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.
The other day my five-year old, Kyla wanted to make Daddy ice cream (The fake variety, not the real kind). So Kyla asked Mommy what Daddy would like.
Childhood days came to mind when a regular ritual had Mom, Dad, and I hopping into Dad’s Buick and heading over to Baskin-Robbins. This time of year, 31 Flavors as it was also called featured a limited edition flavor…
That would be your Baseball Nut; vanilla ice cream with black raspberry ribbons and cashews. Yum!
I loved their Rum Raisin, but that wasn’t always available. This selection was always on hand…
Jamocha Almond Fudge. My favorite. I’d usually get a double scoop, Jamocha Almond Fudge and something else.
Ice cream. It’s a beautiful thing.
Author Don Kardong once wrote, “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” Obviously Kardong takes his scoops rather seriously.
The fact is one of the great American treats has fallen on harder times in recent years. With folks eating healthier and the popularity of frozen yogurt on the rise, revenue at ice cream store franchises dropped by 4 percent to $3.2 billion from 2008-13. Those same reports, however, show manufacturers are adapting by shifting their focus to develop health-conscious and premium products that will boost demand and revenue. The prices of key inputs like milk and sugar will continue to threaten profit, but will be far less volatile than in previous years.
A rebound is on the way, but where?
"In some markets, such as urban markets like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc., independents are definitely outgrowing the chains because consumers value that unique independent feel now, and it's a similar reason to why people value local ingredients," said Andy Brennan, a market analyst for IBISWorld. "They want some transparency to what they're eating, and you can't really achieve that with a generic chain brand. So independents and very small chains are doing very well in the urban markets."
We begin with some historical notes (And who said Culinary No-No wasn't educational?).
“The first lady of the United States plays a vital role in setting the tone for the national office. Though it is not an official job, first ladies throughout U.S. history have entertained, served as advisors to their husbands… Many first ladies have also been passionate about specific causes.”
About those causes:
Dolley Madison: Supported the Washington City Orphan Asylum.
Mary Todd Lincoln: She marshaled resources for the Contraband Relief Association, an organization which helped recently freed former slaves and injured soldiers.
Lou Henry Hoover: She was passionate about athletics and was a founder of the National Amateur Athletic Foundation.
Eleanor Roosevelt: She was a powerful opponent of segregation and lynching, and she fought actively for equality for African Americans. After her term as first lady, Roosevelt helped create the United Nations Charter on Human Rights.
“Lady Bird” Johnson”: She launched a campaign to inspire communities to clean up neighborhoods and highways. Her advocacy helped lead to the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, which set up limitations on outdoor advertising and provided funding for cleaning up highways.
Betty Ford: After being diagnosed with breast cancer. Ford spoke publicly about her mastectomy, inspiring other women to learn about the disease.
Rosalynn Carter: She used her position to speak widely on mental illness.
Nancy Reagan: Her name became almost synonymous with her Just Say No campaign against drug abuse.
Laura Bush: Launched "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn" in an effort to prime young children for the world of literature. Laura followed in the footsteps of mother-in-law Barbara Bush, who helped pass the National Literacy Act in 1991. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was christened in 1989 and has since helped fund more than 750 reading programs.
And then there's...
The queen of the Nanny State. She decided since you were too stupid to figure out what constituted healthy foods for your children that she would dictate what you and your children should eat.
In 2010, when the governing party of the Nanny State controlled the White House, the US Senate and the US House, they rammed through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law.
When the legislation reads, in part, "Congress finds that—‘‘(I) eating habits and other wellness-related behavior habits are established early in life; and ‘‘(II) good nutrition and wellness are important contributors to the overall health of young children and essential to cognitive development,” the party that creates policy with a crying towel couldn’t possibly have voted no.
School lunches were about to change, starting with the 2012 school year.
The US Department of Agriculture wrote:
“This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of the National Academies of Medicine, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.”
Can we say, “Feel good?”
Specifics, please. Again, from the USDA:
"In summary, the January 2011 proposed rule sought to improve lunches and breakfasts by requiring schools to:
• Offer fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components;
• Offer fruit daily at breakfast and lunch;
• Offer vegetables daily at lunch, including specific vegetable subgroups weekly (dark green, orange, legumes, and other as defined in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines) and a limited quantity of