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Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

There sure are alot of things that you wounld'nt think would taste good together that do.
Today I made a grilled chicken breast sandwich on a cinnamon raisin bagel,mayonaise and mustard on a whim and to my surprise I actually loved it and will make it again.
We all have different tastes but some pairings may not be as weird.Most of mine come on a whim.

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  1. one of the best sandwiches I ever had was shrimp salad on Irish soda bread, at Serendipity in Manhattan. It's been years, but I'll always remember that combo. I love the savory/sweet combination in general.

    or blue cheese drizzled with honey? Delicious.

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    1. re: cafecreme

      A slice of sharp cheddar on a Ginger Snap...been a favoite since I was a kid.

      1. re: bubbles4me

        I once tried a chocolate "teddy graham" with sharp cheddar - so good.

        1. re: bosun

          My boyfriend always gets mad at me for wanting scones with butter, raspberry jam and sharp cheddar. My sistes add bacon, too.

          1. re: bosun

            I've always loved the chocolate/cheese combo too. I remember when I was little I watched a show with a fictional product called Chocolate Cheese. One day I randomly flashed back to a mention of it, and I had to try to create it somehow. I forget how I did it, but it was something!

              1. re: buttertart

                i've never even heard of velveeta cheese fudge. gyaaack!

                1. re: alkapal

                  What? It's SOUTHERN! according to one recipe on the web at least. I'd try it.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Been Southern my whole life and I've never seen it. Gack.

                      1. re: Leepa

                        Maybe it's regional in the south because I've seen had it. It's not cheesy tasting at all.

                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                          It probably is. Many people don't realize that Southern isn't one big regional cuisine but many.

                          Not that the original poster thought that, just sayin'. : )

                    1. re: alkapal

                      HEY! Don't knock it till u try it!! It's the ONLY fudge I make now for Christmas and EVERYBODY looooves IT! :) .....NO one knows the secret ingred until I tell 'em and then they CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! SOO gooood and creamy! ...NO "CHEESE TASTE" AT ALL!

                      1. re: TeriPie

                        Maybe because there's no "cheese taste" in velveeta!!!!???

                        1. re: sandylc

                          LOL..have to agree with u on that one sandylc! ;-)

                    2. re: buttertart

                      This is going to happen (without the deadly pecans) in the near future. I'll post results!

                      1. re: AndrewPF

                        I actually wanted to make it myself. There are several more recipes on the web.
                        If (and I know this is a big if) you like fruitcake, it's dynamite with aged Cheddar cheese, by the way.

                        1. re: AndrewPF

                          You still out there, AndrewPF? Didja do it?

                        2. re: buttertart

                          Had a cousin who made it when I was a kid. Could have emptied that pan! Better with nuts in it though. I used to bring it to work and the pan would clear out with raves...then I would tell them what it is! The looks of shock were hilarious but they couldnt deny it was delicious...better than any other fudge. Now I gotta make some...for crimeny sake, I was trying to lose 5 lbs!

                          1. re: buttertart

                            I thought this only applied to FOOD! Velveeta is Not really food, it chemistry. :=)

                              1. re: miriamjo

                                poor velveeta.

                                once atop the pinnacle of bogus nacho goodness and creamy casserole heaven… now relegated to the trash heap of…well…. trashy food. it does melt well, and they used to have a "mexican" version…..

                                poor velveeta, we hardly knew ya!
                                ~~~~~
                                um, p.s., we know about your ever-popular trysts with that ro-tel gal. so don't go singin' the blues quite yet.

                        3. re: bubbles4me

                          Most of my friends think I'm nuts, but I love to dip ginger snaps in orange juice.

                          Oreos+milk for the rest. Ginger snaps+OJ for me!

                          1. re: vanmartin

                            ginger and orange is a perfectly normal combo. I totally get that! good for you. :)

                          2. re: bubbles4me

                            cheddar cheese+peanut butter+granny smith apple slices is a whole lot of awesome!!

                                1. re: jchamberlain

                                  My son's favorite was similar. He liked apples with peanut butter and a slice of bacon. I tried it and it was tasty. However, I liked when my grandma put cheddar cheese in vanilla wafers.

                              1. re: cafecreme

                                A chunk of Maytag Blue, Bleu D'Auvergne & Clemson too along with Good-Quality Honey & Crisp Ginger Snaps - makes an extraordinary mini fromage flight.

                                Folks actually think that I "learned" this in one of my fine culinary lessons I've taken through the years, as I often feature this "flight-of-cheese" during cocktail parties. I've discovered presenting good quality blues on vintage Gump china with beautiful fresh cut flowers in sterling mint julep cups puts on a great backdrop for my wacky, yet tasteful concoction of blues, gingersnaps & honey for dipping - this infusion was a mere accident, but a yummie one @ that!

                                1. re: JayVaBeach

                                  Cottage cheese mixed with sweeter and cinnamon spread on toast and popped into the toaster oven is a “legal” weight watchers cheese Danish from the old days.

                                  1. re: laliz

                                    This isn't weird. Half of all WW eat this at some point...

                                    1. re: Jacey

                                      weight watchers ought to be a dirty word.

                                      1. re: haolebaby

                                        actually ww is probably one of the few healthful, effective diet programs.

                                        1. re: haolebaby

                                          WW is pretty good actually. You can eat whatever you want, just watch portion sizes. It's helped my mom a lot.

                                          1. re: serendipity3

                                            I agree wholeheartedly that it is good. No forbidden foods, no set meals, ways to fit in everything and anything. As many fruits and veggies as you want. It is pretty much what we should all be doing anyway.

                                            1. re: CanadaGirl

                                              my sis has lost 40 pounds on ww since summer....

                                  2. re: cafecreme

                                    a long time ago I used to put cottage cheese in the microwave for a minute with sugar ad cinnamon. Sounds gross, but it was good...

                                    1. re: cafecreme

                                      another sweet savory pairing is ricotta cheese, banna a handful of mixed berries and brown sugar all on sourdough bread put under the grill its very yummy!

                                      1. re: umbushi plum

                                        This isn't sweet-savory, but I LOVE ricotta on bread w/raw sugar and cinnamon. I also like to mix in a little orange and/or lemon zest then spread on bread and drizzle with honey.

                                      2. re: cafecreme

                                        We just tried the honey on blue cheese thing (Valdeon, to be precise) and it was great. Not so good with Roquefort, so I guess it depends somewhat on the cheese involved :-).

                                        1. re: grayelf

                                          Gorgonzola and roast ripe figs makes for a delicious appetizer.

                                          1. re: racer x

                                            looove that. sometimes i drizzle honey over goat cheese stuffed roasted figs!!!

                                            1. re: racer x

                                              Nothing odd about that. Bud throw in some arugula and switch the gorgonzola to goat and you have one of the greatest summer salads around.

                                              1. re: racer x

                                                For a Tasty Treat, try a bite of a CRISP chocolate chip cookie and a bite of your favorite Apple at the same mouthful. My, my...

                                            2. Lots of other posts on this, but I'll bite: cucumbers with garlic salt and watermelon or dill pickles and watermelon.

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                                              1. re: chownewbie

                                                Try drizzling some Sambuca over cut up watermelon....delicious!

