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jillp Jul 29, 2006 12:47 AM

At the risk of having everyone respond with, "You've never had THAT before?!" I will say that in the process of making some corn salad last week I squeezed a lemon over some freshly-sauteed corn and was simply delighted with the combination, even before adding the other ingredients.

When you cook corn you think of emphasizing the sweet aspect or deepening the flavor with some butter, but putting something tart on it gave it a different dimension. What a treat.

Anyone else have any other chance food epiphanies you'd like to share?

  1. CindyJ Jun 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    Now that it's margarita season again, I've been adding ground cumin to the coarse salt I dip the rim of the glass in. PERFECT, especially with chips, salsa and guacamole.

    1. boyzoma May 8, 2010 02:37 PM

      Thanks to Cherylptw, Sweet Potato, apple and jalapeno peppers! Would never have thought about that particular combination.

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        foodiesnorth May 7, 2010 11:07 AM

        fennel salt and watermelon...mix ground fennel seed with salt and put it on a round of watermelon for an amuse bouche

        1. howlin May 5, 2010 10:23 AM

          pb on toast but instead of jelly i use mango chutney,awesome!also corn fritters drizzled with honey.

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            Iowaboy3 Apr 30, 2010 10:35 PM

            Wine/food combo: Frisian Farms Gouda w/cumin paired with Palo Alto Reserve Red (Cab/Carmenere/Syrah blend from Chile). The flavors just come together. FYI

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              victoriashe Apr 30, 2010 03:54 PM

              Sliced banana sauteed in butter with curry powder.

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              1. re: victoriashe
                cuccubear May 5, 2010 10:06 AM

                This sounds really good! Do you slice the banana into circles or long slices? How ripe do you like to have your bananas for this?

                1. re: cuccubear
                  NellyNel May 5, 2010 01:52 PM

                  wow - that does sound good!

                  1. re: NellyNel
                    tatamagouche May 8, 2010 06:01 AM

                    sounds Jamaicanesque...

                  2. re: cuccubear
                    victoriashe May 8, 2010 10:21 AM

                    I slice them into circles, and I use bananas that are the same ripeness as if I were eating the banana itself (just a touch of green at the stem is my preference). Melt the butter, stir or whisk in a spoonful of curry powder to taste, add the banana slices, and saute for a couple of minutes -- until banana is warmed through.

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                      cuccubear May 10, 2010 06:53 AM

                      Excellent, thanks for sharing it!

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                  Glendale is hungry Apr 27, 2010 06:49 AM

                  Hi jillp,

                  Creamy peanut butter on raw carrots—seems to heighten the sweetness of both.

                  Mango sorbet with raw blackberries (good quality ones in season)—the sweetness and tanginess play off each other quite well.


                  Glendale is hungry...

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                    ette Jan 12, 2010 10:17 PM

                    Full fat yoghurt, fresh honey, and sesame seeds -- my favourite dessert at an amazing Tibetan restaurant in Paris.

                    1. HillJ Jan 12, 2010 12:44 PM

                      Probably not new but new for me.

                      Rosemary & cystalized ginger shortbread cookies. The fragrance is amazing and the taste is incredibly refreshing together. Last batch, I added some orange peel dust (from World Spice Merchants) and it was magic!

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                        beachmouse Jan 12, 2010 10:22 AM

                        On the menu of a local sandwich shop- turkey and thin-sliced grilled plantain as part of a panini. A little bit of sweet that acts nicely as a cranberry alternative.

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                          flavrmeistr Jan 12, 2010 12:26 PM

                          Maker's Mark bourbon and San Pellegrino Limonata in a tall glass of crushed ice. Greatest flavor combination of all time.

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                            HillJ Jan 12, 2010 12:45 PM

                            Wow that sounds fantastic! I wonder how a pulled pork & plantain panini would taste?

