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.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
This isn't just any weekend.
That means, for many folks the very first time this year...
BTW, if you haven't barbecued at all in 2012, that is a no-no.
ABC News has some good tips for grillers this weekend. One of the suggestions:
"Make PETA Proud: Grilling doesn't have to be an all-protein affair. Impress your friends and family by poking several holes in a disposable aluminum pan and throwing in cauliflower florets, sweet potato slices, halved figs or other fruits and vegetables along with some olive oil and seasoning. Heat the pan over medium-high heat, tossing the contents periodically until caramelized and tender."
I’m all for supplementing the meat or seafood on the grill with some veggies or fruit. But making PETA proud? Those nutjobs? The very notion curdles my Ovaltine.
Last Monday, PETA issued a news release:
Flesh of Nearly Naked Activist Will Be 'Grilled' to Mark National Barbecue Month
Houston, TX -- Hoping to inspire residents to realize that a corpse is a corpse—whether fish, fowl, or even Frank!—PETA protesters will "cook" a nearly naked PETA member on a grill in Houston tomorrow, less than one week before smoke from Memorial Day barbecues fills the air. PETA's point? That all animals are made of flesh, bone, and blood, just as humans are, and that eating meat entails eating the corpse of an animal who was an individual with feelings, a family, and a distinct personality. Also, May is National Barbecue Month, and where better to make a point about barbecue than
"We are challenging Texans to really think about what meat is," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Flesh is flesh, and animals feel pain and suffer just as humans do. What revolts people about the idea of eating other humans should also apply to the idea of eating other animals."
Chickens, fish, cows, and pigs feel pain and fear just as intensely as do the animals who share our homes with us, yet they are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs and cats were the victims. On today's factory farms, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they're still conscious, piglets are castrated and have their tails cut off without being given any painkillers, and cows are hung upside down and are often skinned while they're still able to feel pain. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they're still alive.
The stunt is nothing new. PETA’s done it before at other times in other cities.
In 2009, the just as warped treehugger.com reported PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk included a bizarre condition in her will:
“That the ‘meat’ of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue, to remind the world that the meat of a corpse is all flesh, regardless of whether it comes from a human being or another animal, and that flesh foods are not needed.”
What does a human BBQ look like?
Let's go to the video.
So then, what do the meat haters suggest we serve at our picnics this weekend?
Corn, zucchini and carrot burger patties
Caprese sandwiches made with basil leaves, tomatoes, and tofu
Macaroni salad with onion, celery, green or red pepper, and carrots
Raw potato salad with cashews
Coconut mac n cheese (coconut milk is used to make the cheese-like sauce)
Fudgsicles made with tofu
Organic this, organic that.
Uhhh, I think I’ll pass.
Make PETA proud?
I say make PETA angry! It’s so easy.
Go with traditionally popular Memorial Day dishes like ribs, chicken, burgers, brats, hot dogs.
On the side, baked beans, deviled eggs, coleslaw, potato salad, or macaroni salad.
For dessert, cake, fruit, ice cream, Jello salad.
Munchies should include chips and dip, various deli meats and cheeses, maybe even some cocktail weenies to add to PETA’s frustration.
Meatless on Memorial Day? Sounds almost un-American.
CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES
Does organic food turn people into jerks?
Tracing the junk food the world eats after dark.
In this article, I believe the author has winners and losers totally reversed.