Culinary no-no #507

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

This week’s no-no explores a topic we haven’t done in awhile.

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When I was a young boy we’d often visit my aunt and uncle’s house in Milwaukee. My Grandpa Fischer was living with them and I recall he’d insist (not every week) on certain Fridays that he wanted pizza. It had to have tuna fish on it. You know. The kind from a can.

I’m guessing that if this was Family Feud and 100 people were surveyed with “Name something you’d put on a pizza” and a contestant said “tuna fish,” your TV screen would undoubtedly show…

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I suppose we could stop right now, but that wouldn’t be a true Kevin Fischer Culinary no-no, would it? We must simmer the no-no until it comes to a boil.

If by chance you’ve been paying attention to the news you might be able to discern this week’s head-shaker.

Remember, it’s related to…

Sexy Pizza Costume

Eating it. Not wearing it.

We’ve traveled around the globe in our hunt for culinary taboos, but never to…

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A sparsely-populated North Atlantic island, Iceland is famous for its hot springs, geysers and active volcanoes.

Icelandic President-elect Gudni Johannesson

Iceland President Gudni Johannesson is pictured above with his wife Eliza Reid, at an election party in Reykjavik in June 2016. Johannesson won Iceland’s presidential election that month on his 48th birthday.

He campaigned for the largely ceremonial post by pledging to restore Icelanders’ faith in their system of government after years of public dissatisfaction with politicians brought on by the country’s banking collapse in 2010.  He did not campaign on what you’re about to read.

The subject of pizza can be rather passionate, stoking great debates.

Eat in

Take-out

Delivery

Thin crust

Deep dish

And oh, yes. Toppings.

On February 16 the aforementioned president appeared at a high school in in the town of Akureyri in North Iceland. At the end of his visit he took questions from students about various personal things, including which team he rooted for in the English premiere league (it was Manchester United). He was then asked for his opinion about a particular topping on pizza.

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The president rather candidly replied that he was fundamentally opposed to putting pineapple on top of a pizza.

OK!

STOP!

STOP RIGHT THERE!

He didn’t.

The president proceeded to go one step further, announcing that he would pass a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping if he only had the power to pass laws on his own.

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Time for damage control.

Fail.

Johannesson made a feeble attempt to clean up his mess.

When you’ve dug a deep hole you stop digging, Mr. President!

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Here’s one raging headline that appeared in Iceland:

Pineapple-pizza-gate: President backtracks “I can’t dictate pizza toppings!” Then encourages people to put fish on their pizza

News outlets and social media went anchovy crazy. But not all of it was negative.

“A true hero,” wrote metalmaniac9999 on Reddit. “Pineapple on pizza is a crime against gastronomy.”

“People who put pineapple on pizza should face the firing squad immediately. No trial, no blindfold,” wrote Heiminator.

I’ve never had pineapple on a pizza. Doubt I ever will head down that pizza path.But banning it, even if someone could?

No sir. If folks want to ruin their pizza and a tasty fruit, that should be their misguided choice.

So Kev, where’s the no-no?

I think it’s boiling, so let’s get to it.

When the Huffington Post caught word of what Johannesson had said they contacted Steve Green, the publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine, for comment.

Green said, “Being against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus.”

Wrong, Wrong. Wrong. I’m not for pineapple on pizza (Hawaiians aren’t either from what I’ve heard). No way. But…

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And then Green pulled a Johannesson.

Green ALSO told the Huffington Post, “There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”

“There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”

I could go on and on and on.

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But we’re done.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUSES

“Border Wall” pizza

Dining out with a feline twist

Should People Be Barred From Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps?

The Journal Sentinel is asking, so I have an answer

See that headline above at the far left?

Many changes at the daily newspaper were announced in today’s edition by editor George Stanley. He admits there will be less content and calls the actions by the paper “unsettling.”

In typical Stanley fashion he colors all the cuts he’s making by spinning how great their paper really is, and also shows a bit of hutzpah by requesting that current subscribers ( a dwindling number) consider taking out a gift subscription.

