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I would like to suggest an increase in food pairings for the magazine.  I love some of the recipes but I am not quite sure what I would serve that with.  Particularly when it is a flavour combination that is new to me.  I have seen that some of the recipes say things like "this would go well with pork" but I am not sure what recipe I should use.  Even a plug for another FC recipe would be good - from a previous or current issue.

thanks!

Pielove's picture

hmmm.... (post #70856, reply #1 of 11)

I like the idea in general and... recipe pairings sound like a great topic to discuss here on the boards!  I really like the sections on what to do with the rest of the ingredient-- like the remainder of a can of chipotles.  

  So, what pairing are you puzzling over?

I'll start.  I was thinking about making the BBQ pork buns, but I want to make a whole meal.  What should I pair with those?  I was thinking they would make a good side with kimchi hotpot (since I have a TON of kimchi to use up).  Any suggestions?

pie

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dunno! (post #70856, reply #2 of 11)

I am the wrong person to ask about a pairing for kimchi since I had never even heard of it until you guys started posting your cook the issue pictures.

I can't remember the specific one that I had in mind but going over some of the recipes for the year I looked at some that looked so yummy but I just didn't know what to pair them with since they were sides.  Some of them it is easy to figure it out based on the ingredients but sometimes I have a bit dumbfounded as to what the heck to serve with it!  I also have the extra challenge that DH is sooooooooooooooo incredibly picky (meat, cheese, bread is really all he'll eat, no sauces - except for pasta sauce).

Yeah, we should make it a topic and all talk about what are some of the best and worst pairings of the year maybe!! HA

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dunno! (post #70856, reply #3 of 11)

I am the wrong person to ask about a pairing for kimchi since I had never even heard of it until you guys started posting your cook the issue pictures.

I can't remember the specific one that I had in mind but going over some of the recipes for the year I looked at some that looked so yummy but I just didn't know what to pair them with since they were sides.  Some of them it is easy to figure it out based on the ingredients but sometimes I have a bit dumbfounded as to what the heck to serve with it!  I also have the extra challenge that DH is sooooooooooooooo incredibly picky (meat, cheese, bread is really all he'll eat, no sauces - except for pasta sauce).

Yeah, we should make it a topic and all talk about what are some of the best and worst pairings of the year maybe!! HA

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pairings (post #70856, reply #5 of 11)

Hi kitchengoddess--

Well, I ended up having kimchi hotpot with the pork buns-- it was really good.  I think kimchi is an acquired taste-- don't go making a giant jar of it until you try it a few times.  You mentioned you're of Mexican ancestry, yes?  Are there any fermented things in Mexican cuisine?  My Polish relatives make sauerkraut.

pie

P.S. Ha- a thread of "worst food pairings".  I think my parents would put the creamed brussels sprouts and poached eggs in there!

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Fermented... (post #70856, reply #6 of 11)

Mmmmm.... I really can't think of anything we ferment.   I would have to ask my mom though.  I left home when I was 17 and only had started having an interest in cooking then.

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Food pairings (post #70856, reply #4 of 11)

That's a good idea and I normally don't have a problem, here and there I get stumped especially if I do not have a meal plan going at the time.

Basics around here are lot of salad ingredients and seasonal ingredients that might come in handy during the week and a well stocked pantry is a must for me.  I pretty much shop once a week at a couple of stores so the list is an absolute must, with sale items highlighted.  FC has been great lately with the ingredients list, produce and fruits included offering suggestions and recipes. 

I have a small fortune tied up in cookbooks (seemingly no end in sight for purchases either) and try to incorporate some of the vegetarian choices as well as ethnic choices with meat, poultry and fish when I create a menu plan.  A lot of pasta and risotto recipes include vegetables and fruits, so there is an opportunity to combine things cutting back on the preparation of so many things.  My meatless dinner nights are fun around here, often more elaborate than a meat and potatoes kind of night that my husband loves, but I have an easier time these days since I toss in a meatloaf here and there, that and he being a huge soup and stew kind of guy makes for interesting dinners or lunches.   

Often times as a start for me, seasonings or a particular ethnic dish will give me direction and then I'll dive into a familiar book which leads me to a big search when my friends, the cookbooks surrounding me.  For special occasions or company dinners I plan way ahead and allow for changes as something might not be available in the store. 

