I completely understand what you are saying! I AM a foodie, and I am an excellent cook with knife skills and a discerning palate.
I love food. I love to eat and taste and try new combinations of foods. I am also very good at cooking and I know when a combination is going to make sense and when it's going to fall short.
In my world and in my mind, I treat food items and ingredients like I am constantly on an episode of Chopped or Masterchef or Top Chef, where the contestants are given an ingredient and told to highlight it. I am always trying to highlight an ingredient in the best way possible- but within the confines of a home cook and mom with a budget. If I go to the specialty meat market and buy a pound of an exceptional quality sausage, I am not going to bring it home, slap it on the grill and then smother it with ketchup, onions and mustards on a grocery store roll. Instead, I am going to consider the seasonings used in the sausage. Might it be a good candidate for Bangers-N-Mash? Browned and then braised in a complimentary liquid (apple cider? ale? chicken broth?) which is then turned into a luscious onion or mushroom gravy to serve with the sausages over coarse mashed red-skinned garlic potatoes?
I have people in my circle who also see those things on Tasty or Pinterest and think they are a good idea, like chopping up cooked bacon and adding it to a pecan pie for Thansgiving, or taking a lovely piece of smoked salmon, chopping it up, and adding it to the topping for a green bean casserole. Or making an amazing salted caramel sauce, which would be fabulous on that rich chocolate cream pie, and instead using it as a glaze for pork roast.
OR I see things like someone was going to make a traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but forgot to pick up the evaporated milk called for in the recipe. Rather than use something that makes sense (like, any other unflavored dairy product) , they reach into the fridge and pull out a bottle of blueberry kefir and use that as the liquid in the pie, which turns out rather grey looking and tastes truly bizarre (and not in a good way) but they absolutely insist that you must try a piece, the whole time telling you how it turned out much better than they expected.
It's like it's a game for them. How many weird food concoctions can we come up with to make Lady Marmalade taste over the holidays?
Alternatively, some of the most fun I've ever had with friends is when a group of us used to get together and we'd all bring a grocery bag with five mostly random food items in it, and then we'd look all the items over and come up with a crazy multi course meal that utilized all those items.