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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
For the past couple of Sundays, I’ve blogged about food combos that simply don’t work, culinary no-no’s.
The inspiration came from my wife, who occasionally likes ketchup on a brat. Also, everybody likes to eat, right?
Today, I thought I might suggest that a rat should never be entrusted to prepare your ratatouille. However, that would have meant matching wits with Anton Ego, the most famous food critic in the world, and I don’t think I’m up to that kind of pressure.
Instead, I will submit a risky culinary taboo, risky because this concoction is extremely popular, though I don’t understand why.
There are literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of varieties of martinis, from appletinis to Zen (green tea liqueur) martinis.
Still many social drinkers settle for the classic martini.
Where I draw the line is the dirty martini.
Dirty martinis are made with a bit of olive juice or olive brine.
Why not just order a classic martini and then liberally shake salt into the drink. That’s what a dirty martini amounts to.
Some martini aficionados aren’t satisfied with a dirty martini. I’ve seen, and most of the time it’s women, order a very dirty martini. I’ve also seen women send the drink back, claiming it’s not dirty enough.
Dennis, one of the bartenders my wife and I know at the California Grill in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World just shook his head in disbelief after mixing a dirty martini for a female patron. Dennis looked at us and said, “Now why would anybody want to ruin good, quality alcohol?’
And yet, one web site claims Dirty Martini is the most popular martini recipe searched for online in the world.
My goodness, give me any one of these:
APPLE PIE MARTINI
BUSY BEE STING MARTINI
DOUBLE TROUBLE MARTINI
EAGER BEAVER MARTINI
GOLD FINGER MARTINI
HAEMORRHAGING BRAIN MARTINI
IN & OUT MARTINI
JAMES BOND MARTINI
KEY LIME PIE MARTINI
KURRANT AFFAIR MARTINI
LADY GODIVA MARTINI
PEACHIE KEEN MARTINI
ROLLS ROYCE MARTINI
SATAN'S WHISKERS MARTINI
TOOTSIE ROLL MARTINI
ULTIMATE CRANBERRY MARTINI
VAMPIRE PROOF MARTINI
WHAT IS THAT MARTINI?
YOU'RE FIRED MARTINI
But I’ll pass on a dirty martini.
PREVIOUS CULINARY NO-NO’S
1) Ketchup on a brat
2) Green pepper on pizza