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Olallieberry Sep 23, 2008 05:33 AM

Some foods, while good on their own, really shine when paired with a partner. Take chocolate and vanilla, tomato and basil, peanut butter and bananas, artichokes and mayo.

What other pairings are there that elevate both (or even just one) partner(s)? For what combinations is the sum greater than the parts?

  1. cheflolo Sep 29, 2008 09:03 AM

    wow you guys are good i think you covered everything...I like:
    raw veggies and rach dressing..apples and honey..rice and beans..tomatos and balsamic vinegar...fried chicken and beer...Italian food and wine....cucumbers and cesear dressing
    SPICY buffalo wings and blue cheese....pretzels and mustard or nacho cheese...i was having a moment but NY Style pickles and haagen daaz Rum Raisin ice cream haha! (no i wasnt drunk!) my fav...wine with anything!!

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      vballgal Sep 26, 2008 04:58 PM

      so many good combinations already listed, but i'll add:
      frozen yogurt & peanut butter
      mozzarella, tomatoes & basil
      avocado & sea salt
      olives & cheese (& wine!)
      mmm hungry!

      1. Sam Fujisaka Sep 25, 2008 04:34 PM

        Chocolate & bourbon

        Laab & khao niyao

        Musubi & teriyaki

        Ume & hot gohan

        Bread from the oven & butter

        Weiners & sauerkraut

        Monterrey jack & saltines

        Bread & cheese

        And, if I have a steak (once or twice a year) I have to have hot rice.

        1. DockPotato Sep 25, 2008 04:18 PM

          Cheddar and onions
          Apple slices (lightly salted) and thin onion slices
          Any dish with cabbage and tomatoes

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          1. re: DockPotato
            lattelover Sep 25, 2008 04:26 PM

            Beets and hard-boiled eggs on endive.

          2. BobB Sep 25, 2008 08:11 AM

            Pizza and anchovies.
            Fig Newtons and Guinness stout.
            Smoked salmon and dill.
            Home fries and runny egg yolk.
            French toast and maple syrup.
            Gefilte fish and horseradish.

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            1. re: BobB
              laliz Sep 25, 2008 02:11 PM

              "Home fries and runny egg yolk."


              1. re: laliz
                scuzzo Sep 25, 2008 03:53 PM

                I really love a runny yolk fried egg atop a cheesy fried slice of polenta. Outta this world!

                Fig Newtons and Guinness sounds great too!

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              smartie Sep 25, 2008 04:54 AM

              strawberries and English cream
              toast and butter
              coffee with half and half (and the cigarette!)
              tomatoes with mayo
              fries (chips) and ketchup
              gefilte fish with chrein

              1. BamiaWruz Sep 24, 2008 01:27 PM

                Pumpkin cake/muffin with cream cheese (frosting or just plain spread on)
                Avocado and lemon
                Spinach and mint

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                  laliz Sep 24, 2008 11:32 AM

                  turkey and cranberry sauce
                  mashed potatoes and gravy
                  avocado and coarse salt
                  shrimp and cocktail sauce
                  refried beans and cheese
                  corn on the cob and butter

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                    lagatta Sep 24, 2008 11:14 AM

                    coffee and croissants!

                    garlic and just about anything... but garlic and ginger is sensational.

                    And I prefer Asian foods with Germanic-varietal white wines (from Germany, Alsace or Austria)...

                    Try pizza with prosecco or another slightly fizzy white wine!

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                      cookingodyssey Sep 24, 2008 11:11 AM

                      Pears and Manchego cheese
                      Apples and Cheddar cheese
                      Tomatoes and Fresh Moz

                      I love cheese and love fruit! :P

                      1. Chew on That Sep 24, 2008 10:41 AM

                        Lox and cream cheese. I couldn't eat lox without cream cheese!