                                                1. re: chownewbie

                                                  Pickles and Dubliner cheese (it melts in your mouth plus has crunchy bits in it!!) (also for some reason really good with milked-up tea)

                                                  Cheeze-its and Louisiana hot sauce, Cheeze-its and pickles! (these got me through law school!)

                                                  Banana guacamole with LOTS of ground ancho

                                                  Avocado and sauerkraut sandwich with mayo and mustard (I will only eat BUBBIE'S sauerkraut)

                                                  Oh, Cheeze-its and sauerkraut!!! mmmmmm

                                                  A bite of peanut butter on toast, followed by a mouthful of V8 heavily spiked with Louisiana hot sauce (my morning ritual)

                                                  Chicken sandwiches with blue cheese and sliced peaches (discovered that one in the UK)

                                                  Watermelon is a MUST for the beach - completely counters all the salt taste in your mouth.

                                                  Peanut butter whipped up with apple cider vinegar over noodles . . . mmmmmm

                                                  p.s. once I discovered the beauty of Cheeze-its with all things pickle-y, I quickly packed on like 20 lbs. So beware, thar be dragons!!

                                                  1. re: seviya

                                                    I have to say that chicken sandwiches with blue cheese and peaches sound delightful to me! I'm going to have to try that one at home...

                                                    1. re: vorpal

                                                      I must second the blue cheese, peach and chicken theory. They're wonderful, goes really great together.

                                                    2. re: seviya

                                                      That sauerkraut combo sounds incredibly interesting.

                                                      Peanut butter is actually great with strawberry cream cheese and aged balsamic vinegar.

                                                      1. re: seviya

                                                        What's "banana guacamole"? Or was that bananas with guacamole?

                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                          This might be pretty weak compared to Bananna Gauc; however; as a child a guilty pleasure is a bannana wrapped in American Cheese..... Yep its pretty incredbile.....

                                                        2. re: seviya

                                                          Cheez-its with:
                                                          -peanut butter
                                                          -cream cheese
                                                          -just about anything
                                                          i love them so much...

                                                      2. I love this kind of creativity! As a child, I liked Triscuit crackers spread with butter, sprinkled with sugar. Here are some I enjoy as an adult:

                                                        Egg salad, made with mayo, chile powder, raisins and a little salt.

                                                        Blue cheese, smoked oyster and basil on a saltine cracker.

                                                        Sesame balls (Chinese dim sum) with Yank Sing chile pepper sauce.

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                                                        1. re: sondrac

                                                          hahahha, I just cracked up at the sesame balls with Yank Sing comment. I love this combination and get made fun of for it all the time! I thought I was the only one

                                                          1. re: sondrac

                                                            mm oyster and blue cheese on saltine with basil hmm mmm

                                                          2. My boyfriend likes PB & mustard sandwiches, but he's got problems. There's a resto here in Boston that makes a butterscotch fondant with black truffle ice cream that's just wonderful.

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                                                            1. re: tatamagouche

                                                              My husband loves peanut butter sandwiches dipped in French's mustard. I can't bring myself to even taste it, but he swears by it.

                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches are where its at! savory...sweet..delicious!

                                                                1. re: icancook

                                                                  YES!!! Totally agree!!! Creamy PB and Lays potato chips...HEAVEN!!!!!

                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                    My husband turned me onto Peanut Butter and Mayo sandwiches on toast. Yum! The thought makes most people gag, but it works.

                                                                    1. re: dgreenwood

                                                                      I do this all the time ! PB and mayo sandwiches with banana slices ! Sooo yummy !

                                                                      It does no good for the waistline, thougth.

                                                                  2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                    Im here in boston as well..who makes that ice cream?

                                                                    1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                      Believe Christina's makes it, but the butterscotch-black truffle ice cream is at Gargoyle's.

                                                                    2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                      Is your boyfriend Mark Voucher????!!! He introduced me to pb and m in 1970 (we were 7) and I have yet to find - well, until now - anybody else who had ever heard of this delicious combo. Has to be white bread and American mustard.

                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                        One of my favorites is PB, Lettuce & crispy bacon on toast - ...like a BLT only with melting PB which is a nice contrast to the cool lettuce & crispy bacon. NUMMO!

                                                                        1. re: peytonplace

                                                                          I love pb and bacon on toast, but I would have never thought of putting lettuce on it. But what a great idea, because sometimes it can get kind of dry.

                                                                          1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                            Try with tomato instead of lettuce.

                                                                            1. re: piccola

                                                                              Okay ... I have to say I've never tried that. I prefer my peanut butter sandwiches plain peanut butter on bread ... but peanut butter and tomato was a running joke that I had with a friend after listed a whole pile of sandwich ingredients and somehow having it come out with tomato between peanut butter and being able to locate jelly. I'm in shock that those might actually be eaten together ... although I did know a couple people who used to eat peanut butter and salami, so I don't know why I'm surprised.

                                                                              1. re: MilkAndCookies

                                                                                My hubby loves peanut butter and fried egg sandwiches.

                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                  A new friend turned me on to pb & baloney sandwiches. Regular OM brand meat with chunky pb is quite tasty.

                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                    Late to this party but toast with PB, Sriacha and a Fried egg mmmmmm :)

                                                                            2. re: peytonplace

                                                                              PB and kimchi, I've tried this several times (inspired by this post), and am amazed that the PB completely overwhelms the kimchi! I'm still piling on the kimchi and will report back when I've reached Ideal Proportions.

                                                                            3. re: tatamagouche

                                                                              my father in law eats hot dogs on martin's potato bread with french's yellow mustard and peanutbutter.... ugh.

                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                i was with him till the peanut butter. i adore martin's breads and rolls -- esp. for bbq pulled pork.

                                                                                1. re: kubasd

                                                                                  I miss martin's potato bread.. I like ham sandwiches with cheese, mustard, pickles & chips on MPB.

                                                                                  1. re: haolebaby

                                                                                    martin's potato bread is awesome, my fave way is just toasted with butter.... mmm cultured butter with a little sea salt sprinkled on, so tasty.

                                                                                2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                  Peanut Butter and Nilla Waffers are amazing too!!!!!

                                                                                3. Alltime favorite weird combo.....raisin english muffin, butter, peanut butter toasted with poached eggs on top

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                                                                                  1. re: othervoice

                                                                                    Sounds good to me I might even add some Sriracha.

                                                                                    1. re: othervoice

                                                                                      I like a good PB and J.

                                                                                      Peanut butter and jalepeno! The pickled kind, of course!

                                                                                      1. re: holy chow

                                                                                        Peanut butter and dill pickles on soft wheat. Be sure to drain the pickles well, or you'll have a soggy mess.

                                                                                        1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                          Your entry gave me an idea. I just tried PB and dill pickle potato chips on toast! the PB is melted & gooey. Thanks for the idea!

                                                                                          1. re: othervoice

                                                                                            Hubby eats fried egg and peanut butter sandwiches.

                                                                                            I like bittersweet chocolate with beer.

                                                                                            Just bought a bittersweet chocolate truffle with shiitake mushroom infused cream in it. Haven't tried it yet.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              Sandy, I was just perusing this thread (it's always good for inspiration!) and I have to ask, how was that truffle? It sounds intriguing.... umami with the cream and chocolate? mmmm

                                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                Hubby and I shared it - cut it in half.....

