By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Some things are just meant to be together. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Pancakes and syrup. Fred and Ginger.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about perfect pairings. For next week’s Valentine’s party, I’m the parent volunteer in charge of the game for my son’s class. I had a good time looking online for cute ideas for games to do with the kids. Boy, there are a ton of uber-creative folks out there showing off their talents. And I certainly appreciate being able to borrow their ideas.
I decided on a “Who’s My Valentine” game, where the kids will have to find the match to some well-known perfect pairs (see below if you want to give the game a shot). Hopefully the kids have as much fun playing the game as I did putting the details together.
Speaking of pairs…as a new Recipe Redux member (more on the details of this in a later post), I was invited to participate in a Pistachio Pairing Contest. We were asked to come up with foods and/or beverages that might pair well with in-shell pistachios.
I thought to myself, well that should be easy-peasy. We almost always have in-shell pistachios in our pantry for snacking. When the Cowie Clan feels the need for an in-between-meal-hold-over, we will put a bowl out, and just as the slogan says we “Crack 'em, Chew 'em, Love 'em, Leave 'em”. I prefer purchasing the in-shell pistachios over shelled because it slows our eating, otherwise we tend to shovel by the handfuls right into our mouths. And keeping empty shells on the table where we’re snacking serves as a reminder of how much we’ve actually eaten. In fact, recent studies show people consumed fewer calories when eating in-shell pistachios and leaving the shells visible.
Just a few weeks ago, a friend gave me a bottle of Dumante Verdenoce, which translates to “green nut” in Italian. I thought, well heck, this pistachio liquor would certainly pair well with some in-shell pistachios! So, with the addition of few strawberries cut into heart shapes and a drizzle of honey over some creamy mascarpone, the beginnings of a perfect pairing was born.
So my perfect pistachio pairing that I present to you is (drum roll please): In-shell Pistachios with Honey-Mascarpone, Berries and Pistachio Liquor. This pairing could not be any simpler to assemble. Just put out a plateful of in-shell pistachios, a small bowl of mascarpone with a drizzle of honey, and some strawberries with the caps cut off in a "v" to resemble a heart. Serve with some Dumante Verdenoce on the side, or dip the strawberry into the liquor then in the mascarpone. Crack an in-shell pistachio and open wide.
This Valentine’s Day, why not share this salty and sweet, perfect pairing with your Sweetie...or Honey…or whatever you call the one that makes your Perfect Pair.
Who’s My Valentine Matching Game- (Leave me a comment on how many you get correct!)
1. Donald Duck
5. Fred Flintstone
7. Mickey Mouse
8. Lois Lane
12. Homer Simpson
14. Mrs. Claus
17. Barack Obama
18. Harry Potter
19. Prince William
20. Miss Piggy