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                            Cinnamon Apr 19, 2009 10:03 PM

                            Not really new but lemon wedges squeezed on bread, or baked potato

                            1. tatamagouche Apr 10, 2009 01:23 PM

                              Audacious mixtures of meat, fish, and dairy. Not chance, though; it's the method to the madness of two great chefs whose praises I've been singing for years (well, actually just one of them, who trained the other so now I'll sing his too). I live far away now but I still love just reading the menus.


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                                Dedalus101 Apr 10, 2009 12:27 PM

                                I have kept this as my secret for years but persuaded by all the great suggestion to share it here: cheese omelet (good sharp cheddar is best) with a healthy spoonful of fermented black beans. All the luscious feel and flavor of a cheese omelet with little fascinating taste explosions added.

                                1. kchurchill5 Feb 5, 2009 04:29 PM

                                  Harvest wheat Pepridge farm crackers, cream cheese with chives and pepper jelly

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                                    Jacey Feb 5, 2009 09:27 AM

                                    Take some bread and slightly butter it, put nutella on one side and brie on the other. Put in panini press or George Foreman and grill. You can also put slices of strawberries or jam on top of the brie.

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                                    1. re: Jacey
                                      NellyNel Feb 5, 2009 09:57 AM

                                      Hey Jacey - sounds good!
                                      AND did you know that today is actually World Nutella Day!!!

                                    2. cuccubear Feb 3, 2009 12:42 PM

                                      My new flavor for last year was pickle and mustard - sweet pickles and yellow mustard. I had to have it on everything - burgers, subs, hot dogs, sausages, etc.

                                      Never was a big mustard fan, but, I don't know why, one day something "snapped" and I loved it - craved it and needed it...

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                                        sleepyscience Feb 4, 2009 10:16 AM

                                        I went through a similar mustard binge. Never turned to eating it with pickles but I would eat it plain by the spoonful

                                        also, in a fit of empty pantry laziness, I mixed honey and spicy smoked paprika and ate it plain as well

                                        1. re: cuccubear
                                          NellyNel Feb 4, 2009 10:22 AM

                                          When I lived in the UK I fell in love with thier version of tuna salad: tuna, mayo, and sweet corn!
                                          Sounds odd, but it's great!

                                          Also try putting a huge dollop of sour cream on an Oreo! It's amazing!

                                          I'm still fanatzing about the above post of banana, anchovy and honey!!! Yummmm

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                                            julesrules Feb 5, 2009 08:04 AM

                                            Cream cheese on teddy grahams... instant cheesecake.

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                                              Kari Feb 5, 2009 04:24 PM

                                              I love to take a graham cracker and spread with cream cheese and top with strawberry jelly. Taste like strawberry cheesecake.

                                        2. Gingerleen Oct 7, 2007 10:22 PM

                                          Not new at all, but I will love fried chicken with honey drizzled over it until I die.

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                                            cityradar Sep 22, 2006 03:54 PM

                                            brie and strawberry sandwiches, or nutella on pop pans

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                                              andlulu Sep 22, 2006 06:09 PM

                                              for the brie & strawberry sandwich - do you use bread or.. ? sounds yummy.

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                                                cityradar Oct 4, 2007 02:15 PM

                                                for the brie and strawberry sandwich i usually have it with slices of white bread. And a little bit of balsalmic vinegar mixed with the strawberries first makes the flavour come out more!

                                            2. Sam Fujisaka Sep 22, 2006 03:01 PM

                                              A sprinkle of chili powder plus maple syrup on dessert melons.

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                                                erikka Sep 22, 2006 02:51 PM

                                                AT the risk of making everyone in here vomit, I'll describe soemthing my mom used to make for us when we were kids: You take a pickle, coat it in cream cheese, and wrap a slice of pastrami around it (usually Carl Budig or something similarly cheap). Something about the tart of the pickle combined with the creaminess of the cheese and the pastrami was just...really...good.

