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What is your favorite food pairing? 
Feb. 22, 2011 4:10 pm 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2011 10:14 pm
Todays topic is food pairings.  Whether it is chicken and biscuits, pizza and beer, or weird combos like sushi and meatloaf or pancakes with coleslaw; tell us your favorite match-ups of foods that you have tried or experienced in your culinary journey.
Thanks and let's have some fun
Chef John
Feb. 22, 2011 7:05 pm
Probably not really a "food" pairing, but I love Dr Pepper with lime. Also love nutmeg in Bechamel...just makes it perfect to me.
Feb. 22, 2011 7:07 pm
Also, I always thought I hated coleslaw, and I do on its own, but add it to a pulled pork sandwich and I'm in heaven!
Feb. 22, 2011 7:20 pm
mac and cheese w/maple syrup...apples and peanut butter.. tomato soup and grilled cheese....yummy........
Feb. 22, 2011 7:36 pm
What a fun question! Ummm, let me see...Lay's potato chips and thinly sliced co-jack cheese...mac n' cheese with catsup...peanut butter and honey sandwiches...spinach dip with anything!!!
Feb. 22, 2011 8:55 pm
Pork and clams... totally unexpectedly terrific....http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62619310/Marvels-Portuguese-Pork-with-Clams-Carne-de-Porco-a-Alentejana/Detail.aspx
Feb. 23, 2011 3:07 am
Pumpkin pie and a green salad. My mum gave me this as lunch one day, and I remember every bite. Her pumpkin pie is famous in our family, and I was not allowed sweets very often...paired with the tartness of her homemade salad dressing....divine!
Feb. 23, 2011 3:37 am
when my first wife was pregnant she liked reuban sandwiches with chocolate ice cream
Feb. 23, 2011 3:44 am
Cottage cheese with V8 juice! I must admit it looks awful but tastes great with some Mrs. Dash. Pretty wierd, huh?
Feb. 23, 2011 3:52 am
Oooh, preggers is a different story...I wanted boiled cabbage with vinegar for the first kid, and masses of ketchup chips with a glass of milk for second kid. :) Oh, and if I had a french fry, I had to have it dipped in vanilla ice cream. Good thing I was young enough not to keep the 50 lbs I gained! Terrible!
Feb. 23, 2011 7:43 am
When my wife was going through chemo she craved hotdogs with chili sauerkraut,and chocolate sauce-we called it her chemo meal
Feb. 23, 2011 8:21 am
I'm somewhat boring, I like chocolate + peanut butter, and pretzels + cheese best for combos... I used to love baby carrots dipped in chocolate pudding! lol. Sarah - my friend who recently had a baby craved ketchup chips like crazy too!
Feb. 23, 2011 8:25 am
At times I come across ridiculously sweet crisp oranges. When I do, I know it may be time for a recipe I came up with about 20 years ago involving chocolate cake, runny icing and ridiculously sweey crisp oranges. They try to cancel each other out, repeatedly, constantly, erratically and delciously.
Feb. 23, 2011 8:41 am
French fries dipped in tartar sauce. It's the Wisconsin traditional fish fry in me coming out...
Feb. 23, 2011 9:33 am
My guilty little secret pairing is an aged cheddar cheese with dill pickles and a nice glass of Ehrenfelser..
Feb. 23, 2011 11:46 am
Curry chicken, basmati rice with red bean hot burritos-mmmmmmyah
Feb. 23, 2011 12:23 pm
Hot bowl of Chili and a peanut butter sandwich. YUMMY
Feb. 23, 2011 12:26 pm
My daughter loves grilled Cheese sandwich and applesauce or grilled cheese dipped in orange juice. Not sure I agree..
Feb. 23, 2011 1:13 pm
Popcorn with lots of butter and green can Parmesan cheese. I can feel the cholesterol building just because I'm thinking of it.
Feb. 23, 2011 1:19 pm
Cottage cheese and taco sauce or salsa....yum!
Feb. 23, 2011 1:21 pm
peanut butter sandwiches with pickled herring-its a MN thing
Feb. 26, 2011 4:19 am
Me and my fiance love fishcakes with mac & cheese..it's a must. They go so well together. I'm not sure why, but it just works. Mrs. Pauls use to have the best fishcakes, but I cant find them anymore...very sad about that!
Feb. 26, 2011 6:43 am
Cheesecake and garlic bread. Sounds terrible, but what can i say!?
Feb. 26, 2011 7:16 am
small halved boiled potatoes [warm ,smooth] + dollop of sour cream on top [cool and creamy]+ bit of caviar on top [salty and color]= HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!!!
Feb. 26, 2011 9:12 am
Peanut butter with anything, but especially with marshmallow fluff in a sandwich!
Feb. 26, 2011 9:32 am
Peanut buter and banana sandwich on a toasted english muffin!!, Mac and chese and canned pears, icecream and popcorn sprinkled on top.
Feb. 26, 2011 9:39 am
Steak (medium well) and dark chocolate and huge glass of freshly squeezed orange juice
Feb. 26, 2011 10:14 am
CJ: What a fun question! When I eat biscuits and gravy, I put jam on top.
