By Kevin Williams
I guess I am just not very adventuresome when it comes to pairing foods and that would make me a poor fit among the Amish. I don't like my gravy to run into my beets or my green bean juice to dribble over onto my bread. I'm not neurotic about it, but that's why I love those little cafeteria-style divider dishes (so I guess I am not alone in liking to separate foods or they wouldn't manufacture those dishes). In many Amish homes I have visited over the years the method at meal time is to eat everything out of a bowl. A bowl. Not a plate. A slope-sided bowl so there's very little hope of separating your cherry pie from your corn. It all just sort of slides to the bottom. I have a work-around which is to just eat one or two items at a time, but there is still mixing that occurs.
Gloria Yoder wrote the other week about an uncle that puts gravy over his cherry pie. Ugh. No, thanks.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus Ohio is well-known for mixing food flavors: care for some sweet corn ice cream alongside your wild lavender ice cream? Most of the time there the flavors pair together quite well, though, despite the way it sounds.
Odd food bedfellows are on my mind today because of a sandwich I saw my sister-in-law make over the weekend at a picnic: a peanut butter and jelly and Dorito sandwich. On one hand, it makes perfect sense. Eating some Doritos along with your sandwich seems perfectly reasonable. But Doritos in your sandwich? The thought of the Dorito dust mixing in with my jelly just doesn't do it for me. (then my mother-in-law promptly starts putting potato salad on some sandwich where it's presence would seem a no-no, I think it was a potato salad and cheese sandwich...) But, as the photo above show, it makes for an interesting-looking sandwich. Anyone else have any odd food pairings you'd like to share?