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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

While hitchhiking from Portland to San Diego I shared the back of a pickup truck with two men who loved to cook. Their recommendation: Smell the food, smell the spice, if your mouth waters. add the ...
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How do these flavors of liquid smoke differ?

Mesquite is a very assertive flavor that typically goes with beef, especially fatty beef. Pecan and hickory are stronger than apple, but milder than mesquite, and are great for pork or poultry, and ...
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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

tl;dr : yes, there are, but european & asian are diametrically opposed when dealing with 'food pairing', but make sure the meal is 'balanced'. In many European cuisines, the tendency is to select ...
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What wines pair well with spicy, citrus chicken?

In my experience, dry wines risk being completely killed by hot food. The classical pairing would be an aromatic white, like Gewürztraminer or Riesling, with substantial sweetness. Germany is the ...
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How do these flavors of liquid smoke differ?

Liquid smoke is made from distilling actual smoke and so, to some degree, it tastes like the wood it comes from. For example, I can detect fruity apple notes in apple wood. Of course, the flavor of ...
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How can I find flavors that pair well with a given ingredient?

First, a caveat: different people and different cultures have different tastes, so no pairing recommendations are likely to be perfect for you. Books You can find books on this topic, for example ...
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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

No, not in a useful sense. There are many, many ingredients and flavors, and while there are trends about what works, they aren't rules: there are so many exceptions that you can't actually use the ...
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How safe is it to combine flavor extracts?

I probably would not recommend eating a box of baking soda and chasing that with shots of vinegar. But aside from that silliness, I can't think of a single thing that is actual "food" that is unsafe ...
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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

In an article publishes in Nature, researchers have created a flavor map which can tell you if two ingredients work well together. They have checked flavor compounds in many popular ingredients, and ...
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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

Balance the basic six tastes - sweet, bitter, salty, umami, sour, fat. Be aware that bitter is not as one dimensional as it seems. There are many possible balances. Having protein (no matter if plant ...
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Are there any general rules which can be used when determining tasty food combinations?

There's one that goes "If it grows together, it goes together." That is to say that often ingredients that are produced in the same region (and often during the same season) will often pair well with ...
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What wines pair well with spicy, citrus chicken?

The white wines I would pair with this sort of dish would have sweetness and acidity, plus a bit of a mineral edge, so Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, or maybe an un-oaked ...
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What to serve at a cheese tasting?

Seen the cheeses you are planning to serve, and the central place they should take, nothing should distract from them. So, bread of course, no toast. Maybe thin slaces of hard apple or grapes. In the ...
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