Feb. 26, 2011 10:20 am
This is how my family eats breakfast pancakes with syrup and cheddar cheese on the side or cinammon rolls with melted cheddar again on top. A very cheese family :)
Feb. 26, 2011 11:21 am
My version of a "grilled cheese" using a flour tortilla, colby-jack or cheddar cheese and thinly sliced dill pickles. BEfore you say ick, people put pickles on sandwiches all the time, I just use torillas and not bread. Add a little ham or turkey when I'm really hungry ;) Speaking of turkey, I love dill pickles and turkey any day. Saw the french fries dipped in your milkshake. Haven't done that in years, but I definitely did that as a kid. I was never a syrup kid growing up and just ate butter on pancakes or waffles. Everyone always thought that was weird. Oh, and Popcorn like my Daddy taught me with salt and LOTS of black pepper! ;) That's all for now.........
Feb. 26, 2011 11:23 am
Baked potatoes with butter, sour cream and cottage cheese. Can look kind of gross but is awesome comfort food. Plus it's really versatile. You can go in a healthy/lower fat direction depending on what you use (low fat cottage cheese & sour cream, etc.) and it's a window to a world of adventure when you experiment with different herbs and spices.
Feb. 26, 2011 12:08 pm
I agree with you Chefjohn - I love French food - so as long as you top it with a great sauce - I'll eat anything!
Feb. 26, 2011 12:28 pm
Nutella and banana is my favorite breakfast and every time I go to the movies I get popcorn and jalapenos. One bite of popcorn and one jalapeno slice....mmmmmm!
Feb. 26, 2011 1:04 pm
cottage cheese with chopped tomato and cucumber or a peanut butter and mayo sandwich
Feb. 26, 2011 1:15 pm
salmon patties, creamed peas and fried potatoes,,,,,,yum!
Feb. 26, 2011 1:42 pm
Cottage cheese, ranch dressing and sunflower seeds (shelled) with lots of ground black pepper
Feb. 26, 2011 1:58 pm
Comfort food: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and white acre field peas. (Butter the potatoes and stir in the peas.) Sweet: spoonful of peanut butter studded with semi-sweet chocolate chips!
Feb. 26, 2011 1:59 pm
Okay, the meatloaf meal is a "tri-ing", not a "pairing," but oh well.
Feb. 26, 2011 2:00 pm
Oh, and who doesn't like to put potato chips in their burgers?
Feb. 26, 2011 2:32 pm
In our house we like to pair Bacon with almost any and everything (try it on a grilled PBJ). Other favs, pancakes with peanut butter, corn chips in chili, and my husbands family like to pair tuna casserole with meatloaf.
Feb. 26, 2011 3:49 pm
Sauerkraut with biscuits and gravy..sauerkraut ..yum
Feb. 26, 2011 4:14 pm
Fun stuff! Tuna/tater chips sammiches. Catsup and salsa on eggs with that weird Kraft cheese-like product~bacon cheese. I'm actually embarrassed to admit I like it. Pretzels and chocolate ice cream. Quinoa and black beans (very nice). Chorizo and clams. I'm so hungry now!
Feb. 26, 2011 4:45 pm
For sweet, peanut butter and chocolate hands down. For savoury, fried chicken and waffles. MMMM!
Feb. 26, 2011 5:26 pm
Cottage cheese, honey and salt.
Feb. 26, 2011 5:28 pm
One more. Black beans, mangos and asian seseme dressing.
Feb. 26, 2011 5:43 pm
Oatmeal cookies dipped in Tang, Saltine crackers wtih butter and honey and French Toast with ketchup. All childhood comfort foods. Orange/Apple slices with salt on them, too.
Feb. 26, 2011 7:49 pm
3 pairings that are great are pizza and coleslaw, cottage cheese with strawberry sauce, and mac and cheese and a peanut butter sandwich.
Feb. 26, 2011 8:00 pm
Cottage Cheese and peaches
Feb. 26, 2011 8:01 pm
Oh! And banana sandwich with plain Lay's potato chips.
Feb. 26, 2011 8:02 pm
My husband eats Cool Ranch Doritos with buttermilk.
Feb. 26, 2011 8:06 pm
Cottage cheese and jello. Milk and potato chips. My boss puts jelly on his sandwich with cappicola and bologna!
Feb. 26, 2011 8:10 pm
Man! I can't believe I left out the most important part of cottage cheese and peaches.....black pepper on top! My husband got me HOOKED on this. I never would have dreamed I would ever like cottage cheese.
Feb. 26, 2011 9:53 pm
My sausage at breakfast has to have maple syrup on it. I will not eat steak without ketchup. My husband eats his pizza with ketchup on top, yuck!
Feb. 26, 2011 9:56 pm
crispy Fish sandwiches with bbq, onions and pickles.... yum yum mandarin chicken salad with sesame dressing and sour cream... yum yum feta cheese and watermelon with pita bread... yum yum yum
Feb. 27, 2011 4:43 am
I hate ketchup, so on most anything you would put ketchup on, I use mustard, ie: french fries, hashbrowns. I also like cheddar on my apple pie, corn syrup on my pancakes or french toast (I don't like maple), and Mongolian chili oil on my popcorn.
