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Sep 23, 2008 05:33 AM

Better Together

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?

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

    1. 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. Apples and peanut butter yummmm.

        Eggs and ketchup (for me at least).

        Edit: I just remembered nachos and margaritas.

        1 Reply
        1. re: xena1441

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

        2. Fresh goat cheese and beets/yams/sweet potatoes

          Cherries and almond extract/flavor

          3 Replies
          1. re: Metalee

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

            1. re: bubbles4me

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

              1. re: mmuch

                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.

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