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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 #378

Culinary no-no's

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-
NO!

 

Let’s begin this week’s entry with something you’ve probably heard a dozen times or more the past few days. We’re now in the midst of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. That means the official beginning of outdoor grilling season.




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That in itself is a MAJOR Culinary no-no. Grilling season doesn’t begin at a certain point in the calendar. Why? Because grilling season never, ever ends! It’s always, always, always a good time to grill. The exception would be the latest tornado or hurricane.

But it’s understood even some of the heartiest Wisconsinites (my neighbors) won’t dare to haul out their outdoor barbecues until the thermometer hits 80. It also helps if someone just had a birthday or graduation.

Recent news reports have been enough to send the most enthusiastic griller to tuck his barbecue away for the season.  The price of beef, veal, pork, chicken, you name it…up. Thus, a common and less expensive option for the grill these days is the can’t lose All-American frankfurter.



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In the past few weeks we’ve enjoyed hot dogs off our Weber at least two or three times. My toppings of choice were American cheese, chopped onions and Grey Poupon.

Ho hum you say? Check out this slideshow of gourmet dogs. See if anything about them jumps out at you. Go ahead. When you’re done, come back.


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OK, I’m not so sure about the rattlesnake and rabbit with jalapeños, but I’d try most of those, especially that lobster corn dog deal.

Notice anything about the haute dogs?  None of the 21 frankfurters have…







There’s probably a good reason.







Ketchup on a hot dog is frowned upon.

And there's more.

You see, it's like this.







This is serious stuff. Last September, well-known Detroit Tigers hot dog vendor Charlie Marcuse was permanently fired by the ballclub because of complaints he gave customers a hard time if they wanted ketchup. Marcuse argued it was matter of a longtime characteristic of baseball: tradition. According to Marcuse ketchup wasn’t available to vendors who couldn’t carry it even if they wanted to.

Cecil Adams at The Straight Dope when asked about this issue responded:

Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog because ketchup makers add sugar to their products. That takes the edge off the highly acidic tomatoes, but it takes the edge off everything else, too. Which is exactly why a lot of parents like it, according to Mel Plotsky, sales manager for the David Berg hot dog company in Chicago. (Chicago is one of the hot dog's holy cities.) Put ketchup on it and a kid will swallow anything…

People get pretty emotional over the ketchup question. Mel Plotsky opened our discussion by describing the condiment as a "catchall of garbage." Over at crosstown rival Vienna Sausage, they refer to ketchup as the "K-word." If you go into an authentic hot dog joint and ask for ketchup on your hot dog, the counterman will pause and look you in the eye. He may or may not say, "Ketchup?" with a tone of disbelief. But you may be certain what he's thinking: "Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog."

The late Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko once wrote:

No, I won't condemn anyone for putting ketchup on a hot dog. This is the land of the free. And if someone wants to put ketchup on a hot dog and actually eat the awful thing, that is their right.
It is also their right to put mayo or chocolate syrup or toenail clippings or cat hair on a hot dog.  Sure, it would be disgusting and perverted, and they would be shaming themselves and their loved ones. But under our system of government, it is their right to be barbarians.



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Time to review…



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Did you catch that last note?




Amen!


CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

You can have a fun cookout this weekend or any other, or you can ignore these (you only live once and besides, after that wicked winter, it's time to let loose grilling).


The restaurant at the 9/11 museum


LOVE this one: Restaurant with 'No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms' Sign Robbed at Gunpoint


These critters



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