Feb. 27, 2011 6:44 am
I love Catalina salad dressing on my egg whites.
Feb. 27, 2011 6:58 am
Blue Cheese Dressing + Crisp Red Pears = Heaven.
Feb. 27, 2011 6:58 am
dark chocolate and dry red wine. Fritos and tuna fish. pretzel rods and grape soda. There are some pretty interesting combos above!
Feb. 27, 2011 6:59 am
Primanti Bros. grilled kolbassi, coleslaw and french fries --- all on one sandwich. Pure heaven. Go to Pittsburgh, and ONLY go to the original Primanti's in the Strip!
Feb. 27, 2011 7:19 am
Here is one I never heard of until I meet my husband... Spaghetti and coco puffs.
Feb. 27, 2011 7:22 am
pancakes,waffles with peanut butter and jam.Peanut butter sandwich with raisins,pickles,banana,apple.Here is a pregger thing.. bologna sandwich with jelly or jam, bologna with pb&j
Feb. 27, 2011 7:22 am
More conventionally, I love sweet-savory combos like roast pork with apples and onions, shrimp and apple salad, duck with cherry sauce, chicken cooked w/ oranges, onion confit. But when I was a child i remember being grossed out by pineapple chicken in local Chinese restaurants.
Feb. 27, 2011 7:32 am
As a breakfast sandwich: Peanut butter and banana on a lightly toasted hotdog bun with a slice of crispy bacon and drizzled in honey. Also an all-time favorite snack is Granny Smith apples and extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Feb. 27, 2011 7:40 am
After my parents dropped me off at a Girl Scout gathering I realized I had left my lunch in the car. A girl from another troop offered me half of her sandwich. It was the bologna with a first name, white american cheese, mayo, mustard and lettuce on wonder bread. I crave these occasionally and always think of that kind little girl I met 40 years ago when I finally do have one.
Feb. 27, 2011 8:30 am
Not a "huge" ketchup/catsup fan, but I absolutely must have it on my mac and cheese, as well as a cheese omelet, great combo! Must have potato chips with my tuna salad sandwiches too!
Feb. 27, 2011 8:54 am
French fries and cole slaw! I can't have one without the other!
Feb. 27, 2011 9:49 am
DD loves Peanut Butter and Captain Crunch Cereal Sandwiches. I love cut up apples and oranges mixed with Italian Dressing..
Feb. 27, 2011 9:50 am
Oreo cookies smeared with peanut butter! My college daughter recently introduced me to this combination - pure heaven!
Feb. 27, 2011 10:03 am
Hershey bars and potato chips
Feb. 27, 2011 10:04 am
cheese dip and beer. feta cheese and red onion. grilled cheese and pickles. coffee and whiskey....
Feb. 27, 2011 10:09 am
Endive chopped with oranges, apples, salt, lemon and vegetable oil
Feb. 27, 2011 12:00 pm
I haven't had this in years but one of my favorite pairings was elbow macaroni with butter and then I would mix applesauce with it. Yummy! My husband like jelly on his fried eggs once in a while. Don't get that.
Feb. 27, 2011 12:03 pm
I remember as a kid, a group of us would pack a picnic lunch and go out in the woods to eat. Two girls that lived across the street from me used to bring blueberry and mayo sandwiches. Never tried it and have no interest at all.
Feb. 27, 2011 12:07 pm
spaghetti and mashed potatoes!
Feb. 27, 2011 12:40 pm
Tuna noodle casserole with an open face peanut butter sandwich! MMmmmmm
Feb. 27, 2011 12:47 pm
Nutella with ANYTHING and a glass of milk. Newest craving: pretzel crisps dipped in cottage cheese. Fresh out of the oven bagel (never toasted!) dipped in whipped cream cheese--no schmear or soft cheese, MUST be whipped. To be honest, I'm picky about texture and there are few things I don't like (limas, ketchup, brussel sprouts, flan,creme brulle) Great post taking us down memory lane.
Feb. 27, 2011 12:53 pm
Baked potato topped with Salsa Verde. Mango and cottage cheese.
Feb. 27, 2011 2:08 pm
Lest I forget! I love peanut butter and onion sandwiches!!
Feb. 27, 2011 2:09 pm
Mayo and Tomato (ideally fresh tomato ripen on the vine)
Feb. 27, 2011 2:11 pm
Sausage gravy and homemade biscuits! I very rarely have this treat, but it's a staple from my childhood and a true indulgence when I do cook it.
Feb. 27, 2011 2:22 pm
Okay, so this is going to sound pretty disgusting, and it probably would be to anyone who tried it (excluding myself, of course.) I LOVE off-brand macaroni and cheese cooked in a way that makes it kind of gummy. In my gummy macaroni and cheese I must have obscene amounts of pepper and (here's the really weird part)crumbled up STALE Cool Ranch Doritos. I think I developed an affinity for this when I was broke and living off the cheapest stuff I could find. It's probably the most ghetto meal I'll ever eat, but for some reason I love it.
My Shenanigans 
Feb. 27, 2011 2:49 pm
I guess it's a little boring for some of you but I like shake-n-bake porkchops, cooked in an oven bag, with garlic mashed potatos and whole kernal corn. I mix my corn w/my potatos & lots of butter and black pepper.