A few lines from his column:

Where do we need to focus more of our resources and attention?

Let me know what you value most, including coverage you wish we provided but don’t.

Please help us make sound choices about what to devote more attention to in the future.

Wow. That’s so easy.

How about some balance?

 

Photos of the Week (02/26/17)

1) A fallen tree crushes a car outside a residence in Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles last weekend. Hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled in the Los Angeles area and at one point more than 60,000 city power customers were without electricity. Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

2) An abandoned Kia sedan is seen stuck in heavy mud in Lone Pine Canyon Road near Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif., last weekend. Photo: David Pardo / The Daily Press via AP

3) Inspectors examine a sinkhole in Studio City, north of Los Angeles, last weekend. Two vehicles fell into the 20-foot sinkhole on Friday night and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her car but was found standing on her overturned vehicle. Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

4) New York Times reporter, Glen Thrush works in the Brady Briefing Room after being excluded from a press gaggle by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Image

5) Activists stage a New Orleans-style funeral procession in Washington Square Park on Feb. 18, 2017, to mourn the death of the U.S. presidency. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP – Getty Images

6)  U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second from right, his wife Karen and their daughter Charlotte, right, walk through the former crematories during a visit to the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau near Munich, southern Germany, Feb. 19, 2017, one day after he attended the Munich Security Conference. Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP

7) A policeman stands next to the body of a bodyboarder killed by a shark, covered by a white cloth next to his bodyboard on a beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Photo: Getty Images

8) An injured woman comforts a child at a hospital, after jets believed to belong to the Russian or Syrian Air Forces pounded the Barzeh and Qaboun neighborhoods in the northeast corner of Damascus, Syria on Feb. 20. Airstrikes in the Syrian capital left at least seven people dead last Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces. The side-by-side Barzeh, Qaboun, and Tishreen neighborhoods form one of the last two footholds of the Syrian opposition inside the Damascus city limits. Photo: Sarieh Abu Zaid / EPA

9) An artist’s depiction shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, on one of seven newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground based telescopes have discovered according to NASA.Photo: NASA/ Reuters

10) Bao Bao, the beloved 3-year-old panda at the National Zoo in Washington, enjoys a final morning in her bamboo-filled habitat before her one-way flight to China to join a panda breeding program, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

11) A dog wearing sunglasses is pictured in the street prior the Gucci show during the Women’s Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion week.Photo: Getty Images

12)Is this 14-week-old polar bear at the zoo Hellabrunn in the southern German city of Munich winking, dancing, or both?  Photo: Getty Images

13) My favorite picture of the year so far! A street vendor offers doughnuts in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The last Thursday of the Carnival is traditionally called in Poland Fat Thursday, the day on which people eat cakes, preferably doughnuts. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

14) Emma Watson arrives  in London for the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” on February 23, 2017.  She plays Belle in the Disney film, and wore a floor-length, caped blue gown as she posed for pictures. Photo: James Shaw/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock

15) Acrobats perform in transparent balls  suspended from the rafters during the opening night show of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in New York City February 23, 2017. Photograph: Julie Jacobson/AP

16) A Hindu man dressed as Lord Shiva holds a lit candle in his mouth as he takes part in a religious procession ahead of the Maha Shivratri Festival in Jalandhar, India on Feb. 22. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to worship Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. Photo: Shammi Mehra / AFP – Getty Image

17) Participants wearing costumes and masks take part in the first day of the traditional carnival parade in Mohacs, Hungary. Photo:EPA

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Financially speaking there is a local school district worse than Franklin

In an exhaustive 2074 piece in today’s Journal Sentinel we learn that the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district  overspent. And how.

By the summer of 2016, it appeared that West Allis-West Milwaukee had accomplished what at least one state auditor said he had never seen before: In the course of a decade, the suburban Milwaukee district, one of the state’s largest, had blown through $17.5 million in reserves and posted a $2.1 million deficit.