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                                                1. re: erikka
                                                  andlulu Sep 22, 2006 03:45 PM

                                                  I've had that, dill pickle but used ham, SO good. I've also had that, deep fried. Very interesting..

                                                  1. re: andlulu
                                                    erikka Sep 22, 2006 04:02 PM

                                                    How did that work with the deep frying--the cream cheese didn't leak out? Did they make some sort of ham envelope and plop that in--and how was it held together? This I have to see!

                                                    1. re: erikka
                                                      andlulu Sep 22, 2006 06:08 PM

                                                      No, real, clue. It had some sort of breading on it,crunchy. No cream cheese leaked out until you bit into it, and that was the RIGHT moment! =P

                                                  2. re: erikka
                                                    Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 11:04 AM

                                                    No vomiting here, they're delicious! Hubbies family have been making these for decades but with ham and sliced into rounds. Same concept as a Polish Rose.

                                                    Dead on with the Carl Budig or other cheap meat. I tried for awhile to break with tradition and use slices of a real good ham but the thicker meat made such a mess when trying to slice them that I went back to the cheap meat, defeated.

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                                                      flavrmeistr Jan 12, 2010 12:24 PM

                                                      Yes. Try it with a hot pickled okra instead of a dill pickle.

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                                                      mimolette Sep 22, 2006 03:53 AM

                                                      orange infused olive oil + taragon
                                                      Macadamia nut oil + saffron
                                                      Orange + saffron
                                                      raisin bread + anise + olive oil or walnut oil or macadamia oil

                                                      1. Chocolatechipkt Sep 21, 2006 11:51 PM

                                                        Shrimp (fairly simply cooked is fine) dipped in hummus.

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                                                          MrsCris Feb 4, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                          Dill pickle dipped in hummous. MMmmm a favourite open-door fridge middle of the night snack.

                                                        2. krissywats Sep 21, 2006 05:14 PM

                                                          A few that surprised me:

                                                          cocoa and fresh rosemary in a red wine based stew

                                                          cocoa in garlic mashed potatoes - gives it an earthy grounding that is wonderful

                                                          crystallized ginger in garlic mashed potatoes - HUGE surprise how good this was. Melt the ginger slightly and then whip into the potatoes for a wonderful surprise.

                                                          a lovely salad: chicken, honeydew, zuchini, lime, olive oil, mint - i LOVE this salad. Was so surprised how well the flavors go together.

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                                                            Mill City Modern Sep 21, 2006 03:32 PM

                                                            Dark pumpernickel toast with cream cheese and sliced tomato, salt & pepper.

                                                            Rye toast with butter, peanut butter, and Cajun spiced bacon.

                                                            Lately I'm loving the rice that's served along entrées at my local Afghan restaurant: savory rice cooked with raisins and carrots, spiced with cardamom, saffron, and I haven't figured out what else yet.

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                                                              Jennieb Sep 20, 2006 10:04 PM

                                                              For avocado lovers...sliced with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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                                                                bijoux16 Sep 21, 2006 01:40 AM

                                                                mmm, yes. sometimes i drizzle a tiny bit of soy sauce instead, the sodium cuts through the creaminess of the avocado and it's strangely good.

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                                                                  andlulu Sep 21, 2006 12:44 PM

                                                                  Speaking of avocado's - a good one is :
                                                                  sliced avocado
                                                                  red onion slices
                                                                  miracle whip drizzles
                                                                  salt & pepper
                                                                  squeeze lime over all


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                                                                MuppetGrrl Sep 20, 2006 09:42 PM

                                                                Sharp cheddar cheese in a date. Tastes like creamy fudge.

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                                                                  vanillagrrl Sep 20, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                                  My friend taught me the delights of making a peanut butter sandwich with a little Sriracha sauce. The heat of the sauce is mellowed by the peanut butter. It's surprisingly good.

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                                                                    jillp Sep 20, 2006 09:16 PM

                                                                    Oh, I have to try that!