My Shenanigans 
Feb. 27, 2011 2:56 pm
I'm with you, Ella & one of my favorite ghetto receipies is chili top ramin w/an egg stired in at the end and a few snow peas w/ lots of garlic. the snow peas have to go in at the last minut, after the egg is cooked
Feb. 27, 2011 3:01 pm
I have no idea why this is, but even as a child I wanted a cup of coffee whenever we had chili. My folks always obliged, albeit with a snicker and shaking of heads. :-)
Feb. 27, 2011 3:59 pm
Peanut butter and jelly and ham sandwich! Mmmm!
Feb. 27, 2011 4:18 pm
Mix peanut butter with some brown sugar, a small amount of honey, and marshmallow fluff. Spread on white bread, spread sandwich with butter, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on, and grill!
Feb. 27, 2011 4:21 pm
peanut butter and jelly with smoked oysters or sardines-yum
Feb. 27, 2011 4:23 pm
I grew up eating sliced apples with American cheese and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, no substitutions for the ranch!
Feb. 27, 2011 4:31 pm
I LOVE Gala apples with "Naturally More" brand peanut butter. Best food pairing ever!
Feb. 27, 2011 4:43 pm
Chocolate ice cream eaten with salty potato chip spoons.
Feb. 27, 2011 5:14 pm
French fries and chocolate ice cream, Brie cheese with arugula and bacon, curried anything with pineapple and cilantro, maple syrup on ice cream with nuts on top, maple syrup on sausage, chocolate with raspberries, chocolate with ginger, raspberry and lime, and ginger ice cream with brownies!
Feb. 27, 2011 5:21 pm
It is the time of the year... corned beef and cabbage. I have never made corned beef without also making cabbage. French fries and tartar sauce, also. Don't do it anymore .... but McD's FF's dipped in a choc shake.
Feb. 27, 2011 5:26 pm
A few years ago my husband asked what kind of restaurant I was in the mood for. I wanted to go wherever I could get meatballs and birthday cake. He laughed and joked that maybe I was pregnant. The joke was on him: I was!
Feb. 27, 2011 6:50 pm
Hmmm...peanut butter + honey on toasted Arnold's round. Green peppers/onion/eggs, AND: cranberries, pecans and coconut!
Feb. 27, 2011 6:51 pm
Chocolate covered potato chips- oh yeahhh :) OH and I like this chocolate bar with applewood smoked bacon and some sort of alder salt- it's the best taste to me :) I guess chocolate and salt then, is my favorite.
Feb. 27, 2011 9:24 pm
I love hot apple pie in a bowl with icy cold milk poured on top....the milk gets sweet like cereal milk and you can eat scalding hot pie immediately. win, win. Best pizza ever is hawaiian style plus mushrooms and jalepenos. Recommended by a photographer who said it's what the emaciated models would order. Something about how the pineapple and japs work together....brilliant
Feb. 27, 2011 11:19 pm
anything with ranch, anything with cheese. Quesadillas with ranch (maybe hotsauce too) and pickles on the side with a glass of warm chocolate milk
Feb. 27, 2011 11:21 pm
Cheese quesadillas with ranch and maybe hotsauce (depending on my mood) with baby dill pickles on the side and a glass of warm chocolate milk. YUM!
Feb. 27, 2011 11:22 pm
oops, posted twice
Feb. 28, 2011 12:52 am
Here are my weird and delicious suggestions. Nacho cheese Doritos with cottage cheese. Peanut butter and miracle whip sandwiches. Baked chicken with melted brie and cranberry sauce.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:54 am
Ran outta bread, needed sandwich, so I toasted 2 toaster waffles, added sliced cheese & added bread & butter pickles - yum. Also love peanut butter sandwich with pickle & mayo on the waffle "bread". One more combo is turkey & cranberry sauce sandwich with celery on it!
Feb. 28, 2011 4:57 am
almost forgot my college days survival kit:: ramen noodles, peanut butter & tuna /well, it kept me awake to study - LOL
Feb. 28, 2011 6:02 am
Coke Chicken. Basically chicken cooked in coca-cola, and seasoning. Delish!
Feb. 28, 2011 6:32 am
I have no idea but I love the combination of baked beans with potato salad.
Feb. 28, 2011 7:24 am
Grilled cheese sandwich with potato chips and a pepsi. Don't really drink many sodas but for reason this combo is really good
Feb. 28, 2011 7:48 am
Tacos and dad's root beer. It was the only edible thing mother could make and we never got soda. I still crave it but homemade taco's have mashed potatoes added to the hamburger, then deep fried! yummy!
Feb. 28, 2011 8:01 am
Feb. 28, 2011 9:38 am
Wheat thins or triscuits with cream cheese, or any kind of cheese with wine. I also love wrapping a piece of salami around a pickle. YUM!! :)
Feb. 28, 2011 10:26 am
Vodka and Fresca!