                                                                                                We could not detect anything other then chocolate, albeit excellent chocolate......

                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                  awww. At least it tasted good! Thanks!

                                                                                          2. Banana and mayo on white toast. Don't know where I had this first but I still make it sometimes.

                                                                                            Another that drives my wife nuts is I like Campbell's Tomato soup with a PB&J sandwich.

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                                                                                              1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                After my father had a stroke, there were a couple of years there that he wouldn't eat ANY THING but banana sandwiches. White bread, mayo and sliced bananas, yummy. Another good one is White bread, mayo and pineapple slices. Or, WB, mayo and sliced tomatoes, S&P.

                                                                                              2. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                That's so funny....I love Campbell's T' soup with PB&J.....also with a grilled cheese.

                                                                                                1. re: othervoice

                                                                                                  mmm Campbell's T soup and bologna and mustard sammy to dip.

                                                                                                2. re: Eric in NJ

                                                                                                  aaaah yeeah! tomato soup and pb&j!!! a fat sandwich with it glopping everywhere and a mixing bowl size of soup!

                                                                                                3. At my favorite restaurant we were served an amuse bouche of bruschetta with nutella sprinkled with a small pinch of sea salt... I made a funny face at first but ended up eating mine as well as my husband's!

                                                                                                  1. Okay, I created this sensation in a bar (naturally) a couple of weeks ago. The bartender had brought in habenero pepperjack cheese and crackers, and also had some of her homemade brownies.

                                                                                                    I cut one of the brownies in half, added a thickish slice of the hot cheese, put the top of the brownie back on, and viola!

                                                                                                    A suprisingly delicious treat that everyone enjoyed.

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                                                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                        Cool. I sit at the very end of the bar. Pegmeister shows up on occasion, too.

                                                                                                        Back on topic, I also like cottage cheese and tobasco sauce. Actually, my fav cottage cheese "pairing" is with sardines and tobasco.

                                                                                                        Could I be the world's first pregnant man?

                                                                                                        1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                          Hate to say it, but that sounds delicious!

                                                                                                          1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                            Actually, the cottage cheese and Tabasco sounds pretty good to me. It would make my dieting taste better, since cottage cheese by itself is boring.

                                                                                                            1. re: AlyKen

                                                                                                              Try the Green Tabasco with your cottage cheese (or even with Cream Cheese). It's Yummo!

                                                                                                            2. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                              My aunt actually makes a really good chip dip out of cottage cheese, salsa, and taco seasoning. Sounds odd, but it's addictive.

                                                                                                              1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                                Try cottage cheese and Tiger Sauce. Yum!

                                                                                                                1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                                  Cheesy Nacho flavored Doritos with plain cottage cheese for a dip- So good!

                                                                                                                2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                                                  That sounds delicious! What a magnificent thread this is. My mother used to make me a bizarre combination of cottage cheese, sweet pickle relish and Dijon mustard with a bit of salt and pepper. It remains one of my favorite comfort foods.

                                                                                                                  1. re: GourMel

                                                                                                                    My Mom used to mix cottage cheese with chives and put them on Wasa crackers. So delicious.

                                                                                                                    1. re: HeyDeliciousBlog

                                                                                                                      i know this is a old subthread of this thread, but cottage cheese with the chipotle tabasco is the best tabasco+cc pairing for sure! love the smokiness with the cc

                                                                                                                3. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                                  Ha! That sounds icky :( It reminds me of this time when I worked at a truck stop and dreamed one night of a hamburger patty with chocolate frosting. Since I had the items handy at work the next morning, I tried it. UGGGGHHHHHHHH Just don't.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                                    Ooh, considering how much I like chocolate bars with chile bits.. this sounds great.

                                                                                                                    1. re: haolebaby

                                                                                                                      have you had the chocolate bar with ancho and pasilla peppers and....

                                                                                                                      pop rocks? it is just.... awesome and tasty. Its chocolatey and actually spicy, and then you got the pop rock fizz.

                                                                                                                  2. I love to drink coke and milk. It froths up in the glass and tastes like a melted coke float. My dad used to drink this when I was growing up, and everyone who has seen me do it has cringed, but its one of my favorite comfort foods (drinks).

                                                                                                                    I also love the salty/ sweet combo and I like to put raisins in my tuna salad (w/ mayo) and splash it with some balsamic vinegar. Its similar to a chunky chicken salad sandwich on raisin pumpernickel bread that they served at Baumgart's in NJ. mmmm

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                                                                                                                    1. re: julseydesign

                                                                                                                      Laverne did this with Milk and Pepsi! I've always wanted to try it.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Melissavina

                                                                                                                        Wow, now that's a blast from the past. When I was very young my mother used to make us a "Black Cow"--milk and Pepsi. I loved it then, but the idea makes me gag thirty-odd years later...

                                                                                                                    2. When I was a kid I loved liverworst pickle sandwiches and tobasco on pocorn. Along the lines of the brownie and pepperjack cheese, I recently sampled a chipotle chocolate bar. Killer combination!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                        Ah liverwurst....one of my favorite after school snacks was liverwurst on a mini pita that my mom had popped into the toaster. Delicious.

                                                                                                                        I also love french fries with Mayo (homemade or Hellmans) and ripe cantaloupe with salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                        1. re: thegolferbitch

                                                                                                                          YES! French fries and mayo - the best! The Brits got that right!

                                                                                                                          1. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                            Sriracha or wasabi in the mayo for fries and sandwiches is good too.

                                                                                                                            1. re: widehomehi

                                                                                                                              Love wasabi mayo! Anything with wasabi really.

                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                Try fries with lemon pepper mayo!

                                                                                                                                1. re: newJJD

                                                                                                                                  Fresh Fries dipped in Thousand Island dressing....
                                                                                                                                  ...so Im NOT crazy?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fast JABS

                                                                                                                                    I used to dip my french fries in ranch dressing. Well really I'd put ranch on anything: hamburgers, pizza, toast, tacos, etc. Yum, I haven't done any of this for years.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: profeana

                                                                                                                                      that's funny... my SO just confessed that he likes ranch dressing, but only on weird items like pizza... he hates it on salad... go figure. to me ranch is something i say i don't like, but deep down, i really enjoy dipping hot, crusty bread in it :)

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Fast JABS

                                                                                                                                      In the mountain west region, Utah in particular, they call that fry sauce and every restaurant serves it, though usually without the pickles. I like to make my fry sauce with ketchup, mayo, worcestershire and hot sauce. Delish

                                                                                                                                      1. re: zchance

                                                                                                                                        Born and Raised in Utah, and our Fry Sauce was always Ketchup and Mayo or, depending on where you were raised, Ketchup and Miracle Whip. Sounds odd, but it tastes fantastic. Typically, you use less Ketchup if you're mixing it with Miracle Whip. And, no, we never call it Catsup (on the other hand, we never call it Mayo, either. It's "May-Nayse." Just sayin'.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: FoodieKat

                                                                                                                                    try wasabi ranch. so good with a seared ahi block.