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                                                                      Candy Sep 20, 2006 10:09 PM

                                                                      Sort of like a Gado Gado sandwich... A thicker version of Vera's G G in a sandwich would be divine.

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                                                                        jillp Sep 20, 2006 11:38 PM

                                                                        We must do that, very soon, like maybe next Saturday night. The flavor idea is in my brain and I am out of sriracha and plan to pick some up tomorrow.

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                                                                    Treece Sep 20, 2006 03:08 PM

                                                                    recently had a lovely salad of fresh zucchini (sliced very thinly on a mandoline), lemon zest, olive oil, tiny bit of lemon juice and slivers of manchego. it was incredible.

                                                                    1. Das Ubergeek Sep 20, 2006 02:38 PM

                                                                      Not remotely new, but green olives, cumin and raisins together -- I'm on a big Moroccan kick.

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                                                                        andlulu Sep 20, 2006 02:10 PM

                                                                        panko breaded grilled brie w/ strawberries,peaches and balsamic

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                                                                          TexasToast Sep 20, 2006 02:40 PM

                                                                          Now that sounds really good! Could you do the same thing with feta, or would that be too salty or tart?


                                                                          1. re: TexasToast
                                                                            andlulu Sep 20, 2006 02:53 PM

                                                                            I think it sounds wonderful, but I would pair it w/ pears & cranberries instead. I might also deglaze the balsamic, make it a little sweeter. In any case, fried/grilled feta is very tasty!

                                                                        2. josquared Sep 20, 2006 04:10 AM

                                                                          I'm nowhere near where they sell these things - anyone had any experience with something remotely similar?


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                                                                            Das Ubergeek Sep 20, 2006 02:38 PM

                                                                            They sold them at the Orange County Fair. I found it disgusting but they were doing a land-office business.

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                                                                              vyieort Jan 27, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                                              I've been dying to try this—thanks for reminding me!

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                                                                                cuccubear Feb 3, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                                That is truly bizarre...and fascinating, not to mention intriguing.

                                                                                Hey vyieort - if you get your hands on one you must report back. I doubt I'll get anywhere near IL in the near future.

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                                                                                  sleepyscience Feb 4, 2009 09:58 AM

                                                                                  Ha I saw a clip of Paula Dean making and eating one of those abominations. I could feel my arteries clogging just by watching.

                                                                                2. jenniebnyc Sep 6, 2006 12:49 AM

                                                                                  Goat Cheese with Blueberry Jam
                                                                                  Truffle Mousse Pate with Red Pepper Jelly

                                                                                  And I just made the recipe for Tunapica from Asia de Cuba. It is the weirdest combo of ingredients but sooo good......diced yellowfin tuna, chopped green olives with pimentos, chopped toasted almonds, chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, unsweetened coconut, garlic and ginger.

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                                                                                    TexasToast Sep 20, 2006 10:21 AM

                                                                                    Them's not the most weird ingredients I've ever heard of. In fact, it sounds similar one of Nobu's signature dishes, Toro Tartare.


                                                                                  2. MsDiPesto Sep 5, 2006 05:30 PM

                                                                                    V-8 juice with a splash of white basalmic vinegar....like a turbo-charged V-8

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                                                                                      lrhr Sep 5, 2006 03:37 PM

                                                                                      At my sister's wedding in Spain she served an appetizer (in a spoon) of anchovy and banana in a pool of honey. It was fantastic. Salty sweet smooth chewy...yum. I would never have thought of that!

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                                                                                        NellyNel Feb 4, 2009 10:15 AM

                                                                                        WOW !
                                                                                        that sounds awesome - just up my alley!

                                                                                      2. NeNePie Sep 4, 2006 09:40 PM

                                                                                        papaya or mango or peach or nectarine cubes with cumin seeds, cilantro, lemon juice and a teeny bit of sugar.

