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Oct 21, 2005 09:35 PM

Flavor combinations that make you swoon?

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In this world, there are a few flavor combinations that are shockingly delicious to me.

butternut squash/sage/onion
cardamom/ginger (especially in cookies and ice cream)
candied walnut/goat cheese

I love all kinds of food, but these are some of the combos that make me salivate even when I'm already filled to the brim with food. I know they aren't particularly unusual, but I do believe that they have become classics for a reason. They're just shockingly good!

What do others find irresistable? I'm wondering about flavors that just seem to be made for each other, which together suddenly become so much more than the sum of their parts (ex: I love candied walnuts, and goat cheese is good, but I can control myself until you put them together--then I can't stop til I've eaten a pound of each).

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  1. Chocolate and citrus of almost any kind. BLTs, or bacon and damn near anything else. And when I was a kid I really did not like hard-boiled eggs, but developed a deep passion for sandwiches of braunschweiger, egg and Swiss cheese, welded together with lashings of mayonnaise.

    As one gets older, I think it's harder to pick out exactly which combos blow your skirt up, just because so many do and they've all been absorbed into your routine. I know that when I walk through the door of a particular sort of eatery, the combined whiff I get of everything in there sets me up to fall in love with the place, and the reason for that is so inextricably intertwined with my entire life's history that I couldn't begin to explain it to myself, much less anyone else.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      braunschweiger, tomato relish, mustard and mayo on toasted rye. And a big glass of cold milk.

    2. Chocolate and Peanut Butter....oh yeah!

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      1. re: ohny

        That was my first thought. I have a bunch of Reese's Easter Eggs just waiting for me. Yum!

      2. At Topolobampo in Chicago they make mamey ice cream, that with a bit of bittersweet chocolate sauce is divine. I hope they still mke it mameys are not readily available in s.Indiana.

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        1. re: Candy

          quickly seared foie gas and Minus 8 vinegar too

        2. A few drops of aged balsamic vinegar, so thick it is like syrup on a small piece of really good Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The salty sweet combo is divine.

          And on the low end of scale I love fresh popped kettle corn. The kind you get a fair. The smell of popcorn and hay and fried dough, the sweet and salty taste on your tongue when its really hot and the noise of the barkers and rides surrounds you. That is what summer is all about. It can not be duplicated in microwaved bag.

          1. Peking duck. Crispy roast duck, hoisin and scallion shoots in a rice pancake--the most devastatingly delicious combination of all time. Right up there with the classic BLT.

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            1. re: flavrmeistr

              I'm intrigued. Do you mean you can get at a resturant a rice pancake with duck, hoisin, and scallions? Forgive me for being clueless.

              1. re: Wynn

                That is the standard way of serving peking duck. It really is the best. Its not just the flavours that go so well together, it is the textures.