, but meeting her at the International Food Bloggers Conference last year and again at BlogHer Food in San Francisco confirmed it. We have stayed in touch ever since and become good friends. So when I found out that Mr. GFE and I were embarking on the epic road trip and would be near where Kim lives before we flew back, I let her know. Of course, she invited us to stay with her and her family. 

When the trip became a somewhat grueling journey and there were some “white knuckle” moments for me (and I wasn’t even at the wheel of “The Monster Truck”), I thought of Kim and her family’s “oasis” waiting for us ahead in the midst of dessert. We weren’t able to keep to the original schedule so a meet-up with another friend had to be canceled, but from the beginning, we vowed to get to visit with Kim and her guys. In the end, visiting with them was such a relaxing and enjoyable ending to our trip. Kim was the best, of course, and all her boys—young and old—are as terrific and loveable as she is! My favorite times were when we were alone chatting in her kitchen or side by side, laptops in use, on her sofa.

Kim’s Beautiful Kitchen

The Fireplace Area of Kim’s Kitchen–My Fave

Kim spoke about our visit in this post on her blog where she also shared her succulent prime rib recipe. You’ll note that she was being such an excellent hostess and having so much fun with us that she didn’t get to take a photo of her prime rib. She used an iStock photo, but it didn’t come close to accurately depicting her prime rib or to mimicking Kim’s photo skills. I got a photo below, but it doesn’t do Kim’s prime rib justice either. (I happily took the end piece as I prefer prime rib at medium doneness.) Here are a few more photos before I turn to what you’ll really be interested in—the giveaway and the recipe!

Kim Demonstrating Her Youngest Son’s Riding Toy

We Helped Kim Review a Fellow Blogger’s Recipe–Two Thumbs Up from Everyone!

Kim’s Prime Rib

Our Meal at Kim’s

Soon to be Juice

Back to Kim’s Cook IT Allergy Free app … I could tell you a little about the app that works on iPhones, iPod Touches, or iPads, but this video can do a far better job.

As the video shares, the app contains hundreds of recipes. I’m so proud to say that nine of them are gfe recipes: Elegant Easy Party Puffs (I’ll be making those this week), Perfect Pound Cake (a Suite of Sweets entry from last year), Crustless Coconut Pie, Crustless Apple Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Honey Cinnamon Grand Marnier Ice Cream, Chocolate POMerdoodle Ice Cream, Peach Sorbet, and Honey-Dewed Sherbet. Admittedly I don’t have any devices that this app can run on, but I’ve seen it in action on others’ iPhones and iPads and it’s impressive! When I do get an iPhone or an iPad, I’ll be immediately purchasing the Cook IT Allergy Free app.

Kim is graciously offering five of her apps—four will come from those entering this giveaway. Please don’t enter if you don’t have app capability or have someone you can pass it on to. The fifth app will be added to the Suite of Sweets final giveaway package!

How can you enter this giveaway? Leave a comment here; that’s all you have to do. If you want additional entries, you can tweet, share on Facebook, and/or share in a blog post so everyone knows about this giveaway. Leave a separate comment for each. This giveaway ends Friday, February 18, at midnight Eastern.

Now for the Suite of Sweets, here’s Kim Chocolate Fondue recipe. Although February is the shortest month, it can also seem like the longest month. After the excitement of Groundhog Day (hey, stop laughing! Phil predicted an early spring; don’t diss Phil!) and Valentine’s Day, those last two weeks can seem like forever. How about a little bit of indulgence? I mean seriously. Don’t think that you have to wait until next Valentine’s Day or a special occasion to enjoy this fondue. Chocolate fondue means love to many people … don’t you believe that’s deserved any time?