                                                                                                                                2. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                  Actually mayo on fries is more of a Continental thing, especially in the Benelux area. The Brits' first choice on fries - or rather, chips - is malt vinegar.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                    i love it too - but can't we thank the belgians for frites and mayo? the brits i've been around use malt vinegar on their chips.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                      I'm with ya on the french fries and mayo! Family thinks I'm nuts

                                                                                                                                      1. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                        Since you brought the Brits up. My husband just loves "Beans on toast." It's toast (obviously) then Heinz baked beans, topped with a fried egg and usually, but not always, a dollop of ketchup. I laughed until I tried it. The Brits get poverty food!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                            i can go for hollandaise on a stick! ;-).

                                                                                                                                          2. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                            Working at Gino's in PA in 1973, I used to enjoy wrapping a bundle of piping hot fries with a slice of cold cheese, then dipping it into Gino's "gourmet sauce" (the goop that went on the Gino Giant - the same sandwich as the Big Mac at McD). Fat, calories, and sodium galore, but it sure tasted great.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                                              Cheez-its and hummus...this one was discovered out of necessity. We always have hummus in the fridge at work, and one day we ran out of pita bread, but someone had brought in Chees-its. Somehow, I got stuck being the guinea pig, but I'm glad I did.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: theferlyone

                                                                                                                                                cheeze-itz dipped in hot KFC gravy (don't ask).

                                                                                                                                                1. re: terkalin

                                                                                                                                                  strangely enough, i can see that. but i think i'd go for crunchy cheetos, instead.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: terkalin

                                                                                                                                                    No need to ask, the sodium and grease index on this one easily explains its appeal.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: theferlyone

                                                                                                                                                    Similarly out of necessity, I had no bread when I was in desperate need of a pj & j. So I put a little pb and a little j in a bowl, nuked some, mixed it together, and dipped goldfish into it. Pretty surprisingly tasty :)

                                                                                                                                                2. re: thegolferbitch

                                                                                                                                                  French fries are fatty enough without the mayo...but I have to admit, it's damned tasty to dip a hot crispy fry into a cool creamy dip. Plain mayo (as they often serve in Europe) is usually a bit too bland for me to feel it worth the extra calories, but a garlic or chipotle aioli...mmmm. Wasabi mayo is also great...but the best thing I ever had was the green pepper creamy sauce they served in a famous frites shop in Amsterdam. I wish they had that here!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                    green bell pepper, or jalapeno-type pepper?

                                                                                                                                                    i've got some roasted red peppers, and you just made me think of a rrp aioli! fabulous on fries, fried calamari, a spoon!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                      Oops - should have been more specific: green peppercorns, not green pepper. And it is really just the most amazing sauce!!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                        were they ground up in the mayo? have you tried to copy the sauce? i'm intrigued.... (I looked for recipe on google..without success.)

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                      Not really the same thing, but I love hushpuppies with tarter or remoulade sauce...they are soooo good!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                        Actually, no they are not. They NEED the mayo...:))

                                                                                                                                                    3. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate and chili peppers go so well together. Very classic mexican preperation, new to american palates. Either way, so good!

                                                                                                                                                      I love Pringles dipped in melted chocolate!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jme1beachbum

                                                                                                                                                        maybe if you get those jalapeno pringles and dip them in chocolate

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                        I love tobasco on popcorn! Drop a few drops in the microwavable bag and shake shake shake!

                                                                                                                                                        I also like to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar in butter-flavor mic popcorn :-) Sweet and savory. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: baconstrip

                                                                                                                                                          add a squirt of lime juice! And I find tabasco to have an odd flavor, so I use Cholula, but same concept.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: baconstrip

                                                                                                                                                            I used to like to drown my popcorn in milk and then sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: profeana

                                                                                                                                                              My mom's family crumbles up southern-style cornbread (no sugar) into a glass, pours milk over it, and eats it with a spoon. I don't get that one.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                my mom would tell of her mom doing it. my mom was born in florida panhandle and raised in the depression. i don't recall my mom actually doing it herself, though. maybe she had enough of that as a kid. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                  I've seen plenty of the old timers doing that, usually with buttermilk.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, my father did it with buttermilk too.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                    It's really common here in the Appalachian mountains. Mainly with buttermilk. Sweet milk was too precious.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                      this brings to mind a question: when was buttermilk favored and when sweet milk?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                        My mother always had buttermilk on hand to make cornbread with.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: rHairing

                                                                                                                                                                Nothing like a thick layer of liverwurst on rye bread, cream cheese, and pickles. Mmmm I swear, I am not pregnant. LOL

                                                                                                                                                              3. A sandwich made with soft white bread, strawberry jam and American cheese. My mom used to pack it in my lunch when I was a kid, and I think it was something she made up. We Filipinos like to put cheese with anything sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ap616

                                                                                                                                                                  My mom did that with whole wheat bread/rolls and cream cheese. Sometimes even provolone.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                    My amish nanny always made me for breakfast with my cereal: toast, strawberry freezer jam (or jelly if that was all gone) and a slice of cheese normally colby/jack or cheddar. The bread was always homemade and the cheese some brand we got at the almish bakery.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                      When I was a pre-teen, my Dad once received a gift basket filled with little jellies and jams. My younger sister and I had recently been introduced to cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. We began experimenting immediately. It was all tasty and we enjoyed the experience immensely. The strangest combination was cream cheese and mint jelly. I still feel a little weird when I think about that one.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sondrac

                                                                                                                                                                        I like cream cheese and hot pepper jelly on crackers

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: McJ

                                                                                                                                                                          I just had cream cheese with hot pepper/peach jelly on crackers. Delish!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: profeana

                                                                                                                                                                            Apple mint jelly is so yummy! I remember eating it all the time at my friends house, trying to remember but I think it was just good on buttered toast. Maybe some marshmallow creme was involved...hmmm?

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sondrac

                                                                                                                                                                          loooved cream cheese & jelly sandwiches as a kid! they were a lunchbox staple in our house. for some reason i especially loved cream cheese with strawberry or grape jelly on matzo during passover...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                            you really cant go wrong with cream cheese- not much you cant pair with it.. even the low fat stuff is good melted in a panini (and thats saying a lot)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not a huge fan of sweet things with cream cheese but I recall as a child we learned how to make little canapes with a small square of thin rye bread, spread with cream cheese and topped with a slice of green olive. This led to my frequently requesting a whole cream cheese & olive sandwich on rye for my school lunch, until I got tired of it.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                                                cream cheese with green olives (with pimento), on pumpernickle and grilled. if you're not kosher, add some rare roast beef before grilling. oh. so. delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds delicious. I'd probably add the thinnest schmear of lemon curd or raspberry jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yum. My MIL makes olive cream cheese and stuffs it in celery. That os very good as well.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: sondrac

                                                                                                                                                                              My grandmother made cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. She called them "bar-le-duc" sandwiches. She also used to put margarine on pb and j!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: glorypea

                                                                                                                                                                                The name probably derives from a type of currant jelly called bar-le-duc, which itself it named for the town in France where it's made.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                  I love brie cheese with raspberry preserves on top. I was first served this in a brazillian steakhouse. Its like cheesecake with a twist!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mellicita

