8 Links to Celebrate Creative Food Pairings

July 26, 2013

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Part of the allure of cooking is the absolute freedom that comes with it. The blank slate, the room for improvising -- it’s thrilling. Getting creative and letting go of traditional food rules can lead to the discovery of brilliant flavor combinations, of new ideas -- and hopefully, of a new meal. This week, we’re loving these outside-of-the-box pairings.

Shiner Bock Ice CreamAvocado Shrimp SalsaAvocado Gelado

  • This shrimp and avocado salsa is the perfect party dish. Just add chips. (Smitten Kitchen.)
  • A different way to use avocado, with peaches and green tea. (Choosing Raw.)
  • Honey, lavender and figs come together in this simple dessert. (Delightful Crumb.)

Nutella Espresso RollsCucumber Watermelon PopsiclesCucumber Mint SlushieChocolate Banana Muffins

  • Traditional cinnamon rolls get a serious upgrade with nutella and espresso. (Pastry Affair.)
  • It can’t get more refreshing than a watermelon and cucumber popsicle. (Shutterbean.)
  • And, for good measure, a classic combination -- chocolate chips and banana -- that will never go out of style. (A Cup of Jo.)

Which food blogs inspired you this week? Tell us in the comments!

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Photos on top by (clockwise) Homesick Texan, Smitten Kitchen, James Ransom, Delightful Crumb

Photos on bottom by (clockwise) Pastry AffairShutterbean, A House in the Hills, A Cup of Jo

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