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One of these things is not like the other... 
Apr. 30, 2013 12:09 pm 
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:26 am
If you watched Sesame Street as a kid, you'll instantly recognize my opening line.  Today, it's about food, of course.  

I am a confirmed foodie.  I love to cook, I love to eat, I watch food shows all the time, and I read cookbooks like novels.  My collection has outgrown space after space over the years, and without counting, I'd guess I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 of them.  

And in those cookbooks and on tv (and here on AR, too) there are many dishes that combine ingredients that I would never have thought to combine.  Sometimes that sounds good, and sometimes there's no way they should ever co-mingle!  : )  

So ok, here goes my take on this topic...
Bacon.  I'm thinking the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden could have been bacon.  I can't think of anything else that seems to tempt people as much as bacon does.  Salty, smoky, meaty, and even a little sweet, it's the stuff of dreams.  But there are places where bacon simply does not belong.  Desserts?  No way.  I don't want to dip my spoon through crackling sugar on a creme brulee (one of my favorites) and bring up that first ethereal mouthful and find pieces of bacon in it.  Chocolate?  Nope.  Tried it in both milk (not really a fan of the milk chocolate) and in dark chocolate (LOVE dark chocolate).  That combination just does not work for me.  Vosges au Chocolat has a bacon pancake mix.  I like pancakes.  But again, no bacon pieces belong in my pancakes.  If I want bacon with them, I'll cook up a platter and serve it on the side.  This appears to be a craze that will be around for some time, but I won't be jumping on that wagon any time soon.  I've sprinkled bacon slices with a touch of brown sugar and a black pepper/cayenne mix before and baked.  That was pretty good as long as the sugar is held to just a few sprinkles;  the spiciness of the cayenne helped.  But I've seen recipes that call for a huge amount of brown sugar, and those cross the line for me. 

Chicken and waffles.  I love fried chicken (I AM southern, after all!), and I like waffles, too.  But I do NOT want my lovely piece of fried chicken dumped onto a waffle and covered in maple syrup.  I seem to be in the minority on this one, but I'm sticking to my guns on it.  

Watermelon in savory dishes.  I adore watermelon and eat probably my weight (no small feat, I assure you) in this fruit every summer.  And I've seen many recipes for salads that include watermelon, and they sounded good.  I've tried some...the watermelon just does not belong in the salad for me.  The combo is just plain wrong.  Hey, maybe I should add some bacon!  : )  

For that matter, fresh fruit in any green salad just doesn't really work for me.  I love salads, both veggie and fruit.  But I want them separate.  My only exception to that is using dried fruit in an autumn or winter green salad.  

Cheese and apples.  I know I'm probably in the minority here, but this is not a combination I can embrace.  I've had apple pie with cheese in the crust and cheese melted on top of the crust.  Yuck is all I can say about that.  Strangely, there are some fruits that I do like with cheese...grapes (makes sense..cheese and wine is a classic pairing) are a favorite.  I can also do dried fruits.  But for the most part, unless it's cream cheese, I don't want my fruit with it.  My parents love pineapple and cheese sandwiches.  Another one I won't go near.  

Peanut butter and mayo.  I know people who eat this on a sandwich.  This may be one of the most disgusting combinations I've tried so far.  No way is mayo getting near my PB sandwich!  

Back to bacon, my husband eats bacon on his PB sandwiches.  I also do not like this combo.  And my dad says peanut butter goes with everything.  I'll have to disagree with them, but they can enjoy their creations and I'll leave them to that.  

Ketchup and eggs.  My husband's son likes this as do many other people I know.  Again, no way for me.  The ketchup totally overpowers the eggs, and the combination is way off for me.  

Flour tortillas in enchiladas.  I've seen some reviews lately regarding this, and I have to agree wholeheartedly.  You must use corn tortillas!  

A store here makes a greek salad (not the green kind) with cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and feta.  It would be great except they use cumin in it.  I am nowhere near an expert on Greek food, but I do have several cookbooks on the subject.  Nowhere in any of the recipes does cumin appear.  So I'll add this to my list, too, based on that.  I'm not really a fan of cumin but can take it in small doses in Mexican cuisine where the strong flavors balance out this very strong spice.  

Rosemary in anything.  If I want piney flavor, I'll go pick some pine needles and just add them to my dish.  : )  Ok, this one is just a personal preference but I had to throw it in there.  

