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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #187

Culinary no-no's









BTW, I’d love to link to Culinary no-no #24, but because of the truly idiotic NOW system, I can’t. That blog and many, many, many, many more are simply lost. But I digress.

Being a parent of young children is tough.

Or is it?

We often hear the parents’ lament about the difficulties of raising kids. What did they expect?

To hear some parents today, you’d think that trying to decide what to feed youngsters is as arduous and formidable as performing brain surgery.

Excuse me?



You don’t know what Billy or Susie likes?

You are clueless about what to serve?

I need to enlist the services of Mr. Peabody and Sherman and their Wayback Machine....

We return to the childhood days of a very young Kevin Fischer.

My beloved mom never agonized like today's parents.

Oh, woe is me! Good grief! Just what do I serve the youngins tonight????!!!

Sorry, 2010 parents. This isn't high blood pressure city or rocket science.

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That last one's a good one. Spaghettios by Franco-American.

And there were Raviolios, too.

Pasta out of a can. Pure joy for kids. An easy dinner for parents. At least, that’s the way it used to be.

But this is a new generation riddled with parents who stress to no end about what to serve at dinner time. Yes, deciding what goes on the plate is tantamount to the highest level military strategy in Iraq. That’s why today’s batch of moms and dads feel the need to resort to TV to help them make feeding decisions, as weird as they may be.

Call me uncool or behind the times, but I had no idea this Nickelodeon production, iCarly was so popular.

Some time ago, one of the characters of above mentioned program made the following....

That's not good.

It's an.........


Spaghetti taco.

Awful combination.

Except, because it was featured on a show watched by millions of kids, they naturally begged their parents to serve it up. And parents across the country have obliged. It's taken awhile, but spaghetti tacos have become the hottest culinary trend among kids in America.

If you read the NY Times, this is:

1) A big deal.

2) A big deal that still is quite yucky.

Spurred on by reruns, Internet traffic, slumber parties and simple old-fashioned word of mouth among children, spaghetti tacos are all the rage. Especially if you’re less than 5 feet tall and live with your mother.

Mom blogs and cooking Web sites are filled with recipes from dozens of desperate parents who have been confronted with how to feed their offspring the popular gag. A Facebook page has sprung up with more than 1,200 fans.

There’s a dessert version, made with brownie mix, white frosting and strawberry preserves; a guacamole-covered version, with Mexican-flavored tomato sauce, at Barefoot Kitchen Witch, the Web site of the Rhode Island blogger Jayne Maker; and a recipe available at spaghettitacos.com that uses Italian sausage and peppers.”


I am not an award winning chef, but it seems that pasta, even a concoction as mundane as spaghetti, is meant to be served with a nice sauce, not a crunchy surrounding.

OK. I hear you, America. Kids reportedly really love this crap. So parents are more than willing to rustle up this swill.

In my view, spaghetti tacos is major Culinary no-no.

Little Kyla Audrey Fischer last night had spaghetti and a meatball at Franklin’s best restaurant, Casa di Giorgio. There was no hard corn taco shell involved.

And Mrs.Fischer, my incredible mother, would have never, ever, ever even thought for a second of serving spaghetti Mexican style.

Read more from the NY Times.

Incidentally, Culinary no-no # 24 addressed ketchup as a sauce on spaghetti. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!


This makes sense. New York wants to ban using food stamps for soda.


The most depressing hot dog stand in America.....is just 90 miles away.

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