The Food Triad Puzzler

I am generally a logical kind of guy. Because of that brain teeters often entertain me. Here is one that was presented to the food world long ago and I am not sure it has an answer. The puzzle? The Food Triad.

Here is how it goes. Think of three different foods. Each pair of the foods (A+B, B+C, A+C) must go well together. Got it? That is not so hard. Let’s say salt, caramel and chocolate. Chocolate and salt go well together (chocolate covered pretzels, chips, etc..). Salt and caramel do too. In fact it is one of the hottest ice cream flavors these days. Chocolate and caramel? Of course. Just look at half of the candy bars on the market.

The puzzle comes in that while each pair should go well, the combination of the three should not. In our example above, unfortunately for the puzzle, but fortunately for my taste buds, the three of them go together well.

Over the years many triads have been postulated but often they break down because one pair really does not go well or the combination may not be common but isn’t awful. One example is cocoa, lemon, and curry.

Take a look at another blog’s post on the puzzler and on the web site for the original asker.

Chicken Topped with Feta and Green Onions

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This triad of chicken, feta and green onions goes great together!

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While those three are the stars of the show, the hot sauce and Dijon add plenty of flavor on their own.

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The paste and toppings are ready.

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Broiling the chicken. I used boneless thighs.

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With the topping.

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I give it bronze, silver and gold!

Chicken Topped with Feta and Green Onions

prep 5 mins ∙ cook 20 mins ∙ makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half) ∙ source


  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; toss gently. Set aside.

3. Combine mustard and hot pepper sauce; stir well.

4. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread mustard mixture evenly over chicken. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with cheese mixture. Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts slightly. Sprinkle with black pepper.

carbo rating: 1

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Categories: Cheese3, Chicken2, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “The Food Triad Puzzler”

  1. July 17, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Just reading this is making me hungry. Want, want, want! I’ll be making this soon, no question. Thanks!


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