Chocolate chips and pumpkin or sweet potato.  I'm pretty sure I'll definitely be in the minority here, but I simply cannot stand chocolate chips in my pumpkin or sweet potato bread.  My very sweet SIL keeps trying to get me to make a pumpkin bread recipe with chocolate that she loves.  I think she believes she might be able to convert me.  : )  Not gonna happen on this one.  

These are a sample of my culinary "do not's" list.  Weigh in and tell me if you agree or disagree or what you consider no man's land as a combination.  

Happy cooking!

Apr. 30, 2013 12:28 pm
This is funny! I have to agree with you about the bacon in desserts, peanut butter and mayo, and ketchup and eggs. All the others I can tolerate or like. For instance, I can't believe you don't like pumpkin and chocolate together. Delicious! (to me...but to each his own:) I also love strawberries and blueberries in green salads. Now, for what I don't like. Hmmm.....Hmmm...Hmmm...I'm gonna have to think on this.
Apr. 30, 2013 12:57 pm
I love trying new combinations although I don't always like them. On the Maharani Cup Cake I learned I love the addition of basil in whipped cream and do not care for curry in my lemon curd. I have also learned avocado makes a very creamy panna cotta. Love, love, love, rosemary...It is lovely in desserts as is lavender. Bacon can be good in desserts but it has been over done and in my opinion has no place in a cookie. Thanks for the fun blog.
Apr. 30, 2013 1:17 pm
I agree with most of your taboo pairings,especially savory watermelon-so wrong! But I do LOVE salty fried chicken and buttery, mapley waffles served together but NOT on top of each other! I also love a little extra sharp cheddar cheese added to the crumble topping on an apple pie or crisp. I really don't like drinking wine with my food although I do like wine cooked IN my food. I have recently decided I don't like anything "surf and turf". I do like ketchup with french fries, peanut butter with cayenne and banana, grilled cream cheese with tomato and horseradish sandwiches, and sweet potatos with chipotle.
Apr. 30, 2013 2:07 pm
alight sweetpea...a southern man shall anchor down here. let me see.1.bacon is another food group, so bacon goes anywhere it likes. bacon is hoity-toity that way. 2. chicken and waffles? wth! nope waffles are for yankees, we do hoecakes here. fried chicken...yeah it just follows bacon around looking for some collards fried in bacon grease and mashed taters & gravy. 3. watermelons demand a dip in the shallow end of a clean running stream. i admire a nice watermelon salad because the preparerer hopefully removes the seeds. but i just chunk the aquamelon next to the beer in the river.4. cheese & fruit...tough call. nope on/in fruit pies. yep, grapes and cheese i guess, but i'd feel hen-pecked into eating it. even if i enjoyed it. it's gonna have to be some good wine served. thinking boonesfarm. 5.peanut butter & mayo? no! i hate mayo. peanutbutter is great on apples and in goober pies. 6.ketchup. if you are over the age of 12, you should know ketchup like trix is only for kids. 7. flour tortilias. agree, why are you so lazy as to not take an extra step and make it right.8. cumin. it's for folks that use flour tortilias.
Apr. 30, 2013 2:07 pm
Loved your blog! I believe you could safely eat here at my house :) with one exception, I have a rosemary/garlic stuffed pork loin I grill that is really good. Ketchup on eggs Gak!
Apr. 30, 2013 2:51 pm
Great blog! Personally I HATE fruit with meat of any kind. Ketchup is alright on eggs (pfffft, Cat! lol), but not on hot dogs. I love a wedge of sharp cheddar with a fresh apple but not on pie. And can I just applaud you for taking the stand of NO flour tortillas in enchildas? That's a giant pet peeve of mine. I don't like celery in tuna or chicken salad, bacon in dessert, and cream 'o soup on its own or added to anything. Grossest thing ever invented. Otherwise, I'm not picky at all. hahahaha! :o)
Apr. 30, 2013 2:55 pm
Great Blog, love green salad W/grapes, mandarin oranges, pears, almonds and raspberry vineagrette. love scrambled eggs with salsa not ketchup,.. won't allow DH to eat mayo, PB and Lettuce sandwiches, too gross, love bacon but not in desserts, and can't understand the new fad of Chicken & waffles, too weird for me.. and cheese, apples and grapes W/ a glass of wine is dinner to me. We all have different tastes, different likes and dislikes, love to read everyones difference.
Apr. 30, 2013 5:32 pm