Feb. 28, 2011 10:34 am
Great blog! This is fun and informative! Here goes: kettle-cooked potato chips dipped in warm cayenne-infused chocolate fudge sauce; skinless boneless sardines perched atop a saltine cracker with paper thin sliced onion and dill pickle with a dollop of Durkee's; an extra crunchy ginger snap topped with a thin slice of Havarti cheese...sweet, crunchy, salty, buttery...yum!!
Feb. 28, 2011 12:06 pm
Ground beef taco with the works...and a teaspoon of sweet pickle relish on top.
Feb. 28, 2011 12:09 pm
oh...and a brick of cream cheese with Pickapeppa Sauce poured over and triscuits on the side. yummy yummy. a meal fit for a king.
Feb. 28, 2011 12:42 pm
Some of this stuff is trully gross-Chef John- PB&J with oysters or sardines? Yuck! I don't feel bad posting mine- regular lays chips dipped in a local spicy mustard (Webers) with super cold skim milk. I also have to have Frank's extra hot sauce in my cottage cheese with loads of pepper too. Friends from college used to squeeze mustard on their cold pizza-they were from Long Island, is that common there? They also put mustard on their fries. Oh, I also put hot sauce on my salad with ranch- just makes it a spicy ranch dressing- not so strange but I do get looks.
Feb. 28, 2011 1:02 pm
For some reason I've always been a big fan of crisp lettuce with vanilla icing as well as Oreo cookies with a medium chunky salsa. So good! A less quirky combination: Nacho Cheese Doritos layered onto a turkey, lettuce and cheese sandwich. Ah, college.
Feb. 28, 2011 1:09 pm
I could go on and on, but here are a few: yogurt and honey almond butter and nutella noodles and butter hershey chocolate and peanut butter walnuts and blue cheese eggs, any style, and franks hot sauce pepperoni and pineapple saurkraut and mustard chips and guacamole fries and mayonnaise pretzels and chocolate milk almonds and apricots graham crackers and vanilla frosting
Feb. 28, 2011 1:11 pm
Let me try that one more time because all of the pairings just got strung together, and that's just gross: yogurt and honey almond butter and nutella noodles and butter hershey chocolate and peanut butter walnuts and blue cheese eggs, any style, and franks hot sauce pepperoni and pineapple saurkraut and mustard chips and guacamole fries and mayonnaise pretzels and chocolate milk almonds and apricots graham crackers and vanilla frosting
Feb. 28, 2011 1:11 pm
oh well.
Feb. 28, 2011 1:17 pm
Dorothy Lynch dressing on my tacos is a must. Once in a great great while, when the craving hits and if no-one is around to make fun of me, I'll indulge with a bowl of hot buttered egg noodles topped with chocolate ice cream.
Feb. 28, 2011 2:09 pm
when i was a kid i used to dip nilla wafers in my apple juice till it started to get soggy. so dellicious. every once in awhile i get a craving for this delicious treat and must have it. my other strange addiction is dill pickle slices wrapped in processed cheese slices lol. i can never get enough. last but not least try some ketchup on grahm crackers it is quite yummy.
Feb. 28, 2011 2:26 pm
Popcorn with butter and salt, dipped in milk. Apples with cream or cheddar cheese, or peanut butter. Cheese dipped in soup.
Feb. 28, 2011 2:27 pm
And pretzels in apple juice.
Feb. 28, 2011 2:48 pm
I like to eat Macaroni and Cheese with hot sauce.
Feb. 28, 2011 3:07 pm
I love your idea CONNIE!!!
Feb. 28, 2011 4:42 pm
pb sandwich w/grape jelly and dill pickle chips. choc cake/choc frosting with sliced bananas. Lays plain chips, not ruffles, with very ripe bananas. My daughter in law likes spaghetti with ranch dressing on top.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:44 pm
Oh yeah, it has to be JIF pb.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:53 pm
Hot chocolate pudding on top of hot buttered biscuits, ripple potato chips dipped into warm chocolate pudding.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:53 pm
Popcorn sprinkled with brewer's yeast, cayenne, and nutmeg! French fries and mayo sprinkled with ground pepper. Ryvita crackers spread with Earth Balance and sprinkled with brewer's yeast. Brewer's yeast makes everything taste buttery without the fat. I even sprinkle it on my salads.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:54 pm
Hot chocolate pudding on top of hot buttered biscuits, ripple potato chips dipped into warm chocolate pudding.
Feb. 28, 2011 4:54 pm
Hot french fries dipped into soft serve ice cream.
Feb. 28, 2011 5:08 pm
Peanut butter, dill pickles and mayo on white bread, my all time comfort food. Also French fries with tartar sauce.
Feb. 28, 2011 5:39 pm
Peanut butter, dill pickles and mayo on white bread, my all time comfort food. Also French fries with tartar sauce.
Feb. 28, 2011 5:43 pm
plain potato chips (preferably Snyders but plain lays will do) Reese's peanut butter cups and orange soda. Heaven!!
Feb. 28, 2011 6:23 pm
I'll have to try some of this deliciousness! Apple and fig newtons together for me!
Feb. 28, 2011 6:26 pm
French fries dipped in mayo. Dill pickles wrapped up in a piece of dried beef that's been spread with cream cheese.
Feb. 28, 2011 6:52 pm
I don't know if it my absolute favourite pairing, but one them is avocado and salmon.