I don't think that I've had any food pairing disasters lately, but I'll keep track just in case.  I have kept and made notes to particular dinner menus that I like/love and want to keep on file in MasterCook along with photos if I have the opportunity and it is such an easy reference for future use. The FC Challenge is not over for me by any means as I will go back to some of my favorites and note the mains and sides served during the challenge and incorporate them to my vast collection of recipes.   A dinner that I made last week is my latest addition, just finished with notes and all and it will be there for a time that I don't have time to do a menu plan.  Loved my favorite roasted winemaker's sausages and grapes with risotto Milanese and the celery salad from FC dinner that I actually took to a friends house, just an example of what is on file for quick reference. 

I have always cooked quite the variety and the FC challenge just forced me to be more organized and now I will manage my meal plans all of the time, taking the time once a week at least to sit down and get organized, with new and old recipes. 

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Planning (post #70856, reply #7 of 11)

ICD it looks like you are so organized.  I don't even keep my own reviews for other recipes.  Over the years I have subscribed only to a couple of magazines FC being one of them and although I think I only have a few cookbooks (under 20 for sure) most of my friends and family think I have an extensive library.  I go by memory which is why I MUST have photos with recipes - not necessarily my own.  I look at the photo and I remember how it turned out.

I grew up having my heavier meal at lunch so on Sundays it is cook-a-thon at my house.  I make all my lunches for the week plus a few sides/snacks or food I can use for lighter dinners.  I haven't been as good as to plan ahead as much as you do.  But I look through my list of items I would like to try and then from there decide to throw together some meals.

I am usually ok when it comes to pairing but for example there was the dish with beans and sauteed spinach with lemon.  I was thinking since the beans were already in the dish what kind of pork should I mean (again considering that it is for 1), a pork chop I could broil, or maybe a few pieces of pork tenderloin medallions but it would have to be more like a dry rub because the beans had their own "sauce"...etc.  I know to must of the folks out there it was probably not really a big question but that's when I wished there were some pairing suggestions.

Boy, I would love to be a fly on the wall when you are organizing your menus.

Keep up the good work :)

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Organized... (post #70856, reply #8 of 11)

kitchengoddess, if you can make all your lunches for a week on Sunday, you are plenty organized!  Sadly, I am usually just winging it-- although I often ask my daughter what she wants, figuring she is more likely to eat it if she requests it!

pie

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Menu plans (post #70856, reply #9 of 11)

Well you are going to have to beef up your cookbook collection for sure as there are so many fabulous ones out these days and I find that some of my "used purchases" are actually new books, just a lot cheaper.  I have a list of 12 books at the moment, but I really need to drop in on many others that I have before I jump on an order of any kind.  Loving the pasta and Italian books that I am cooking from lately...Sorry cookbook enabler here.

Funny thing about pictures, this challenge has been great as I was just getting into adding my own photos to my recipes in my MasterCook program and I need to go back and weed out a lot from the challenge and create a permanent place for them.  It has become such a habit that I almost went for the camera when I was making pizza dough today, I resisted as I already have enough photos of my pizzas.

When I worked/before I retired I should say, I would spend most of the weekend preparing as much as I could for weeknight dinners, that was for 6 of us though, perhaps where I get my simple organizational skills along with lessons from a big Italian family. 

I admire your will and while I make menu plans, it is important to keep a list of your likes and incorporate them into your daily  menu/menus. 

I do spend at least a day a week planning or revising what's on my list taking into account a full inventory of what is in the freezer, changing things up here and there, depending on what is available in the stores.  I have always hated Mondays, so that is my day that I never finish a thing around the house, but I can plan like a demon.  It sounds like you are already in the planning zone, stay with it...Pork medallions seasoned as well as chicken (your favorite parts), lamb and veal chops, season, grill or broil.  My husband' s lunch?  Pretty much takes what's on the menu around here, no worries for him.  

 I am so glad that you chose to hang out with us...

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photos (post #70856, reply #10 of 11)

"It has become such a habit that I almost went for the camera when I was making pizza dough today..."

Ha, I have caught myself doing that too!  

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More books??? (post #70856, reply #11 of 11)

LOL!  I do love cook books but I need to work with what I have now and will slowly build it up.  feel free to post a reply with your "must have" options.

I have to warn you though, I don't care to know how it comes to work as a general rule.  Just give me something that works, and photos, photos, photos! are must.

I am learning lots from the challenge and from you lovely people.  I'll take anything you throw at me (and even promise not to throw it back! HA)