Maple cured bacon, cooked crisp and minced so fine it is nearly powdered is, in my opinion, really good in dark chocolate cupcakes. So is chili or coffee. ~~. Chicken and waffles maybe once every five years, if both are exceptionally good on their own. ~~. Watermelon isn't a favorite of mine in any form. ~~ I love good extra sharp cheddar with warm apple pie or just about any other cheese with sliced apples. ~~ Didn't Elvis do the peanut butter banana sandwich? Look how well that turned out. I can't even imagine peanut butter and mayo. ~~. Ketchup and eggs was my father's thing. Um, no thanks. But I did recently have tomato sauce on scrambled eggs and was surprised how good it tasted. ~~. Cumin is used in Middle Eastern foods so in the Greek salad doesn't surprise me, but it is so easy to go overboard. ~~ I love rosemary, I even make rosemary and lemon cookies. ~~ Tortillas do not appeal to me if they are saturated in sauce, whether they be corn or flour. I really like baked corn tortillas best. ~~ I agree that neither pumpkin nor sweet potato needs the addition of chocolate. They are very sweet on their own. I also don't see why anyone would ruin a good sweet potato by swathing it in marshmallows. ~~ One thing I have learned, though, I never decide I don't like something until I have tried it twice. Fun blog!
Apr. 30, 2013 6:02 pm
Funny post! I laughed; I cried; I got hungry and ate. Why did you have to mention peanut butter and bacon? It is the combination of the gods! You did forget to mention peanut butter and kosher dill pickle sandwiches. Those are so good, I'd pass up a PB and Miracle whip sandwich for it! I guess we all have our likes, dislikes and heck no ways!
Apr. 30, 2013 10:03 pm
I think liver and onions, brains and eggs, cow tongue with chile, tripe in menudo, gizzards paired with anything, peas with tuna, sweet pickles and potato salad are all on my no way, no how list. I do like cumin in Mexican food. I prefer corn tortillas in my enchiladas, too. I love watermelon, but I am allergic to that sweet treat. What is with arugula in salads? Arugula has no taste to me.
Apr. 30, 2013 11:53 pm
Fun blog! I LOVE blue cheese and pears, yes they belong together and they belong on MY green salad. Not a fan of sugar in or on any veggie - sweet potatoes with marshmallows are the worst! Enchiladas are only enchiladas if they are made with corn tortillas. If made with flour tortillas they are wet burritos. Not a huge fan of peanut butter but PB and mayonnaise makes my stomach turn. I will be honest here - I have never had chicken and waffles but I don't think I am missing anything - drenched in maple syrup, please don't make me try those. {{{ Shudder }}}
May 1, 2013 12:35 am
I used to try many flavor combinations. My parents even encouraged us as children to experiment with food. My biggest flop was making raisin meatloaf. Even though I love mincemeat, raisins just don't go well in meatloaf! Now that I lean toward being a vegetarian, I have to think of what can sub for meat in some recipes, and usually conclude that nuts of any kind will do!
May 1, 2013 5:11 am
Blogs like this are so much fun...I'll toss in my two cents where I can and you can toss back the change...Maple Bacon Ice Cream works for me as does the spicy sweet baked bacon....Chicken & Waffles - I have been to Sylvia's in the Harlem and ordered the catfish - nuff said....'m a fruit in my food kind of guy so our opposing parallel lines will never meet....Peanut Butter & Mayo and Kethup & Eggs - slap somebody.....Enchilada = Corn, Burrito = Flour - nuff said..... chocolate chips in pumpkin or sweet potato is definitely Greek to me....and there is nothing wrong with sushi that fire can't fix.
May 1, 2013 6:24 am
Paula, enjoy your berries in your salads, and I'll keep enjoying mine in my fruit salads. : ) I simply cannot tolerate chocolate with pumpkin or sweet potato, it's true. : ) Thanks for stopping in!
May 1, 2013 6:25 am
Marie C, I do love basil in desserts. And I love the curry paste you can buy in the jars, but don't get curry powder near me. I cannot stand the stuff. I admit it, I'm weird, LOL!
May 1, 2013 6:27 am
hazelnut, I am intrigued by your mention of grilled cream cheese. My husband would probably like that. And I do like chipotle on sweet potatoes, too. As long as they aren't topped with marshmallows (seems to be a common agreement there!), I'm usually ok with it. Have a good day!
May 1, 2013 6:28 am
gderr, you have me laughing! And you are speakin' my language, hon! : )
May 1, 2013 6:29 am
Cat Hill, sounds like we are almost on the same page. Your pork loin is probably delicious...without the rosemary, LOL.
May 1, 2013 6:31 am
cheepchick, I am with you on the cream of soups if you are talking about those in a can. I do NOT do those, and they really have a gross texture, too. On the celery thing, I don't do celery at all, so I hear you loud and clear! There's always common ground somewhere, isn't there?
May 1, 2013 6:33 am
vanillabean, I love your AR name! Vanilla is my absolute favorite flavor. : ) And I didn't think the PB and mayo could get any worse but lettuce, too? I think it just did! Thanks for stopping in! Oh, I I do like salsa with my eggs, too, if I'm having a breakfast burrito.