You know that old saying about how you made your bed? Not so in this school district.

In April, it will ask taxpayers in its modest communities to authorize an additional $12.5 million — or about $290 per student each year — beyond what they already pay in taxes for operating costs over the next five years.

The death knell has already sounded.  We’ve heard it so many times in the past.

Without a voter-inflicted tax increase the school district will wither up and die.

Right.

I know how I would vote on that referendum.

Week-ends (02/26/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Vickie Williams-Tillman

Olyvia Russell

Street artist Sabo (CAUTION: Contains a profanity)

Doug Koehn

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

The left smears Mrs. Trump

Liberal Isaac Chotiner

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“This stuff is disastrous. It’s going to get cops hurt; it’s going to get cops killed.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke appeared on an episode after violent leftist “Black Resistance” protests  in North Philadelphia led to the injury of three police officers and the arrest of four people

“We shouldn’t whine, and if we sound like we are an interest group only concerned with ourselves, it doesn’t work with the public. At the same time, we need to continue the in-depth inquiries, the investigations.”
Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
President Trump


“Be concerned with the big things, not little things. Be concerned with prosperity and paychecks and jobs, not the size of your inaugural crowds or the skill of Meryl Streep as an actress.”

Former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove, at the Williamson Country Republican Party Reagan Dinner, on President Donald Trump

 “Have some courage.”
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, urging congressional Republicans to hold town halls, after Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert cited her shooting in his explanation for not holding one

“How many times have we all heard people say, ‘If that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist.'”
Pope Francis, in a pointed criticism of some members of his own Church, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead hypocritical double lives

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza.”
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, telling a high school class that he would ban pineapple as a topping on pizzas if he were allowed to pass laws on his.

“I realized we were growing apart for a while, but the final straw was when she dyed her hair from blond to a very dark brown.”
Human Ken doll Quentin Dehar on his fading romance  with Human Barbie Doll Anastasia Reskoss, who together spent more than  $300,000 to look like the plastic dolls

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

This settlement

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

President Trump’s sex trafficking busts

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump’s war with the baby, whining press

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Sex for lunch?

A Male Chiropractor Wants Women To Use Controversial Methods To Contain Menstrual Flow

LOSER!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/25/17)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY: What a difference a week makes.Snow showers early. Peaks of sun later. High of 29. “F”

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy early, then afternoon sunshine. Very windy. High of 45. “C”

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.

Jennifer was told she doesn’t have strep throat. But it’s close. She can barely speak. Kevin’s reaction? He is refraining from possible deliriously happy comment.

Kevin, that means you need to fill in.

WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED DOG BLOG.

Well here I go.

I fully understand how popular dogs are. I joke, barely, when I suspect my wife wants a dog more than she wants a husband.

But a former 24/7 journalist needs a bit more evidence about our love affair with dogs than his wife’s constant yearning for a pet, preferably canine.

So I turn to data from 2012 supplied by the American Veterinary Foundation:

Dogs Cats Birds Horses
Percent of households owning 36.5% 30.4% 3.1% 1.5%
Number of households owning 43,346,000 36,117,000 3,671,000 1,780,000
Average number owned per household 1.6 2.1 2.3 2.7
Total number in United States 69,926,000 74,059,000 8,300,000 4,856,000
Veterinary visits per household per year (mean) 2.6 1.6 0.3 1.9
Veterinary expenditure per household per year (mean) $378 $191 $33 $373
Veterinary expenditure per animal (mean) $227 $90 $14 $133
Just a few examples from quora.com:

They are loyal, can be relatively easily trained to be obedient, fairly easy to take care of, are great companions,  and show their pleasure with little effort. 

They are fun to play with; they are protective; they can perform jobs. 

They might save your life.  (I have at least 3 first hand experiences and one second hand experience in my family)

They can be very entertaining.  They are cuddly and petting them is very soothing to both the person and the dog.  Most of them are so cute that you can’t help smiling when you look at them.