                                                                                                                                                                                    I went to a party once where they served fried brie sticks (like mozzarella sticks, the cheese was cut then frozen then battered and fried) served with lingonberry preserves. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mellicita

                                                                                                                                                                                      I love love love Nutella spread on a croissant with slices of brie.. melted in the microwave for 10 seconds. DEAR GOD. It's orgasmic :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                      Brie cheese w/fig jam and sliced almonds
                                                                                                                                                                                      run it into the oven to melt

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                  ooh I love strawberry jam on a bagel w/cream cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: haolebaby

                                                                                                                                                                                    Or sub in some lemon curd for the jam -- instant lemon cheesecake for brekky :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: ap616

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yummm, that reminds me of a cuban sandwich called Elena Ruth. It's a pressed sanwich on cuban bread with turkey, strawberry preserves and cream cheese. Ridiculously good!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mrschef1

                                                                                                                                                                                    My son love turkey, cream cheese, cranberry jelly and lettuce on good bread. Really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ap616

                                                                                                                                                                                    mmmm... ensuyamadas... i've been meaning to make my own with a good sharp cheddar. the ones i get from the phillippine bread house have a delicate cheese, but are amazing nonetheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. A peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Use your fave pb but pickles must be dill. Those crunchy Clausens work best. Oh, and before you cut it, squash it a little. Sounds gross but it's de-lish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bread and butter pickles - homemade of course, were the preferred pickle in our house. And, the PB must be crunchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I do wonder what the origin of this gross-out your friends combo is, as the BP & P sandwich seems to come up a lot on these boards. My mother, who introduced us to this culinary gem was from the mid-west, but growing up in Massachusetts, no one seemed to ever have heard of it. If you took one to school for lunch it had to be cut in quarters so anyone brave enough to try it could, without eating half your lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                      PS: A BP& P sandwich is the only good use for iceburg lettuce IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                          Fanning's, out of the jar, will save you a lot of ..everything. Sabroso.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bubbie's B&B pickles are great too...local SF item, dunno if you can find it outside the bay area. If you do see them, try them!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cat Chow

                                                                                                                                                                                              we have Bubbies in Hawaii too. No other way to go unless you have homemade.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bread and butter pickles are made from thin slices of cucumbers. Some recipes say to layer them with onions and salt in a colander and let sit for 3 hours - some don't. My husband does this and adds layers of slashed grape leaves (slashed to allow for drainage). Somewhere, he read that the grape leaves make the pickles come out crispier. Then the cukes and onions are put into a boiling pickling brine made from 2 cups water, 1 quart vinegar, 4 cups sugar, 2 TBS each celery and mustard seed. The brine is allowed to come back to the boil. Pack immediately into hot sterilized jars and seal. This recipe is for 6 quarts sliced cukes, 6 medium sliced white onions, and 3/4 cup salt. It makes about 8 pints.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: clamscasino

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you, clamscasino. I'm going to give them a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                and speaking of pickles - take your dill slices and put them into leftover bread and butter juice and let them sit - outstanding! It's a weird combo, but surprisingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                and favorite odd food combo? - peanut butter and mayo sandwich (in the dark of course when no one is looking....)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i haven't thought about a pb&mayo in YEARS! omg we loved those as kids! we also used to put potato chips in our pb&j's. YUM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I was younger a friend's father introduced me to a peanut butter, mayo, and lettuce sandwich on white bread...we were on vacation at the time and I my friend and I have been refering to the sandwich as "the beach" ever since. Haven't had one of those in a long time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also like potato chips on sandwiches, though never tried with a PB&J. Usually do it with something savory like turkey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                    When we were growing up, my sister Lindsey loved peanut butter and mayo sandwiches. I tried it once and it wasn't for me. She sweared that the mayo kept the peanut butter from sticking to the roof of her mouth...I might just try it again to see if she was right...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My GMIL pours off the brine from a jar of dill pickle slices or spears then adds quite a bit of sugar then sets it in the fridge for a couple of days till it makes its own juice. The pickles become more crisp and the sweet/sourness is so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I totally do this with pickles. The dill are too sour for me and the sweet are too sweet. But, if you have 2 jars at the same time and just put the respective pickles in the other jar for a few days - perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is one pickle company I've found - Zergut - that has a nice sweet and sour pickle juice that you don't need to tinker with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most of you probably have heard this before, but I'll mention it for anyone who hasn't: if you save the brine from your jar of pickles, you can pour it into a spray bottle, and use it to "mist" your chicken on the grille. Many guests have remarked about the unique flavor and moistness of my bbq chicken, but can't quite discern what my "trick" is. When I tell them, they're always surprised. I continually spritz the bird almost the entire time it's working. It also provides a nice, tasty, crispy skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: inspector71

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I LIKE this!! Now I just need the Mother Nature to cooperate and bring on the warm weather!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: clamscasino

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've actually heard that PB and onions is very good on soft, white bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never tried it, but I imagine that the peanut butter would cut the spice of the onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: widehomehi

                                                                                                                                                                                                            not sure never heard of it before i'll have to try and see you ever tried pb and onions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: widehomehi

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think the recipe I saw was for raw onions on white bread with generous amounts of peanut butter. I got the idea here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.sandwichproject.co.uk/

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Absolutely agree on the PB & PIckles, and I do prefer the Clausen dills and chunky peanut butter. The sharp moist crunch of the pickle is such a perfect balance for the peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Used to be a Skippy fanatic, but kinda like Jiff now, not quite as sweet. I like this on white bread, but its really good on a nice rye. Been eating it since I was a little kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mystery readers might recognize this combination from the Sue Grafton "Alphabet" books, she apparently likes different pickles - it varies from book to book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Used to love PB & Pickles sandwitch! I tried it after reading Kinsey Millhone mysteries in middle school. The alphabet letter series (A is for Alibi, etc)! LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like to put pickled jalepeno slices with peanut butter on toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChefNet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crunchy peanut butter, sharp cheddar and piccalli (my answer to the bread and butter pickles ! ) Grilled....Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to eat creamy peanut butter, a slice of cheese, and sweet pickles for a sandwich. My pickle choice was those little sweet gherkins, sliced. this was the only time I would eat creamy peanut butter for the longest time, actually. I'm partial to crunchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is one of my absolute favorites - Always Dill, Always natural crunchy peanut butter for me. A peanut butter and bacon sandwich is also heavenly. I have a friend who swears by Peanut butter and miracle whip, but i don;t eat the miracle so I can't vouch for it. Seems combos with peanut butter make it big for unique tastes

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kolgrim

                                                                                                                                                                                                                as a kid my neighbor used to make those PB and mayo or miracle whip sandwiches...the only miracle was how she managed to swallow that (eeech!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Local

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peanut Butter (creamy), tuna, and Bacon (crispy) on White Toast. YUM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my mother used to eat peanut butter, tuna,and bacon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: kolgrim

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do PB and spanish olive sandwiches. Ooh so good. Also, scrambled eggs with sriracha and wheat toast with butter and peanut butter. A mouthful of each element -- salty, creamy, spicy, sweet. OMG I'm hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kolgrim

