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    Great Food Combinations

    Just got grossed out on another thread by the suggestion that a cookie made from caramel and chocolate goes well with beer. Different strokes and all I guess. Got me to thinking, though, about how certain foods complement each other really well. Beer and pizza, wine and cheese, peanut butter and jelly would all be well-known examples.

    What are some of your favorite food combos? (extra points for the unusual - don't worry about grossing us out with suggestions like sardines and catsup.....if you really like it)

    I'll throw one of my own faves out to start - popcorn with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
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    Applesauce and porkchops

    Baked potato and creamed corn

    That's all I can think of right now....

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    1. Peanut butter and cream cheese
    2. Peanut butter and banana
    3. Boneless & skinless sardines and saltines (I am Portuguese after all)
    4. Warm brie and toasted french bread
    5. Franks, baked beans and sauerkraut
    6. BBQ ribs and corn on the cob
    7. Raw oysters and India pale ale
    8. Steamed littlenecks and chourico (see above)
    9. Fried calamari, black olives and hot cherry peppers (an RI thing)
    Last edited by jmello; 03 Mar 2006 at 10:18 AM.

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    All sorts of sausages and all sorts of mustards go well together. If I had to pick a favorite in the class I would select knockwurst with a good sweet-hot mustard.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Before I developed my superannoying shellfish allergy, I made macaroni salad with deviled crab mixed in.

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    Popcorn with parmesan cheese is my favorite!!!
    At the moment all I am eating are damn hamburgers, eggs and chicken, I can't even think of any good food combinations.....

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    A bold, robust, and spicy California zinfandel with prime rib cooked medium-rare.
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    BBQ and Coleslaw
    Beer and Pizza
    Wine and Pasta
    Pizza and Tobasco
    Wings and Beer
    Eggs and Tobasco
    Hamburger and Toabsco
    Steak and Onions and Mushrooms
    Burgers and Beer
    Fish and Chips
    Corned Beef and Cabbage
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    A bold, robust, and spicy California zinfandel with prime rib cooked medium-rare.
    snob alert

    Turkey dinner, hand mashed potatoes with garlic infused heavy whipping cream, Alton Brown's thanksgiving turkey gravy (lots of yummy butter), green beans, cranberries and,

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    Apple pie and 1996 La Grande Dame, Veuve Cliquot Champagne

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    Beignets and Cafe Au Lait
    Hot french bread and butter
    Boiled crawfish, corn, small red potatoes, garlic, Vidalia onions, and sausage
    Fried chicken livers and hot green pepper jelly
    Red beans and rice
    Fried catfish and potato salad
    Jambalaya and fried chicken
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    Café au lait just means "coffee with milk," but whenever I tried to order it it had all kinds of frothy sugary crap in it.
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    My brother came home from working on a ranch in Montana boasting about Peanut Butter and Horseradish sandwiches. After months of vomit-related jokes, I tried it. Delicious....

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Café au lait just means "coffee with milk," but whenever I tried to order it it had all kinds of frothy sugary crap in it.
    It might mean that elsewhere, but in N.O. it means coffee with chicory (which gives it a very strong and bitter taste) and milk. There's no frothy sugary crap in it - that sounds like the Starsucks version.
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Café au lait just means "coffee with milk," but whenever I tried to order it it had all kinds of frothy sugary crap in it.
    I agree!

    It drives me crazy when people add stuff to their coffee. Enjoy the favor without adding junk to it. Also, it is possible to get the frothiness without adding anything. It can be accomplished by using water pressurized into densely pressed grounds and a non drip system.

    But adding milk is easier and has more foam... which sucks.
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    A bold, robust, and spicy California zinfandel with prime rib cooked medium-rare.
    Drooooool.... although I think I'd prefer something like a Montepulciano.

    Let's see...

    Omelets with bacon, cheese, mushrooms, sour cream and avocado.
    Dill pickle and peanut butter sandwiches
    Grilled cheese sandwich with grape jelly (my favourite!)
    Sweetened ricotta cheese with strawberry slices (thank you South Beach!)

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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    Beignets and Cafe Au Lait
    Hot french bread and butter
    Boiled crawfish, corn, small red potatoes, garlic, Vidalia onions, and sausage
    Fried chicken livers and hot green pepper jelly
    Red beans and rice
    Fried catfish and potato salad
    Jambalaya and fried chicken
    I like how you selected all popular regional foods. I see some New England entries on other folks' posts as well. Too bad Cyburbia doesn't have a better Left Coast contingent, they probably have some very interesting popular food combos in that region (avacado and pineapple or some such).
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    I like how you selected all popular regional foods. I see some New England entries on other folks' posts as well. Too bad Cyburbia doesn't have a better Left Coast contingent, they probably have some very interesting popular food combos in that region (avacado and pineapple or some such).
    You can see I added avocado... I can eat avocado with ANYTHING. When I was a kid, my mom would serve us 1/2 an avocado with a dollop of mayo in the middle. Delish!

    Another combo I love: Spinach and Feta. Either in spanakopita or without the phylo, it's the best (especially with a little garlic and olive oil).

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    Once I heard Bill Cosby talking about putting crumpled potato chips inside his tuna salad sandwich. I tried it. Very good.

    Boiled crawfish and Dixie Beer. Wouldn't drink Dixie without boiled crawfish, and when I have boiled crawfish I want a Dixie Beer. And when you boil the crawfish it is good to toss in garlic cloves. They get soft and you can spread them on crackers like butter. Then give your significant other a big kiss.
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    Quote Originally posted by michiganplanner
    snob alert...Turkey dinner, hand mashed potatoes with garlic infused heavy whipping cream, Alton Brown's thanksgiving turkey gravy (lots of yummy butter), green beans, cranberries and...
    Yeah, that's also known as a turkey dinner (AKA Thanksgiving Feast). Not really unique or snobby.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    But adding milk is easier and has more foam... which sucks.
    I add milk to my coffee because it's supposed to be better for your teeth, it neutralizes some of the acid or something.
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I add milk to my coffee because it's supposed to be better for your teeth, it neutralizes some of the acid or something.
    I did not know that. I tend to bush my teeth 4 to 5 times a day because my GF hates coffee breath.
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    I add milk to my coffee because it's supposed to be better for your teeth, it neutralizes some of the acid or something.
    I'm intrigued...

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    cottage cheese and apple sauce mixed together as a side
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by jmello
    Yeah, that's also known as a turkey dinner (AKA Thanksgiving Feast). Not really unique or snobby.
    the snob factor was for RJ's sake since he is devout California wine enthusiast.


    and, and nobody said it had to be unique. beer and pizza...meh....So there!!!...roll your eyes at me.
    I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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    barbecue sauce and bread
    chocolate chip cookies w/ hot water (for dipping)
    bananas and peanut butter
    greens and mac&cheese (I miss this!)

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