                                                                                        1. chaddict Aug 11, 2006 01:33 PM

                                                                                          New perhaps to no one but me but steak and yuzu pepper. Tride it the first time last weekend. Damn! That is good. Now I want to white wash the world in yuzu pepper!

                                                                                          1. Melanie Aug 11, 2006 01:18 PM

                                                                                            I just made this for breakfast and it was suprisingly better than I thought it would be - a bagel topped with cream cheese, sliced tomato and zucchini (to give it some crunch) and drizzled with some balsamic vinigrette.

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                                                                                              vanillagrrl Aug 6, 2006 03:35 AM

                                                                                              I like rosemary bread toasted with blackberry jam. Parrano cheese is good on it too.

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                                                                                                TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 10:32 AM

                                                                                                Toasted Fennel and Raisin bread with Mango & Apricot Stilton and fresh cracked black pepper.

                                                                                                I know, it sounds a bit "busy", but it really works!


                                                                                              2. PseudoNerd Aug 5, 2006 09:46 PM

                                                                                                crystallized* ginger dusted with a blend of spices that has cinnamon, clove, and cardamom (a pumpkin spice blend works pretty damn well) and topped with a toasted unsalted pecan

                                                                                                SO. amazingly. good.

                                                                                                * It's very important that the ginger not be candied. Otherwise, the ground spices won't really stay on that well. I'd suggest taking some of the sugar off before spicing it. I swear, have it any sweeter than necessary and the warmth of the ginger and spices will be muted.

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                                                                                                  Scribbler Aug 4, 2006 03:39 PM

                                                                                                  My supermarket had something called "True Lime" - lime crystals in a shaker jar. I put it on fresh corn that I have ever-so-lightly buttered..........to die for..........
                                                                                                  I've also put a lot of fruit in my salads this summer, especially plums, instead of tomatoes.

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                                                                                                    magerber Aug 4, 2006 12:47 AM

                                                                                                    Lemon juice and tabasco in any cream based soup really really sparks up the flavors.

                                                                                                    1. ipsedixit Jul 31, 2006 07:15 PM

                                                                                                      Wasabi and olive oil.

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                                                                                                        missclaudy Aug 3, 2006 11:39 AM

                                                                                                        Microplaned citrus rind ( especially lime) on ANYTHING. I have it on cottage cheese, yogurt,in salsa, on or in ice cream and in all marinades.Millions of other uses I'm sure.

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                                                                                                          NeNePie Sep 4, 2006 09:39 PM

                                                                                                          great on braised meats ... i put microplaned citrus on braised lamb shanks right before serving. It really brightens up the long-simmered flavors.

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                                                                                                          tatamagouche Apr 10, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                                                                          Yum. That I've got to try.

                                                                                                        3. sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                                                          Since I wasn't a basil lover until recently except for tomato sauce uses:

                                                                                                          Basil w/corn - thanks to Aaron on this site for that wondeful suggestion
                                                                                                          Basil w/apples - thanks to Restaurant David Drake in Rahway, NJ.

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                                                                                                            steinpilz Aug 3, 2006 11:05 AM

                                                                                                            basil and ginger is also good.

                                                                                                          2. rebs Jul 31, 2006 05:46 AM

                                                                                                            tamarind with pork... i don't think it's a new combo in the food world, but i just discovered it for myself and wondered how i've gone on so far without ever thinking to put them together?

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                                                                                                              kare_raisu Aug 1, 2006 01:53 AM

                                                                                                              is that a thai dish? braised?

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                                                                                                                rebs Aug 4, 2006 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                no, not braised, although that sounds fantastic. i have a filipino tamarind soup base (used for making sinigang) that i just discovered is great for using on just about every meat or fish. i experimented and added it to some brine i used for pork chops and it was amazing. i don't have a whole lot of experience with fresh tamarind, but i'm willing to do more experiments in my kitchen if i do get my hands on some...