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, it's the peanut butter and bacon and nothing else sandwich -- that's what what my wife knocks back when she really wants to indulge. Claims it's a survivor of childhood weekend morning treats. It must be a Silver Spring thing. I've tried it and its ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kolgrim

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you ever tried :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bacon sandwich with peanut butter on one slice of the toast and Ketchup on the other slice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our youngest son would dip banana slices into Ketchup when he was little

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kja1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mount Olive kosher dill pickles sliced up on White bread with mayo. Wash this down with a glass of ice cold Nestle's Quik chocolate milk. Got me thru junior high school! I still enjoy this as lunch occasionally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eruditess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm game for the pickle sandwich. i love mount olive pickles too -- and they're on sale a lot (YAY).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Did you ever put an M&M on top a Cheez-It? Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Goat cheese drizzled with maple syrup on a baguette round.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Melon and prosciutto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A sandwich of crunchy peanut butter smeared with sriracha on whole wheat bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb tagine with apricots and prunes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lamb with dried fruits is not strange at all, it's quite common in Mediterranean & Middle Eastern cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ditto melon and prosciutto, it's about as standard an Italian appetizer as you can find..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now peanut butter & sriracha, THAT's unusual! To my knowledge, only African cooking (and its slave-kitchen-derived spinoffs in the Caribbean) commonly combine peanuts and hot chilies, and then usually in a stew, not a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I was thinking of "strange" in relation to mainstream North American tastes, where waving a piece of garlic over a dish in preparation may be considered as over doing it. I suppose French fries with mayo or aioli would fit as well. Poutine horrifies some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a long-time Guyanese friend to thank for the PB/hot sauce combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kimchi alone on a hamburger is another personal favourite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              //Well, I was thinking of "strange" in relation to mainstream North American tastes, where waving a piece of garlic over a dish in preparation may be considered as over doing it.//

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Huh? Where do you live? Because that's nothing like I've experienced living all over the country the last 15 years. (And now back home in the best city anywhere. IMHO of course. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bostonbob3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was born and grew up in Montréal but have lived in Toronto for the past two decades.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You and I have been exposed to a variety of cuisines. If your regular diet is meat and potatoes and black pepper is seen as a daring seasoning, that's a different matter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What is "strange" to some is welcome gustatory variety to others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmmm, poutine sounds great. I love wet fries - fries with brown gravy - so a little cheese curd can't be bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sondrac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't get wet fries, to me it's all about the crispy ones. Soggy on purpose, please explain the joy of that to me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mrschef1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree...wet (from condensation or sauces mixed with the oil from frying) seems totally unappealing. Wouldn't all these combos with fries be better as dipping sauces on crispy fried anything (including french fries)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually I had never heard of melon and prosciutto until a few months ago, and I am a biiig food fan born and raised in NYC. I actually thought the person who made it for me had just invented it (or it was one of those "only in the family" things) because it sounded so strange to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, but did you like it? Would you have it again?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha yes, as I seem to have developed a taste for prosciutto. What a coincidence, I had this for dinner last night with the "inventor." He was amused to know what he had invented.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      try prosciutto with with a slice of pear... or a bit of prune!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nonetheless, it's a common Italian dish. But not everyone can hear of everything--there's a great poem called "The Man Who Never Heard of Frank Sinatra"--there's always an airplane going overhead or a train rumbling by when his name is spoken..:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      proscuitto, an apple slice, and brie!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hey, i thought that was normal food. often spread brie on a slice of apple and wrap in prosciutto. yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then you've never had mirche ka salan, a Hyderabadi dish of hot green chiles cooked in a peanut-sesame-tamarind sauce. So good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ashkha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds wonderful, how do you make it? Love anything with tamarind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thai food combines peanuts and hot chilies in almost every form you can imagine. . .which, I imagine, is why Thai food is so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's also Kung Pao Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp to consider, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Goat cheese with honey and mint is really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At a Japanese-inspired sushi fusion place, I had a tuna sashimi dish with sliced apples, goat cheese, and pumpkin oil. It was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chopped walnuts sauteed in butter & maple syrup, w/Goat cheese, served on an endive leaf & drizzled w/ fig jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a salad of field greens, prosciutto, melon, chile pepper.. yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm waking up a dead thread but just made mellon wrapped with prosciutto with a dot of dill cream cheese on a Triscuit. Oh my.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Aabacus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                did you make the dill crem cheese? and was it a rye triscuit? ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I mixed up the cream cheese with dill and some thyme. Just a plain old Triscuit. A. May. Zing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Has anyone tried watermelon rubbed or squeezed with lemon? My boyfriend swears by this, it doesnt taste bad but personally I think its just alright..I like my watermelon plain!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: strawberryfields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a common practice in Mexico. Fruits of all type are often eaten with a squeeze of lime and chili powder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And in Queretaro and Michoacan, it's corn on the cob with chili powder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We usually dip a halved or quartered lime in chili powder and salt, then rub it on the corn. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In Miami, its common to see someone eat mango chunks with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Its something like a tangy mango salsa in flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      do they do the mayo and parmesan cheese thing?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, although it is doubtful that it was parmesan and I don't have a guess what might be an equivalent mexican cheese. I remember trying to wipe off some of the mayo while my ladyfriend was dolloping more on hers. I was spoiled in Colorado by the Olathe sweet corn which might be the best in the world. The mexican corn is not as tender, but it's good. Come to think of it, we are getting nice corn in Florida now, and I need to take a trip down memory lane and do some of these mexican styles. And you are right up I-75 from me, so you are enjoying it also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I believe the closest equivalent to parmasan cheese as far as mexican cheeses are concerned would be Queso Cotija which is an aged cheese that is quite salty. Its very good, but isn't the same texture as parm and doesn't have the same nuttiness and depth of flavor that Parm has. To me, Cotija is like the offspring of a Parmagiano Reggiano and a Ricotta Salata. I love it in Enchiladas. And I make a killer Mexican quiche with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have seen Cotija used for roasted corn, but in the areas of Mexico near where I was raised, they use grated queso fresco which isn't quite as salty or pungent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          very pleasing party app - spread made with mayo, fresh parm, green onion and beau monde ....toast or broil it on quarter slices of very thin white bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I first tasted corn on the cob with chilpotle pepper sauce in Worcester, MA. We might have been partaking of something else from Michoacan, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spice it up with habanero sauce or sprinkle with chipotle, then sprinkle with bits of cotijo cheese (like very mild feta from Mexico.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: RIChowderhead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make sure and put mayonnaise on the corn first to make the cheese stick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tuna with mayo and lots of chili powder on raisin cinnamon toast - yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: WannaBeFoodCritic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love tuna on raisin bread..i usually add nutmeg...but will now try chili powder!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: strawberryfields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My husband and mother in law, sprinkle salt on watermelon. They even have my kids doing it now. Of course they like sugar added to frosted flakes too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as a southerner, i grew up eating salt on most all melons. now i also add some fresh ground pepper, sometimes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like lemon meringue pie with black pepper. yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jcattles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mrs. Doc puts salt on watermelon. I like cayenne pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phantomdoc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like S&P on watermelon and cantelope. Its not bad on apples either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salt on apples is good! that's how we had it in the south (at least my little corner of the south). you're a southerner, too, right sisterfunkhaus?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2R8cI...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My family has always eaten melon with salt -- also apples and pears. Love cantaloupe and watermelon this way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: moonmau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      love the salt on melons. i also do salt & pepper, but it has to be finely ground pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Fig Newtons and Guinness stout. Discovered by accident when that was all I had left in the house one day - serendipity! Perfectly complementary flavors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can see that...one of my favs is Wagon Wheels with Guinness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fig Newtons and Scotch. One of Colonel Potter's favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tuna salad with mango chutney in it. mmmmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And when I was a kid we used to make a tomato salad with monterey jack cheese, red onion, and Fritos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dalaimama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny you mention Fritos. As a child I used to put them on my pepperoni pizza. Lord have mercy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MellieMac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to put Fritos on my peanut butter sandwiches when I was a kid...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we always used to put chips on our sandwiches! the salty corn crunch of the fritos was a perfect complement to pb & j. and the flavors of doritos and cheetos went so well with tuna. when all else failed, you could never go wrong with regular potato chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as for snacks, back in junior high & high school my friends & i used to dip potato chips & pretzels in cream cheese...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                count me in as putting fritos or potato chips in sandwiches...still tastes just as good when I do it (very occasionally!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In high school my favorite lunch was egg salad on wheat with ketchup chips stuffed in it! (yes, I live in Canada)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fritos are the best dipped in cream cheese! Also love eggs scrambled with cream cheese. Alternately, there is a recipe my grandma used to make with tomato sauce and a fried egg, topped with feta at the last minute. OMG, just reminded me, greek olives with cream cheese on a bagel. Total comfort food for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mrschef1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fry an egg, slice feta cheese, place on yolk while frying, cover so cheese melts into yolk. let egg edges get crispy. yum yum yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My college roommate used to eat Doritos with cream cheese... they had to be nacho or cool ranch and she had the soft cream cheese in the tub. It was ok, but I never really got it. My favorite was mac n cheese with tuna.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always put Fritos on my tuna sandwiches, and always make tuna salad by adding diced apples to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And when I was a kid, I used to dip mini Shredded Wheat in soft butter. Sorta cancels out the healthy factor, huh....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bards4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was a kid, I would dip shredded wheat with butter into coffee. It was delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Spoonula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        regular potato chips with butter on white bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. re: dalaimama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuna with relish and honey mustard is a great combo as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. How about sauteed button mushrooms, cottage cheese, salt and pepper. Havent had it in years, but I will this weekend!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the topic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. My old childhood favorite: bologna, sweet pickle slices, and gobs of mayo on an onion roll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MartiniQueen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I knew a kid in high school who swore by Lebanon bologna with peanut butter. Another who always got ham on her tuna subs. Tried them both and liked them, can't say I actually crave them now, but then I did go to high school in the 70's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. a piece of sharp cheddar cheese on top of a mini reese's peanut butter cup