                        1. LindaWhit Sep 24, 2008 07:40 AM

                          marshmallows and chocolate and graham crackers
                          lavender, rosemary, garlic and roasted chicken
                          wine and cheese
                          strawberries and aged balsamic
                          lobster and drawn butter
                          bacon and anything

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                          1. re: LindaWhit
                            Olallieberry Sep 24, 2008 11:14 AM

                            anything, eh? that reminds me of the afternoon I spent with a friend trying to think of anything that wouldn't taste good fried.

                            1. re: Olallieberry
                              meatn3 Sep 24, 2008 12:05 PM

                              You only devoted one afternoon to it?

                              I recently had fried green beans as an app - it was new to me and fabulous!

                              1. re: meatn3
                                LindaWhit Sep 24, 2008 12:10 PM

                                The fried green beans - were they batter-dipped?

                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                  meatn3 Sep 24, 2008 09:26 PM

                                  Tempura - nice and light, the beans still retained a clean, fresh taste, but airy somehow. Slightly reminiscent of those snap pea crisps (available at TJ and others). Everyone at our table who tried them was pleasantly stunned by how good they were! Here's the menu -


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                            phantomdoc Sep 24, 2008 07:09 AM

                            Eggs fried in butter. Some places use oil or margarine.
                            Cold lobster and mayonnaise.
                            Chinese food and beer.
                            Pastrami and beer.
                            Figs and bleu cheese.
                            Pears and goat cheese.
                            Guacamole and tortilla chips.
                            Bacon, turkey, lettuce and tomato.
                            Bacon or ham and eggs.

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                            1. re: phantomdoc
                              Emme Sep 24, 2008 10:42 PM

                              chicken and mayo... as a kid, when my grandmother or mother would make chicken soup from scratch, we'd get a bowl of soup that had lokshen and carrots and celery in broth, and we'd eat the chicken on the side dipper in mayo.

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                              Janet Sep 23, 2008 11:35 PM

                              No laughing. . . the perfect salt and sweet- potatoe chips and vanilla ice cream.

                              1. meatn3 Sep 23, 2008 10:21 PM

                                Turkey & dressing
                                Fritos & onion dip
                                Martini & olives
                                Pears & ginger

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                                1. re: meatn3
                                  invinotheresverde Sep 23, 2008 10:40 PM

                                  I totally agree with pears and ginger!

                                  I'll add apple pie and cheddar, Sauternes and a stinky blue, vanilla ice cream and Guinnes.

                                  1. re: meatn3
                                    Janet from Richmond Sep 24, 2008 05:44 AM

                                    Definitely Fritos and Onion Dip.

                                  2. bitsubeats Sep 23, 2008 09:39 PM

                                    kimchi & any pork product

                                    enough said

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                                    1. re: bitsubeats
                                      Will Owen Sep 24, 2008 11:50 AM

                                      Any preparation, kind or relative of cabbage and any pork product. The fact that cabbages and pigs tend to grow well in the same (often inhospitable) climate is yet another sign that God loves us.

                                      1. re: Will Owen
                                        scuzzo Sep 25, 2008 03:51 PM

                                        Thank you for sharing this! You really made me smile. Seriously.

                                    2. scuzzo Sep 23, 2008 08:16 PM

                                      Strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

                                      Vanilla ice cream and balsamic.

                                      Tomato and tarragon, esp. with white wine vin.

                                      Mushrooms and cajun spice.

                                      Eggs with cayenne and garlic.

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                                      1. re: scuzzo
                                        4Snisl Sep 25, 2008 08:16 AM

                                        The other night, I mixed some fresh raspberries and the last of the blueberries with aged balsamic, a light grind of black pepper and topped with a small spoon of vanilla ice cream. My dining companion thought I was nuts (he was just having ice cream with berries) until he took a spoonful. I think he swooned slightly. :)

                                        1. re: 4Snisl
                                          scuzzo Sep 25, 2008 03:50 PM

                                          My family refused to try vanilla and balsamic! Their loss.

                                      2. porker Sep 23, 2008 07:10 PM

                                        I've mentioned this elsewhere - north carolina vinegar-based bbq sauce with bbqed pork. I never really "got" the very thin sauce until actually putting it on bbqed pulled pork. Like you say, the sum being greater than the parts.