Check out these numbers from Abodo:

How far would you go to protect your dog or cat?

More:

What would you do for your pet?

And we could go on and on.

But have we gone too far?

John Boyle writes in the Citizen Times in Asheville, N.C.:

“In general, the whole, ‘My dog is my baby’ philosophy has taken over the United States, and that’s not going to change,” Brophey said, noting how many of us consider them “fuzzy babies.” And yes, we actually get a nice little buzz of oxytocin, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone,” from our interactions with the fur babies.

So this is where we are in America — our dogs have become family members and we want to take them everywhere. Now, the question is, Brophey says, is “Are we going to  do this the right way, or are we going do this the wrong way?”

You can read the entire piece and also find out who Brophey is, here.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

‘Ruff’ justice: Supreme Court rules for disabled girl, service dog

Brewery offers paid ‘paw-ternity’ leave for employees with new puppies.

Dog was chained outside for 15 years, but now…

Huh? Dog shoots woman?

Wedding ceremony helps paralyzed officer heal.

New store in Franklin hopes to help pets become happier, healthier.

Not one but three meals you can enjoy with your dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

It’s in this article.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

We keep posting about this because the problem isn’t going away.

And a new dog movie is out this weekend:

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

Goodnight everyone, and have a cinematic weekend!

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Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

The Oscars snuck up on us this year. The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday.

Every year we feature some music that came from the cinema and it’s always fun, but not easy narrowing down the countless good choices. We’ve selected some interesting cover versions that hopefully you’ll enjoy. Let’s roll ’em!

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Two years after the success of “Purple Rain,” Prince directed and starred in “Under the Cherry Moon.” “Kiss” was the top single off the Purple One’s soundtrack album for the film, “Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon,” and earned him his fourth Grammy, this one for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Good stuff, but I like this version more.

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Jones who is now 76 performed Wednesday night at the Dubai Jazz Festival in Media City, Dubai. His final encore? “Kiss.”

Film critic Roger Ebert said “Shaft” gave us the first really convincing black private eye, and that John Shaft, played by Ricard Roundtree in the first “Shaft” in 1971 belongs in the honorable tradition of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Lew Archer, and company.

Barry White’s massive orchestra once did an entire album of movie themes. This is really cool.

Time to tap your foot and snap your fingers. The guru of composing and performing movie themes was the legendary Henry Mancini. Where does one even start?

His music was heard in nearly 250 films and was nominated for 70 Grammy Awards, winning 20. He also recorded 85 record albums, whose combined sales topped 30 million copies.

This very familiar piece won a Grammy for Mancini in 1964 for Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz).

Dave Koz does a flawless remake.

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Next…

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I seriously doubt Billy’s June 17 playlist will include the next song.

It’s not only in my view the greatest Disney song, it’s one of the greatest songs, period.

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Here’s the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 top movie songs of all time.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

The story of milkman Tevye and his five daughters in a Russian village in 1905 is one of the finest movie musicals.

We close with the Salsoul Orchestra and their romping medley from the 1971 film that won an Oscar for John Williams’ musical score.


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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “The moments we two can share”

Yet another indication I’m getting old.

Sonny Geraci died on February 5 nearly four years after suffering a brain aneurysm. He  was 69.

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Don’t know who Sonny Geraci was?

If you’re as old as I am, you’ve probably heard him, and he could really sing.

In 1965 a group out of Cleveland called the “Outsiders” signed with Capitol Records.
One year later in 1966 with unbelievable heavy competition with the lead vocal by Geraci they made it to #5.

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After several recordings that weren’t nearly as successful a legal battle over the name of the band led Geraci to change it to “Climax.”  In 1970 they recorded a song that went nowhere because it wasn’t released. It got enough radio play in Santa Barbara, California, that the record finally was made available to the adoring public in 1972 and it soared to #3.

A pretty ballad.

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An aneurysm ended Geraci’s career in 2012.

In a related story:

Man who stole from fundraiser for music legend out of prison early, must still pay up