Feb. 28, 2011 7:25 pm
Peaches + peanut butter (try stirring pb into peach-flavored instant oatmeal) -- mmmmm! Popcorn + hot sauce + lime juice -- this I learned in Mexico -- mmmmm! My other half likes tuna salad sandwiches with grape jelly on them. Says that's the way mom made them, but she denies it! LOL.
Feb. 28, 2011 7:32 pm
Hi ChefJohn, fun question:) My kids and I love mayo mixed with bbq sauce to use as a dip for fries or 1000 island dressing if available. My mother loved Miracle whip with tomatoes and onion sammies. So many wonderful opions about this topic, very interesting! Thanks CJ. Take care:)
Feb. 28, 2011 7:35 pm
Oh, I remember, mayo on corn on the cob! I got that one from Mexico, Thanks Eugene for the mind jog. LOL Mc Muffins from McDonalds with jelly on them.
Feb. 28, 2011 7:40 pm
I used to know a lady 20 years ago that like cottage cheese with fritos, in fact,the whole office minus me ate this. It never caught on with me, I was too busy with mayo on the fries.That's also how I found out I was in love with hubby,when I pulled out the jar, he said "Cool, you like mayo on em too!"
Feb. 28, 2011 9:39 pm
Peanut butter and brown sugar on pancakes. Yum.
Feb. 28, 2011 11:14 pm
At my favorite pizza place I get green and black olive pizza and dip it in ranch.....oooohhhh my mouth is watering right now.
Mar. 1, 2011 1:15 am
I love potato chips crushed up on a tuna sandwich and softened chocolate ice cream on angel food cake (like a frosting)
Mar. 1, 2011 6:36 am
I love breakfast food! My favorite indulgence is a bacon sandwich made with toasted and buttered rye bread, spread with strawberry jam. I love one of these with two eggs fried in the bacon grease topped with hot sauce. Soooooo good!!!
Mar. 1, 2011 6:52 am
I grew up with ketchup on french toast, but have to admit, I can't stomach it anymore. I also ate ketchup and sliced cheese sandwiches as a kid....but now I'd have to say red kool aid and pretzels...it's a taste that can't be described. Yum.
Mar. 1, 2011 7:23 am
Chicken nuggets dipped in marshmallow sauce
Mar. 1, 2011 8:11 am
Doritos in tomato soup...yumm. tried this when I ran out of crackers as a kid and have enjoyed the combo ever since!
Mar. 1, 2011 8:13 am
I was put off by it at first, but on a trip to Costa Rica we ordered french fries and they came with lime mayo and ketchup drizzled over the top. Fabulous. You can try to order it without the mayo, but they just ignore you and serve it that way anyway! Great topic. I also love "fluffernutter" sandwiches, Marshmallow Fluff & peanut butter mixed together & spread on white bread, yum!
Mar. 1, 2011 8:34 am
I love this topic! My hubby is constantly trying to convince our girls and I to eat his weird favorite; grilled cheese with peanut butter, then dipped in campbell's chicken noodle soup.
Mar. 1, 2011 8:38 am
Oops on my grammar :) One of my faves is lays salt and vinegar chips dipped in ketchup...also salt and vinegar chips crunched up in a tuna salad sandwich (mixed with mayo, sweet relish, onions, celery and diced apple)..delish!
Mar. 1, 2011 8:56 am
Ruffles potato chips w/cottage cheese instead of dip. But none of that low fat stuff! Needs to be the full fat, preferably large curd......that's my fave!
Mar. 1, 2011 9:01 am
Okay, then also crunchy PB and lettuce sandwiches, and for a snack, saltines topped w/American cheese and a dill pickle slice. Yum...
Mar. 1, 2011 9:15 am
ohhh sausage breakfast sandwiches.. you know; a toasted english muffin, egg, and sausage patty..I add a dollop of grape jelly to the mix yummm the other crazy thing we do is orange jello, whipped cream on top and believe it or not sunflower seeds on top of that, (the shelled salted kind) so good with smooth, sweet, creamy, crunch and salt..it's all there! crazy good.
Mar. 1, 2011 9:20 am
Anything chocolate with Coke.
Mar. 1, 2011 9:24 am
Chunky peanut butter, raisins, sliced banana, and honey sandwiches on toasted bread... so good!
Mar. 1, 2011 9:27 am
French fries dipped in applesauce!
Mar. 1, 2011 9:44 am
Did I miss this entry: Tomato soup and grilled cheese? Can't believe no one said this! YUM
Mar. 1, 2011 10:34 am
Soy sauce with my boiled eggs and ketchup with my fried eggs Yummy!! (^__^)
Mar. 1, 2011 10:40 am
White bean soup, with fried potatoes, cornbread and raw onions -fried potatoes mixed with pork n beans (cooked separatley) Bacon sandwich with macaroni and cheese, kidney beans cooked with bacon fat and served over a baked potato or mashed potatoes, cheese sandwich made with toasted bread, miracle whip and lays (regular) chips crunched on the top, sloppy joes with pickle, corn chips and cheese added to the sandwich, Subway BMT with doritoes on top, fries and mayo, I think that's about it for now LOL
Mar. 1, 2011 10:55 am
homemade macaroni&cheese (the kind with milk, eggs & shredded cheese; not cheese sauce)with smoked sausage and a couple thick slices of heirloom tomato.My absolute favorite meal ever! Then again, there's always peanut butter & dill pickle on homemade oatmeal bread. Tough question ! lots of great answers & ideas to try, thanks everyone.
