Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots

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MMM Good! Flavors that Work!

Did you ever read a recipe and think, "Those flavors don't sound like they work together"?  Just about every Saturday, during my morning cup of coffee, I like to watch the Foodnet channel to get some inspiration for meals I might want to cook during the weekend.

I tuned into Claire Robinson of Five Ingredient Fix a little late but just in time to see her showing off a really delicious-looking chicken recipe.  (I looked for the recipe so I could link it, but don't know the name of it.)  I printed off the recipe - minus the name of the recipe - and proceeded to make it for dinner.

The ingredients included:

  • thick cut bacon
  • 1 whole chicken, quartered
  • kosher salt and black pepper

Sounds good so far, right?  Then, she added the following:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 bottle dark beer
  • apple cider vinegar

Now I ask you - Would you think all of this would taste good together?  I'm adventurous in the kitchen so I gave it a try.  Oh, my goodness what that ever good! I was so pleasantly surprised, that I am now thinking that I need to start looking outside the box more often.

What ingredients have you ever cooked with that, at first glance, don't really look like they actually would go together but turned out to be delicious?

Comment balloon 10 commentsPamela Cendejas • March 21 2011 01:26PM

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Yesterday I was at an ice cream place that had chocoate ice cream, with cayenne pepper.  Nope.  No way.  Not the kind of hot chocolate I wanted.  Good luck and thanks for the post!  Have a GREAT week!

Posted by Michael Kitsch (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

I have a killer Guacamole recipe that uses chili powder and Coriander among other things not so unusual like garlic, tomato and onion

Posted by Mary M. Kandell (Russell Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Hi Cheryl - You really should try the chocolate with cayenne.  It's really good.  Not at all what you might think.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Hi Mary - I love a good Guac but have never put chili powder or coriander in it.  Sounds interesting, though.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

I love chili made with chocolate or cocoa. Sometimes, things are better than they sound.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 9 years ago

I agree, Toni.  But there are some things I won't try no matter how hard someone tries to convince me otherwise - like chocolate-covered grasshoppers.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Interesting. How much apple cider vingar did you use? How fast of a meal was it?

Posted by Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas (RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland) over 9 years ago

Hi Maggie - I found the link to the recipe - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/beer-braised-chicken-recipe/index.html

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Pamela,

With a recommendation like that from you.  I have no choice but to give this one a try.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 9 years ago

Hi Richard - Let me know what you think.  And, I'm still waiting for some of your great recipes to be posted at http://two-sisters-talking.com/submit-a-recipe  :o)

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

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