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                                                                                                              SKing Jul 30, 2006 11:23 PM

                                                                                                              Not uncommon in Asia, but haven't met someone yet who's tried it is chilli oil/hot sauce with salt on mangos.

                                                                                                              Not to mention it's great blended with a little olive oil as a sandwich spread.

                                                                                                              If you like the lemon on corn bit, you should try corn and strawberries.

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                                                                                                                Pia Jul 31, 2006 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                I mix cubes of avocado and mango with a squeeze of lime juice, salt, and red chile flakes. Yum! (Tomato and red onion make it more salsa-like, but I like it without.)

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                                                                                                                Alice Letseat Jul 30, 2006 11:18 PM

                                                                                                                drippingly-ripe yellow peaches or nectarines with blueberries (sometimes in a light white wine gelatin!). thinly sliced radishes on fresh-from-the-oven pain ordinaire with unsalted butter.

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                                                                                                                  PicklingJessica Jul 30, 2006 10:55 PM

                                                                                                                  Whole pickled cucumber dipped in honey.

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                                                                                                                    kare_raisu Jul 31, 2006 02:15 AM

                                                                                                                    what?! : )

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                                                                                                                      PicklingJessica Jul 31, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                      using the honey as a dipsauce is something I picked up in eastern Europe, if you really want to go overboard you add some smetana too :).

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                                                                                                                      CulinaryKate Aug 1, 2006 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                      it's great with maple syrup too! (Grade B!)

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                                                                                                                        madgreek Feb 4, 2009 04:30 AM

                                                                                                                        What type of pickle? Dill? Please specify.

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                                                                                                                        eve Jul 30, 2006 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                        never thought I would love green apple and celery sorbet with horseradish, sea salt and olive oil--very refreshing after a rich dinner (Wallse restaurant in Manhattan)

                                                                                                                        1. akp Jul 30, 2006 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                          chocolate + sea salt

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                                                                                                                            eve Jul 30, 2006 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                            add caramel for an even more yummy treat

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                                                                                                                              sivyaleah Jul 31, 2006 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                              Yep, that's a good one :-)

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                                                                                                                                chaddict Aug 11, 2006 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                Had a delicious chocolate tart drizzled with olive oil and sea salt. Fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                takuhead Jul 30, 2006 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                Mango, red onion, and fresh tomatoes with balsamic vinegar - makes a great salad and pretty to look at as well

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                                                                                                                                  TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                  If you char-grill the mango's first and then glaze them in a balsamic reduction, this tastes even better!


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                                                                                                                                  Dave Westerberg Jul 30, 2006 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  Basil with peaches

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                                                                                                                                    vanillagrrl Jul 30, 2006 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                    I like lemon with chocolate (sorbet/ice cream combo, lemon curd/ganache tart).

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                                                                                                                                    LisaAZ Jul 30, 2006 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    Grilled cheese sandwiches with grape gam.

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                                                                                                                                      bryan Jul 31, 2006 04:35 AM

                                                                                                                                      Try it w/a ham grilled cheese. You'll thank me.

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                                                                                                                                        cooknKate Jul 31, 2006 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                        Ever had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich spread with strawberry yogurt?? That's pretty yummy too!

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                                                                                                                                          hatless Sep 22, 2006 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                          ..which is pretty much a simplified Monte Cristo, that old diner staple.

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                                                                                                                                        julesrules Jul 30, 2006 02:53 AM

                                                                                                                                        Speaking of corn I like to scrape it off the cob - add to sauteed onion and or garlic - cook, and add soy sauce. It makes a delicious sweet and salty dish.

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                                                                                                                                          grubn Jul 30, 2006 02:07 AM

                                                                                                                                          honey and goat cheese with some freshly ground pepper. (great on crackers)
                                                                                                                                          cilantro kumquat vodka martini.

