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.
Believe it or not, there is a fair amount of thought and research that goes into each week’s Culinary no-no. Unlike the millions of other food blogs, mine focuses on the taboo. It would be much less arduous a task writing about culinary elements that work.
However, this week the no-no came like an Acme Company safe out of a Warner Brothers cartoon window, a virtual no-brainer crying out, “Write about me, Kevin! Write about me!”
Admit it. When was the last time you ate this combination: Ham, pork, sugar, salt, sodium nitrate, water, and potato starch? I believe I was 10 at the time.
What concoction do you get when you mix ham, pork, sugar, salt, sodium nitrate, water, and potato starch?
Ok, that was lame.
Spam. Isn’t that what guys in prison are fed? A staple in private school cafeterias? The stuff Mom opened up when she didn’t feel like Betty Crocker or was just in a foul mood?
Spam is not on the gourmet’s shopping list. Hell, it’s not on a lot of people’s shopping lists. But somebody’s eating Spam. Spam claims since 1937, six billion cans around the world have been sold. Here in the United States, over 90 million cans are sold each year. Spam calls it, “a taste sensation.” I wouldn’t go that far, and I eat just about anything.
Nowhere in the world is Spam more loved than here:
The fad started during World War II and hasn’t stopped since. Hawaiians may have loved it, but I recall my father saying GI’s got so sick of it they’d toss the cans out train windows. I happen to trust their palates and judgment.
My wife and I were in the 50th state last month and I’m baffled. With all that wonderful seafood and Hawaii raising more of its beef, why would you settle for a can of Spam at dinnertime? We never saw Spam or any variation of it on any menu at any of the places we dined. But then again, we didn’t hit McDonald’s or Burger King.
Spam is a hot commodity in Hawaii, and is popular all across the country as well. Winning recipes made with Spam have surfaced at state fairs, including Wisconsin’s.
Again, I’m confused.
It’s one thing to hold a festival in its honor or try to get creative to win a blue ribbon. But this, I mean really…..
This is inexcusable!
Teenagers arrested for stealing Spam
MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2008, 4:46 p.m.
By Julie Becker
Two teenagers were arrested last week for taking $76 worth of Spam from Pick ‘n Save, 8770 S. Howell Ave. According to Oak Creek police:
The 16-year-old Franklin boys were observed about 4:45 p.m. Dec. 22 placing 32 cans of Spam directly from the shelf into plastic bags, and attempting to leave without paying. Both were arrested for retail theft.
Those idiots deserve whatever punishment they get. If there’s any justice, they’ll be forced to eat all 32 cans.