Mar. 1, 2011 11:21 am
cornbread in a glass of milk:-)
Mar. 1, 2011 11:36 am
Smooth peanut butter w/ bread and butter pickle sandwiches?
Mar. 1, 2011 11:37 am
Spaghetti noodles and soy sauce
Mar. 1, 2011 11:58 am
I love cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes smothered in 1000 Island dressing. Also if having popcorn I must have a big glass of cold milk. Yummy!!
Mar. 1, 2011 1:42 pm
My dad always smeared strawberry jam on slices of colby cheese. It's amazing! Mom liked buttered bread sprinkled with sugar. When I was a young and wild guy, I would eat tuna fish & peanut butter sandwiches. Gotta try that again! Oh, yeah, and we would mix apple wine with beer. Yum!
Mar. 1, 2011 1:53 pm
Dill pickle pringles topped with whipped cream cheese and ham.
Mar. 1, 2011 1:54 pm
Cottege cheese with sweet french dressing on top and bacos. Grilled peanut butter and mayo sandwich. My mother loves a cold baked bean sandwich with pickle relish..hot something I ever wanted to try...hahaha
Mar. 1, 2011 1:56 pm
Cottege cheese with sweet french dressing on top and bacos. Grilled peanut butter and mayo sandwich. My mother loves a cold baked bean sandwich with pickle relish.. NOT something I ever wanted to try...hahaha
Mar. 1, 2011 1:59 pm
ALSO.. a big bowl of icecream with a very cold big glass of milk..YUMMMMMM!!
Mar. 1, 2011 2:45 pm
oreos smeared with peanut butter then dipped in milk....eggs and bread my mom used to make it for us you rip up a few bread slices and toast them in a pan with butter and eat with hot buttered egg noodles mmmmm
Cat S. 
Mar. 1, 2011 2:47 pm
Peanut butter is a recurring theme on this thread. Still, I can't resist sharing my 5-min fix that has been my go-to snack since high school.. Eggo Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Jam. Toast the waffles, spread on your favorite PB pairing, and eat it like a sandwich! Fast, warm, crunchy, sweet and portable!
Mar. 1, 2011 3:31 pm
My favorite sandwich is pastrami and swiss cheese on seeded rye with brown mustard, grilled just long enough to melt the cheese. Yummmmm!
Mar. 1, 2011 4:07 pm
I would have to say either french fries with chili and cheese... or either a filet mignon with satueed mushrooms
Mar. 1, 2011 4:56 pm
Wendys French fries dipped in a chocolate frosty! Do not leave this earth until you try!
Mar. 1, 2011 6:55 pm
popcorn with parm cheese and lemon pepper, garlic bread with grape jelly with a spaghetti dinner :), french fries and ranch dressing also peanut butter sandwich dipped in grape juice lol.
Mar. 1, 2011 7:34 pm
okay, I've got to say that some of these combos are just plain wacky! Oh my, I'm looking forward to my visit to the USA so I can finally have my apple jacks and cocoa puffs with just plain old milk. (can't get those in Canada anymore so it's a fun trip down memory lane)I do love pancakes with hot salsa sauce best of all but that's kind of tame compared to all the cottage cheese combos.
Mar. 1, 2011 8:07 pm
We always went to the country store after riding horses. We always put a pack of peanuts into the Rc bottled soda. Also I enjoy pnut. butter & jelly sandwich grilled in skillet w/ butter until nicely browned. Yumm
Mar. 1, 2011 8:26 pm
Love crumbled saltines and hot caramel sauce on vanilla ice cream. My absolute favorite is any combo of vegetables, bread and cheese.
Mar. 3, 2011 9:51 am
Hubby's weird combo: Pepsi+pack of peanuts in bottle. Maple syrup mixed with PB on a sandwich. Mine is lots oficeburg crispy lettuce w.Miracle whip sandwich. (First thing wanted to eat after Scarlet Fever as a child!) + fresh sliced tomato for treat. Baked beans, cottage cheese, corn, applesauce = tasty meal! His snack of saltine crackers (or cornb.) crushed in a glass of milk is =d by mine of bread (toasted or plain) broken into glass of milk w/ sugar or m.syrup. (eat with a spoon) Also strawberries+blueberries+vanilla yogurt+granola cereal layered in fluted dessert dish. (better than McDs) Try OJ on crunchy cereal when out of milk - good! How about beans/cornbread, chopped. onions, with ketchup?!
Mar. 8, 2011 6:57 pm
pancakes with jalapeno jelly; pizza with pears & gorgonzola
Mar. 8, 2011 7:45 pm
mashed potatoes and stuffing...mixed together tuna salad with feta sprinkled on top
Mar. 8, 2011 7:49 pm
Ooh, hasbrowns with grilled onions, ranch dressing and hot sauce. Yum!