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Try pepperjack. Or better yet, habenero pepperjack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Together, we could rule the world using spicy/sharp cheeses and sweets as a potent combinaton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The one that comes to mind when I think of unusual pairings is oatmeal with sugar AND salt. When my friend's mom suggested it, I was astounded - it jsut made no sense. Now that's the way I love it. I guess this is how I discovered the sweet/salty balance other people loved.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like my oatmeal with maple syrup, sweet butter, and salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not so unusual - that was exactly the way I ate it growing up - and my mom was making it for me :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  me too. Guatemalans always add the pinch of salt when doing "mosh" (oatmeal) and the bit of cinnamon stick. I'm not a big fan of the cinnamon stick tho, so I omit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: janethepain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the number of strange combinations i have tried with oatmeal that have worked is just mind-numbing. oatmeal is literally like a blank canvas that works with any flavor you can think of. from chocolate and coffee to peanut butter and jelly to curry spices and chicken to meatball marinara... i think ive tried it all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, and I always add some salt to my sweet oatmeals. just like i always add it to a cookie recipe or a caramel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. My best friend is Korean taught me about the glorious combo of Spam fried super crisp with Kimchi and rice for breakfast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scientifically the combo of sweet/salty is the most pleasing to the palate

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dwhitne1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that was breakfast for me all the time when I was a kid. Sometimes my mom fried me an egg on the side as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Basil and chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No really. Try it sometime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I discovered this when I was making pesto one day, after I had made some brownies. I dropped a bit of the basil accidentally into the leftover brownie batter, and was going to throw it out, except it smelled *amazing*. So I tasted it, and it tastes *amazing*.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: AnnaEA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm intrigued by that combination. There's a chocolatier in Toronto who makes a balsamic truffle and an olive oil truffle . I thought they would taste bizarre but it somehow works. They are now my favourite truffles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mrsleny

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For my final project in my pastry techniques class, I made basil infused dark chocolate (75%) truffles. I thought they were AWESOME, but many people came up to me and asked if they were made with marijuana. I was pretty straight edge at the time and had never tried pot- and certainly had never eaten it. I found out after just a tiny bit of research that marijuana and basil are quite closely related.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hehehehe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: AnnaEA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had a basil flavoured gelato recently with dark chocolate curls on top! You are right, it IS amazing! A chocolatier where I live makes jalapeno tequila chocolates. Now that was an odd combo, but honestly, not bad and not overpowering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: femmenikita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          one day after a morning meeting, the only things left to eat were jalapeno cream cheese and a choc chip bagel- wow- was it good! so glad I was brave- it's now one of my favs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. --Watermelon dressed with cayenne pepper and lemon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        --sliced radishes with butter, kosher salt, and pistachios

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        --roasted apricots, white cheddar, bacon and parsley on a hamburger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        really and truly delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cerisenoire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          radishes with butter, kosher salt on a baguette was my usual after-school snack. Though not uncommon at all in France. Will have to try with pistachios.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Watermelon,Feta and mint makes a great salad, don't have the exact recipe its on the boards here somewhere

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Rootbeer float made with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. freshly ground black pepper on fresh strawberries...yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kleinfortlee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toss in a little balsamic, a squeeze of lemon, and some fresh mint and you've got my favorite dessert!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hummus and pickled beets. Even better in a sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eggs and maple syrup (OK, that's a Canadian thing).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eggs nad maple syrup and sausages! Yeah I think it's a CDN thing. We did it growing up in the States, but then Mum is from Ottawa. Then I moved to BC and it was game over, I was HOME, others did this too!!! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i did this all the time and i'm chinese and grew up in los angeles. i still occasional eat eggs and sausages with maple syrup, that is whenever i eat breakfast foods which isn't often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: phant0omx