                                        This, I only saw on some food network program, so don't have first hand knowledge: poi and spam. Apparently when paired, they truly sing.

                                        Can anyone attest to this, or is it simply hooey?

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                                          adamshoe Sep 23, 2008 05:38 PM

                                          Coffee and cigarettes
                                          Alcohol and cigarettes
                                          Life and cherries
                                          Peaches and cream
                                          Bagels and lox
                                          Chocolate and lemon
                                          PB and J

                                          2 Replies
                                          1. re: adamshoe
                                            Cookiefiend Sep 23, 2008 05:43 PM

                                            Forever classic :

                                            PB and J

                                            Thank you, adamshoe!

                                            1. re: adamshoe
                                              xena1441 Sep 24, 2008 06:27 AM

                                              I don't smoke anymore, but I have to say coffee and cigarettes (or a shot of tequila and a cigarette) was one of my favorite things:)

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                                              givemecarbs Sep 23, 2008 04:33 PM

                                              I used to love cheddar cheese and big sourdough pretzels and milk for my after school snack. Very yummy! I also like a little glass of milk with a chocolate bar. My grandmother adored orange sherbert and chocolate ice cream together and my mom, her daughter in law gave her the idea! A new one for me is baked sweet potato with pulled pork barbecue. I like pork roast with hot rolls sauerkraut and apple sauce. Waffles with powdered sugar. Ok I could go on but getting way too hungry! I'll check back later for more awesome combos from my fellow hounds.

                                              1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 23, 2008 10:48 AM

                                                chocolate & hazelnut - the hazelnut definitely reaps the greater benefit.

                                                s'mores - each component is good on its own, but they're infinitely better [particularly the graham cracker & marshmallow] in combination.

                                                1. Gio Sep 23, 2008 10:10 AM

                                                  Pizza and beer
                                                  Franks and beans
                                                  Fish and chips
                                                  Pie and ice cream
                                                  Cookies and milk
                                                  Doughnuts and coffee

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                                                    Metalee Sep 23, 2008 09:48 AM

                                                    Fresh goat cheese and beets/yams/sweet potatoes

                                                    Cherries and almond extract/flavor

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                                                    1. re: Metalee
                                                      bubbles4me Sep 23, 2008 09:58 AM

                                                      Fried Chicken & Champagne
                                                      French Fries & Champagne
                                                      Potato Chips & Champagne
                                                      Seafood & Lemon
                                                      Crab Legs & Drawn Butter
                                                      Chips & Salsa

                                                      1. re: bubbles4me
                                                        mmuch Sep 25, 2008 03:47 PM

                                                        I'm with you-bubbles4me TOO! :) champagne and cheese is my absolute fav

                                                        1. re: mmuch
                                                          lagatta Sep 25, 2008 04:48 PM

                                                          As I'd said, I've frequently had pizza in Italy served with a vino frizzante. Never with real champagne, though of course you could. Not an overdressed-style pizza though - better just either a pizza bianca with some cheese and herbs or a lightly tomatoed one with cheese. A festive pairing. Good cheese, please.

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                                                      xena1441 Sep 23, 2008 08:30 AM

                                                      Apples and peanut butter yummmm.

                                                      Eggs and ketchup (for me at least).

                                                      Edit: I just remembered nachos and margaritas.

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                                                      1. re: xena1441
                                                        Emme Sep 24, 2008 12:19 AM

                                                        definitely agree ketchup and egg whites... well for me ketchup with lots of things (cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, blackened halibut...)

                                                      2. linguafood Sep 23, 2008 08:00 AM

                                                        Avocado and lobster, shrimp, or seafood salad (creamy)

                                                        cucumbers & dill. potatoes and butter. bread and cheese. bacon and (... almost anything) eggs, perhaps. burger and cheese. smoked fish and horseradish.

                                                        wow. hungry now.

                                                        1. j
                                                          Janet from Richmond Sep 23, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                          Wine and cheese. Bread and butter. Coffee and cream. Key lime and graham cracker.

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