Mar. 8, 2011 9:14 pm
Sandwich made w/ sliced American cheese, grape jelly, and sweet pickles (any kind).
Mar. 9, 2011 1:22 am
Shrimp and grits -- a real Southern surprise. Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Mar. 9, 2011 1:31 am
Hi from Belgium! Some strange pairings I like: - Garlic salami and cold chocolate milk (Nesquik) - Spaghetti with brown sugar - Buttered toast with a light spread of Vegemite, aged cheddar cheese and thinly sliced raw onion (got that one from a friend in Melbourne) MMMMM.. umami! :-)
Mar. 9, 2011 2:27 am
My kids have always eaten pancakes with peanut butter, dill pickles and syrup on top. They say it is really good !
Mar. 9, 2011 6:23 am
In Iowa the favorite lunch is chili and cinnamon rolls. My son loves cold spaghetti sandwiches with potato chips on it!
Mar. 9, 2011 6:55 am
Grilled Cheese, Chili and Beer. Take a nap afterwards.
Mar. 9, 2011 7:10 am
red jello with really cold milk poured over it.Similar to whipped cream but better. Gingerale poured over a glass of ice eaten with a teaspoon when I am sick. Can't drink it, have to eat it. My mom told me to do that probably to make me take it in slowly and keep it down. Works.
Mar. 9, 2011 7:14 am
Thanksgiving sandwich : White wonder bread, sliced white meat turkey, stuffing, cranberry jelly and lotsa Hellman's mayo and salt. Better than the TDAY meal.
Mar. 9, 2011 8:36 am
Mmmmm Buttered Popcorn with Peanut M&M's mixed in. Or Dip that same popcorn in ice cream. Love the food contrast hot,cold,salty sweet!! Any cold cut sandwich with pickles, cheese, mustard mayo and BBQ CHIPS!!! Yummo!!!
Mar. 9, 2011 9:12 am
Sloppy Joe's (or pulled pork) and sweet potato fries. Wheatberry bread toast and Nutella dunked in café au lait, broccoli and catsup (my son's fav., age 2)
Mar. 9, 2011 9:34 am
Two favorite sandwich combinations of mine that others turn their noses up at are: 'Peanut Butter with Fresh Tomato Slices' and 'Cheddar Cheese with Vidalia Onion'(cut thick)
Mar. 9, 2011 10:20 am
pizza and orange juice. a tuna fish sandwich with louisianna hot sauce, odd but i like to dip it in. i like to add carrot sticks and cabbage to a turkey sandwich. adds a sweetness, and crunch.
Mar. 9, 2011 10:21 am
My weird combo is mac n cheese and applesauce. My mother would always serve those two items on a plate where I found that the applesauce just runs into the mac n cheese. So now I just dump the applesauce onto the mac n cheese and my 12 year old son loves it that way as well.
Mar. 9, 2011 10:41 am
Slices of pizza and a glass of ice cold milk. Pickled jalapenoes (seeds removed) with peanut butter stuffing and grated cheese. Very tasty old west item and not spicy.
Mar. 9, 2011 10:47 am
toasted peanut butter, miracle whip or mayo, bread and butter pickle chip sandwich on wheat bread. May even add a slice of cheese if desired.
Mar. 9, 2011 1:34 pm
Oreos with OJ, Cottage cheese and pretzels, Potato chips and dill pickle chips. All are wonderful!
Mar. 9, 2011 6:08 pm
I love mac and cheese with diced dill pickles mixed in (great hangover food!). Hot sauce mixed into onion chip dip with ripple chips. Shrimp stuffed with herb and garlic cream cheese and then grilled. :)
Mar. 9, 2011 7:01 pm
My husband thinks I am crazy, but I love dipping my tater tots in ice cream. It is the perfect mix if sweet and salty. Gotta love it!
Mar. 10, 2011 5:17 am
My favorite pairing is nutty coffee ice cream with chocolate soufle.. thre is no other...
Mar. 10, 2011 6:19 am
mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes served together on the same plate (not mixed together), OR mashed potatoes with green olives......mmmmmm
Mar. 10, 2011 6:28 am
scrambled eggs with catsup - oh, wow, my mouth's watering. Guess I know what I'M having for breakfast! : )
Mar. 10, 2011 7:19 am
I love baked beans and scrambled eggs. The beans are the sweet and eggs are the salty. Make each separately then mix on your plate.
mary jo 
Mar. 11, 2011 7:47 pm
macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes. potato pancakes with applesauce. a spoon of peanut butter with chocolate chips from the bag.
Mar. 12, 2011 11:37 am
all of the pairings sounded great. But I like onion, dill pickles mustard sandwiches.or dill pickles and mustard on crackers. My Hubby likes pork&beans and onion sandwiches.
Tara Lee 
Mar. 14, 2011 6:23 pm
White rice with peas,hard boiled egg,cottage cheese,crushed red pepper,french dressing and ritz crackers.....soooo yummy!
Mar. 20, 2011 10:14 pm
In Hawaii, they serve rice for breakfast (instead of hash browns) so to me the best breakfast pairing is: Scrambled eggs with white rice and a pancake on the side.
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