                                                                                                                                          1. carswell Jul 30, 2006 01:50 AM

                                                                                                                                            I've mentioned this before but it bears repeating (and, hey, the NY Times and Gourmet have both raved about it): vanilla panna cotta, basil syrup and passion fruit pulp. See www.chowhound.com/topics/show/310840#... for how to make the basil syrup. It's always amusing to see first-timers reacting exactly the way I once did -- doubt giving way to surprise then astonishment and finally unadulterated delight -- all in the space of 5-10 seconds. However bizarre it sounds, it truly is a flavour combination that makes perfect sense on the palate, as though it has always existed, as though it was meant to be.

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                                                                                                                                              anthonys Jun 10, 2010 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                              I know this is old but just in case someone is currently reviewing.... Vanilla panna cotta, basil syrup, and strawberries is a great combination. The dish is also visually stunning. You can make it look like a caprese salad becuase of the red/green/white combination.

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                                                                                                                                              piccola Jul 30, 2006 01:15 AM

                                                                                                                                              Jam omelettes. Usually with strawberry jam. Maple syrup is good too.

                                                                                                                                              Hummus and pickled beets. Wonderful sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                j2brady Jul 29, 2006 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                Although not new one combo I was surprised by was watermelon and feta.

                                                                                                                                                I love sweet with another note such as salty, sour, and savory. So I love things like raisins in sauteed rapini and strawberries with a good balsamic.

                                                                                                                                                PB goes with any fruit! Especially apples!


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                                                                                                                                                  cooknKate Jul 31, 2006 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I just started using balsamic vinegar in strawberries and loved it! Now it's the way to go for me, with the addition of honey to soften the tart of the vinegar. Makes the most flavorful and unique taste! I love it over ice cream of angel food cake.

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                                                                                                                                                    TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Yep, it DOES taste excellent! And the better quality the strawberries and the vinegar, the better it will taste.

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                                                                                                                                                      wolfmonk Apr 10, 2009 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I love this - I usually add black pepper too.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: cooknKate
                                                                                                                                                      Jennieb Sep 20, 2006 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Add some mangoes to the mix! It's great with both ice cream and angel food cake.

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                                                                                                                                                    OliveBelle Jul 29, 2006 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Peanut butter on my hamburger. PB & J, too!

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                                                                                                                                                      krissywats Sep 21, 2006 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                      My father used to eat peanut butter on his hotdogs and loved it. He said it came from post-depression when they didn't have butter to put on their hotdog bun so they tried peanut butter (he and his siblings were kids at the time) and they all really liked it. He ate it up until the day he died.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OliveBelle
                                                                                                                                                        davestelting Jan 12, 2010 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                        there is a burger joint in missouri that specializes in this dish.... The Wheel Diner serves the world famous Gooberburger.... awesome.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Non Cognomina Jul 29, 2006 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I just had seared foie gras with strawberries. Yes, it sounds odd. Yes, I was skeptical. But my philosophy is, "leave no foie behind!" I was out to dinner with a group tonight and the chef sent out that, and another seared foie with figs, which I had had before. I tried the strawberry one first and was delightfully surprised!

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                                                                                                                                                          eve Jul 30, 2006 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                          often foie gras is parired with a rich fruit--I just had blueberries and corn puree with foie gras. Yummy.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Non Cognomina
                                                                                                                                                            rtmonty Jul 31, 2006 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Had seared foie with a vanilla sauce a couple of months ago. It was wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Non Cognomina
                                                                                                                                                              steinpilz Aug 3, 2006 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                              fois gras with ruhbarb is pretty good, Vongerichten suggests a reduced OJ/wine/ginger sauce and that is also good.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steinpilz
                                                                                                                                                                TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I was gonna say vanilla. I've seen foie gras with tuna tartare before and also with a "Hibiscus Honey-Soy glaze."


                                                                                                                                                            2. hertzdonut Jul 29, 2006 03:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I am madly in love with nectarines or peaches on peanut butter toast. Adding marionberries will drive you up a wall. It is the best.

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