May 1, 2013 6:36 am
BigShotsMom, yep, you are right...Elvis liked his PB and banana sandwiches. I will admit to liking those, too, on occasion, and also to being his cousin. Although I never got a chance to meet him, so it really didn't matter. : ) And I do love coffee in my chocolate desserts...a little cayenne is fine, too.
May 1, 2013 6:37 am
Doc, I'll have to leave the PB and bacon sandwiches to you. But my husband would agree with you and I will the PB and pickle ones. No way is that getting near my mouth! : ) Enjoy your sammies.
May 1, 2013 6:39 am
Lela, allergic to watermelon? Bummer. I'll agree with pretty much everything you mentioned not liking except for the arugula...I LOVE arugula! It is full of flavor to me. Funny how our tastes can all be so different. That makes things interesting!
May 1, 2013 6:41 am
Baking Nana, if you are like me, the chicken and waffles is something you'll never miss, and in my opinion you'll be all the better for not trying it. But blue cheese? No way it's getting near my food or even in my house for that matter as my hubby doesn't like it either. Enjoy your salad! I DO like pears in a winter salad, though... Thanks for stopping in!
May 1, 2013 6:42 am
sueb, nuts definitely make a good stand in sometimes for me, too. Raisin meatloaf? I think that sounds pretty bad, LOL. But I will add mincemeat to my "do not eat" list, too. Since it's not really a popular item in my part of the South or apparently in Wisconsin where I live now, I think I'm safe. : ) Have a good day!
May 1, 2013 6:47 am
Doug, our lines will certainly never cross on the watermelon salad. It SOUNDS really good, but the reality for me was just the opposite. Take the pieces of watermelon off the salad and have them for dessert, and I'm good! And the sushi comment...I'm high-fiving you for that one! Tried it twice...enough in my book to say it's definitely on my do-not-eat list. And I bet that catfish from Sylvia's was really good. I'm headed South for a visit in a couple of weeks, and I'll definitely be getting my fill of catfish while I'm there! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping in.
May 1, 2013 7:44 pm
Read some of the posts here, I'm still laughing! Again great blog! LOLOLOL Someday you might have to stop by :) Promise you will eat well!
May 2, 2013 8:00 am
LOL! Love your blog and all the responses. I'm also enjoying learning about everyone's personal taste. It's fun to see what people like and don't like. I think it's how you grew up too. For instance, I MUST have an apple with my Popcorn. One bite of apple, then a handful of popcorn. Yum! But, that's how our family did I it. I don't know if my dear Mama was trying to serve us healthy dishes (she was a health nut) or????? I also love apple sandwiches..... Apple slices, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, sesame seeds and sprouts on marbled rye. Delicious! P-nut butter and mayo, Yum! Pears and cheese, Yum! Watermelon, Yuk! Bacon and chocolate, Oh Yum! Chicken and waffles, Yuk! I LOVE sweet potatoes, but I'm with BN... sweet potatoes and marshmallows, YUK!!! Double yuk!!!
May 2, 2013 10:37 am
Candice, the responses have led to a lot of laughter on my part. I love hearing about everyone's likes and dislikes. I must admit, this is the first time I've heard of the apple/popcorn combo. And apple sandwiches? Well, everything else on it sounds good, so who knows...maybe I'd like it. : )
May 2, 2013 3:35 pm
I LOVE a sharp cheese and a crisp apple as a snack. Not as much in prepared dishes though. Have to agree on the ketchup/eggs and mayo/PB (yuck!). One thing I may be alone on- I can't stand mint in desserts. Chocolate mint, ick! I'll keep the mint for my toothpaste, not my sweets.
May 2, 2013 6:58 pm
I like bacon, with eggs, in a bacon and tomatoe sandwich, crumbled over either my salads or my baked potato and sizzling away in the bottom of my pot preparing to be part of a bougignon or a jambalaya. Otherwise, meh. I agree with everything you speak of except for two things. When I need a big old protein meal, I'm all over a half dozen fried eggs and ketchup. The other thing is a strawberry spinach salad I tumbled to a few years ago that was yummy. About the weirdest thing I eat are tuna and cheese whiz sandwiches, they rock too.
May 3, 2013 6:51 am
runforfun, I agree with you on the mint in desserts. I am not a fan of peppermint. I do like spearmint and other mints, however, and have used those in everything from drinks to all kinds of dishes.
May 3, 2013 6:53 am
Raedwulf, we love bacon in just about every savory dish. Just keep it out of my sweets! And tuna and cheese whiz...that just might be the weirdest thing I've seen mentioned here yet! I think I'll have to take you at your word on those. : ) Have a good one!