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe not exclusively Canadian, but def. more common there because of the sugar shack culture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not Canadian either (just visited a few times) but I love eggs, maple syup and sausages...all in one glorious mess!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Somewhat along those lines is a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with mayonnaise, fried egg, cheddar cheese and a crispy sausage patty. Sweet, savory and SOOOO not good for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bacon works in place of the sausage and I've known folks to use scrapple too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm quite fond of smoked oysters atop Triscuits spread with bleu cheese. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Sardines with avocado sandwiches are very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup, that should work. Especially with a crusty roll or baguette, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Garlic and chocolate. Not together, but one after the other. Say, a slice of pizza or some pasta with an obscene load of garlic followed by a chocolate bar or any other very chocolatey dessert. Awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rockycat...when I was a kid there was a Spaghetti Factory in SF's North Beach, unrelated to the chain, as far as I know. I always saved a piece of garlic bread to eat with my chocolate ice cream. YUM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Those cocktail crockpot meatballs made with a jar of grape jelly and a jar of barbeque sauce. I've never been able to bring myself to make it but if served I'll sure eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another combination I like is white tuna, cilantro chutney, chopped red onion, and some lemon juice. It's a strong tasting dish but surprisingly good on pita.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ellen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My fave is cocktail wienies or lil' smokies cooked with a jar of grape jelly. Sweet & salty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cold Rico's Buttery Flavored Topping on hot freshly popped pop-corn, while eating Raisinets. Movie theater nirvana. Good luck getting the cold butter substitute out of the kid at the cineplex though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lobster with an orange vanilla cream sauce. Amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I love the sweet/salty thing too. Current favourite is foccacia bread split in half with pesto, strawberry jam and sharp cheddar cheese. Put under broiler until cheese starts melting. Heavenly.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: squingy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  watermelon, lemons or grapefruit...liberally sprinkled with salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peanut butter, banana and Miracle whip on white bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper on fresh strawberries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SweetPhyl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Amen to the salt on the watermelon. Someone mentioned this to me long ago and I gave him the strangest look. Now I get the looks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tubman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My fried eats apples with salt on them. I think that would ruin the apple, but she swears by it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ditdah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i forgot about salt on apples! i used to do this all the time and loved it...the trick is just to put the tiniest bit so the flavor of the apple is enhanced, not overpowered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: italyinmind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yep i put cinnamon and a tiny sprinkling of salt. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: italyinmind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Especially on Granny Smith apples! My dad did this all the time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: italyinmind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yes, a little salt on apples...melons.....mango....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Ditdah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not only doesn't it ruin the apple, it makes it fantastic. It's actually about the best thing you can do for Green Apples. We used to sprinkle Green Apples with Lime Juice, and then put some salt on them. We even used to walk to our local store to buy those cute little tiny Morton salt shakers. I miss those days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chocolate covered donuts in a bowl,broken up with buttermilk poured over them, eat like cereal...delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Oh, and grits mixed with chocolate, allowed to cool ,sliced,foloured,fried,and served with black raspberry preserves ohhh yeah!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Saltines with marshmallow fluff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ohhh yes! Saltines and Fluff is addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vermontpoet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just saw the Saltines and Fluff note. Haven't tried it but I think I get it. Reading that made me realize that something I have done since I was a kid might seem odd though it never did until now. When we weren't feeling well, my mom was a big believer in the benefits of Campbell's chicken noodle soup, 7-up and Saltines. I used to dunk some of my crackers in the 7-up and eat them. I have no idea why, but the honest truth is that I still do. Hadn't occurred to me until now that this might seem odd to some, but it tastes good if only because it reminds me of being a kid who was cared for by a loving mom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bananna slug

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, so this is gross and I haven't eaten it since I was five-my favorite thing was "Mayonaise bread"-my mom babysat my best friend Ingrid, and we used to eat Wonder bread and "Best Food's" mayo-now that I'm in Minnesota and not California, it's Hellman's. Totally gross, but good times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jenniegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a mayonnaise and potato chip sandwich on white bread is really delicious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cookiepants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll skip the white bread, but put that on a roll, with some bread and butter pickles, and you've got a meatless masterpiece. They have to be plain potato chips. I tried this once with sour cream and onion and it was revolting, despite me liking all three separately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: jenniegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That made me think about my Brother who to this day still eats thousand island dressing sandwiches. That's it. Just the bread and the dressing. Even better he says is throw spaghetti with meat sauce in there too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love a good spaghetti sandwich but, can't get past the thousand islands gahh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. schwelmer pilsner with chocolate melty kiss squares from japan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                both are amazingly sweet and go perfectly together

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Peanut butter & Cheese Whiz on white bread. Velveeta will do in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: spycegurl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thinking about this, my neighbors kids used to cover a piece of white bread with yellow mustard, then sprinkle heavily with sugar...i could never bring myself to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Toast with peanut butter, blue cheese, and a slice of mango. I actually tried this first at a restaurant, believe it or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. French fries and vanilla ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pickles and vanilla ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sugar and avocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doritos and white rice with siracha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oatmeal with peanut butter and melted chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YUM!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Me so hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That reminds me of one I like french fries dipped in a strawberry shake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: widehomehi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do a similar version...french fries dipped in a Wendy's frosty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: italyinmind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This IS terrific!!! Haven't done it for ages though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: widehomehi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In middle school they used to have these amazing shakes that were really just soft serve-we would get those with french fries for lunch. Now that I teach at a high school, and we have a "Wellness initiatie"-all the kids can get is bottled water and I'm not so sure about the fries-probably baked potatoes...anyway back in the day they were good memories, if not so healthy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jenniegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know why, but I always the Frosty and Fries thing a lot better than with Vanilla. And it HAS to be Wendy's fries, or it just doesn't taste right. My BFF turned me onto this when we were in college; I would never have come up with it myself. Of course, the downside was that by the time you got home from the Wendy's run, you were out of fries, so you had to eat your burger naked. <sigh>.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: Me so hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ditto on the french fries with vanilla ice cream...OR dipped into vanilla milkshake!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Me so hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes! French fries and ice cream. Or chips and ice cream. Sour cream + onion with vanilla is rather tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Me so hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That;s so funny, my daughters love vanilla ice cream and french fries, i just don't get it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Prunes stuffed with cheese (swiss is good), wrapped in bacon and grilled.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I sometimes make a version of this, stuffing the prunes with chevre, and wrapping in pancetta. under the broiler for a few minutes.... perfection in flavors, textures, and beautifully bite-sized.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My mouth just watered reading that. No lie. I love that combo. Sometimes I eat that and then a handful of almonds directly after. Yep. Watering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    prunes stuffed with pate. add a sliver of walnut for texture if you like

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Truffles and coffee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was making my self some truffled scrambled eggs for breakfast (Working with the gourmet food distributer had its perks!) and I used the spoon from the truffles to stir my coffee by accident. It was absolutley delicious! I've used coffee and truffles in a few game sauces and glazes since.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lunchbox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I worked in gourmet coffee places for many years, and we had some beans that actually had notes of mushroom. Sumatra coffee in particular; I can't drink it anymore without tasting mushroom! It will always be a savory coffee to me now because of that; it grosses me out to think of people mixing it with sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. . . . and scrambled eggs and jam.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yes yes yes!! Strawberry jam for me!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cat Chow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Variations of the classic dessert omlette filled with the jelly or jam of your choice, then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Probably been around close to a century, if not more. French origin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Judith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reminds me of one of my favourites, scrambled eggs with dates (date puree in the pan with the eggs)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Fritos on a bologna sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Potato chips on a tuna sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -- it's a texture thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: minutia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always sneak a few chips onto my tuna sandwich - adds crunch and salt. The best is when the tuna has apple diced into it...YUM!