Chocolate Fondue – Gluten Free and Dairy Free!
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)


6-8 oz of Dark Chocolate (dairy-free and gluten-free) – such as Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 72% (see Trader Joe’s list of Vegan products) - chopped into small pieces  

3/4 cup Sweetened or Unsweetened Mimic Creme  (or if you are not Dairy Free, than you can, of course, use an equal amount of heavy cream)

a pinch of salt

A variety of dipping goodies (In the picture above, I used Organic Strawberries, Organic Cherries, Bananas, Pretzel Sticks, Homemade Gluten Free Brownies, and the most amazing homemade Marshmallows from Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream shop here in Scottsdale)


1. Warm the Mimic Creme in a heavy bottomed pan until small bubbles begin to form and it comes to a very light boil.  Then add the chocolate pieces and gently whisk until melted, smooth, and fully incorporated.

2. Immediately transfer to a fondue pot and keep it heated it with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot (but it will start to thicken and harden after a while this way).

3.  Assemble all of your dipping goodies of choice and provide some utensils, such as fondue forks or bamboo skewers, to help you dip (or just use your fingers – especially amongst family)! Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kim Wilson-Maes of Cook IT Allergy Free 

Shirley’s Notes: My aforementioned Perfect Pound Cake would also be great with this chocolate fondue.

Yesterday’s Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts post—Saturday Summary and Almond Chocolate Double Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Not just gf, but gfe!

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63 Responses to “Suite of Sweets—Chocolate Fondue & Cook IT Allergy Free App from Kim Maes”

  1. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 14th, 2011 12:15 am

    Oh Shirley. What can I say? You are the sweetest ever and this post just makes me all teary and nostalgic for when you and Smokey were here!! It was such a wonderful visit and over entirely too soon. Thank you so very much for sharing your visit with such generous words. And, of course, thank you for this awesome review and giveaway of the app!! You are a special lady…..

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:24 am

      Hi Kim–I just tell the truth! :-) I’m still nostalgic for our time together, too. Every time you share a recipe or what’s going on there, I can just visualize all of you guys and imagine hanging out with you!

      Hoping more people will hear about this giveaway and enter! Your app is just fantastic and folks will love it once they get it.

      Thanks, too, for your sweet words, dear. xoxo,

  2. cheryl on February 14th, 2011 1:22 am

    Wow. There’s something about those pictures that just pops off the screen. I’ve not played much with mimicream and it’s nice to know it works well in fondue.

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:27 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I agree on Kim’s house and food, including the chocolate fondue especially. ;-) All such goodness and yumminess. :-) I haven’t worked with mimic cream yet either, but many people do really enjoy using it.


  3. Mir on February 14th, 2011 8:10 am

    Wait, I’m entering to win apps, not to have you come make that fondue for me at my house?? ;)

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:28 pm

      Hey Mir–Clearly you got in the wrong line. ;-) Maybe the fondue gods will smile on you somehow though … or maybe you’ll win and have the recipe as part of your app and find out how easy it is to make. Then you can send me a photo and I’ll post it! :-)


  4. Mary on February 14th, 2011 10:57 am

    Looks like you had a great time together! Nice pics, Shirley, you gave us all a glimpse of your visit. I LOVE Kim’s hearth room off the kitchen, what a cozy spot to dream-up new recipes!

    And Kim, you must feel special having a visit from Shirley; such a special lady. Congrats on your app too, what an accomplishment to be proud of.

    ~ Mary

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:31 pm

      Hi Mary–Thanks so much re: the pics of mine. It does help to have such good material. ;-) The hearth area is super lovely, isn’t it? I’d “live’ there I think. :-)

      Thanks for all your kind words, Mary, but I was surely the one on the winning end of our visit. Kim is such a dear and her app is a work of love that everyone can benefit from! As you said, she should be very proud. :-)


  5. Alisa Fleming on February 14th, 2011 2:16 pm

    I love the pictures from Kim’s house! Not a bit surprises me … the perfect kitchen and sitting room, Kim being a goofball, it all fits!

    I wish I could use her app, but alas, no iphone, ipad, or otherwise.

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:32 pm

      Hi Alisa–Haha on the goofball comment! She was sooo funny on that riding toy! And, you’re right about everything else … it’s so fitting to Kim.

