Match(es) Made in Heaven

Last night, we said goodbye to a dear friend…LOST. I can’t believe it’s over. I must admit that the obsession had worn off for me over the last couple of seasons, but I still looked forward to each new episode. I’m actually glad because I hate feeling tethered to the TV. If I could talk the other half into getting rid of it altogether, I’d be one happy, and much more productive, girl.

But I digress. The inspiration for today’s post came from my husband and his always…interesting?… culinary creativity. He’s a mixer. I can’t even begin to describe some of the concoctions he’s come up with, but I can tell you that if anything is in our fridge, it’s fair game. Drinks, especially. In his mind, if two things are good separately, they must be even better together. Sometimes this is true…

Very often, it is not. I much prefer to think that my husband is the chocolate to my peanut butter rather than the coffee to my pear.

Sometimes, I think he does it just to push my buttons…Hmmm…

Back to last night. After a suspiciously long time banging around in the kitchen, he joined me on the couch, spoon in hand, ready to devour the recap episode along with a bowl of coffee ice cream covered in fresh peach slices. 

My first response? “Yack!”

My second response? “You can’t do that! Coffee ice cream doesn’t GO with peaches! They’re not good together!”

His response?  A smug, “Yes it is.”

So that got me thinkin’. Who made me the food police? I consider myself a pretty liberal, open-minded chick. Why am I being so uptight about someone else’s food?

“Two great tastes that go great together” is all relative. Whatever floats his boat, right?

Well, I’ve got my own boat and here are a few of the things that currently float it.

Food Combinations That Make Me Die:

Spearmint and Honey

Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate

Apples and Sharp Cheddar

Asparagus and Citrus

Rocky Road Ice Cream with Warm, Salty Crinkle Cut Fries

Vanilla Polar Seltzer and OJ

Dates and Unsweetened Almond Butter

Dates and Bacon

Bacon and Chocolate

Plain, dry noodles and a sprinkle of sea salt

A good lager or stout and Buffalo sauce (on something other than wings. Wings = Yuck.)

Vanilla and Cardamom

Pear and Cardamom

Cumin and Lime

Butternut and Cinnamon

Berries/Cherries and Balsamic Vinegar

Marshmallow and Peanut Butter

Honeydew and Prosciutto

…and, of course, dark, dark chocolate and a dry red (preferably Green and Blacks 85% and Shade Mt. Cab Franc)

I’m sure I could come up with a bunch more, but I gotta go catch Days of Our Lives (just kidding…)


What are your favorite food/flavor combinations?



  1. I’m definitely on board with the apples + sharp cheddar and the dates + almond butter. Not sure about the bacon + chocolate though…

    I love smoked salmon + goat cheese too!

  2. I was just thinking about you today, Katie. I was wondering if you’d ever read a book called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I think you’d like it a lot.

    I like salmon and just about everything!

  3. oh this is so true! actually the weirdest combo that i used to love as a kid was kosher pickles and whole milk. lol. so strange but to me so great!

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