May 3, 2013 1:13 pm
Peanut butter and bacon sandwiches are a STAPLE for me. I've even posted a picture of one on this site! :) I've never tried cheese on apple pie and don't really have the desire to! I tried the Chicken and Waffle recipe on this site on a whim and LOVED it. The key for me was to use the maple syrup very sparingly. My family gave me some weird looks that night (something I'm getting rather used to), but they all ended up enjoying it, as well. Totally agree about the corn tortillas in enchiladas! Not really much of a rosemary fan, but I do really like the Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabob recipe on this site. I'll have to think about what some of my weird (to others) combos are and get back with you. Great blog!!
May 4, 2013 1:45 pm
For those of you who DO like bacon in desserts, my company does a fantastic maple bacon cake that can be sent mail order. You should check it out! The cake recipe is my mom's that she found in the newspaper when I was younger.
May 4, 2013 1:47 pm
P.S. To copy and paste the link, start at the "http" part:)
May 4, 2013 5:17 pm
Mi Being Mi, peanut butter and bacon seems to be a popular combo with people. I guess I'll just have to be an oddball on that one. : ) Thanks for stopping in with your comments!
May 4, 2013 5:18 pm
iloveperu87, I get you have lots of people who do love that cake. I don't think I'll ever be on board with bacon in desserts, but it's certainly a popular trend that seems to be showing no signs of slowing down!
May 4, 2013 5:19 pm
That should be I BET you have lots of people, LOL!
May 7, 2013 1:23 am
One of my new favorite things is a "breakfast cake" cupcake, which is a pancake flavored cake with a maple flavored frosting - topped with bacon bits - yummy! They also have a "Late Night Breakfast" cupcake - and it's a waffle flavored cupcake, topped with a piece of fried chicken, drizzled with honey. Wanted to like this one - but the bacon topped one is so much better! There is a pancake place that we visit, and I LOVE their bacon pancakes. So much so, that I duplicated them at home (= I have an unhealthy relationship with peanut butter - but bacon does NOT go with it! Nor does mayo!!!! I do, however like butter with my peanut butter - makes it saltier (= Or, I like it with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. OR, on a banana (= Mmmmmmmm!!! I'm with you on fruits in salad. Or in a savory dish. Just does not appeal to me! And, I'm with you on the whole pumpkin and chocolate thing - yuck!!! The exception is at Cold Stone - I do like Heath Bar in my pumpkin ice cream - but that's a minimal bit of chocolate - and more, the toffee (= Ketchup and eggs make me CRAZY! But, I do like enchiladas with flour tortillas. I like corn, too - so I usually do a half batch of both, because I can't decide between the two (= Don't like raw celery in ANYthing - LOVE it cooked in anything! By the way, I do eat strange combinations of things, and am drawn to certain recipes, simply because they sound strange (=
May 7, 2013 1:26 am
I have an unhealthy relationship with popcorn, too, ans sometimes do strange things with it . . . flavor combination-wise!!! Get your mind out of the gutter (= One of my favorites is Del Taco taco sauce on my popcorn. The most common is Kraft Grated American Cheese, in the blue can. In fact, I'm nearly out - time to visit Amazon and order more!
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I'm a born and bred Southerner now living in the Midwest (temporarily!). I learned to cook by watching and helping my grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were wonderful Southern cooks who cooked by "feel" rather than by measuring. And that's how I cook now, too. Recipes are more of a suggestion than instruction for me. I love to garden and use my fresh veggies in my creations, especially salsa and hot sauce, which are my specialties.
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Christmas candy making with my mom. She lives across the country now, so we haven't been able to do that since I moved..better on the waistlines!
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Planning an outdoor party for 20 people where the main course and the main side dish were to be grilled. It was POURING when the time came. I moved everything inside and prepared the food on stovetop and oven, and it turned out beautifully anyway.
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Making biscuits at my mom's house one time and accidentally using plain flour instead of self-rising. Needless to say, I had to make another batch of biscuits when I realized what I had done! Otherwise, I've been pretty lucky!
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