      Glad to know I’m not the last person on earth without “i” capability. ;-)


  6. InTolerantChef on February 14th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful how a blog can bring people together? Sharing the love and knowlege makes living with InTolerances so much easier. Lovely story about your time together.

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:34 pm

      Hi InTolerant Chef–Absolutely, I totally agree. This blogging and gluten-free journey has brought so many wonderful people into my life and given me so much! :-) I’m so glad you enjoyed the post–thanks!


  7. Maggie on February 14th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Oh Shirley! I loved this post – and not just because I got to see Kim’s gorgeous kitchen! It was so fun to read about your visit and see pics. Cute! I can’t wait until Mimiccreme gets to Canada – my kids would love to try this fondue! xo

    • Shirley on February 15th, 2011 12:36 pm

      Hey Maggie–It’s fun to get a sneak peek into our favorites’ kitchens, huh? It was a very special time even though it was brief. It’s often surprising what’s not available in Canada and differences in the same product when it’s sold in Canada versus the U.S. I bet you could make a dairy-free version of fondue with coconut milk. I love its qualities; there’s not much I don’t think coconut milk would work for. ;-)

      Thanks! xo,

  8. Diane-thewholegang on February 15th, 2011 5:26 pm

    First of all I’m moving in with Kim. That is a beautiful kitchen and house. Oh and can I ride your son’s toy. FUN!

    Hmm, that chicken salad looks really good and familiar.

    I have Kim’s app and I love it! Everyone with an iphone or ipad needs that app.

    Oh and I’ll be right over for the chocolate fondue. Man I’m just going to run away. Be there in a few days!

    • Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 16th, 2011 12:08 am

      Diane, that is YOUR pesto chicken salad!! LOL We all loved it! I think I may have to steal Shirley’s photo of it for my review,though, since I never got a picture of it-too busy gabbing with Shirley and Smokey. At least I have pics of some of the other things I made of yours!
      And, you can come crash my pad for as long as you want. Carson will even share his riding toy with you. It is a Plasma Car and it is way too much fun! You would be a perfect fit for it!

    • Shirley on February 17th, 2011 11:41 pm

      Hey Diane–Everyone would love to move in with Kim and rightly so! She and her family and her house are all so inviting. :-)

      I wondered if you’d recognize that chicken salad. I didn’t want to spoil the surprise or Kim’s upcoming review, but now that the truth is revealed … oh, dear, what yummy chicken salad–thank you for creating that recipe!

      Thanks too for sharing your review of Kim’s app. It’s always nice to hear from someone who has first-hand experience with a product.

      Oh, what fun it would be to have a fondue party … one day! ;-)


  9. Mary C. on February 16th, 2011 9:15 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Shirley on February 17th, 2011 11:49 pm

      Hi Mary–Nice to see you again! Thanks for entering the giveaway. :-)


  10. Shannon J. on February 16th, 2011 9:26 am

    Well, this is one app I don’t have and I’m pretty sure it’s more relevant to my current life than say, Angry Birds or Coin Toss. Crossing fingers…

    • Shirley on February 17th, 2011 11:55 pm

      Hi Shannon–It looks like you are new here–welcome to gfe! :-) We all have our diversions, don’t we? ;-) Yes, this app would be great for you and all. We’ll see what comes up with the random number generator …


  11. Florence P. on February 16th, 2011 10:03 am

    This app sounds fantastic, would help me out quite a bit when food shopping and preparing weekly meals.

    • Shirley on February 18th, 2011 7:53 am

      Hi Florence-I know we’ve seen each other on Twitter, but welcome to gfe! :-) Yes, this will be a great resource for anyone. I so appreciate you tweeting the giveaway, dear!


  12. Florence P. on February 16th, 2011 10:09 am

    Just tweeted about the giveaway.!/Flowee1

  13. Sharon on February 16th, 2011 10:32 am

    The fondue recipe looks great. Sounds like you guys had a great time!

