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Old 08-01-2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Unhappy Main courses and sides

I love to cook! As i'm sure many of you do...lol since this just happens to be a cooking forum. Anyway, I recently moved in with my boyfriend at our first apartment and seem to have a slight problem. I know how to cook alot of things, but not sure what to put with what. If I decided to make some type of pork, I don't know what are the best sides to go with it. The other day day I wanted to make corn on the cob for sure, but wasn't sure what the best things to put with it. Anybody have any idea what the best things go with what. Some of your favorite meals. I don't necessarily need a recipe, but for example:

Baked chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Canned Corn

I love to have a meat, vegetable, and starch with every meal, unless im making something like spaghetti. The starches I love are potatoes or pasta, either can go with any meal, as long as there in there.

Thanks everyone for your help. :)

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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welcome, seems to me you are on the right on the money so far.

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:54 PM   #3
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If you take a look at the Vegetable Forum it may give you some ideas for sides. Also, take a look at the Pasta, Rice, and Beans Forum and Salads and Salad Dressing Forum.

Sides are just a matter of personal taste. It sounds more like you just need to read all the possibilities available!
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Old 08-01-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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Here are some of my favorite combos:

Baked chicken or meatloaf
Baked potato
Baked acorn squash

Pan-fried ham steak
Mashed potatoes
Yellow wax beans

Pork chops
White rice
Green beans

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You can be as creative and adventurous as you want, but as a general rule, try not to mix flavors from two cuisines that have extremely different flavor profiles. For example, mixing a French main course with an Italian side dish would work in many cases, but pairing something like veal picatta and kim chee would be disgusting.
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Hey, what's wrong with my word with asterisks?! What if it meant something else...
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Old 08-01-2008, 04:24 PM   #7
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Hi there B-fly,
Wow, the possibilities are endless!
I'd suggest looking at the "what's for dinner tonight thread" (almost always listed as mon, tues, weds, ect) You'll find an endless amount of combos there. It's one of my favorite threads because it's real life. It's the kind of food that people really eat when they are tired after working all day.
One of my favorites is a nice grilled medium rare ribeye steak, with roasted red skin potatoes (rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper) and either steamed or grilled asparagus. Quick and easy after work.
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Hey, what's wrong with my word with asterisks?! What if it meant something else...
I know you.......and it didn't mean anything else Please read any of your previous PM's we sent telling you why we removed something similar

Did you post the raw diver scallop picture yet?
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I know you.......and it didn't mean anything else Please read any of your previous PM's we sent telling you why we removed something similar

Did you post the raw diver scallop picture yet?
Just because most of the contestants on Top Chef swear.....

Ok, fine. I have a potty mouth. Sometimes. Mainly at work.

And yeah, the raw scallop pics are up.
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Okay....so back to the thread....

Sometimes, something good to do is to serve a side that has a contrasting flavor to the main dish. For example, if you're serving a main course that is really rich, make a side dish that has a fair amount of acid and/or sweetness which will balance out the flavors in the heavier main course. If you're making a roasted pork loin with a rich gravy, something like arugula or spinach sauteed with garlic, red chilis, raisins, and lemon will balance out the pork.
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