I mean, who decided? Orange juice, eggs, and bacon “go together.” Not only that—apparently we’ve all agreed that’s a breakfast menu. Why?
Who decided that butter and sour cream go on baked potatoes? Or that pie and ice cream belong together?
I believe we each have a funny food combination that we love, although we may be keeping it a secret. Or we eat a particular food at a funny time of day.
When Merle and I got married, I learned one of his funny combinations—applesauce on toast. And the toast had to be buttered.
Recently, a friend told me that her husband cuts up his pizza and dips each bite in applesauce before eating it. Now he’s taught their sons to do the same.
I seem to be on an applesauce theme here. We have friends who add lots of crackers to their potato soup. They like the taste and the texture, but then they each add a ribbon of applesauce around the rims of their soup bowls. They need those crackers to keep the applesauce afloat. Each spoonful includes applesauce and potato soup.
Hey, my dad would put a piece of chocolate cake in his cereal.
For years, Merle and I hosted our staff for breakfast. I always made New England clam chowder and he grilled sausage. Everybody loved it, and it was an easy buffet meal.
We were just with friends for breakfast, and they served us a great soup and cherry pie.
Here’s a soup favorite that you can cook all night while everyone sleeps and then send everyone out the door so satisfied that they won’t even think about food before lunch.
So what’s your favorite funny food combo? Or your favorite food at a funny time of day?
Makes 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6-7 hours
Idea slow-cooker size: 5- to 6-qt.
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
16-oz. can Mexican-style tomatoes
16-oz. can ranch-style beans, undrained
16-oz. can whole-kernel corn, undrained
16-oz. can kidney beans, undrained
16-oz. can black beans, undrained
16-oz. jar picante sauce
corn or tortilla chips
shredded cheddar cheese
1. Brown meat and onions in a skillet, in oil if needed. Stir frequently to break up clumps of meat. When meat is no longer pink, drain off drippings.
2. Place meat and onions in slow cooker. Add other vegetables and picante sauce. Stir well.
3. Cover. Cook on Low 6-7 hours.
4. Serve with corn or tortilla chips, sour cream, and shredded cheese as toppings.