    • Shirley on February 18th, 2011 7:55 am

      Hey Sharon–It was the best visit for such a short amount of time! I didn’t get treated to that fondue (next time … haha … or I’ll make it myself!), but everything Kim fed us was fantastic, of course. I just realized I didn’t even mention that fab chocolate chip cookies that she and her older son made for us–yummmy!


  14. Jennifer on February 16th, 2011 11:20 am

    That app sounds wonderful! I’d so love to win one! Thanks for the opportunity! Hope I win! :)

    • Shirley on February 18th, 2011 7:56 am

      Hi Jennifer–Welcome to gfe! :-) So glad you stopped by to enter the giveaway! ;-)


      • Jennifer on February 18th, 2011 10:41 am

        Thanks, Shirley! I recently came across your blog and Facebook page when I was searching for gluten free places to eat in Key West. It was a great help! Thanks! We ended up eating at Caroline’s Cafe. I put a link to your blog on my Key West page. :)

        • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 1:12 pm

          Hi again, Jennifer–Well, how cool is that!!! Thanks so much for letting me know. I’m really glad you were able to eat at Caroline’s safely. Checked out your homeschooling site; it’s fantastic—very inspiring! :-)

          It’s funny because another gluten-free friend was just telling me that in his research on eating gluten free in Key West, my post kept coming up. That’s good motivation for me to get some more of my travel posts done. Sometimes I get home from a trip, get caught up in life, and then forget to do a post (or feel it’s too late).

          Thanks again, Jennifer!

          • Jennifer on February 21st, 2011 9:45 am

            Yay!!!! I didn’t realize that I had won! Yay!!! Can’t wait to get it loaded. Thanks again!

          • Jennifer Ellis on February 22nd, 2011 5:37 pm

            I just downloaded the app and it is wonderful!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it!

        • Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 22nd, 2011 6:04 pm

          Jennifer! I am so glad that you like the App!! Congratulations on being a winner! Let me know if you have any questions about it! ;)

  15. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House on February 16th, 2011 2:08 pm

    I absolutely loved this post, Shirley. I already have the delightful Miss Kim’s app, so don’t enter me. Just wanted to say how fun it was to read and see Kim’s kitchen. Now I know why she wanted to trade her green dish towels from the BlogHer Food swag for the red ones I got. Do I spy one of them in the fondue shot?

    • Shirley on February 18th, 2011 10:31 pm

      Hey Wendy! Playing catch up here with comments … thanks so much for saying you loved this post! :-) Sharing Kim had to be a naturally great post; after all I was working with such wonderful material. Love her, her house, her family, her recipes, her app, etc. Can’t answer the question on the dish towels though. Kim will have to chime in on that one. ;-)


    • Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 19th, 2011 11:40 am

      Wendy, LOL!! The red dish towel is NOT in the fondue pic…BUT I just noticed that it is in the picture of my kitchen. It is stuck to the side of the fridge! :) See? I did put it to good use! Thanks for the swap, my friend!

  16. Jenny on February 16th, 2011 3:46 pm

    Turned out super yummy! I’ve been missing fondue and almost made some with dairy just to have it! This is much better. :) Thanks!!

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 12:51 pm

      Hi Jenny–It looks like you are new to gfe—welcome (although belatedly)! :-) Special thanks for sharing your review of Kim’s recipe! Now I’m thinking that one of the future meetings of my support group needs to be a fondue party, with both sweet and savory fondues. Yum.


  17. Penny on February 17th, 2011 8:08 am

    My child has an iPod touch – will the ap work on that? If it will, please enter me! :)

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 12:54 pm

      Hi Penny–Yes, the Cook IT Allergy Free app works with the iPod Touch! :-) Will update my post to show that for future reference.


  18. Johanna B on February 17th, 2011 12:36 pm

    I love Kim’s kitchen. It would be such a pleasure to cook in there. I read her blog regularly.

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 12:56 pm

      Hi Johanna–Yes, it’s such a great feeling to be in Kim’s kitchen. Sunny, bright, spacious, and more. :-) I’ve seen you over at Kim’s blog … it’s wonderful to visit there and see what she’s been making in that fabulous kitchen, isn’t it?


