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Food & Beverage Pairing

Pairing food and drink is a natural combination and the right drink can enhance any meal. Finding that perfect match can be difficult at first, that is why the Drink Guides from About.com have come together with a few suggestions. In each segment we're choosing one food recipe and giving you some beverage recommendations to complete your meal.

How to Pair Cocktails and Food
Wine and food have always gone together and it is becoming more popular to explore the combinations of beer and cocktails with different dishes. This discussion explores the pairing of food and cocktails so you are ready for your next dinner party.

What Beverages Pair Well with Shepherd's Pie?
Shepherd's pie is a hearty, traditional Irish main course that is made with lamb, potatoes and cheese. For this pairing Elaine Lemm, About.com Guide to Britesh and Irish Food, shares an easy and delicious recipe for Shepherd's Pie.

What Drinks Pair Well With Baked Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts
Baked Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts is a simple and warm, tasty and tangy dish. Here are some beverage recommendations for this easy and delicious dish.

What Drinks Pair Well with Chicken Gumbo?
Mardi Gras is the perfect time to whip up a batch of gumbo, try your hand at a novel cocktail or find a new wine or beer to pair with the flavor and spice that Louisiana serves up every February.

What Drinks Pair Well with Chili?
What would autumn and winter be without a hot bowl of chili? To make this easy meal even better we have some beer, wine and cocktail recommendations for you.

What Drinks Pair Well With Dark Chocolate Truffles?
Delicious dark chocolate truffles are a delightful treat and we have some ideal drink pairing recommendations for your chocolate indulgences.

What Drinks Pair Well with Dill and Lemon Salmon?
Grill salmon is a popular and easy meal, especially in summer, and as a main course it opens up some great opportunities for selecting a great drink for the meal. Here are a few beer, wine and cocktail recommendations for a Grilled Salmon with Dill and Lemon recipe.

What Drinks Pair Well with Kung Pao Chicken?
Kung Pao Chicken is one of those great hot and spicy dishes and finding the right beer, wine or cocktails to serve along side it can be a challenge. Don't fret, we have some pairing recommendations for you.

What Drinks Pair Well With Pulled Pork Barbecue?
Pulled or shredded pork barbecue sandwiches are great anytime but tradition and their casual presentation make them an especial summertime favorite. Their simplicity should not preclude them from some world-class cocktail, wine or beer pairing so here are About's beverage guides' recommendations.

What Drinks Pair Well With Pumpkin Pie?
Autumn means rich, warm comfort foods and what food is more comfortable than pumpkin pie? Using Diana Rattay's, About's guide to Southern Food, recipe for pumpkin pie here are the Drinks Team's suggestions.

What Drinks Pair Well with Spanakotyropita?
Spanakotyropita is a delicious spinach and cheese pie that can be very easy to make. It is a great Greek dish that can be served either as a main course or an appetizer and is perfect for entertaining a small group of friends. When paired with the right beverage, this phyllo pie is outstanding and will impress anyone.

What Drinks Pair Well With Stuffed Porkchop?
This delightful stuffed porkchop recipe is filled with flavor and leads to some fantastic beer, wine and cocktail pairings.

What Drinks Pair Well With Thai Yellow Chicken Curry?
Thai food, especially curry, is a very popular ethnic dish that has a devout following and can be easily enjoyed in all seasons. However, curry can be a tough component to pair with favorite beverages, so to that end we have got you covered on the beer, cocktails and wine front.

What Drinks Pair Well with Turkey?
Many holiday dinners traditionally serve roasted turkey as the main course and we have some fantastic beer, wine and cocktail suggestions that will pair perfectly with your favorite seasonal bird recipe.

Easy Cocktails and Whiskey Pairings for Thanksgiving
No other spirit is quite as versatile, or pairs as well with food at Thanksgiving dinner as whiskey. Here are a few easy recommendations for whiskies to pair with your Thanksgiving repast and two easy cocktails to make for a crowd.

Whiskey and Food Pairing Websites
Whiskey is an amazingly complex beverage, and as such, it lends itself to pairing with a variety of foods. Here are the top whiskey and food pairing sites on the web.

Wine and Cocktail Pairings for Holiday Dinners
If you are looking to shake up your holiday meals with some new cocktails or wine varietals that you and your guests may have not paired before, then we've got you covered.

A Quick Guide to Matching Wine with Fish and Seafood
Hank Shaw, About.com's Guide to Fish and Seafood Cooking, has some fantastic advice for pairing wines with seafood. You can take this to the next step and mix one of those wines in a cocktail.

Fresh From the Market by Chef Laurent Tourondel
Overall, Fresh from the Market is an important addition to the bookshelf of anyone serious about food, cocktails or seasonal cooking. Beautifully photographed, with easy to follow recipes, advice on seasonal produce and great menus already designed, Chef Tourondel's book offers simple, elegant and easy to prepare dishes sure to satisfy even the...

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