  19. Linda on February 17th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Don’t enter me. I wouldn’t be able to use it, but I think it’s a great idea.

    The fondue recipe looks good. I’ve only used Mimic Creme a few times. It’s good to know it works in this type of recipe.

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 12:58 pm

      Hi Linda–Thanks for stopping by, dear. When I eventually try Mimic Creme, I’ll be asking you the other ways you use it. :-)


  20. Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free on February 17th, 2011 2:54 pm

    Although I don’t have an iphone or anything else starting with an ‘i’ (so don’t enter me), I have to say that I love this post — the story, the food, the kitchen, the riding toy…. I just had to comment about it all, but especially the kitchen. I think I’ve found the inspiration for our remodeling. But I probably won’t wait till that’s done before I try the fondue.

    Thanks to both of you, Shirley and Kim!

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 1:00 pm

      Hey Pat–No “i’s” here for me either. ;-) Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment though. Kim’s kitchen is definitely inspiring … so open and beautiful in every detail. :-) Let us know what you think once you try the fondue!


  21. Brittany on February 17th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Beautiful kitchen and yummy food! Looks like a great time all around!

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 1:03 pm

      Hi Brittany–It looks like you’re new here—welcome to gfe! :-) Yes, it was indeed a great time all around. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and entering the giveaway!


  22. Beth on February 18th, 2011 3:17 pm

    I’d love to try out the app! I often use my iPhone for recipes, but there aren’t very many good gluten free recipes available.
    P.S. That chocolate fondue looks and sounds dangerously good!

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 1:17 pm

      Hi Beth–I think this is your first time commenting at gfe–welcome to you! :-) I think you will love this app. I’m getting ready to run the random number generator for all the entries that met the deadline. And, don’t forget that every comment during Suite of Sweets gets you an entry in the final giveaway, which also includes this app. Finally, oh, yeah, on the fondue … dangerously good sounds like an accurate description! ;-)


  23. Carolyn Lang on February 18th, 2011 11:42 pm

    I would love to add the app to my iPhone as we avoid most common allergens at my house.

    • Shirley on February 20th, 2011 1:19 pm

      Hi Carolyn–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome, and thanks for entering the giveaway!


  24. Mary C. on February 20th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Oh yay!! Thank you so much! I’m super excited about this app!!

  25. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 21st, 2011 12:35 am

    Yay! Congrats to all of the winners!! I will email you all in the next day with your Code to Download your App!
    And thank you, Shirley, for your wonderful review and your fun re-cap of our visit!!

    • Shirley on February 22nd, 2011 11:04 am

      Kim–Thanks so much for sponsoring this awesome giveaway and also being a part of the final Suite of Sweets giveaway coming up! I know all the winners will enjoy their app now and in the future. It’s such a great and fun tool!

      Oh, dear, you know how much I loved our brief, but special visit in your beautiful and peaceful surroundings with all your boys!


  26. Nancy @ TheSensitivePantry on February 21st, 2011 9:35 pm

    Shirley – sounds like you had such a wonderful time with Kim and her family. I almost felt like I was there. Thanks for sharing the chocolate fondue. You may have guessed already I’m somewhat of a chocoholic. Have Kim’s app and love it.

  27. Florence P. on February 22nd, 2011 1:25 pm

    OMG, OMG! I just received an email stating I was one of the winners of the Cook IT Allergy Free app. giveaway! I’m so excited! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to start using it! :-)

  28. Brittany on February 22nd, 2011 2:24 pm

    Cool , I just won! I am so excited to try out the Cook It allergy free app! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  29. Gigi on February 23rd, 2011 7:54 am

    This was such a fun post to read! I’ve been browsing through your site, and enjoying every second of it – my “treat time” this morning before the world wakes up around me. :)
    Thank you for the wonderful recipes – I’m still making “that chili with the mushrooms” and still enjoying it!

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